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Report: Investigators ask about Illinois House leader

Dec. 5, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday. Four people interviewed by investigators...

Trial starts for Michigan lawmaker accused in vote scheme

Dec. 3, 2019 4:57 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A lobbyist says she was shocked and angry to receive a text message from a Michigan lawmaker who is charged with trying to get campaign cash for certain votes. The trial of state Rep. Larry Inman began Tuesday in Grand Rapids federal court. The Republican from northern Michigan...

Report: Lobbyists aided lawmakers with health care columns

Dec. 2, 2019 4:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Montana and Ohio, officials said. Lobbyists were involved in producing the final versions of articles warning of the dangers of Medicare-for-all and other government involvement...

Hong Kong activists call for global support after US laws

Nov. 28, 2019 8:58 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Chanting “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” pro-democracy activists on Thursday urged the world to follow U.S. footsteps in supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, as police teams began a cleanup of a university earlier occupied by...

Religious freedom law plays key role in migrant-aid case

Nov. 26, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Religious liberty is often a high priority for conservatives, but last week’s acquittal of an Arizona man prosecuted for aiding migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border is spotlighting the ability of religious freedom law to shield people of faith regardless of political ideology. The case of Scott Warren, a...

Lobbyist sentenced to 7 years in Arkansas corruption scheme

Nov. 25, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas state lawmakers, including the governor’s nephew, has been sentenced to seven years in prison without parole. Rusty Cranford was sentenced in federal court Monday for bribing Republican state Sen. Jon Woods,...

Correction: Foreign Influence-Straw Donor story

Nov. 21, 2019 3:51 PM EST

In a story Oct. 30 about Imaad Zuberi, a political fundraiser accused of making illegal contributions on behalf of foreigners, The Associated Press omitted certain details of donations involving Saudi businessman Mohammed Al Rahbani and misattributed the source of some information. Prosecutors said Zuberi...

Correction: Foreign Influence-Straw Donor story

Nov. 21, 2019 3:50 PM EST

In a story Oct. 29 about Imaad Zuberi, a political fundraiser accused of making illegal contributions on behalf of foreigners, The Associated Press omitted certain details of donations involving Saudi businessman Mohammed Al Rahbani and misattributed the source of some information. Prosecutors said Zuberi...

Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

Nov. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids...

AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products

Nov. 19, 2019 8:46 PM EST

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is...