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Stories with subject: Lobbying
  • 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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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.