- Democrats introduce proposed $36.3 billion budget for 2016 Updated: May-25-15 8:07 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats announced a budget plan Monday that they say calls for spending more than $3 billion beyond what the state anticipates bringing in, setting up a summer showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has insisted that pro-business reforms accompany any tax hike.
- Rauner spokesman rips Illinois Democrats for 'broken' budget Updated: May-25-15 5:43 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A spokesman for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is criticizing Illinois Democrats for proposing a 2016 budget he describes as "broken."
- Standoff between Rauner, Democrats hangs over Legislature Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm
CHICAGO - A standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature is threatening to derail action on a long list of issues as lawmakers enter the final days of their spring session.
- Spain leader blames austerity, scandals for election result Updated: May-25-15 2:08 pm
MADRID - Spain's prime minister acknowledged Monday he was disappointed with his party's showing in local elections, which he attributed largely to austerity measures his government was compelled to take during Europe's recent debt crisis and a recent string of political scandals.
- GOP-dominated Ohio county attracts key Democrats for dinner Updated: May-25-15 1:59 pm
CINCINNATI - Ohio's Democratic U.S senator and two candidates trying to join him in Washington will venture into a Republican-dominated county for a party fundraiser.
- GOP lawmaker: NY lawmakers must act on ethics Updated: May-25-15 8:34 am
ALBANY, New York - The leader of the Republican minority in New York's state Assembly says legislators must pass ethics reforms before adjourning next month.
- Ethiopians vote, ruling party expected to keep grip on power Updated: May-24-15 1:31 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopians voted Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power.
- Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock Updated: May-24-15 10:12 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style mailers, TV ads and new multimillion-dollar political committees.
- NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program Updated: May-23-15 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
- Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue Updated: May-23-15 8:36 am
WASHINGTON - A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.
- Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC Updated: May-22-15 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.
- Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget Updated: May-22-15 7:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.
- Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq Updated: May-22-15 3:45 pm
HAMPTON, New Hampshire - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants.
- For Senate leader Bakk, session's end exposes divisions Updated: May-22-15 3:26 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - All eyes heading into this year's legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.
- Illinois Democrats vote down workers comp bill Updated: May-22-15 3:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats have sent another in a series of messages to Gov. Bruce Rauner by voting down elements of his pro-business agenda.
- Cruz adds state Republican Party official to campaign team Updated: May-22-15 2:15 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Michigan Republican Party official who specializes in grassroots outreach will be state director for the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz.
- Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol Updated: May-22-15 10:29 am
WASHINGTON - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.
- Spanish opposition parties challenge new 'gag law' Updated: May-22-15 6:25 am
MADRID - Spanish opposition parties have filed an appeal against the conservative government's new Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," before the Constitutional Court, a court spokeswoman said Friday.
- GOP's NC budget proposal gets lots of Democratic votes Updated: May-22-15 4:36 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - House Republicans experienced the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a budget bill since before the Great Recession as the chamber passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall.
- Kansas Senate's GOP leaders cancel debate on tax increases Updated: May-21-15 8:53 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Top Republicans in the GOP-dominated Kansas Senate canceled their first scheduled debate Thursday on raising taxes to erase a projected budget shortfall, just before lawmakers scuttled out of the Statehouse for an extended holiday weekend.
- Republicans move to restructure Walker's job creation agency Updated: May-21-15 8:05 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers on the Legislature's finance committee moved Thursday to restructure Gov. Scott Walker's struggling job creation agency, approving a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency's reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.
- Democrats seek return to relevance in Tennessee politics Updated: May-21-15 5:51 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - For a party once accustomed to dominating state politics, the outlook for Tennessee Democrats is bleak.
- Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog Updated: May-21-15 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old.
- On cusp of White House bid, Santorum makes populist pitch Updated: May-21-15 5:08 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Rick Santorum says he will announce his 2016 presidential intentions May 27 at a Pennsylvania factory.
- Senate panel keeps domestic budgets frozen for now Updated: May-21-15 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON - Ignoring veto threats, Republicans on a key Senate panel Wednesday approved an overall freeze on the annual operating budgets for domestic agencies while padding overseas military accounts to raise Pentagon budget limits by $36 billion.