- With McAuliffe in office, old friends find new opportunities Updated: Jun-26-15 11:40 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Terry McAuliffe's move from national Democratic political insider to Virginia governor has meant new opportunities for some of his longtime friends.
- Budget tops lawmakers' agenda but lobbyists push other bills Updated: Jun-20-15 9:25 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - As state lawmakers scramble to complete New Jersey's 2016 budget, residents are getting a glimpse of the more than 2,000 contacts made between registered lobbyists and state officials that are influencing the budget talks.
- After Charleston shootings, gun curbs dormant in Congress Updated: Jun-20-15 3:14 am
WASHINGTON - This week's slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church left prospects that Congress will curb guns right where they've been for years - remote for now, according to lawmakers and activists on both sides of the issue.
- Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics Updated: Jun-19-15 6:48 pm
WASHINGTON - They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting.
- As president, Bush would face entanglements from board roles Updated: Jun-18-15 3:44 am
WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush's deep dive into corporate America, where he served on the boards or as an adviser to more than a dozen companies, could trigger complications for him if he wins the White House.
- North Carolina editorial roundup Updated: Jun-17-15 6:41 pm
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:
- Reports offer peek at state Capitol lobbying in 2015 session Updated: Jun-16-15 7:02 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota lawmakers dished out billions of dollars in a new budget assembled in a just-concluded legislative session. Groups spent millions lobbying for a slice or to alter policy sometimes closely tied to the state money.
- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine omits disclosure of Spain stay Updated: Jun-15-15 5:38 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia did not disclose that a nonprofit with close ties to a lobbying firm paid for a three-day stay at a seaside luxury resort in southern Spain until The Associated Press asked about the omission on his personal disclosure form.
- Lobbyists were quick to donate to both Baker, Coakley Updated: Jun-13-15 9:50 am
BOSTON - During the 2014 campaign for Massachusetts governor, hundreds of lobbyists donated to the Republican and Democratic candidates - Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley.
- Ethics probe: No conflict in Ohio school board member's job Updated: Jun-12-15 8:07 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Ethics commission says a state school board member's leadership role with an association representing independent universities doesn't constitute a conflict of interest.
- Lobbyists spend $5.8 million at 2015 Montana Legislature Updated: Jun-11-15 7:00 pm
HELENA, Montana - Lobbyists have spent at least $5.8 million to influence Montana lawmakers and the issues they discussed this year.
- Oregon considers 20 percent tax on retail marijuana Updated: Jun-09-15 7:05 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - The Oregon Legislature is considering imposing up to a 20 percent sales tax on retail sales of marijuana once it becomes available to consumers.
- Lobbyists, interest groups grade the 2015 Nevada Legislature Updated: Jun-06-15 2:17 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - It was a brave new world when Republicans swept all constitutional offices and both houses of the Legislature in November for the first time in more than a century. Nobody knew what an era of conservative control would mean for the state. As the dust settles, lobbyists offer their grades on the outcome of the historic, 120-day legislative session.
- West Virginia targets tiny craft brew trade for big growth Updated: Jun-06-15 11:15 am
THOMAS, West Virginia - Drive through one-stoplight Tucker County, and soon you can probably hit a quarter of West Virginia's craft breweries before catching a steady cell phone signal.
- Group asks states to investigate Utah lawmaker's lands push Updated: Jun-01-15 7:02 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group has asked three state attorneys general to investigate a Utah lawmaker who has led a push for western states to take control of federal public lands.
- Correction: Campaign Finance Lawsuit story Updated: Jun-01-15 12:22 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - In a story May 27 about a legal challenge to state limits on some campaign donations, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Legislature repealed a law limiting the amount of money state candidates can take from lobbyists, political funds and big donors. The limits were dropped only for big donors.