State legislature

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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Hawaii Gov. David Ige, surrounded by members of the bipartisan Hawaii Women's Legislative Caucus and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, at left wearing a lei, signs legislation in Honolulu, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, making Hawaii the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
July 02, 2019 - 10:28 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased. Legislation signed into law by Gov. David Ige tosses prostitution convictions for those who avoid additional...
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In this Aug. 13, 2001, file frame from video provided by C-SPAN, Tom Hofeller speaks during an event at the Republican National Committee in Washington. Hofeller, a mastermind of GOP redistricting preached keeping electronic records secure. But after his death in 2018, his own files found their way to the heart of lawsuits over a U.S. census question on citizenship and North Carolina’s legislative redistricting. (C-SPAN via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 6:31 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Documents recovered from the house of a deceased Republican mapmaker that are part of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit in North Carolina shouldn't be used in this month's scheduled trial because there's no way to authenticate them, GOP lawyers said Tuesday. The files linked to...
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Gov. Gavin Newsom signs one of the budget trailer bills at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, July 1, 2019. Looking on, from left, is Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, of Lakewood, second from left, State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, third from left and Senate Budget Chairwoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, right.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 01, 2019 - 8:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor vowed on Monday to continue expanding taxpayer funded health benefits to adults living in the country illegally next year, ensuring the volatile issue will get top billing in the 2020 presidential election as Democrats vying for the nomination woo...
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FILE - In this April 22, 2002, file photo, Brian Boquist is seen in Salem, Ore. A formal complaint has been filed against Boquist, an Oregon Republican senator who drew criticism for threatening state police amid a GOP walkout over climate legislation. Sen. Boquist drew criticism earlier this month by saying state police should come "heavily armed" if they attempted to bring him back to the Capitol during a Republican walkout over climate legislation. (Kobbi R. Blair/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)
June 29, 2019 - 6:31 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A formal complaint has been filed against Oregon Republican state Sen. Brian Boquist, who drew criticism for threatening state police amid a GOP walkout over climate legislation, the chairman of the state's conduct committee said Saturday. Sen. Floyd Prozanski, who chairs the...
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Lawmakers convene at the Oregon Senate after the minority Republicans ended a walkout they had begun on June 20 over a carbon-emissions bill they said would harm their rural constituents, at the Oregon Senate in Salem, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. Nine of the 12 minority Republicans returned after Senate President Peter Courtney said the majority Democrats lacked the votes to pass the legislation aimed at countering climate change. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
June 29, 2019 - 6:14 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday, ending an acrimonious nine-day walkout over a carbon emissions bill that would have been the second such legislation in the nation. The boycott had escalated when the Democratic governor ordered the state police to...
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