- Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature Updated: Feb-06-16 2:05 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico's Republican-led House of Representatives is considering a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.
- Utah joins push to keep guns from domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 11:09 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah legislators quietly changed a state law last year to keep in an attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous domestic abusers, following a nationwide trend of state legislative action on a rare area of consensus in the polarized debate over guns.
- Analysis: Arkansas up for grabs after Huckabee exit Updated: Feb-06-16 11:00 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Former Gov. Mike Huckabee's exit from the presidential race doesn't just open up a new hunt for his home state's Republican delegates in the March 1 primary. It could also expose where the rifts lie in the GOP two years after it completed its sweep of Arkansas offices.
- Wolf to float new budget plan amid fight over current one Updated: Feb-06-16 9:08 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to release his 2016-17 budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1. After an unresolved fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature, the Democrat is the first governor in modern Pennsylvania history to come to this point with substantial portions of the budget for the current fiscal year still in limbo. Wolf has made some revelations about what he will propose Tuesday, and here is a look at what is unfinished and what may be a part of his budget package.
- State IG: Classified email found from Powell, Rice tenures Updated: Feb-04-16 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts, according to a memo written by the State Department watchdog that was released Thursday.
- Alaska judge hears arguments in Medicaid expansion case Updated: Feb-04-16 4:48 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state court judge in Anchorage heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's authority to expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
- The Latest: Judge hear arguments in Medicaid expansion case Updated: Feb-04-16 2:59 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Latest on a lawsuit over Medicaid expansion in Alaska (all times local):
- Juneau first gay woman to seek Montana congressional seat Updated: Feb-03-16 7:19 pm
HELENA, Montana - By some accounts, the sexual orientation of Montana's superintendent of schools, Denise Juneau, was an open secret.
- Lawmakers pass bills to give pharmacists discretion Updated: Feb-03-16 6:17 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana lawmakers passed similar, competing bills Wednesday aimed at giving pharmacists the ability to prevent methamphetamine cooks from buying pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in the illegal drug.
- Lawmakers propose bill to privatize air traffic control Updated: Feb-03-16 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Responsibility for the nation's air traffic control operations would shift from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation under legislation introduced Wednesday as part of an overhaul of how Washington oversees the aviation system.
- Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game Updated: Feb-03-16 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.
- Legislature postpones discussion of 'millionaire tax' Updated: Feb-03-16 3:45 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers have postponed debate about a proposed constitutional amendment calling for what's been dubbed the "millionaire tax."
- Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP Updated: Feb-03-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions between conservatives and pragmatists that transformed parts of 2015 into a GOP nightmare.
- West Virginia features packed ballot for 2016 election Updated: Feb-03-16 1:58 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The ballot is almost set for a pivotal election in West Virginia.
- Bernard Schaber joins pool considering 8th District run Updated: Feb-03-16 1:14 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Former Democratic state Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber has added her name to a growing list of possible candidates for Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District.
- Philippines fears new fighting with stalled Muslim autonomy Updated: Feb-03-16 7:21 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Congress ended its last regular session of its term Wednesday without passing a Muslim autonomy bill that aims to peacefully settle a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south, sparking concerns the setback may ignite new fighting.
- High hopes, wide gulf as Obama, GOP look for common ground Updated: Feb-02-16 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON - Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama's final year? Don't get your hopes up.
- House GOP fails anew to repeal Obama's health care law Updated: Feb-02-16 6:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Republicans failed in their latest futile attempt Tuesday to kill President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a Groundhog Day vote by the House that was solely an exercise in election-year political messaging.
- Florida Legislature wants to be dropped from federal lawsuit Updated: Feb-02-16 5:58 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Republican-led Florida Legislature is asking a federal judge to dismiss the House and Senate from an ongoing lawsuit challenging the state's congressional map.
- Fundraising reports set tone for tussle over Legislature Updated: Feb-02-16 5:50 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The quest for cash is on in Minnesota's 2016 elections. New campaign finance reports released Tuesday show political groups and candidates have already socked away millions of dollars for the fight for control of the Legislature.
- Harwell: Durham scandal won't affect gubernatorial decision Updated: Feb-02-16 5:08 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - House Speaker Beth Harwell said Tuesday that the scandal surrounding a Republican lawmaker who has gone on hiatus amid sexual harassment allegations shouldn't damage her prospects as a serious gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee.
- 'Grow where you're planted,' Mississippi gov tells students Updated: Feb-02-16 4:02 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant is imploring high-achieving college students to remain in Mississippi after graduation and build their careers in the state.
- Plan to spin off air traffic control generates turbulence Updated: Feb-02-16 12:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world - and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.
- Cummings won't run for Senate, will seek House re-election Updated: Feb-02-16 11:18 am
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings said Tuesday he won't run for Senate and will seek re-election to a 12th term in the House.
- Cummings won't run for Senate, will seek House re-election Updated: Feb-02-16 11:01 am
BALTIMORE - U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings says he won't run for Senate, but will seek re-election to his House seat.