State legislature

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a point during a news conference in Denver. Officials in Colorado's largest city say they are working on a plan to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. A spokeswoman for Denver's mayor said city officials are working with the local district attorney's office to determine the right approach. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
December 04, 2018 - 5:06 pm
DENVER (AP) — Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. Colorado was among the first states to broadly allow the use and sale of marijuana by adults, but cities elsewhere have led the way on automatic expungement...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner is shown in a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Manchester, NH. Lawmakers will decide on Wednesday whether to re-elect Bill Gardner as secretary of state, which oversees elections in New Hampshire. Gardner has held the position for 42 years, fiercely protecting New Hampshire’s place on the primary calendar from other states that want the attention _ and money _ that comes along with being one of the first states to vote for president. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)
December 04, 2018 - 12:32 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire might celebrate 100 years of holding the nation's earliest presidential primary in 2020 without the man long credited with protecting the state's coveted position. If Bill Gardner is ousted this week after 42 years on the job, some worry the state's ability to...
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In this photo taken from a video shot on Nov. 28, 2018, Mike Carnevale places his hand on the back of Mark Hennesey while instructing him at the American Tactical Systems' indoor range in Green Island, New York. The application process for handgun licenses would be expanded under a bill before the New York state Legislature. The bill would require handgun applicants to turn over log-in information so investigators could look at three years' worth of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram postings. Google, Yahoo and Bing searches over the previous year also would be checked. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)
December 04, 2018 - 11:47 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun? That's a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a bill...
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People gather to protest outside a lame-duck session of the Joint Finance Committee at the Capitol in Madison, Wis., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Wisconsin Republicans moved quickly Monday with a rare lame-duck session that would change the 2020 presidential primary date and make sweeping changes to the duties of the governor and attorney general's offices. (Mark Hoffmanf/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
December 04, 2018 - 6:47 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Still stinging from an election loss, Wisconsin Republicans on Monday tried to push through measures that would weaken the incoming Democratic administration and allow outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to make one last major mark on the state's political landscape after his...
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, Democrat Georgia Secretary of State candidate John Barrow speaks during a campaign stop at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga. Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger are vying in a Dec. 4 runoff for Georgia secretary of state. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)
December 03, 2018 - 6:50 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's voters have one more chance to make their voices heard about the state's election infrastructure. Tuesday's runoff election for Georgia secretary of state pits Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger against former Democratic congressman John Barrow. Neither candidate won...
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This Nov. 23, 2018 photo shows Alaska State Review Board ballot examiner Stuart Sliter reacting when a loose ballot from a tied state House race is found without an envelope in Juneau, Alaska. Officials are investigating the origin of the ballot and will decide by Friday, Nov. 30, whether to count it during a recount of the Fairbanks House District 1 race. (James Brooks/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
November 30, 2018 - 11:48 am
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Control of Alaska state government, at least for the next two years, could hinge on a mystery ballot that an election worker found on a table in a Fairbanks voting precinct more than three weeks ago. The uncounted ballot could break a tie in an Alaska state House race. A...
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This Nov. 23, 2018 photo shows Alaska State Review Board ballot examiner Stuart Sliter reacting when a loose ballot from a tied state House race is found without an envelope in Juneau, Alaska. Officials are investigating the origin of the ballot and will decide by Friday, Nov. 30, whether to count it during a recount of the Fairbanks House District 1 race. (James Brooks/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
November 29, 2018 - 7:38 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It's a sign that every vote does count. A single mystery ballot found on a precinct table on Election Day but not counted then could decide a tied Alaska state House race and thwart Republican efforts to control the chamber and all of state government. The ballot arrived in...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows candidates for mayor of Little Rock, Ark., from left, Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus, who are running in the Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, runoff election for the nonpartisan, open seat. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP\, File)
November 29, 2018 - 11:16 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six decades after nine black students were escorted past an angry white mob into Little Rock Central High School, the city at the center of the desegregation crisis may be on the verge of electing its first African-American mayor. But Frank Scott, the 35-year-old banking...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Anthony Brindisi speaks to supporters on election night at the Delta Hotel in Utica, N.Y. More than three weeks after Election Day, the upstate congressional race was finally settled on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with Brindisi, a Democratic Assemblyman, winning the election against Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)
November 28, 2018 - 4:47 pm
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Democrat Anthony Brindisi defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, following a contentious race that was settled by absentee ballots more than three weeks after Election Day. Brindisi, an attorney and state assemblyman from Utica, was ahead by less than 2,000 votes on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor of Arizona is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic congressman, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. He was the longtime senior member of the state's U.S. House delegation before he decided in 2014 against running for re-election. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
November 28, 2018 - 12:51 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona's first Hispanic congressman, has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress. He was the longtime senior member of the state's U.S. House delegation before he decided in 2014 against running for...
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