February 5, 2016

Obama Wants to Tax Oil Companies to Fund Green Transit

President Obama will propose a $10-per-barrel tax on oil in next year's budget to modernize the U.S. transportation system, using the fossil fuels tax to pay for a transition to clean energy, administration officials said Thursday.
February 5, 2016

Source: Massachusetts Governor Will Endorse Christie

Gov. Charlie Baker will endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's bid for the Republican presidential nomination today, a source confirmed -- repaying Christie for his strong support during Baker's own race for governor in 2014.
February 5, 2016

TV's Montel Williams Ready to Return to GOP for Kasich

Television personality Montel Williams has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the GOP presidential race.
February 5, 2016

After Gun Ruling, Maryland May Take Assault Weapons Ban to U.S. Supreme Court

A federal appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow to Maryland's landmark 2013 gun control law and similar measures across the country, ruling Tuesday that a lower court was wrong when it upheld the state's ban on assault rifles.
February 5, 2016

California Names Its 1st Medical Marijuana Chief

California has its first weed czar -- otherwise known as chief of its Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation -- and it's a Republican, Lori Ajax, who is now chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
February 5, 2016

Pennsylvania Gets Rid of Graduation Tests, for Now

Gov. Wolf signed a bill Wednesday that would delay for two years the use of high-school graduation exams, thus allowing time to study whether such tests should be a requirement.
February 4, 2016

Study Shows Impact of Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding

The state of Texas' sustained campaign against Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers appears to have led to an increase in births among low-income women who lost access to affordable and effective birth control, a new study says.
February 4, 2016

After DOJ Threat, Alabama Adopts Online Voter Registration

Alabama voters can now register to vote online.
February 4, 2016

School District Turns Away Inspectors Hired by Detroit Teachers Union

Officials from Detroit's teachers union blasted Detroit Public Schools on Wednesday after the district blocked the union's environmental experts from investigating possible mold growth, water damage and other problems inside nine schools.
February 4, 2016

After Privatization Fails, Illinois Governor Creates New Economic Development Arm

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his executive powers Wednesday to pull an end run around Democratic lawmakers, signing an order that directs the state's economic development agency to work with a not-for-profit corporation the administration formed to recruit businesses to Illinois on the state's behalf.
February 4, 2016

California Cities Get More Time to Regulate Medical Marijuana

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday gave cities and counties more time to develop local regulations on the commercial growing of medical marijuana, amid concern that a March 1 deadline had many rushing to ban cultivation.
February 3, 2016

Flint Mayor Announces Plan to Replace Lead Pipes

An aggressive plan to remove Flint's lead-contaminated pipes from the water distribution system was announced Tuesday by city officials who said the city will first target the homes of high-risk populations, including children and pregnant women.
February 3, 2016

Why Iowa Democrats Struggled to Count Caucus Votes

The phone rang at 1 a.m. on Tuesday at the home of Gary Gelner, the Democratic chairman of Iowa's Hancock County. State party officials wanted the results from two caucus precincts in his rural swatch about 100 miles north of the state capital.
February 3, 2016

First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus Confirmed in U.S.

Dallas County health officials on Tuesday confirmed a case of Zika infection through sexual transmission, the first confirmed case of locally acquired Zika in the U.S. during the current outbreak.
February 3, 2016

Exonerations Reach Record Level in America

For the second year in a row, criminal exonerations in the United States have reached a record level, with more than one in four stemming from Harris County drug convictions, a survey released Tuesday reveals.
February 3, 2016

Chicago Teachers Union Rejects Contract, Calls Cuts an 'Act of War'

One day after the Chicago Teachers Union rejected a contract proposal from Chicago Public Schools, district officials said they would slash school budgets and stop paying the bulk of teachers' pension contributions -- moves CTU's president quickly blasted as "an act of war."
February 2, 2016

