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FILE This Monday Jan. 27, 2020 file photo shows Equal Rights Amendment supporter Donna Granski, right, from Midlothian Va., cheers the passage of the House ERA Resolution in the Senate chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.  The resolution passed 27-12.  In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Five GOP-led states seek to block Equal Rights Amendment

Feb. 21, 2020 6:59 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Republican-led states are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution. The five states — Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota — filed a motion on Thursday to...

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...

People walk near the Paris Las Vegas hotel casino, site of a Democratic presidential debate, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. Nevada's first-in-the West presidential caucus puts the spotlight Saturday on a state that has swung increasingly blue over the last two decades. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tech boom, suburban growth drive Nevada's Democratic shift

Feb. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Twenty years ago, long before Nevada was part of the early presidential selection process, the phone typically rang unanswered at Washoe County Democratic Party headquarters in Reno during mid-term elections. "We had a small conference room and a tiny reception area, but no staff at all,"...

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...

President Donald Trump arrives to give the commencement address at the

Trump campaign, RNC to spend $10M on voting lawsuits

Feb. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that they will spend more than $10 million during the 2020 election cycle to battle Democrats on voting-related lawsuits and to bolster their Election Day operations. The...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

At Arizona rally, Trump trolls Democrats debating in Nevada

Feb. 19, 2020 11:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump trolled his political enemies Wednesday in the first of three rallies in three days in the West as Democrats vied in neighboring Nevada to be the one to challenge him in the November election. Just minutes before Trump regaled a friendly crowd in Phoenix, Democrats...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Sanders: Democrat with most delegates should win

Feb. 19, 2020 11:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the 2020 presidential campaign and Democratic debat e (all times local): 8 p.m. Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate on the debate stage who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he or she doesn't...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich dabs blood from his chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. Blagojevich joked that it was the first time in a long time he has shaved with a normal razor. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Trump picks pardon requests from wealthy pals and GOP donors

Feb. 19, 2020 8:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a common thread among the 11 felons who found favor with President Donald Trump this week — all who were pardoned or set free had advocates among the president’s wealthy friends and political allies. In at least some cases, including former Illinois Gov. Rod...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump turn to leave after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe Thursday at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”  Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after the Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors. they had initially recommended in a court filing that President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant Roger Stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison. But the next day, the Justice Department took the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for Stone. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

As Trump ups attacks on Justice Dept, Barr remains in post

Feb. 19, 2020 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump renewed his public attacks on the Justice Department on Wednesday, there was little outward worry from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue that Attorney General William Barr would follow through on his private threat to resign over presidential meddling....