State legislature

A group of officials including member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Michele Park Steele, from third left, Rep. Harley Rouda, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, hold a news conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. A court temporarily blocked the U.S. government from sending up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China to the Southern California city for quarantine after local officials argued that the plan lacked details about how the community would be protected from the outbreak. (Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP)
February 22, 2020 - 9:04 pm
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A court temporarily blocked the U.S. government from sending up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China to a Southern California city for quarantine after local officials argued that the plan lacked details about how the community would be protected from the...
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A reveler dressed in Spider-Man costume strikes a pose at the "Ceu na Terra" or Heaven on Earth street party in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. From very early in the morning revelers take the streets of the bohemian neighborhood Santa Teresa for one of the many block parties during the Carnival celebrations in the city. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 22, 2020 - 5:34 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A violent police strike in northeastern Brazil has shed light on dissatisfaction among cops elsewhere in the country, with some forces threatening to protest as rowdy Carnival celebrations start. The strike by military police demanding higher salaries in the state of Ceara,...
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In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham is seen during an interview in Raleigh, N.C. The choice for North Carolina Democrats next month on a challenger to Republican Sen. Thom Tillis likely comes down to an Iraq War veteran with the backing of the party's establishment or an African American woman trying to beckon the party's liberal wing. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 22, 2020 - 9:19 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Votersseeking to take back a U.S. Senate seat in closely divided North Carolina must choose whether liberal populism or centrist pragmatism is best suited to unseat Republican incumbent Thom Tillis, a devotee of President Donald Trump. Next month’s Democratic Senate primary has...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington. A political committee linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is funding ads and other campaign materials designed to meddle in North Carolina's Democratic Senate primary, the group acknowledged on Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
February 21, 2020 - 6:58 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A political committee linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is funding ads and other campaign materials designed to meddle in North Carolina's Democratic Senate primary, the group acknowledged on Friday. Campaign finance documents filed late Thursday show the Faith...
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FILE - These 2019 file booking photos provided by the University of Connecticut Police Department show UConn students Jarred Mitchell Karal, left, and Ryan Mucaj, who were arrested in 2019 for shouting a racial slur outside a campus apartment complex. They were charged under a 1917 law that makes it a misdemeanor for anyone who ridicules or holds up to contempt certain classes of people. Professors and groups including the American Civil Liberties Union raised free speech concerns after the arrests. A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, on a bill before the state legislature's Judiciary Committee that would repeal the law. (UConn Police Department via AP, File)
February 21, 2020 - 2:23 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based on race, religion or nationality. The episode on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, foreground, gestures during his State of the State address as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine a ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, comes on the eve of a House hearing on the proposal the Republican governor asked lawmakers to send to voters. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)
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February 21, 2020 - 12:08 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have pulled a contentious proposal to enshrine an existing ban on so-called “sanctuary cities” in the state constitution. The decision announced late Thursday night came on the eve of a now-canceled House hearing on the proposal the...
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his friends after giving a press conference at his Chicago home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, one day after having his prison sentence commuted by President Donald Trump. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)/Daily Herald via AP)
February 20, 2020 - 7:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment. Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for a post-prison career. "I need to start working...
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Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, in back, joins Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II after the California Assembly passed House Resolution 77 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the author of the resolution, which apologizes for the state's role in supporting the internment and its failure to protect the civil rights of citizens of Japanese ancestry. HR 77 passed one day after the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP).
February 20, 2020 - 6:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly apologized Thursday for discriminating against Japanese Americans and helping the U.S. government send them to internment camps during World War II. The Assembly unanimously passed the resolution as several former internees and their families looked...
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Grounded Boeing 737 MAX airplanes fill a parking area adjacent to Boeing Field, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state lawmakers say they will introduce bills, at The Boeing Co.'s request, to suspend the aerospace giant's preferential business and occupation tax rate until the United States and European Union resolve their long-running international trade dispute. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
February 19, 2020 - 6:47 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakersintroduced bills Wednesday,at The Boeing Co.’s request, to suspend the aerospace giant's preferential business and occupation tax rate unless the United States and European Union reach an agreement on their long-running international trade dispute...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and businessman Tom Steyer sit together at the beginning of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in Columbia, S.C. With more visible support among black voters than seen in his 2016 South Carolina campaign, coupled with momentum from earlier contests, fierce competition for the crucial support of black voters and a wildcard GOP effort, Sanders could be poised either for an upset victory or a close second-place finish, a damaging blow to the “firewall” of support needed by Joe Biden in the state. If either scenario were to become reality following the Feb. 29 vote, Sanders may have Steyer to thank for eating into the former vice president’s support among black voters. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)
February 19, 2020 - 3:42 pm
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Billionaires are the consistent villains in Bernie Sanders' campaign narrative. He rails against what he perceives as the undue influence their wealth wields and how that contributes to the yawning inequalities of American life. His criticisms are unsparing, and his most...
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