- Judge to decide if ex-California lawmaker's trial proceeds Updated: Aug-02-15 4:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - California Sen. Ron Calderon strolled into the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas two years ago primed for another weekend of fun. In a 10th floor room, overlooking the hotel's iconic dancing fountains, his plans folded.
- Efforts to repeal new tax could formally launch this week Updated: Aug-02-15 4:25 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Republicans angry that Nevada lawmakers approved a $1.1 billion tax package this spring, just months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax hike on the ballot, are launching efforts to repeal it and kick some of its backers out of office.
- 2 Republicans, 2 Dems in primaries for Mississippi lt. gov Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A teacher who wants to dismantle the Common Core academic standards is trying to defeat Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary.
- Lawmakers review penalties to NC's first revenge pornography law Updated: Aug-02-15 12:53 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Lawmakers agree that North Carolina's first "revenge porn" law is a step toward ending the hurt and embarrassment that can come from having one's naked and confidential images posted online.
- GOP looks to sexual harassment settlement for advantage Updated: Aug-02-15 12:44 pm
FANCY FARM, Kentucky - A $400,000 payment to settle the sexual harassment claims of three current or former state workers played an outsized role in Kentucky's premier political event on Saturday, evidence Republicans believe they can use it to their advantage as they seek to capture the governor's mansion and the state House of Representatives.
- Lawmakers strive for agreement on budget shortfall Updated: Aug-02-15 11:06 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama legislators return to Montgomery on Monday looking for something that eluded them for the last several months: Agreement.
- Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more Updated: Aug-02-15 10:47 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.
- Legislator proposes exotic animal ban in wake of lion hunt Updated: Aug-02-15 5:13 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Lions and tigers and bears - maybe in Oz, but not in Wisconsin if one Republican legislator gets his way.
- AG candidates take hard-hitting campaign to Fancy Farm Updated: Aug-01-15 11:18 pm
FANCY FARM, Kentucky - Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Whitney Westerfield traded pot shots Saturday at Kentucky's premier political showdown, where prosecutorial experience and claims of skipping work for pedicures spiced up their hard-hitting campaign for attorney general.
- Oregon bottle deposit hike likely as redemption falls Updated: Aug-01-15 3:05 pm
SALEM, Oregon - New state data show that Oregonians are returning fewer beverage bottles to redeem their 5-cent deposit, putting the state on track to double the deposit to 10 cents per bottle in 2017.
- Senator from Ruston won't seek re-election Updated: Aug-01-15 2:55 pm
RUSTON, Louisiana - State Sen. Rick Gallot, a veteran lawmaker who has served in both the House and Senate, is not seeking re-election.
- Connecticut DMV changes could mean temporary long waits Updated: Aug-01-15 1:32 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - An effort to upgrade outdated computer systems at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and make life easier for customers could prove challenging in the early stages, according to state officials.
- SC body camera law spurred by Ferguson, state's own shooting Updated: Aug-01-15 1:16 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Prompted by the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, South Carolina legislators pre-filed bills in late 2014 regarding the use of body cameras, initially requiring all the state's law officers to wear the devices and keeping the recordings for years.
- Illinois lawmakers evade pressure to buckle on budget Updated: Aug-01-15 1:13 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois has entered its second month without a state budget, and there's no indication that summer's dog days will present any new opportunities for a breakthrough in the squabbling between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly.
- Correction: Economic Agency story Updated: Aug-01-15 11:58 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - In a story July 31 about the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one unsecured loan the board gave out was worth $50,000. The unsecured loan was worth $500,000.
- Honolulu police arrest suspect in assault of state lawmaker Updated: Jul-31-15 8:59 pm
HONOLULU - Police have arrested a juvenile on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in a case involving a Hawaii lawmaker who was attacked in a homeless encampment.
- Lawmaker charged after shooting out ex-wife's tires Updated: Jul-31-15 8:29 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A state representative has admitted he shot out the tires of his ex-wife's car during an argument, but his ex says she wants charges against him dropped.
- Parents trying to keep dead daughter's farewell notes sealed Updated: Jul-31-15 6:34 pm
LAS VEGAS - The unpublished farewells of a seventh-grader who killed herself are the focus of a federal court battle between her parents who helped change Nevada school bullying law and Las Vegas school officials who say the writings shed new light on allegations that campus officials failed to tell the parents the girl was being victimized.
- McCrory behind Cooper in 2015 fundraising for NC governor Updated: Jul-31-15 5:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper outpaced incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in fundraising this year as the two gear up for the 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race, according to campaign reports released Friday.
- Chicago poised to require breast-feeding rooms at airports Updated: Jul-31-15 5:05 pm
CHICAGO - City Council members recommended Friday that lactation rooms be placed in every terminal at Chicago's two major airports, a move that one alderman said could help make it the nation's "most breast-feeding friendly" city.
- Top Missouri senator Tom Dempsey to resign Updated: Jul-31-15 4:50 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said Friday that he is resigning from office to launch a new private-sector career and spend more time with his family.
- Maine supreme court wades into dispute over 65 bills Updated: Jul-31-15 4:49 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - With more than a dozen lawmakers watching, Maine's highest court waded into a dispute Friday between Gov. Paul LePage and the Legislature over whether he missed his opportunity to veto 65 bills.
- Legislator calls for investigation of Planned Parenthood Updated: Jul-31-15 4:43 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request "politically motivated."
- Democrat Hensley enters Missouri attorney general's race Updated: Jul-31-15 3:51 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley says she's seeking the Democratic nomination for Missouri attorney general, which had briefly become a one-candidate race when Scott Sifton dropped out to seek re-election to the state Senate.
- Pot legalization group reports spending $2 million in effort Updated: Jul-31-15 3:34 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group working to get a marijuana legalization issue on Ohio's fall ballot has spent more than $2 million in its effort and has about $82,000 in campaign cash on hand.