State governments

August 06, 2018 - 6:07 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee said Monday there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass a tax break bill designed to keep open a pair of Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in northeast Wisconsin, saving more than 600 jobs. Kimberly-Clark, which makes...
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Democratic congressional candidate Danny O'Connor speaks to Roger Tackett, 71, of Clark County, Ohio, during a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, ahead of Tuesday's special election. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)
August 06, 2018 - 5:21 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat is within striking distance of winning a congressional race in Ohio on Tuesday for an open seat that has been reliably Republican for more than three decades. Both national parties are focusing on the contest for clues to whether Democrats will retake the U.S. House...
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In this July 11, 2018 photo, workers repave a street in Roseville, Calif., partially funded by a gas tax hike passed by the Legislature in 2017. Republican officeholders have plowed money into a November ballot initiative campaign to repeal the tax increase. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 05, 2018 - 12:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Top national Republicans and grassroots donors alike are pouring money into the campaign to repeal California's gas tax increase with the hopes it will drive turnout in November and help the GOP hold onto U.S. House seats in the heavily Democratic state. Overall,...
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August 05, 2018 - 9:31 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that left eight students and two teachers dead. Among the steps that Texas apparently won't be taking...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, State Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature, files to run for the 5th district congressional seat that U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is vacating to run for Minnesota attorney general, at the Minnesota Secretary of State's office in St. Paul, Minn. The race has pitted Omar, a rising star in the Democratic Party, against older, more established Democrats, echoing similar races nationwide as a younger generation heads to Washington. (Lacey Young/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)
August 05, 2018 - 9:26 am
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — In a coffee shop at the edge of a working-class Minneapolis suburb, not far from the high school Ilhan Omar attended in the years after she immigrated to the U.S., some two dozen people crowded around a table to hear her make the case for sending her to Congress. "...
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President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a rally at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 04, 2018 - 9:17 pm
LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (AP) — The Latest news on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump is arguing that Republicans need to control Congress by casting the midterms as a referendum on himself. In a raucous rally in a sweltering gymnasium in Ohio Saturday, Trump pitched...
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President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he speaks during a meeting with inner city pastors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 04, 2018 - 5:49 pm
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is seizing on the prospect of Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker again as he makes his pitch for Republican candidates. Trump was traveling Saturday to Ohio to hold a rally for state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running in Tuesday's special...
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In this Aug. 2, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump, right, greets Senate candidate Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., during a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. More than 2,600 candidates are running in the midterm elections. But for the president, the election comes down to one person: Donald Trump. With the primary calendar winding down, Trump’s me-first strategy is prompting a wave of concern within his own party. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 04, 2018 - 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he's complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidates who will square off in a debate Wednesday night, July 11, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. From left, are: Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka; former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer; and former state Agriculture secretary Joshua Svaty. Kansas Democrats are riding an eight-year losing streak in statewide elections, and there’s pressure to break it. That pressure has intensified a debate within the party over how to pull more votes from Republican-leaning rural areas to help win the governor's race this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
August 04, 2018 - 5:16 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats are riding an eight-year losing streak in statewide elections, and the pressure to break it has intensified a debate within the party over how to pull more votes from Republican-leaning rural areas to help win the governor's race this year. Democrats nationally...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, people opposing Proposition A listen to a speaker during a rally in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri votes Tuesday, Aug. 7 on a so-called right-to-work law, a voter referendum seeking to ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 04, 2018 - 4:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor's clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. The statewide vote in Tuesday's...
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