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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaks to reporters in the Assembly chamber ahead of their final day in session Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Vos says he hopes Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will sign into law a GOP income tax cut proposal passing the Legislature on Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Assembly GOP limits area with 4 a.m. convention bar time

Feb. 21, 2020 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly walked back a bill Thursday that would have allowed bars across Wisconsin to stay open later during the Democratic National Convention this summer, tweaking the proposal to allow extended hours only for taverns in the southeastern corner of the state before passing...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, foreground, gestures during his State of the State address as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called

Arizona governor, GOP lawmakers end sanctuary city ban push

Feb. 20, 2020 10:51 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, in back, joins Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II after the California Assembly passed House Resolution 77 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the author of the resolution, which apologizes for the state's role in supporting the internment and its failure to protect the civil rights of citizens of Japanese ancestry. HR 77 passed one day after the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP).

California apologizes for Japanese American internment

Feb. 20, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly apologized Thursday for discriminating against Japanese Americans and helping the U.S. government send them to internment camps during World War II. The Assembly unanimously passed the resolution as several former internees and their families looked on....

Florida Legislature passes abortion parental consent bill

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Girls under the age of 18 will have to get a parent's permission before having an abortion under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature on Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign. The House voted 75-43 largely along party lines for the legislation that expands a...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his friends after giving a press conference at his Chicago home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, one day after having his prison sentence commuted by President Donald Trump. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP)

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

Feb. 20, 2020 9:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for a post-prison career. "I need to start working and...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, signs are posted outside of a house was occupied by the group Moms 4 Housing in Oakland, Calif. The mayor of Berkeley is proposing a new housing policy law Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, aimed at giving renters first dibs when a property goes up for sale as the state battles a severe housing shortage and homeless crisis that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared his top priority. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Housing crisis: Berkeley law would put renters first

Feb. 20, 2020 9:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of Berkeley, California, proposed a new housing policy Thursday aimed at giving renters first dibs when a property goes up for sale, as the state battles a severe housing shortage and homelessness that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared his top priority. Berkeley Mayor Jesse...

Fracking debate causes tremors in battleground Pennsylvania

Feb. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The notion of banning fracking is dividing the Democrats running for president and increasingly dividing Democrats in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where fracking has vaulted it to the No. 2 natural gas producer behind Texas. The divide was clear, again, on...

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell speaks at a news conference with lawmakers at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in support of an amendment to to remove a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes from the state Constitution. Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made it his new year's resolution to get it deleted. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

Feb. 20, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made...

Racist comment stirs emotion for black Rhode Island lawmaker

Feb. 19, 2020 10:36 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker who is accused of calling another black female lawmaker a term that disparages their culture says she's ready to have a private conversation with her colleague so they can heal and discuss issues that the state's black and brown communities face. Rep....