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Parties keep Florida House seats in special election

Jun. 18, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two Republicans and a Democrat have taken over Florida House seats previously held by members of their respective parties. Unofficial results show Republican Jason Shoaf beat Ryan Terrell in a special election Tuesday for District 7, which includes nine Panhandle counties and parts of Leon...

Senate leaders agree on measure to care for refugees

Jun. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on a key Senate panel have agreed on a $4.6 billion measure to house and care for immigrant refugees flocking across the U.S.-Mexico border — a long-delayed step toward averting a humanitarian tragedy at overcrowded and inadequate federal facilities...

Medicaid expansion shades North Carolina budget talks

Jun. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Medicaid expansion is a significant point of contention in North Carolina's final budget negotiations, even though neither spending proposal approved by House and Senate Republicans contains it. That's because Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper insists that adding hundreds of thousands of...

Republicans: 'All options' on table to stop cap and trade

Jun. 18, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate Republicans issued a thinly veiled threat Tuesday to block a vote on what would become the nation's second economy wide cap and trade program. Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., said in a statement that Republicans are "prepared to take action to stop"...

Collins casts 7,000th straight vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the U.S. Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained during more than two decades in the Senate. The 66-year-old Collins is gearing up for a reelection race in 2020 that is expected...

Republicans renew call for hearing on Fairfax allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. Their effort looks doomed, as Democrats quickly opposed it and called it a political stunt. GOP Del. Rob...

Kansas faces future budget woes even with a revenue surplus

Jun. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' tax collections have beaten expectations nearly every month for the past two years and the state expects to end June with close to $1 billion in cash reserves, but the budget problems that followed a former governor's notorious tax-cutting experiment aren't necessarily a thing...

Property taxes go up same under Evers, Republican plans

Jun. 18, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Property taxes would increase the same on average under Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal as they would under the alternative Republican plan. That is the conclusion reached Tuesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Under both plans, the average tax bill on a $174,000...

North Carolina GOP pushes back on redistricting allegations

Jun. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for North Carolina Republican lawmakers pushed back hard in state court on Monday over accusations the legislators misled federal judges in an earlier redistricting lawsuit. Republican legislative leaders filed a response to a motion from attorneys for Common Cause, the state...

West Virginia education bill advances as teachers protest

Jun. 17, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday advanced a sweeping education proposal to allow the state's first charter schools after a similar Senate bill sparked massive teacher protests at the state Capitol. The measure cleared an early hurdle as lawmakers in the...