FBI Joins Flint Water Investigation

The FBI is now investigating the contamination of Flint's drinking water, a man-made public health catastrophe, which has left an unknown number of Flint children and other residents poisoned by lead and resulted in state and federal emergency declarations.
February 2, 2016

U.S. to Review San Francisco Police Tactics After Fatal Shooting

The U.S. Justice Department promised an "exhaustive and transparent" review Monday of the San Francisco Police Department in the wake of the Mario Woods killing, focusing on possible use-of-force issues and racial disparities in how officers treat suspects.
February 2, 2016

After Iowa Caucus, O'Malley Drops Out of Presidential Race

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who had always acknowledged his campaign for president would be a long shot, ended the effort late Monday night after a disappointing finish in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.
February 2, 2016

Post-Flint, More EPA Water Protections May Be Hard for Some States to Swallow

The contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., has thrown a harsh national spotlight on the problem of lead in drinking water, especially in poor and minority communities. Yet the issue is hardly new _ Washington, D.C., had its own infamous lead scandal in 2004, among other communities that have seen lead spikes.
February 2, 2016

Zika Virus Declared Global Emergency

The World Health Organization declared Monday that explosive growth of the mosquito-borne Zika virus _ which has been spreading rapidly in the Americas and may be linked to birth defects _ constitutes an international public health emergency, signaling an new phase in the global effort to battle the virus.
February 2, 2016

CNN Hires Former Mayor Nutter as New Commentator

Mayor Nutter is no stranger to the national cable news networks, but typically he's the focus of the headlines.
February 1, 2016

Illinois Refuses to Add Conditions to Medical Marijuana List

Illinois will not expand the list of conditions that qualifies people to get medical marijuana, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced Friday.
February 1, 2016

Popular Iowa Governor Compliments Christie, But Stops Short of Endorsement

On the eve of the caucuses that kick off the presidential nominating process, Iowa's popular governor gave New Jersey's Gov. Christie a tacit nod of approval by introducing him to voters here as a "great friend of mine" who had helped the GOP expand its power across the country.
February 1, 2016

Kasich and Christie Trail Candidates in Campaign Funding

Gov. John Kasich will enter the crucial final days of the New Hampshire Republican presidential campaign with less money to spend on TV advertising than key GOP contenders he is trying to finish ahead of in the Feb. 9 primary.
February 1, 2016

After Weeklong Hunt, Jail Examines How California Prisoners Escaped

Two of the three inmates who escaped from an Orange County jail were booked early Sunday morning into the Santa Ana detention facility from which they had fled, marking the end of an eight-day manhunt by federal and local law enforcement officials.
February 1, 2016

Small Group of Cops Repeatedly Cost Chicago Millions

Officers Sean Campbell and Steven Sautkus were patrolling their quiet beat on Chicago's Southwest Side in April 2014 when they saw the driver turn without flashing his signal early enough.
February 1, 2016

Minnesota Governor Hospitalized

Gov. Mark Dayton was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Sunday after he fainted at a political event, and he was expected to be hospitalized overnight for observation, officials in the governor's office said.
February 1, 2016

Democrats and Republicans Strike a Deal on Guns in Virginia

Republican legislators have struck a deal with Gov. Terry McAuliffe to maintain concealed-carry permit deals with at least 25 states, and to take guns from domestic violence offenders who are under permanent protection orders.
January 29, 2016

As Residents Drank Toxic Water, State Workers in Flint Got Purified Water for Over a Year

In January 2015, when state officials were telling worried Flint residents their water was safe to drink, they also were arranging for coolers of purified water in Flint's State Office Building so employees wouldn't have to drink from the taps, according to state government emails released Thursday by the liberal group Progress Michigan.
January 29, 2016

After 21 Years as Mayor and a Few in Prison, Buddy Cianci Dies

Providence mourned the death yesterday of its beloved rascal, former Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., the wisecracking political rogue who was widely credited with revitalizing the city during two stints in office that were cut short by criminal charges and a prison sentence for corruption. He was 74.
January 29, 2016

