State legislature

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. Democratic candidates in some key states in the 2020 race aren’t going along as some in the party’s presidential field takes a liberal turn. Among the latest discordant voice is Amy McGrath of Kentucky, a Marine running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)
July 22, 2019 - 3:02 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself "an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat." She is not a Democrat who promotes "Medicare for All." She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe addresses a joint session in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in the state House two years ago. Last year the same energy helped Virginia Democrats knock out three incumbent members of Congress. McAuliffe has been actively raising money and campaigning with state Democrats this year.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 19, 2019 - 1:21 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One key question hovers over this year's closely watched Virginia legislative elections: Has the Trump effect that helped Democrats two years ago worn off? Voters unhappy with the Republican president, particularly in suburban areas, powered historic Democratic gains in 2017...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, right, listens to speakers along with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, left, during a rally at the State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. New campaign finance reports filed Monday, July 15 show the Democratic governor raised slightly more than $300,000 between April and June. That’s far below the seven-figure hauls his predecessors, former Govs. Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell, raised during similar periods when they were in office. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 16, 2019 - 4:23 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. But he's also managed to remain a major source of campaign cash for Democrats, including those who have previously called on him to...
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Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, center, shakes hands with Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, after their wildfire measure they co-authored, along with Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The bill, AB1054, aimed at stabilizing the state's electric utilities in the face of devastating wildfires caused by their equipment, was approved overwhelmingly and now goes to the governor. At left is state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, who carried the measure in the Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 11, 2019 - 6:50 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5...
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Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, speaks in support of a bill to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors, during a rally in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The measure, AB5 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, aimed at major employers like Uber and Lyft, was approved by a Senate committee and still needs approval by the full Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The battle between California lawmakers and ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft heated up Wednesday as Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon offered harsh words laced with expletives for businesses in the gig economy. "They use a lot of really cute words basically to...
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Gov. Ralph Northam walks away from the lectern after speaking at a rally against gun violence held on the Virginia State Capitol grounds, in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Gov. Northam has called the legislature into special session to deal with the issues after 13 people were gunned down in a Virginia Beach mass shooting in May. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
July 09, 2019 - 4:21 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Sumter, S.C, on Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
July 06, 2019 - 11:52 pm
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some. "Was I wrong a few weeks ago?" Biden asked a...
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In this photo taken Thursday, June 20, 2019, packaged smokable hemp flower is seen on the counter at the Hemp Farmacy in Raleigh, N.C. A proposed ban on smokable hemp is making its way through North Carolina's General Assembly after the product's popularity surged in the six months since the passage of the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
July 04, 2019 - 11:49 am
CLIMAX, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the latest state considering a ban on smokable hemp, a product that's exploding along with the health craze surrounding a compound in the plant known as CBD. Besides federal regulations laid out in the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration...
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In this June 27, 2019, photo, a motorcyclist drives by a sign along the old Route 66 in Needles, Calif. The small desert town bordering Arizona and near the Nevada state line recently labeled itself a "2nd Amendment Sanctuary City." (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 03, 2019 - 12:40 am
NEEDLES, Calif. (AP) — The Old West desert town of Needles, California, is where the beleaguered Joad family crossed the Colorado River into California in John Steinbeck's classic novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and was a boyhood home to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz. These days, Needles is gaining...
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July 03, 2019 - 12:35 am
NEEDLES, Calif. (AP) — The Old West desert town of Needles, California, is where the beleaguered Joad family crossed the Colorado River into California in John Steinbeck's classic novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and was a boyhood home to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz. These days, Needles is gaining...
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