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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to an Associated Press reporter about her proposal to impose the state's sales tax on streaming services and digital products, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, outside the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature strongly oppose the idea. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

GOP opposition likely to block new 'Netflix tax' in Kansas

Jan. 23, 2020 5:55 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to tax streaming services, e-books, and movie and music downloads like most other states do. Kelly and fellow Democrats pitch it as basic fairness. Consumers who buy or rent a...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

'Bogus' Ukraine theory led to Trump's abuse, Dems tell trial

Jan. 23, 2020 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors argued Thursday in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the president was swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani and that led to his abuse of presidential power and then impeachment. As the Democrats...

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, left, stands the podium beside his wife Lydia, right, and one of his sons, Matt, center, as he announces at a news conference he will not run for another term as a Pennsylvania representative, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania's GOP House speaker to retire after three terms

Jan. 23, 2020 4:35 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will not run for reelection, the Republican announced Thursday, ending the career of a conservative force in state government in a critical year when Democrats are aiming to take control of the chamber. Turzai, 60, made the announcement at a news...

Louisiana political leaders party in Washington this week

Jan. 23, 2020 3:06 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's political, government and university leaders have temporarily decamped to the nation's capitol for the Carnival season party called Washington Mardi Gras. Gov. John Bel Edwards, state lawmakers, other elected and appointed officials, lobbyists and business leaders are...

President Donald Trump gestures upon arrival at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats not alone in soliciting votes in Iowa; GOP is, too

Jan. 23, 2020 2:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With all eyes on Democrats as they prepare to cast their ballots in Iowa's highly anticipated kickoff caucuses, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is working to try to persuade Republican voters to turn out at their caucus sites, too — even if there's no real competition....

Montana GOP governor hopefuls to debate in Billings Thursday

Jan. 23, 2020 2:14 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans seeking to become their party’s nominee for the Montana gubernatorial election meet for the first debate featuring all three candidates on Thursday in Billings. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Tim Fox and state Sen. Al Olszewski are scheduled to debate...

House Appropriations Committee member Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, speaks to the specifics of providing additional funding for state public school teachers' salaries for fiscal year 2020 in a bill before the committee, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Republicans assigned to most top jobs in Mississippi House

Jan. 23, 2020 1:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans will continue to hold most leadership positions during this four-year term in the Mississippi House, where the party has more than 60% of the seats. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, announced most committee assignments for the 122 representatives...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers waves to his family as he gets ready to deliver his State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin Republicans dismiss nonpartisan redistricting plan

Jan. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw Wisconsin's electoral maps may put pressure on the Republicans who control the Legislature to consider an alternative plan, but it won't force them to do anything differently next year and GOP...

Democrats sue to overturn Minnesota ban on voter assistance

Jan. 23, 2020 11:40 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national Democratic groups are suing to overturn Minnesota's limits on assisting voters. Minnesota law prevents an individual from helping more than three registered voters fill out a ballot or submit an absentee ballot. The groups challenging the law argue those limits are...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trial highlights: Democrats roll out case as senators fidget

Jan. 23, 2020 5:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House prosecutors faced fidgeting senators as they rolled out their case against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the trial's previous session having lasted a fatigue-inducing 13 hours. Trump was busy himself, returning from an international business conference but finding time to...