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Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review

Dec. 12, 2018 7:10 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri GOP is calling on an attorney for the secretary of state to recuse herself from investigating outgoing Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley. Missouri GOP spokesman Chris Nuelle on Wednesday said Secretary of State Deputy General Counsel Khristine Heisinger has a...

Indiana GOP leaders say money tight for next budget

Dec. 12, 2018 6:24 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Statehouse leaders say they want to increase funding for Indiana's embattled child welfare agency and find a way to pay teachers more, but that money will be tight when they craft the state's next two year budget. "The budget is going to be more difficult than most people...

Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

Dec. 12, 2018 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders were digging in Wednesday for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was holding...

Michigan GOP advances bill to make ballot drives harder

Dec. 12, 2018 5:52 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from incoming Democratic...

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

Dec. 12, 2018 5:44 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With ballot fraud allegations hanging over a disputed North Carolina U.S. House race, state lawmakers have agreed to change the way such "do-over" congressional elections are handled. The state House and Senate voted Wednesday to require new primary elections, in addition to a new...

Orange County GOP senator ends recount in loss to Democrat

Dec. 12, 2018 4:44 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to the California Legislature have dropped their recount bid more than a week after her successor was sworn into office, Orange County Registrar Neal Kelley said Wednesday. Former Republican state senator Janet Nguyen's...

Republicans choose candidates for Alaska House seat

Dec. 12, 2018 4:09 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republicans have nominated finalists for a soon-to-be-open Alaska House seat after the elected candidate was named Gov. Mike Dunleavy's corrections commissioner. House Districts 13 and 14 Republicans nominated Craig Christenson, Sharon Jackson and Richard "Clayton" Trotter for the...

Kansas lawmaker disciplined by GOP leader becomes Democrat

Dec. 12, 2018 10:39 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker who was stripped of a committee leadership post after endorsing Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's campaign has switched to the Democratic Party. State Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills said Wednesday that the Republican Party no longer represents her values....

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Dec. 12, 2018 12:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they...

Reading between the lines of Trump's Oval Office tussle

Dec. 12, 2018 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts?...