Jail Worker Arrested for Allegedly Helping California Inmates Escape

A 44-year-old woman who allegedly aided three inmates who made a daring escape from Orange County's largest jail was arrested Thursday, officials said.
January 29, 2016

Ohio Lawmaker Questions Whether His Female Opponent Should Be a Mom and a Politician

A member of the Ohio Senate's GOP leadership team is drawing fire after questioning whether his opponent, a woman with young children, could handle being away from home while serving in the state legislature.
January 29, 2016

FBI Releases Video Showing Fatal Shooting of Oregon Protester

The FBI released video Thursday that shows law enforcement during a traffic stop this week fatally shooting one of the armed men who occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge.
January 28, 2016

California Governor Backs Ballot Measure to Release Some Prisoners Early

Gov. Jerry Brown is putting his weight and likely his campaign war chest behind a November ballot initiative that would allow inmates to get out of prison earlier and require judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to charge juveniles as adults.
January 28, 2016

Medical Marijuana Back on the Ballot in Florida

Medical marijuana is back on the Florida ballot.
January 28, 2016

Trump Gets Surprise Endorsement From South Carolina's Lieutenant Governor

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday.
January 28, 2016

How Michigan Hopes to Fix Flint's Water Crisis

Under mounting pressure to rip out and replace lead pipes that connect an estimated 15,000 or more customers to main water lines, Gov. Rick Snyder said at a news conference Wednesday that the state first intends to make the existing pipes safe by rebuilding a protective coating between the lead and the water.
January 28, 2016

Ferguson Releases Proposed Deal With Feds

The proposed agreement, negotiated over the course of months and behind closed doors, provides broad principles under which police officers should operate: Build community trust. Increase transparency. Strengthen accountability.
January 28, 2016

Florida, With an Ulterior Motive, Helps D.C. Dig Out

Fifteen dump trucks from Florida headed out Wednesday to snow-covered Washington, D.C. wrapped with sunshine yellow messages that feature a hitchhiking Florida-bound snowman.
January 28, 2016

Remaining Oregon Protesters Warn of 'Armageddon,' But Leader Urges Them to Go Home

A day after the arrest of armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge turned deadly, authorities surrounded the isolated outpost as a final band of holdouts broadcast vows to fight to the death.
January 27, 2016

7 Months Without a Budget, Illinois Governor Sticks to Pro-Business, Anti-Union Agenda

Gov. Bruce Rauner used his second State of the State address Wednesday to urge lawmakers to cast aside months of political and ideological gridlock and use "mutual respect" to move Illinois forward.
January 27, 2016

As Uber's Outcome Looms, Lyft Settles Lawsuit With Drivers

Lyft drivers suing for employee status have agreed to remain independent contractors under the terms of a settlement agreement reached late Tuesday night with the ride-hailing company.
January 27, 2016

At Least 1 Protester Dead, 8 Arrested in Weeks-Long Oregon Standoff

For weeks, law enforcement had kept their distance from the isolated wildlife refuge. They wanted to avoid a massacre out in Oregon's high desert.
January 27, 2016

Takeover or Not, Christie Announces Plan for State to Oversee Atlantic City's Finances

Back from the campaign trail, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a plan Tuesday for the state to take control of Atlantic City's finances.
January 27, 2016

Red Light Cameras and Corruption: Ex-Chicago Official Convicted

In a sweeping victory for federal authorities, a jury wasted little time Tuesday before convicting John Bills on all 20 counts, finding that the former Chicago city official took up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in return for steering tens of millions of dollars in red light camera contracts to an Arizona company.
January 27, 2016

With Some Exceptions, Kentucky's New GOP Governor Pledges $650 Million in 'Cuts Across the Board'

Gov. Matt Bevin called for $650 million in "cuts across the board" in his first state budget proposal to the General Assembly on Tuesday, with the details, including possible layoffs of state employees, to be left to his cabinet secretaries.
January 27, 2016

