State legislature

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, speaks at a news conference on an proposed amendment to ban high capacity magazines in guns, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 12, 2019 - 3:25 pm
In the final weeks before the 2008 election, Barack Obama's campaign sent mailers to Florida voters reassuring them that he supported the Second Amendment. In the opening days of the 2020 Democratic primary, it's hard to imagine any candidate feeling the need to make a similar gesture. "Guns are no...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks to supporters during a rally outside the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens resigned June 1, 2018, while facing potential House impeachment proceedings over allegations of sexual and political misconduct. A woman with whom Greitens had an extramarital affair testified that he slapped, shoved, restrained and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters in 2015, while he was preparing to run for governor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
February 12, 2019 - 11:50 am
Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least six other statewide elected...
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People walk up a closed off road as snow continued to fall in Olympia, Wash., on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday with winter snowstorms pummeling the Northwest again as a larger weather system wreaked havoc in the region and even brought snow to Hawaii. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
February 11, 2019 - 9:14 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday with winter snowstorms pummeling the Northwest again as a larger weather system wreaked havoc in the region and even brought snow to Hawaii. Seattle's metro area had already been hit by three snow...
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In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walks through the halls of the Capitol Building in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 11, 2019 - 8:34 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media. But Omar's quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic...
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From left, faith leaders Rev. Curtis Price with The First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, Rev. Monica Dobbins with the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, Zen Buddhist Anna Zumwalt and Pastor David Nichols with Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church demonstrate in opposition to SB96 outside the Utah House chambers, Feb. 8, 2019. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 6:53 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the plan hours after it...
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks during an interview at the Governor's Mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. The embattled governor says he wants to spend the remaining three years of his term pursuing racial "equity." Northam told The Washington Post that there is a higher reason for the "horrific" reckoning over a racist photograph that appeared in his medical school yearbook. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 1:31 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on scandals involving Virginia's Democratic leaders (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Black leaders from around Virginia are spelling out how they want the state's embattled governor and attorney general to fight systemic racism. Their recommendations include bringing...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax looks over a briefing book prior to the start of the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 11, 2019 - 12:54 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After days of clamoring for resignations or impeachment, Virginia Democratic political and community leaders had second thoughts Monday as they confronted the racially combustible scandals that have engulfed the party's top three elected officials. A state lawmaker who had...
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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., points at a photograph of Marine Sgt. Michael Edward Bits of Ventura, Calif., the first military funeral he and his wife attended, and one of the many pictures of soldiers killed this century based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., along a hallway leading to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jones, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken Republican critic of the war, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, his 76th birthday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 10, 2019 - 8:26 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday. The congressman's office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax looks over a briefing book prior to the start of the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 10, 2019 - 6:09 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers on Monday will reluctantly face the unprecedented prospect of impeaching the state's second most powerful leader as they struggle to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. At least...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax welcomes visitors to the gallery at the opening of the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 09, 2019 - 7:05 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor on Saturday called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him while defying widespread calls for his resignation with a plea for "space in this moment for due process." Democratic Lt...
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