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GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Trump on likely impeachment: 'Do it now, fast'

Dec. 6, 2019 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just get on with it. After months of fighting the House impeachment inquiry, blocking witnesses and ignoring subpoenas, the White House is now publicly embracing a strategy it has privately signaled for weeks: It will accept the reality that President Donald Trump will likely be...

Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

Dec. 5, 2019 11:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next...

Former California GOP legislative leader changes to no party

Dec. 5, 2019 10:15 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Republican leader in California's state Assembly is dropping his party affiliation, saying Thursday that he's tired of the political bickering. Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, east of Los Angeles, said he switched to no party preference on Monday and pulled papers Thursday to...

GOP senator bows to White House on Armenian genocide measure

Dec. 5, 2019 8:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from the White House, a Republican senator blocked a resolution Thursday that would recognize the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide. North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer said he thwarted the measure after White House officials called the...

Duncan Hunter's exit unsettles US House race in California

Dec. 5, 2019 5:23 PM EST

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter has indicated he's on his way out of office after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, a break for California's beleaguered GOP that increases the chances the party keeps one of its few remaining House seats in the heavily Democratic state. ...

Cooper, Forest among latest to file for top NC positions

Dec. 5, 2019 4:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has filed for reelection, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is officially on board to try to unseat him next year. Cooper and Forest are among the latest to file for statewide, federal and regional offices. Candidate filing began Monday at...

State Sen. Betty Little won't seek re-election to 10th term

Dec. 5, 2019 2:22 PM EST

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Veteran Republican lawmaker Betty Little announced her retirement Thursday, saying she won't seek re-election to a 10th term serving her northern New York State Senate district. At a Glens Falls event, the 79-year-old said it was a difficult decision because she loved her nearly 25...

6 apply for Missouri's nonpartisan redistricting post

Dec. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections. Missouri's “nonpartisan state...