Latest State legislature News

Gov. Bevin concedes to Beshear in Kentucky governor’s race

Nov. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded to Democratic archnemesis Andy Beshear on Thursday, putting an end to Kentucky’s bitterly fought governor’s race and setting the stage for divided government. Bevin, an ally of President Donald Trump, made the dramatic announcement...

The Latest: Bevin concedes in Kentucky governor’s race

Nov. 14, 2019 2:56 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the Kentucky governor’s race (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he will not contest results showing Democrat Andy Beshear winning the Kentucky governor’s race. Bevin made the dramatic announcement Thursday at the state Capitol on...

Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Nov. 14, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment. The state police said airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping...

N Carolina Congress remap proposal threatens 2 incumbents

Nov. 14, 2019 2:34 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The reconfigured districts have become necessary since state judges blocked use...

Indiana attorney general seeking new term amid groping case

Nov. 14, 2019 12:54 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general, who is awaiting the outcome from professional misconduct allegations of drunkenly groping four women that threaten his law license, announced Thursday that he’s running for a second term. Republican Curtis Hill made the announcement in a video...

Protest flares after Georgian election reform measure fails

Nov. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside the parliament building in the country of Georgia to protest the legislature’s failure to pass an elections-reform measure promised by the governing party. The constitutional amendment would have changed the system of parliamentary...

Vote totals set to be double-checked in Kentucky gov’s race

Nov. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin could face a legacy-defining decision when the vote totals from the Kentucky governor’s race are double-checked Thursday — concede to Democrat Andy Beshear or contest last week’s election in a historic move that could put the outcome in...

Buttigieg pledges $50B for HBCUs, as Maryland students rally

Nov. 13, 2019 5:05 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied Wednesday for resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs, prompting a presidential candidate to pledge to create a fund to increase HBCU spending by $50 billion...

Push to remove redistricting from Oregon Legislature

Nov. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters may be asked next year to take the redrawing of congressional and legislative boundaries out of the hands of elected politicians. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a coalition that includes a variety of political and government watchdog groups on Tuesday said they are...

Georgia governor sets deadline for Senate applications

Nov. 13, 2019 10:35 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he’ll stop accepting applications for U.S. Senate next week. Kemp will soon name a replacement for fellow Republican, Sen. Johnny Isakson, who announced he would step down in December because of worsening health issues. Kemp took the unusual step of...