Elections

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, agents help sign people up for insurance through the Covered California exchange at their storefront on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, Calif. In his initial actions, newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to expand Medicaid to those in the country illegally up to age 26, implement a mandate that everyone buy insurance or face a fine, and consolidate the state's prescription drug purchases in the hope that it will dramatically lower costs. (Nick Agro/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, File)
January 12, 2019 - 5:06 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Riding the momentum from November's elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for...
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes speaks to members of the media after a hand recount, in Lauderhill, Fla. A Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, that former governor and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated Snipe's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case. Snipes came under fire during the contentious recount that followed the 2018 elections. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
January 09, 2019 - 11:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said...
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In this May 31, 2017 photo, traffic travels along Interstate 235 near a construction project in Oklahoma City, Okla. Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay approving contracts for new road and bridge projects. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP)
January 09, 2019 - 4:22 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility. Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, announced a proposal for a public health insurance option for Washington state residents, the latest action by a Democratic governor to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 08, 2019 - 6:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's governor and New York City's mayor unveiled major initiatives to expand health insurance coverage Tuesday, the latest moves by key Democratic leaders to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need. Washington...
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January 08, 2019 - 4:29 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a legal dispute in which 15 states are seeking to strike down laws in California and Massachusetts that require larger living areas for some farm animals. The attorney general's office in Missouri, which spearheaded...
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January 08, 2019 - 8:50 am
MIAMI (AP) — The right to vote was restored for most Florida felons as of Tuesday, increasing the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition planned to get people...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J. Former New Jersey Gov. Christie wants lawmakers across the country to resist a bill that would give the federal government control over regulating sports betting. The Republican says states have proven they can handle the job. Speaking Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in New Orleans, Christie also urged them to resist granting the leagues “integrity fees,” which are essentially a slice of the action on sports bets, and to refuse demands to use official league data in sports betting. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
January 04, 2019 - 4:30 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants lawmakers across the country to resist a bill that would give the federal government control over regulating sports betting. The Republican said Friday at a conference of legislators that states have proven they can handle the job...
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FILE - This July 14, 2018 file photo shows gamblers placing bets on sports events at the FanDuel sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., on the day it opened. The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
January 02, 2019 - 11:16 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don't bet on it. Just look to the states that...
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This May 22, 2018 photo shows a voter access card inserted in a voting reader during voting in the Georgia primary in Kennesaw, Ga. Georgia’s outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers. (AP Photo Mike Stewart)
January 01, 2019 - 5:28 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers. The paperless system was closely scrutinized during...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, Texas Governor Greg Abbott smiles before a gubernatorial debate against his Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. Decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene in new sessions in 2019. Abbott and the Republican-controlled Legislature will be wrestling with whether to tap as much as $5 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to pay for the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which swamped the southeast portion of the state in August 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)
December 31, 2018 - 1:55 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be considering anew whether to expand government-funded...
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