Chris Christie's 'Joke' That Fell Flat Among Flood Victims

So when New Jersey's governor asked whether he should grab a mop and head back to the Jersey Shore to help with the cleanup was he was just kidding?
January 27, 2016

In Mississippi, Governor Wants to Tap Rainy Day Fund to Balance the Budget

Gov. Phil Bryant, facing the specter of sluggish revenue collections throughout the current fiscal year, announced cuts to various state agencies totaling $39.8 million.
January 26, 2016

Kansas Lawmaker Apologizes for Trying to Ban Low-Cut Shirts and Miniskirts

Kansas Sen. Mitch Holmes, the Republican committee chairman who set off a barrage of criticism last week with his rule against low-cut blouses and mini-skirts for women, issued an apology Tuesday.
January 26, 2016

'Why Pay for Poison?' Flint Residents Still Being Billed for Undrinkable Water

Residents can't use their tap water for drinking or bathing because of lead-contamination fears, but the city continues to bill them for it monthly.
January 26, 2016

In Letter From Prison, Ex-Detroit Mayor Chimes in on Flint Water Crisis

A distant but loud and familiar voice is chiming in on the Flint water crisis: Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who from his prison cell in Oklahoma is using social media to blast politicians about the ongoing water fiasco, claiming he knew about Flint's troubles when he was mayor, and that plenty others did, too.
January 26, 2016

Investigation of Undercover Videos Clears Planned Parenthood and Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists

A grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood after the release of covertly recorded videos about the use of fetal tissue from abortions has instead indicted two anti-abortion activists who made the videos, authorities said Monday.
January 26, 2016

In North Carolina's Voter ID Trial, GOP's Claims of Fraud Prevention in Doubt

A Wisconsin political science professor told a federal judge Monday that if North Carolina legislators were worried about voter fraud, he thought they would have focused more attention on the process for casting absentee ballots.
January 26, 2016

Michael Nutter Transitions From Mayor to Homeland Security Adviser

Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been tapped as an adviser for a Department of Homeland Security committee.
January 26, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Prisoners Sentenced as Juveniles a Second Chance

Hundreds of inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles in Pennsylvania, Missouri and other states could get a second chance at eventual freedom under a Supreme Court ruling Monday.
January 26, 2016

Manhunt for 3 Prisoners Who Escaped a California Jail Days Ago

The escape from Orange County's largest jail probably took only a few minutes.
January 25, 2016

After Blizzard That Killed Dozens, Mid-Atlantic Starts Digging Out

One of the fiercest blizzards to strike the eastern United States in decades moved offshore Sunday, leaving a trail of record snowfalls in major cities, heavy flooding up and down the coast, and at least 27 people dead.
January 25, 2016

Food Industry Mounts Last-Ditch Effort to Block State GMO Labeling Laws

The nation's food and farm industries are mounting a furious, last-ditch push against mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, with dozens of Minnesota businesses backing the effort as part of a national coalition.
January 25, 2016

Flint Water Crisis and Detroit Teacher Sickouts Inspire Bills in Michigan

Two of the most vexing problems facing the state, the Flint water crisis and the financially struggling Detroit Public Schools, were the subjects of bills introduced by lawmakers in Lansing last week.
January 25, 2016

Chicago Police Hire Charles Ramsey to Reform the System

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that a Chicago native once passed over for top cop will return to help guide civil rights reforms in the Chicago Police Department.
January 25, 2016

Kansas' First-in-Nation Abortion Law Struck Down

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday left in place a lower-court decision blocking a first-in-the-nation state law that would have banned a procedure common in second-trimester abortions.
January 25, 2016

Alaska Governor Wants Financial Reforms, Even If They Cost Him His Job

Gov. Bill Walker called on lawmakers Thursday night to plug the hole in Alaska's sinking financial ship by approving the three major pieces of his budget plan: budget cuts, new taxes, and spending some of the Permanent Fund's earnings.
January 22, 2016

