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Records tie Walker's office to bill gutting open records law

MADISON, Wis. — Newly released documents show Gov. Scott Walker's office was involved in drafting a state budget amendment that would have overhauled Wisconsin's open records law and kept some government materials secret.

July 30, 2015 7:35 amLoading…

GOP legislators block audit of Kansas foster care system

TOPEKA, Kan. — Republican legislators on Wednesday blocked a state audit of Kansas' foster care system even though several acknowledged that they have ongoing concerns about how well it protects abused and neglected children.

July 29, 2015 2:29 pm Related

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GOP’s condemnation of Trump pure hypocrisy

GOP’s condemnation of Trump pure hypocrisy

Sacrifices of military men and women for this country demand respect.

July 25, 2015 5:00 pmLoading…

Wisconsin Republicans seek to ban sale of fetal body parts

MADISON, Wis. — The sale of fetal body parts would be banned in Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood could lose millions of dollars in federal funding under bills being circulated by a pair of Republican state representatives.

July 24, 2015 1:35 pmLoading…

Legislative Democrats introduce bills for breast milk banks

LANSING, Mich. — Members of the Democratic minority in the Michigan Legislature have introduced bills setting out rules for sharing of human breast milk in the state.

July 07, 2015 6:47 pmLoading…

Democrats want Pence to release details of PR firm's work

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats have sent the Republican Pence administration a formal request to release documents showing what the state got for its money when it hired a New York public relations firm to deal with the damage inflicted by a new religious objections law.

July 06, 2015 11:38 amLoading…

GOP senators: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

JACKSON, Miss. — Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators said Wednesday that the state should remove a Confederate battle emblem from its flag — part of a wave of officials across the Deep South reconsidering symbols since last week's massacre at a black church in South Carolina.

June 24, 2015 12:15 pmLoading…

Gov. Walker ends decades-old waiting period for handguns

MILWAUKEE — After signing two bills that loosen Wisconsin's gun laws, Gov. Scott Walker defended the timing of his public event Wednesday, saying it had been scheduled before nine people were shot and killed last week in a South Carolina church.

June 24, 2015 12:16 pmLoading…

Kentucky Republicans say Jefferson Davis statue should go

FRANKFORT, Ky. — When Kentuckians erected statues honoring two of their state's most historic figures, they put former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the center of the state's Capitol rotunda. They put his Confederate counterpart, Jefferson Davis, in the corner.

June 23, 2015 4:10 pmLoading…

Walker to donate $3,500 received from white supremacist

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to donate money he received in campaign donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by the Charleston church murder suspect.

June 22, 2015 1:28 pmLoading…

ND GOP lawmaker who sent explicit photo won't step down

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Fargo lawmaker who sent a graphic photo of himself to another user of a gay dating website says he has no intention of leaving the Legislature.

June 16, 2015 11:05 amLoading…

Republicans to propose cutting taxes for wealthy

MADISON, Wis. — The alternative minimum income tax, which primarily benefits people earning more than $200,000 a year, would be eliminated under a Republican proposal to be voted on by the Legislature's budget-writing committee as soon as next week.

June 11, 2015 12:18 pmLoading…

Transgender athletes policy revised after GOP criticism

PIERRE, S.D. — Proposed changes to an association policy for transgender high school athletes would not limit them to the same team as the sex identified on their birth certificates, raising the possibility of a second legislative session of conflict over a rule that many Republicans lawmake…

June 09, 2015 4:18 pmLoading…

Scientists targeted for cuts have studied GOP issues

MADISON, Wis. — The group of state Department of Natural Resources scientists that Republican lawmakers targeted for cuts has been working on a number of politically charged issues in recent years, including climate change, pollution and mining.

June 07, 2015 6:39 amLoading…

A foreign policy checkmark for Jeb Bush

DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeb Bush heads to Europe next week to put a checkmark in a final box before making his campaign for president official: an overseas visit to catch up with a few of America's friends.

June 05, 2015 1:58 pmLoading…

GOP says Clinton dividing Americans over voting rights

HOUSTON — Republicans struck back Friday against Hillary Rodham Clinton's suggestions that they have attempted to disenfranchise voters systematically. They accused the Democratic presidential front-runner of running a divisive campaign and favoring lax controls on voting.

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Clinton: GOP trying to make it difficult for people to vote

HOUSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down an early marker on voting rights in her Democratic presid…

June 04, 2015 6:13 pmLoading…

AP sources: Jeb Bush is in the race for president

WASHINGTON  — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016, according to several senior aides who confirmed Thursday that the Republican would announce his widely expected decision in Miami later this month.

June 04, 2015 4:11 pmLoading…

Rick Perry goes at it again, launches 2016 bid

ADDISON, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, pledging to "end an era of failed leadership" and hoping this campaign will go better than his last one.

June 04, 2015 3:09 pmLoading…

Where They Stand: Rick Perry on issues of 2016 campaign

AUSTIN, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is seeking the 2016 Republican nomination for president. Here's a snapshot of where Perry stands on issues likely to be debated in the campaign.

June 04, 2015 12:28 pmLoading…

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