State legislature

FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas. Three years ago, criminal charges against Paxton appeared to put his political future in peril. But the Republican enters November's midterm elections favored to win a second a term while remaining under indictment. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
October 27, 2018 - 4:14 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three years ago, criminal charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appeared to put his political future in peril. He is still under indictment, having pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of securities fraud. But now the Republican is favored to win a second term in...
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HOLD FOR STORY - In this Oct. 25, 2018 photo, Brendan Kelly, Democratic candidate for Illinois' 12th congressional district, shakes hands with a voter at a town hall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
October 26, 2018 - 4:02 pm
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Democrat Brendan Kelly listened as the people crowded inside a Southern Illinois University conference room talked about how trouble at the Carbondale campus has brought trouble for the whole region. Decreasing enrollment means jobs aren't filled when employees quit or...
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FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 file photo shows President Donald Trump and Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is running against Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., shaking hands during a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar in Missoula, Mont. Conservative groups linked to wealthy donors are saturating Montana airwaves with ads attacking Tester as they try to capitalize on Trump's feud with the lawmaker. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 26, 2018 - 2:26 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending in Montana's U.S. Senate race has hit $60 million and shattered a state record as conservative groups funded by wealthy donors saturate the airwaves with ads attacking Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and seek to capitalize on President Donald Trump's feud with the...
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October 26, 2018 - 1:43 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has been sued by two constituents who argue their First Amendment rights are being violated because they've been banned from commenting on the state lawmaker's Facebook page. The suit against Rep. Jim Walsh, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on...
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Missouri U.S. Senate candidates incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, right, and Republican challenger Josh Hawley wait for the start of a debate Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
October 25, 2018 - 6:34 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley blamed Democrats for a vitriolic political climate without offering any criticism of President Donald Trump during a Thursday debate with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The debate hosted by KMBC-TV in Kansas City marked the...
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October 25, 2018 - 1:29 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) — Delmiro Trevino, a U.S. citizen born in Texas, was waiting for a meal in a restaurant in Independence, Oregon, in 1977 when three sheriff's deputies and a policewoman demanded he show documents proving he was an American. "I was ashamed. It wasn't right, what they were...
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A customer, who did not want to be identified, displays the $200.00 worth of Mega Millions tickets he bought at Downtown Plaza convenience store in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
October 25, 2018 - 6:22 am
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa's body, the secret formula for Coca-Cola and the possibility of aliens in outer space, the identity of the winner of the second-biggest lottery in American history may remain hidden forever — because of where the person bought the ticket...
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A voter arrives as a worker walks past during early voting at a polling place in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
October 24, 2018 - 9:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all. Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a...
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Attorney Hannah Kaufman Joseph announces the filing of a civil lawsuit against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill during a press conference in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Kaufman Joseph, is joined by by the accusers, left to right Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, Samantha Lozano, Niki DaSilva and Gabrielle McLemore. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
October 23, 2018 - 7:18 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A special prosecutor said Tuesday he will not charge Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill with a crime even though he believes allegations from four women that Hill drunkenly groped them at a party in March. Attorneys for the lawmaker and legislative staffers who accuse Hill...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, speaks on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Dabakis drove to Las Vegas and tried marijuana for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposition that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in his state for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. Salt Lake City TV station KUTV reports Sen. Jim Dabakis wanted to try cannabis before the vote. Dabakis selected an edible gummy bear for the test, saying legislators should at least try marijuana before it's up for vote next month. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 23, 2018 - 6:04 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker drove to Las Vegas and tried marijuana for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposition that would legalize its use in his state for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. Salt Lake City TV station KUTV reports Sen. Jim Dabakis wanted to...
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