State legislature

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is joined by fellow Democrats as he tells reporters that the Republicans have killed every piece of legislation the Democrats have crafted to protect elections, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Warner is joined by, from left, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 26, 2019 - 6:42 pm
The death of a bill in Congress this week that would have bolstered election security systems puts more pressure on states to prevent cyberattacks from Russia that former special counsel Robert Mueller warned against this week. But many states are paralyzed by their own inaction. State and local...
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July 26, 2019 - 5:11 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Black rag dolls that came with instructions to "find a wall" and slam the toy against it have been pulled from three stores after customers and a lawmaker said they were offensive. The "Feel Better Doll" featured instructions to "whack" the doll "whenever things don't go well...
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July 26, 2019 - 2:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A three-judge North Carolina panel was considering Friday whether politicians can be too extreme in drawing legislative voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make about congressional elections. The judges start deliberating at the end...
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In this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo, Laurie Barber, a Little Rock, Ark., ophthalmologist, talks with patient Carolyn Lay at the Little Rock Eye Clinic. Barber chairs a group that wants to hold a referendum on a new Arkansas law that expands the procedures that optometrists can perform. Arkansas optometrists who say they have to refer patients sometimes as far as an hour away successfully urged the Legislature this year to expand what procedures they can perform. But that change sparked an expensive and heated lobbying fight, and now faces the prospect of going before voters next year. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
July 26, 2019 - 12:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As an optometrist in the small Arkansas town of Osceola, Dr. Matthew Jones must tell patients several times a week to seek treatment elsewhere — sometimes as far as an hour away — for procedures he says he's fully capable of performing. "They look at me and ask, 'Why don't...
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President Donald Trump accompanied by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., waves as they Air Force One upon arrival at Wheeling, W.Va., Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 24, 2019 - 9:21 pm
WHEELING, West Virginia (AP) — A triumphant President Donald Trump celebrated Wednesday evening after Robert Mueller's testimony, telling attendees at a closed-door fundraiser in West Virginia that the former special counsel's appearance was a dud. Trump, who arrived at the fundraiser energized and...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019 file photo Rep. Erica Thomas, D-Austell, speaks during a news conference in Atlanta. Thomas says she was verbally attacked in a supermarket by a white man who told her, "Go back where you came from." Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell tearfully described the confrontation in a Facebook video Friday, July 19, 2019. She acknowledged being in an express line with too many items but said she got in the line because she is nine months pregnant and cannot stand for long periods. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
July 23, 2019 - 7:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — No charges will be filed in the dispute between a black Georgia lawmaker and a white man she accused of verbally assaulting her for having too many items in an express checkout line at a grocery store, police said Tuesday. In a widely shared Facebook video, a tearful state Rep. Erica...
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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, second from right, listens along with defense attorneys, from left, Marc Fernich, Michael Miller, and Martin Weinberg as Judge Richard M. Berman denies him bail during a hearing in federal court, Thursday, July 18, 2019 in New York. Judge Berman denied bail for the jailed financier on sex trafficking charges, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the "heart of this decision." (Aggie Kenny via AP)
July 23, 2019 - 11:52 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago...
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FILE - In this July 6, 2019, file photo, motorcyclists participate in a ride in Randolph, N.H., to remember seven bikers killed there in a collision with a pickup truck in June. State transportation officials in Massachusetts are expected to be questioned during a legislative oversight hearing on Monday, July 22, 2019, in Boston, about the Registry of Motor Vehicles' failure to suspend the commercial license of the truck driver charged in the crash that killed the seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP, File)
July 22, 2019 - 3:24 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers opened and then abruptly suspended their inquiry Monday into troubles at the state motor vehicle department that were exposed by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation voted to recess just minutes into its...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis waves to supporters after making her concession speech in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Monday, July 22, 2019, that she's running for Congress in 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 22, 2019 - 1:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrat Wendy Davis said Monday she is running for Congress, five years after badly losing a bid for governor that was propelled by her 13-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill in the state Capitol. She will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Roy, one of the most...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018 file photo, MJ Hegar poses for a portrait at her home in Round Rock, Texas. Democratic candidates in some key states in the 2020 race aren’t going along as some in the party’s presidential field takes a hard liberal turn. In Texas, party leaders say they are confident in Air Force veteran Hegar taking on Republican incumbent John Cornyn but they also are not discouraging progressives from challenging her. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
July 22, 2019 - 7:52 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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