State legislature

FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump hands a pen to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, after signing the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Heitkamp, in one of the most challenging Senate re-election races this year, mixes pro-Trump record with Democratic leanings, though describing them as non-partisan and not part of Democratic resistance movement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
June 11, 2018 - 6:42 am
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp has no patience for resisting. That's what the North Dakota Democrat says, though resistance also is a luxury Heitkamp can little afford in one of the nation's most Donald Trump-friendly states. The first-term U.S. senator, among the most vulnerable in her party...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev, speaks during a media briefing at Metro Police headquarters in Las Vegas. Heller is considered the vulnerable Republican senator seeking re-election, but he has an easy primary battle Tuesday, June 12, 2018, thanks to President Donald Trump. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)
June 11, 2018 - 2:52 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dean Heller, the most vulnerable Republican senator seeking re-election this year, has an easy primary battle on Tuesday thanks to President Donald Trump, leaving a contentious Democratic battle for governor as Nevada's most closely-watched primary race. Heller, the only GOP...
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In this April 27, 2018, photo, a sign advertises the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nev. A coalition of religious groups and anti-sex trafficking activists have launched referendums to ban brothels in two of Nevada's seven counties where they legally operate. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 11, 2018 - 2:51 am
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A state marketed as a place where people can indulge in all manner of sins is confronting its status as the only place in America where you can legally pay someone for sex. A coalition of religious groups and anti-sex trafficking activists has launched referendums to ban...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2018, file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., arrives for the state Democratic party convention in Grand Forks, N.D. Heitkamp, in one of the most challenging Senate re-election races this year, mixes pro-Trump record with Democratic leanings, though describing them as non-partisan and not part of Democratic resistance movement. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)
June 09, 2018 - 9:13 am
MANDAN, North Dakota (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp is a first-term Democratic senator running for re-election this year in North Dakota, one of the most Donald Trump-friendly states. She's maneuvering herself as both an ally of the president on policy and a polite opponent at other times. Heitkamp's record...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2018, file photo, men watch horse racing on an array of screens at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. New Jersey’s proposed sports betting law is heading down to the wire, with final legislative approval expected on Thursday, June 7. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
June 08, 2018 - 12:26 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday his state will have sports betting "sooner rather than later," but gave himself no timetable to act on a bill to legalize it. Speaking a day after the state Legislature unanimously passed a bill to let casinos and racetracks offer sports...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2016 file photo, Danny Tarkanian participates in a Republican debate for Nevada's 3rd Congressional District in Henderson, Nev. All eyes are on Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller's re-election bid, but two U.S. House seats could be key to the Democrats’ effort to cut into GOP majorities in Congress. Tarkanian is expected to face wealthy Democratic philanthropist Susie Lee in Nevada's most expensive House race in November. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 07, 2018 - 7:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — All eyes are on Republican Sen. Dean Heller's re-election bid but hanging on to a pair of Democratic U.S. House seats up for grabs in Nevada could be key to the party's effort to shrink GOP majorities in Congress. Rep. Jacky Rosen's departure from the 3rd District race to...
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In this May 24, 2018 photo Xochitl Torres Small, a Democratic candidate for Congress, speaks to voters at a Las Cruces, N.M., event. 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 07, 2018 - 7:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Female candidates are slated to make history in November in a closely watched congressional race in New Mexico, pointing to the growing political power of women in the American Southwest and a draw of talent that is helping reshape one of the nation's poorest districts...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2018, file photo, men watch horse racing on an array of screens at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. New Jersey’s proposed sports betting law is heading down to the wire, with final legislative approval expected on Thursday, June 7. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
June 07, 2018 - 5:07 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey legislature gave its final approval Thursday to a bill to legalize sports betting three weeks after winning the right to do so in a U.S. Supreme Court case. But when the wagering can begin and the money start changing hands is anyone's bet: The bill is now with...
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New Mexico's Democratic nominee to U.S. Congress, Debra Haaland, left, applauds at a celebratory breakfast in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, alongside state Sen. Howie Morales, who was nominated to run for lieutenant governor in the fall general election. Haaland is trying to become the first Native American woman to serve in the House of Representatives. Tuesday's primary election upended the political landscape in New Mexico by setting up general-election showdowns between women in two open congressional seats and casting aside an incumbent Democratic state lawmaker who is embroiled sexual harassment accusations .(AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
June 07, 2018 - 2:37 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico, a state with deep historical ties to American Indians whose images and symbols are rooted in everything from the state flag to town names, has moved closer to electing the first Native American woman to the U.S. House of Representatives. Deb Haaland's victory...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2011, file photo, Timothy Mapes, chief of staff for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, listens to lawmakers debate at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Sherri Garrett, an employee in Madigan's office, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, accused Mapes of mishandling allegations of sexual harassment on two occasions and making untoward comments to her and others in incidents from 2013 to just a few weeks ago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
June 06, 2018 - 6:51 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The chief of staff to powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan abruptly resigned Wednesday after an employee accused him of lewd comments and of mishandling complaints of sexual harassment. Sherri Garrett, a $42,000-a-year account technician for the House, told a...
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