State legislature

FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiles before speaking to supporters during an election-night watch party in Atlanta. More women than ever before have won their primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year. That’s setting a record and paving the way for battles in November that could significantly increase the number of women in elected office. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
August 19, 2018 - 12:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — setting a U.S. record and paving the way for November battles that could significantly...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2018, file photo, homes leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, Calif. California lawmakers are abandoning a controversial proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 18, 2018 - 6:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31...
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August 18, 2018 - 6:02 pm
DENVER (AP) — An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the state capitol building near a spot reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump. The prank...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, speaks to members of the media during an election night rally in Des Moines, Iowa. Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa farmer and soldier turned politician who served 16 years in Congress, has died. He was 84. The Democrat and former state Senate president, died at a Des Moines hospital on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 after suffering complications from a rare form of cancer, said family spokesman and former chief of staff Grant Woodard.(AP Photo/Justin Hayworth, File)
August 17, 2018 - 10:39 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa farmer and soldier turned politician who served 16 years in Congress, has died. He was 84. The Democrat and former state Senate president, died at a Des Moines hospital on Friday after suffering complications from a rare form of...
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In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018 file photo, Melissa Howard who is running for the District 73 State House seat being vacated by state Rep. Joe Gruters meets with voters during a "meet the candidates" event at Gold Coast Eagle Distriburing in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Howard, a Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature who falsely claimed she had a college degree and posted a purported copy of her diploma online dropped out of her race. Florida's penchant for the weird and strange is so prevalent it's created a cottage industry of chroniclers and followers. But like a contagion, a string of bizarre incidents make it appear that this trend is spreading like a swamp fever to the politicians who represent the state’s nearly 21 million residents. (Phil Diederich/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP, File)
August 17, 2018 - 6:44 pm
Florida's penchant for the weird and strange — often manifested in new ways of criminal behavior (think chasing people through a store with a live alligator) — is so prevalent it's created a cottage industry of chroniclers and followers. But like a contagion that has escaped a hermetically-sealed...
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One of three simultaneous drug overdose victims is treated on the New Haven Green, a city park in New Haven, Conn., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Investigators try to determine exactly what sickened the victims. People started falling ill Wednesday morning, mostly on the New Haven Green. No deaths were reported. Police have arrested a man who they say may have passed out free samples of synthetic marijuana. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)
August 16, 2018 - 10:44 pm
Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to...
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Student walk to class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 15, 2018 - 8:47 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. But some say they still won't feel protected despite $6.5 million in security...
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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrates with her children after her Congressional 5th District primary victory, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 7:11 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be...
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This undated photo provided by LaKeshia Myers, shows LaKeshia Myers. Myers, a schoolteacher who campaigned on improving education, defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in the Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County. Myers upset state Rep. Fred Kessler by 23 percentage points in the 12th Assembly District. Myers will be unopposed in November.(Photo courtesy LaKeshia Myers via AP)
August 15, 2018 - 6:57 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An educator who pulled off a major upset when she defeated a longtime incumbent lawmaker in the Democratic primaries will become one of only two black women in Wisconsin's state Assembly — a feat she attributes to long days knocking on voters' doors. LaKeshia Myers, 34, beat state...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a news conference in Topeka, Kan. With Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. There's no guarantee that the business wing of the Republican Party will collectively back Kobach given the likely candidacy of independent Greg Orman, a Kansas City-area businessman who ran a strong campaign for U.S. Senate two years ago. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 15, 2018 - 5:31 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof...
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