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Lawmaker facing criminal charges removed from committee

Feb. 03, 2023 10:36 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker indicted on a forgery charge has been stripped of his only committee assignment. House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, a Democrat, removed Rep. Clinton E. Collamore Sr. of Waldoboro, from the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee on...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jan. 26, 2023 01:54 AM EST

The Index-Journal. January 23, 2023. Editorial: Life in the left lane Move it on over. Rock it on over. Move over little dog, the big ole dog is barreling down. Our state Legislature made it a priority to penalize those slowpokes who take up the left...

South Dakota state senator stripped of committee assignments

Jan. 25, 2023 17:28 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Republican South Dakota state senator had her committee assignments stripped Wednesday in a rare punishment in the Legislature. The move to strip Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller of her seats on two legislative committees was announced during the Senate's session on...

McCarthy says he'll block Schiff, Swalwell from Intel panel

Jan. 24, 2023 22:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Kevin McCarthy reiterated Tuesday that he will block Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell of California from serving on the House committee that oversees national intelligence, saying the decision was not based on political payback but because “integrity...

Democrats defy McCarthy with 2 selections for Intel panel

Jan. 23, 2023 17:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are picking an early fight with the House Republican majority over committee seats, nominating two California lawmakers for the Intelligence Committee in open defiance of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's vow to block them. Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries,...

House GOP rewards hard-liners, Santos with committee seats

Jan. 19, 2023 16:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most far-right House Republicans, early opponents of Speaker Kevin McCarthy and even embattled new Rep. George Santos all are in line for coveted committee assignments. Some are set to serve on the high-profile oversight committee investigating President Joe Biden’s...

EU border chief pledges transparency, no illegal pushbacks

Jan. 19, 2023 07:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The new executive director of European Union border agency Frontex pledged Thursday to ensure that illegal pushbacks of migrants trying to reach Europe wouldn't take place under his watch. Hans Leijtens was appointed as a replacement for Fabrice Leggeri, who...

Biden welcomed back to Georgia after lying low in midterms

Jan. 14, 2023 07:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — During the 2022 midterm campaign, President Joe Biden steered clear of Georgia as Sen. Raphael Warnock, like many other battleground-state Democrats, tried to distance himself from the White House amid an inflationary economy and the president's lagging approval ratings. ...

Iowa official's wife charged with 52 counts of voter fraud

Jan. 13, 2023 16:20 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a northwestern Iowa county supervisor has been charged with 52 counts of voter fraud after she allegedly filled out and cast absentee ballots in her husband’s unsuccessful race for a Republican nomination to run for Congress in 2020, federal prosecutors said....

Mix of old and new in Georgia Senate committee leaders

Jan. 12, 2023 16:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has picked committee leaders and members for the next two years, with 24 of 32 Republicans in the chamber majority named as chairs on Thursday by Lt. Gov. Burt Jones and the Senate Committee on Assignments. Sen. Blake Tillery, of Vidalia, will stay...