Latest State legislature News

AFP targets Democratic legislators in 2020 races

Sep. 20, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative group Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin is setting its sights on three Democratic legislators in 2020. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the group is going after Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, Rep. Robyn Vining and Sen. Patty Schachtner. Shilling won...

Youth activists expect 10,000 to attend climate strike

Sep. 20, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Climate change activists are expecting thousands of people to participate in environmental demonstrations in the Boston-area as part of a global, youth-led day of action. The events begin Friday morning in Cambridge, where activists will gather near the Harvard and MIT campuses before...

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Mills reveals members of Maine Climate Council

Sep. 20, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has unveiled the membership of her Maine Climate Council, which is aimed at recommending strategies for boosting renewable energy and reducing greenhouse emissions. The 39-person council will meet for the first time next week. The members include state...

Dunleavy pick for Senate vacancy fails to get enough votes

Sep. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to fill a state Senate seat left vacant by a lawmaker's death failed to receive enough votes for confirmation from Senate Republicans Thursday. Dunleavy last month named Rep. Laddie Shaw to fill the seat held by Anchorage Republican Sen. Chris...

Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

Sep. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private played out on both coasts Thursday, with a California judge handing him an initial victory and his lawyers in New York City arguing that federal prosecutors there are trying "to harass" him by seeking the...

Democrats largely fail to override governor's vetoes

Sep. 19, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's long list of vetoed bills emerged largely unscathed Thursday after two days of override attempts. Lawmakers in May successfully overrode Sununu's veto of a bill to abolish the death penalty, leaving more than 50 other vetoed bills to be taken up this...

Michigan Legislature approves budget for public schools

Sep. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student aid for most schools by $240, or 3%, which supporters lauded as record funding and some Democrats said would not keep pace with costs in an underfunded system. The...

Georgia congresswoman McBath says she won't run for Senate

Sep. 19, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic congresswoman Lucy McBath said Thursday that she won't be a candidate in either of Georgia's U.S. Senate contests. McBath said she would instead focus on winning a second House term in 2020. The gun control advocate, who last year upset incumbent Republican Karen Handel to win her...

Michigan Republicans propose $400M more for road fixes

Sep. 19, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans are proposing to shift $400 million in general funds to the transportation budget to help fix deteriorating roads and bridges. A $5.4 billion transportation spending plan won approval on a 4-2 party-line vote Thursday. It would boost funding by 7.4% but spend...