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Milwaukee County spent nearly $1.7 million on Trump recount

Dec. 23, 2020 12:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The presidential recount in Wisconsin's Milwaukee County came in slightly under budget, at nearly $1.7 million, according to data released Wednesday. George Christensen, the clerk of the state's largest county, released numbers that show it spent $1.69 million on its recount, with...

Yakima council member misses 28 meetings, collects stipends

Dec. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — As the year draws to a close, Yakima City Council member Jason White’s attendance record has only gotten worse. White has missed 21 council meetings — including pivotal discussions about hiring a new city manager and passing the 2021 budget — and at least seven...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti poses in front of a sprawling downtown Los Angeles landscape. Garcetti has taken his name out of consideration for a possible post in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Facing crisis, LA's Garcetti ends talk of Biden Cabinet post

Dec. 18, 2020 3:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not long ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looked like he was going places. The two-term Democrat who considered a 2020 White House run became part of Joe Biden’s inner circle, then emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join the president-elect’s Cabinet. That...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks past reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Negotiators report progress on long-delayed COVID aid bill

Dec. 15, 2020 10:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill Republicans labored Tuesday to keep the price tag for a long-delayed COVID-19 aid package in check, seeking to prevail in a battle over help for state and local governments, while capping the cost of bonus jobless benefits and direct payments sought by Democrats....

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats squeezed as COVID-19 relief talks continue

Dec. 14, 2020 7:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Washington negotiators continued to reach for a long-delayed agreement on COVID-19 relief on Monday, but rank-and-file Democrats appeared increasingly resigned to having to drop, for now, a scaled-back demand for fiscal relief for states and local governments whose budgets have been...

Wisconsin lawmakers withhold funds to counties for recount

Dec. 12, 2020 10:45 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee is withholding reimbursements to two counties for their election recount costs. President Donald Trump’s campaign paid $3 million for recounts in Dane and Milwaukee counties, Wisconsin’s two most Democratic...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Minneapolis approves cuts to police budget, not staffing

Dec. 10, 2020 2:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs — but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact, averting a possible...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Minneapolis approves cuts to police budget, not staffing

Dec. 10, 2020 2:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs — but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact, averting a possible...

Seattle City Council OKs budget with nearly 20% police cut

Nov. 24, 2020 4:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council approved the city’s 2021 budget with reductions to the police budget, though not as much as activists sought amid mass demonstrations against police brutality over the summer. The council voted Monday to shrink the budget of the Seattle Police Department by...

Riot police form a cordon as flames shoot out from the Congress building after protesters set a part of the building on fire, in Guatemala City, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Hundreds of protesters were protesting in various parts of the country Saturday against Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and members of Congress for the approval of the 2021 budget that reduced funds for education, health and the fight for human rights. (AP Photo/Oliver De Ros)

Protesters torch Guatemala's Congress building amid unrest

Nov. 21, 2020 10:08 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's Congress and burned part of the building Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending. The incident came as...