- Pennsylvania governor vetoes entire Republican budget bill Updated: Jun-30-15 11:05 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made good on his threat and swiftly vetoed the Republican-crafted spending plan Tuesday night just hours after the GOP's huge majorities in the Legislature sent it to him on the last day of the state government's fiscal year.
- The Latest: Pennsylvania governor vetoes GOP's budget bill Updated: Jun-30-15 10:34 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The latest news from efforts by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to send various pieces of major legislation to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk (all times local):
- Hundreds of protesters rally outside Christie announcement Updated: Jun-30-15 9:26 pm
LIVINGSTON, New Jersey - The good vibes and enthusiasm that accompanied Republican Gov. Chris Christie's announcement that he's running for president Tuesday didn't extend outside Livingston High School, where hundreds of protesters gathered to take him to task on a number of fronts.
- Prevailing wage, Bucks arena won't be in budget Updated: Jun-30-15 8:42 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Details of an agreement on major budget issues reached by Republicans on Tuesday:
- Republicans reach deal to end Wisconsin budget impasse Updated: Jun-30-15 8:34 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that drops a financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium and changes to the prevailing wage law, co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee said Tuesday.
- Kasich presidential effort gets website, offers tickets Updated: Jun-30-15 5:12 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is ramping up for the launch of his 2016 presidential bid with a website offering free tickets to the July 21 event.
- Amid prevailing wage hiatus, W.Va. GOP leader may eye repeal Updated: Jun-30-15 3:27 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia's prevailing wage for public construction projects is temporarily disappearing as of Wednesday, and Senate President Bill Cole says Republicans could scrap the wage altogether next year if it's not reconfigured how they envisioned.
- Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes Updated: Jun-30-15 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets independent commissions, not legislatures, draw those lines.
- Connecticut lawmakers approve late state budget changes Updated: Jun-30-15 1:50 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut lawmakers approved some late changes early Tuesday morning to the new Democratic state budget that had drawn criticism from major state employers because of its tax increases on businesses and others.
- Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race Updated: Jun-29-15 5:15 pm
WASHINGTON - It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. That footage becomes part of a 30-second TV ad, by the super PAC American Crossroads, boosting the Republican candidate, Joni Ernst.
- Rand Paul touts small government ideals on Nevada tour Updated: Jun-29-15 4:54 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Speaking to supporters from rural Elko to a Las Vegas convention center, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday that his path to a presidential nomination relies strongly on winning over Nevadans.
- California lawmakers applaud decision in redistricting case Updated: Jun-29-15 4:25 pm
WASHINGTON - Members of California's congressional delegation on Monday applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the use of independent commissions to configure electoral districts.
- US Supreme Court upholds Arizona congressional maps Updated: Jun-29-15 4:01 pm
PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to throw out Arizona's voter-approved system for redrawing congressional district lines - a major loss for Republicans in the Arizona Legislature that keeps the current maps in place for seven more years.
- A look at 13 states using redistricting commissions Updated: Jun-29-15 11:51 am
The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state.
- GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte to kick off re-election campaign Updated: Jun-28-15 11:14 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is officially kicking off her re-election campaign this week.
- In picking presidents, New Hampshire forgoes producing them Updated: Jun-28-15 11:14 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them.
- Conservative group wrapping up Denver meeting Updated: Jun-28-15 4:04 am
DENVER - About 4,000 conservative activists gathered in Denver this weekend are wrapping up their meeting Sunday after hearing from six presidential hopefuls.
- GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling Updated: Jun-28-15 12:04 am
DENVER - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.
- Virginia GOP to hold primary to pick presidential candidate Updated: Jun-27-15 9:08 pm
STAUNTON, Virginia - The Republican Party of Virginia will choose a presidential candidate in a statewide primary open to all voters on March 1, 2016, also known as Super Tuesday.
- A look at GOP plans for budget, pension and liquor bills Updated: Jun-27-15 6:08 pm
The House and Senate Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania Legislature are scrambling to advance major legislation to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf in the final days of the state government's 2014-15 state fiscal year, which ends Tuesday night. Details of the legislation were still emerging Saturday and potentially changing in the days ahead. Here is a summary of the latest details:
- Some in GOP fed up with Maine's bombastic governor Updated: Jun-27-15 5:07 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage's bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats. Now even some in his own party are fed up, saying his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital.
- House panel narrows breadth of changes in GOP pension bill Updated: Jun-27-15 2:56 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Republicans are abandoning a plan to seek billions of dollars in concessions from current employees in legislation to scale back benefits in Pennsylvania's two major public pension systems.
- Analysis: Arkansas Republicans shift from marriage fight Updated: Jun-27-15 1:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - More than a decade after embracing a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, top Republicans in Arkansas blasted the nation's highest court for deciding such bans were unconstitutional. The GOP backlash included a governor who accused justices of disregarding Arkansans' beliefs and a conservative activist calling the decision "illegitimate."
- Clinton says Supreme Court has a message for GOP: 'Move on' Updated: Jun-27-15 3:05 am
FAIRFAX, Virginia - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday praised the Supreme Court's ruling declaring same-sex couples have a right to marry and suggested that her Republican opponents were being left behind by history.
- GOP lawmakers press budget plan that risks governor's veto Updated: Jun-26-15 8:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Top Republican lawmakers said Friday they plan within days to finalize a $30.1 billion budget package that would not raise taxes, although it faces an almost-certain veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and a protracted partisan stalemate and shutdown of Pennsylvania state government.