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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)

Democrats argue ‘right matters’ in Trump impeachment trial

Jan. 24, 2020 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case Thursday at Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, the Democrats will press...

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)

Face of impeachment: Schiff sets tone with appeals to Senate

Jan. 24, 2020 1:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the otherwise scripted impeachment trial, it was a rare spontaneous moment: Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump's chief defenders, stopped Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead prosecutor, to shake his hand and compliment him on his arguments for Trump’s removal. Though...

Gianforte draws barbs at Montana GOP gubernatorial debate

Jan. 24, 2020 12:02 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rep. Greg Gianforte took some shots from his fellow Republican candidates for governor during the primary election’s first debate featuring all three candidates on Thursday. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox suggested Gianforte would best serve the party by not abandoning his...

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 6:59 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...

Kentucky voter ID bill clears Senate, heads to House

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters would be asked to show a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot, under a bill that won state Senate approval Thursday — but the legislation provides some exceptions. People lacking photo IDs could present debit or credit cards or Social Security...

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, speaks with reporters Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in the Senate chamber of the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Tougher penalties for Indiana stores caught selling smoking or vaping products to anyone younger than 21 are on their way to becoming law, as the Indiana Senate voted 38-9 Thursday in favor of a proposal that would triple possible retailer fines to between $600 and $3,000 based on number of violations in a six-month period. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Spending plan goes to Indiana governor without teacher money

Jan. 23, 2020 6:34 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A plan to spend an unexpected jump in state tax revenue on college campus construction projects is on its way to Indiana's governor without any of the Democratic proposals to use some of that money to boost teacher pay. The Indiana Senate voted 38-8 mostly along party lines Thursday to...

Kansas House GOP: Plan helps rural areas, spurs home buying

Jan. 23, 2020 6:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas House on Thursday outlined a plan aimed at revitalizing rural areas, helping people to buy their first homes and lowering income taxes for seniors. GOP leaders said they will pursue five bills. They announced that they have launched a new website and discussed...

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...

Iowa abortion constitutional amendment moves to Senate floor

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A resolution amending the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state passed a Senate committee Thursday, making it eligible for floor debate. The measure passed with only Republican votes from the Senate State Government Committee. Republican Sen....

Wisconsin tax collections up $818 million above projections

Jan. 23, 2020 3:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin tax collections are expected to come in more than $818 million above projections made last summer, an increase reported Thursday that will fuel the push to make an election year tax cut. Republicans who control the Legislature are discussing a tax cut, while Democratic Gov....