Marijuana Measure Blocked From Local Ballot in Kansas

Wichita's marijuana ballot initiative has been struck down by the Kansas Supreme Court.
January 22, 2016

Court: States Must Follow Emissions Rule During Legal Battle

A federal court has declined to put President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold, meaning Kentucky and other states that sued to block it must comply with it until the legal challenges are resolved.
January 22, 2016

Blasting State and Local Response to Flint Water Crisis, EPA Takes Over

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emergency order Thursday that it plans to take over lead sampling in Flint, Mich., after sharply criticizing local and state officials in the handling of the city's water crisis, saying repeated delays and a lack of transparency continue to pose "an imminent and substantial" danger to residents.
January 22, 2016

Michelle Obama Praises L.A.'s Efforts to End Veteran Homelessness

First Lady Michelle Obama urged the nation's mayors Thursday to redouble efforts to ease homelessness among military veterans in a speech that both highlighted progress and underscored the magnitude of the problem.
January 22, 2016

Maryland Democrats Overturn 5 of GOP Governor's Vetoes

Having a marijuana pipe or rolling papers won't be a crime in Maryland any longer.
January 22, 2016

California Governor Calls for New Taxes to Fund Roads

California needs to stay focused on building a reserve fund for an inevitable recession and anticipate that new taxes will be needed to pay for crumbling roads and bridges, Gov. Jerry Brown said in a State of the State speech Thursday that was big on chores, short on glamour.
January 22, 2016

Facing Possible $1 Billion Shortfall, Massachusetts Governor Sticks to No-New-Taxes Pledge

Forecasting his second year in the Corner Office, Gov. Charlie Baker stood by his vow to hold the line on taxes even as storm clouds gather for the state's finances, offering a series of proposed tweaks to state government -- and reminders of his nuts-and-bolts approach -- in his first State of the Commonwealth address last night.
January 21, 2016

Emails Show State Thought Flint Water Crisis Wasn't Its Problem

Gov. Rick Snyder's staffers worried in September that the issue of lead in Flint's drinking water was being politicized and that the state's responsibility for the crisis was being exaggerated.
January 21, 2016

Both Facing Water Woes, Flint and Toledo Mayors Compare Notes

During a meeting of hundreds of city leaders this week at the White House, two Midwestern mayors who govern populations worried about their drinking water discovered similarities in their challenges.
January 21, 2016

Detroit Sues to Stop Teachers' Protests

Detroit Public Schools is seeking a temporary injunction against teachers after a sickout closed 88 schools in Detroit today -- the largest in a string of teacher protests.
January 21, 2016

Feds Told Oregon's Governor to Avoid Talking About Armed Protesters, But She Did Anyway

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday had harsh words for the federal government's handling of a 19-day occupation at the Malheur National Wildfire Refuge -- calling the response too slow and saying it's left neighbors in Harney County lacking as tensions worsen.
January 21, 2016

Nikki Haley Wants South Carolina to Invest in K-12, Not 'Bloated Higher Education'

Gov. Nikki Haley asked S.C lawmakers to put more attention on fixing K-12 schools, rather than spending more money on the state's colleges, during her State of the State address Wednesday.
January 21, 2016

Missouri Governor Touts Legacy in His 8th and Final State Address

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, spent his eighth and final State of the State address Wednesday highlighting his accomplishments while in office and calling for increased education and mental health spending.
January 20, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Blow to Death Penalty Opponents

The Supreme Court restored death sentences Wednesday for three Kansas murderers by an 8-1 vote, undercutting predictions by some that a majority of the justices is ready to strike down capital punishment nationwide.
January 20, 2016

Republicans Propose State Takeover of Chicago Public Schools

Republican legislative leaders in Illinois on Wednesday proposed a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools and permitting the troubled district to declare bankruptcy to get its finances in order, billing the controversial ideas as a "lifeline" and not "a state bailout."
January 20, 2016

