State legislature

Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz sits in his chair at the Senate as discussions go on for the confirmation of Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi as Puerto Rico's new Governor, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, August 1, 2019. Puerto Rico's governing party was in full-blown crisis as the confirmation of Pierluisi was delayed into next week, casting doubt over exactly who will become governor when Gov. Ricardo Rossello leaves office. Pierluisi's main obstacle appeared to be Rivera Schatz, who has said he won't vote for Rosselló's nominee and wants to run for governor himself next year. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 02, 2019 - 7:35 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Puerto Rico's political crisis (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The president of Puerto Rico's Senate has criticized departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló for naming former congressional representative Pedro Pierluisi as the next governor and seems to be hinting...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2015, file photo, Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks to the media at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans are reeling from an internal scandal, involving Bonnen and a hardline conservative activist, that could threaten their long dominance of the state Legislature in the nation's most populous conservative state. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 01, 2019 - 8:57 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An alleged hit list of political opponents, a promise of access, heated denials, an audiotape and suspicions of a setup. Texas Republicans are reeling from an internal scandal that could threaten their long dominance of the state Legislature in the nation's most populous...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin Sen. Jon Erpenbach speaks at a news conference accompanied by Rep. Jimmy Anderson, right, in Madison, Wis., to warn of "rationed" health care for Wisconsin residents under a Republican health care plan that would replace the Affordable Care Act. The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told the paralyzed Democratic state representative, Anderson, in a letter Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos sent Rep. Anderson the letter just hours after The Associated Press contacted every Republican in leadership to see if they agreed with barring Anderson from calling into meetings. (AP Photo/Cara Lombardo, File)
August 01, 2019 - 4:21 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told a paralyzed Democratic state representative in a letter Thursday that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos...
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August 01, 2019 - 2:40 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The first state lawmaker in the United States to be expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement began is hospitalized and on life support. Don Shooter, a Republican from Yuma, Arizona, was thrown out of the Legislature in February 2018 after being found to have...
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This July 23, 2019 photo shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom signed a law Tuesday, July 30, requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state's primary ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 30, 2019 - 5:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic governor signed a law Tuesday requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state's primary ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican President Donald Trump. Most of the major Democratic candidates for president...
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July 30, 2019 - 4:22 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans sued Tuesday to block the creation of Michigan's new, voter-approved redistricting commission, challenging eligibility guidelines that prohibit politicians and others from serving on the panel. The lawsuit, filed in federal court and praised by a national GOP group...
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President Donald Trump gestures as he addresses a commemorative meeting of the Virginia General Assembly at Jamestown Settlement on the 400th anniversary of the meeting of the original House of Burgess in Jamestown, Va., Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
July 30, 2019 - 1:16 pm
JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — The Latest on events in Virginia commemorating the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A Democratic Virginia state lawmaker says he disrupted President Donald Trump's address at a historic commemoration to protest the president's...
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President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives on Air Force One Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 30, 2019 - 11:06 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that black legislators planning to boycott his appearance at a Virginia event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy are going "against their own people." Trump said African Americans "love the job" he's doing...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2007, file photo, Vice President Dick Cheney, left, is joined by Virginia House of Delegates speaker, William Howell, R-Stafford, front right, and others in the the Pledge of Allegiance during a commemorative session of the Virginia General Assembly in Historic Jamestown's Memorial Church in Jamestown, Va. Academics, lawmakers, dignitaries and maybe even the president will gather in Virginia this week for events celebrating the beginnings of American democracy four centuries ago. Tuesday, July 30, 2019, marks the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the House of Burgesses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 29, 2019 - 6:17 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's black state lawmakers announced Monday that they will boycott a ceremony this week commemorating the beginnings of American democracy because President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said its members would not attend...
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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is joined by fellow Democrats as he tells reporters that the Republicans have killed every piece of legislation the Democrats have crafted to protect elections, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Warner is joined by, from left, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 26, 2019 - 6:42 pm
The death of a bill in Congress this week that would have bolstered election security systems puts more pressure on states to prevent cyberattacks from Russia that former special counsel Robert Mueller warned against this week. But many states are paralyzed by their own inaction. State and local...
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