State legislature

In this May 24, 2018 photo Kelly DeLong, 55, right, owner of Kelly' Cafe in Loco Hills, N.M., plays with her grandniece Annabelle Wilson, 3, at the cafe. Now that Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, is stepping down to run for New Mexico governor, eyes are turning to southern New Mexico where the open congressional seat that in recent years has leaned Republican could determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)
June 01, 2018 - 3:40 pm
LOCO HILLS, N.M. (AP) — As primary season sets the stage for the midterm elections, a sprawling New Mexico district that stretches from the U.S.-Mexico border to oil fields near Texas could help tip control of Congress. The 2nd District's long-time Republican Congressman Steve Pearce is stepping...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez speaks during an event kicking off his campaign for re-election at Union City High School, in Union City, N.J. This year’s race for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey won’t start officially until after the Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday, June 5. But already incumbent Democratic Sen. Menendez and Republican challenger Bob Hugin are hurling insults at one another in what will be New Jersey’s only statewide contest this fall and an arena in the national fight for control of the narrowly divided Senate. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
May 31, 2018 - 5:01 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ads with grainy images and pointed attacks? Check. Millions of dollars in campaign coffers? Another check. This year's race for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey won't start officially until after Tuesday's Democratic and Republican primaries. But already incumbent Democratic...
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May 31, 2018 - 3:53 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' bankruptcy settlement with clergy abuse victims (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says it will work to expedite payments to victims of clergy sexual abuse, after a $210 million...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016, file photo, a marijuana harvester examines buds going through a trimming machine near Corvallis, Ore. Three years after Oregon lawmakers created the state's new legal marijuana program, marijuana prices in the state are in free fall and the craft cannabis farmers who put Oregon on the map decades before legalization are losing their businesses to emerging chains and out-of-state investors. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
May 31, 2018 - 2:27 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon lawmakers created the state's legal marijuana program, they had one goal in mind above all else: to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market. That meant low barriers to entry that also targeted long-standing medical marijuana growers, whose product is...
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Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, left, talks with supporters of Medicaid expansion as they celebrate a vote in the gallery of the Virginia Senate at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
May 30, 2018 - 9:27 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday evening to a state budget expanding Medicaid coverage to the state's poor, ending years of partisan gridlock on the issue. The state Senate voted in favor of expansion after a full day of debate...
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Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, second from left, greets Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, left, Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh and former senator and Public Service Commission member Ryan Silvey, right, in his office, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson will automatically ascend from lieutenant governor to governor on Friday when Gov. Eric Greitens steps down following investigations of his political and personal life. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
May 30, 2018 - 9:26 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' resignation will elevate another military veteran and conservative Republican to the state's top job, and his experience working with legislators could smooth his transition to power. Mike Parson will automatically ascend from lieutenant...
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State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, urges lawmakers to approve his measure to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars from the newly legal recreational marijuana market, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. By a bipartisan 29-6 vote the Senate approved the measure and sent it to the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 30, 2018 - 8:48 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers moved Wednesday to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars flowing from the newly legal recreational marijuana market. The world's largest legal recreational marijuana economy, created under a law that took effect this year, is...
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Governor Greg Abbott unveils his plan to enhance school safety during a press conference at Dallas Independent School District headquarters in Dallas, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Abbott on Wednesday called for schools to have more armed personnel and said they should put a bigger focus on spotting student mental health problems but he proposed only a few small restrictions on guns following a deadly shooting at a high school near Houston. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
May 30, 2018 - 7:27 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday called for schools to have more armed personnel and said they should put greater focus on spotting student mental health problems but he proposed only a few small restrictions on guns following a shooting at a high school near Houston that left 10...
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May 30, 2018 - 3:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has thrown out a 2016 California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives after finding that the Legislature unconstitutionally approved it during a special session. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked an appeals court to block and reverse last week's...
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U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., delivers her signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State's office Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Capitol in Phoenix. McSally is officially running as a Republican for U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. Women running for office have crossed another threshold with a record number of candidates for the U.S. Senate. Actually winning those seats and changing the face of the chamber are a different matter. Many of the women jumping into Senate races face uphill campaigns. (AP Photo/Matt York)
May 30, 2018 - 9:55 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Women running for office are due to hit another threshold with a record number of candidates for the U.S. Senate, but actually winning those seats and changing the face of the chamber are a different matter. Many of the women jumping into Senate races face uphill campaigns. Two...
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