Legislation

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, with the help of the Mary and Don Miller family from Plainfield, Wis., flipped the switch to light the state Christmas Tree in the Capitol Rotunda, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Senate and Assembly are set to send dozens of changes in state law to Walker's desk Tuesday. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
December 05, 2018 - 12:14 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Demonstrators booed outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, a sign of tumult as Republicans in the Legislature met to push through measures to gut the powers of his Democratic successor. The Legislature met deep into the night...
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December 04, 2018 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's watchdog says a senior department official sexually assaulted an employee and pressured another worker to have sex with him in exchange for a promotion. An inspector general's report released Tuesday says the unnamed official also sexually harassed at...
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U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, is shown ahead of a news conference about the farm bill on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the South St. Paul Municipal Airport in South St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
December 04, 2018 - 5:04 pm
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A key congressional voice on agriculture, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, said Tuesday that he's optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week after a delay caused by the break for the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. Peterson, the...
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December 04, 2018 - 1:43 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker is raising the question with a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who have...
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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 - 1:20 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 Oct. 4, 2018, file photo Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., arrives at the Capitol in Washington. Kennedy has ended months of speculation about the Louisiana governor's race, saying he won't run against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in 2019. The shocking announcement Monday, Dec. 3, removes a formidable opponent from the race and leaves Republicans scrambling without a well-known contender as they try to unseat the Deep South's only Democratic governor. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 03, 2018 - 2:04 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ending months of speculation, Sen. John Kennedy announced Monday that he won't run against Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2019, leaving Republicans scrambling without a well-known contender. The announcement, made in a press release, came as a surprise. The senator would have been...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
December 01, 2018 - 10:32 am
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a World War II hero whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. Bush, who also presided during the...
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November 30, 2018 - 6:40 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' attorney general sued the San Antonio police chief Friday for what he said are violations of the state's immigration law targeting "sanctuary cities" and sought millions of dollars in sanctions. The lawsuit Ken Paxton filed in state court was a rare enforcement action of...
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November 30, 2018 - 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in January. Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland say they spoke to Whitaker Friday and he agreed to testify "at a mutually agreeable date...
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November 29, 2018 - 6:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal on the multi-billion dollar farm bill would scrap new work requirements for some older food stamp recipients — rejecting a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump. Lawmakers expect to vote next week on the tentative deal, announced Thursday by...
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