- Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record Updated: Feb-12-16 4:12 am
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina - An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina's Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he's refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state's more conservative electorate.
- Assembly OKs bill cutting Planned Parenthood reimbursement Updated: Feb-11-16 11:14 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans moved within a step Thursday of cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood, pushing a bill that would limit Medicaid reimbursements for certain family planning clinics through the state Assembly and on to Gov. Scott Walker.
- GOP Senate hopefuls optimistic ahead of Colorado caucuses Updated: Feb-11-16 10:39 pm
DENVER - A crowded slate of Colorado Republicans launched their effort to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet with a surprising tone of optimism in their first and last forum before meeting voters.
- Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law Updated: Feb-11-16 6:57 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at least $54 million.
- House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps Updated: Feb-11-16 6:26 pm
WASHINGTON - A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.
- Republicans advance bill on academic standards review Updated: Feb-11-16 6:15 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - After weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions with educators, Senate Republicans on Thursday started advancing a bill aimed at creating a new system to review and change Kentucky's academic standards.
- W. Virginia governor vetoes so-called right-to-work proposal Updated: Feb-11-16 5:37 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - As promised, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed bills on Thursday to make West Virginia the 26th with a so-called right-to-work law and repeal its prevailing wage.
- No end in sight in Virginia Supreme Court spat Updated: Feb-11-16 4:53 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush is about to lose her dream job. Whether she gets it back is still unclear.
- Governor frustrated by lack of effort to fill budget hole Updated: Feb-11-16 4:27 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - About halfway through the 60-day legislative session, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expressing frustration that lawmakers haven't considered options to plug a massive budget hole.
- The Latest: Taylor has no problem letting voters decide pot Updated: Feb-11-16 4:07 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest from a forum for journalists organized by The Associated Press (all times local):
- Dems seek drug abuse funds as election-year issue sharpens Updated: Feb-11-16 4:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats called Thursday for hundreds of millions in emergency spending to fight drug abuse but ran into Republican resistance as another health issue spiraled into an election-year showdown.
- GOP stunned Senate hopeful may be short of ballot signatures Updated: Feb-11-16 3:57 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Two of Indiana's top GOP lawmakers said Thursday that they were surprised to learn Congressman Todd Young may have failed to meet a state ballot requirement in his U.S. Senate campaign, with the Republican leader of the state Senate saying it may be "one of the most colossal mistakes I've ever seen."
- Iowa Republicans offer state budget targets below Democrats Updated: Feb-11-16 2:15 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican leaders in the Iowa House have released budget targets for the upcoming fiscal year, and they propose to spend less money than both Gov. Terry Branstad and Senate Democrats.
- Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback Updated: Feb-11-16 2:03 pm
OKATIE, South Carolina - The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party's presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention.
- 2 Texas researchers under fire for Planned Parenthood study Updated: Feb-10-16 9:09 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Two state health researchers in Texas are under fire for co-authoring a study suggesting what Republican leaders have long disputed: cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting access to women's health care.
- The Latest: Bush says he won't blame Obama for problems Updated: Feb-10-16 8:39 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Here's the latest on the 2016 presidential race as Republican and Democratic candidates head from New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond. All times local:
- GOP lamaker puts New Mexico bail bond proposal on hold Updated: Feb-10-16 8:28 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A Republican state lawmaker on Wednesday asked the House to suspend action on a proposed constitutional amendment he drafted to allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed a flight-risk or danger to the public.
- What Christie faces as he returns to New Jersey from trail Updated: Feb-10-16 6:28 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Welcome back, Gov. Chris Christie.
- Ohio bill to strip Planned Parenthood funds heads to Kasich Updated: Feb-10-16 6:18 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill stripping government money from Planned Parenthood, a move that might help him with conservatives who dominate the upcoming Republican presidential primary in South Carolina.
- The Latest: Planned Parenthood targets Kasich in online ads Updated: Feb-10-16 5:59 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest on an Ohio proposal that seeks to strip government funding away from Planned Parenthood (all times local):
- Lawmaker wants to abolish death penalty in conservative Utah Updated: Feb-10-16 5:34 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Republican lawmaker wants Utah to join 19 states and the District of Columbia in abolishing the death penalty, but supporters acknowledge that it's a long shot in the conservative state.
- Jumbled GOP field hopes for survival in South Carolina Updated: Feb-10-16 5:32 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party's nomination.
- GOP state lawmaker enters 4th Congressional District race Updated: Feb-10-16 3:19 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A Republican state representative from Bossier City is running for Louisiana's congressional seat representing northwest Louisiana.
- Ryan, Republicans grapple with alternative to Obama budget Updated: Feb-10-16 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Meet the new boss. Confronting the same tea party challenges as the old boss.
- Democrat joins Republican-led majority in Alaska Senate Updated: Feb-10-16 2:07 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Republican-led Senate majority has added another member: Democratic Sen. Donny Olson of Golovin.