State legislature

The screen grab provided by the Missy for Senate campaign, shows a photo of an ad featuring Virginia Beach shooting survivor Karen Havekost. The campaign for Democratic candidate Missy Cotter Smasal began airing the ad "Karen" as she runs for Virginia state Senate. The TV spot quotes a woman who survived the Virginia Beach mass shooting in May and claims Republican incumbent Bill DeSteph hasn't done enough on gun control in the shooting's wake. (Missy for Senate)
October 25, 2019 - 5:07 pm
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Chris Parker is the type of Virginian whom Democrats hope to get to the polls next month to help them flip the legislature and usher in a wave of stricter gun laws. Parker leans Democratic and believes there "definitely" needs to be more gun control, including limits on...
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FILE - This Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, shows Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Questions about what motivated the enigmatic abortion doctor to keep over 2,000 fetal remains at his Chicago-area home may never be fully answered. The remains were discovered stacked in his garage after Klopfer died at 79 on Sept. 3. (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)
October 25, 2019 - 12:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Ulrich Klopfer competed so avidly in the 1970s to perform the most abortions each day at a Chicago clinic that it was said he would set his coffee aside, jump to his feet in the break room and rush to the operating table whenever his chief rival in the macabre derby walked by...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, right, with Governor Greg Abbott, left, speaks at a news conference at the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. Bonnen said in a statement Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 he will not run for re-election, making the announcement less than a week after the release of a secretly recorded conversation in which Bonnen sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020 and called a female lawmaker "vile." (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
October 24, 2019 - 11:28 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A district attorney says Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen won't face criminal charges for offering House media credentials in exchange for campaign help. Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne released a statement Thursday calling Bonnen's actions and statements "...
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Actor Alec Baldwin, right, walks with a supporter of Amanda Pohl, candidate for Virginia Senate District 11 in her neighborhood in Midlothian, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Baldwin campaigned for several candidates around the state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
October 22, 2019 - 5:02 pm
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The actor known for his mocking impersonations of Republican President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" campaigned Tuesday for Democratic legislative candidates in a Virginia election that is viewed as a warmup to the 2020 presidential contest. Alec Baldwin told...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, of complications from longstanding health issues. He was 68. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
October 17, 2019 - 10:36 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was...
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FILE - This Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposing a proposed ban on conversion therapy in Utah, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar rule under consideration. The church said in a statement posted Tuesday night, Oct. 15, 2019, that the regulatory rule prohibiting Utah psychologists from engaging in LBGTQ conversion therapy with minors would fail to safeguard "religious beliefs" and doesn't account for "important realities of gender identity in the development of children." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 16, 2019 - 2:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed conversion therapy ban in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under consideration...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes questions from reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years studiously avoiding any public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. That public show of unity ended emphatically when Trump announced he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria in advance of an impending Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish militia fighters. Graham, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas all joined Democratic colleagues in publicly criticizing the idea, with Graham even going on Fox News to label the decision “short-sighted and irresponsible.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 15, 2019 - 3:17 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has posted what his campaign says is a record-setting fundraising haul as he seeks a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Graham's $3.29 million raised in the third quarter of this year is the most raised in a single quarter by any candidate in South...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2019 file photo, dancers enter at the Gathering of Nations, one of the world's largest gatherings of indigenous people in Albuquerque, N.M. A handful of states, including New Mexico and Maine, are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples' Day as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
October 14, 2019 - 2:09 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. New Mexico, Vermont and Maine are among the latest to pass measures doing away with Columbus Day celebrations in...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Ryan Parker, two pigs consume discarded milk at Nights And Weekends Homestead in Newport, Maine. The state of Maine has recently clarified rules about giving food waste to pig farms. (Photo courtesy Ryan Parker)
October 13, 2019 - 10:34 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...
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October 12, 2019 - 2:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law banning most animals from circuses. The law exempts rodeos and does not apply to domesticated dogs, cats and horses. California is now the third state to enact such a ban, joining New Jersey and Hawaii. Circuses have been...
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