Teacher Sickouts Continue, Close Nearly Every Detroit Public School

Teacher absences forced 88 Detroit schools to close today, the largest in a string of recent sick-outs meant to call attention to large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and other problems in Michigan's largest school district.
January 20, 2016

Fantasy Sports Sites' Loss in Texas

Participating in daily fantasy sports amounts to illegal gambling in violation of Texas law, according to an opinion released Tuesday by Attorney General Ken Paxton.
January 20, 2016

Gov. Snyder to Flint Residents: Government Failed You

Facing the biggest crisis of his five years as governor, demands for his resignation and even calls for his criminal prosecution, Gov. Rick Snyder accepted major responsibility for the Flint drinking water catastrophe in his State of the State address Tuesday and set out short-term plans and long-term promises to put things right.
January 20, 2016

Obama Meets With Flint Mayor About Water Crisis

President Barack Obama met Tuesday with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to discuss high concentrations of lead found in her city's drinking water, offering continued logistical and technical support for efforts to address the crisis and dispatching an official from the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate federal response.
January 20, 2016

Kasich Takes 2nd Place Behind Trump in New Hampshire

Exactly three weeks before the nation's first presidential primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich became the first GOP candidate not named Trump to reach 20 percent in any independent poll of New Hampshire this year.
January 20, 2016

Christie Vetoes Gun, Smoking, Tax-Exemption Bills

Gov. Christie on Tuesday acted on more than 100 pieces of legislation, vetoing bills that would ban firearms for certain criminals, raise the smoking age, and preserve nonprofit hospitals' property-tax exemption.
January 20, 2016

Why Iowa's GOP Governor Wants Ted Cruz to Lose

The Republican governor of Iowa urged Tuesday that his state defeat Ted Cruz in the crucial Iowa precinct caucuses in less than two weeks, blasting the Texas senator for opposing federal support for ethanol.
January 20, 2016

To Fund Education, Scott Walker Looks to Employee Benefits

Seeking to rehabilitate his sagging standing in the state, Gov. Scott Walker pledged Tuesday to spend more money on public education using savings from changes to state employee health plans.
January 20, 2016

New Mexico Governor Lays Out Lengthy Plans for Short Session

Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday set forth a sweeping agenda for the short 2016 legislative session, calling on lawmakers to get tough on crime, further stiffen DWI penalties, implement her education and economic development proposals and to finally pass a Real ID driver's license bill that has been a touchstone of her gubernatorial tenure.
January 19, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Obama's Immigration Plan

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide the legal fate of President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration program and rule on whether he has the power to offer "lawful presence" and a work permit to more than 4 million people living here illegally.
January 19, 2016

In Jail, Tablets Calm and Educate Inmates

On the surface, the notion seems preposterous: Hand out Samsung computer tablets to dozens of Sacramento County Main Jail inmates.
January 19, 2016

Protesters Arrested After Shutting Down Bay Bridge on MLK Day

California Highway Patrol officers arrested 25 demonstrators after the group used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday to chain themselves and their vehicles across all five westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge, bringing traffic to a standstill as they demanded racial equity.
January 18, 2016

Rick Snyder: Clinton and Sanders' Finger Pointing Won't Solve Flint's Water Crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder took a verbal beating from Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the latest debate Sunday night and fought back on social media.
January 18, 2016

Buried in College Debt, Minnesotans Get Refinancing Help

Minnesota state officials are trying to take some of the sting out of high student-loan debt, rolling out a new program that could allow thousands of residents to refinance student loans and drive down monthly payments.
January 18, 2016

Flint Water Crisis Clouds Rick Snyder's Upcoming State Address

Last year at this time, Gov. Rick Snyder was boasting about the state's financial accomplishments, toying with a presidential run, and delivering a State of the State address that said his administration would ensure all Michigan residents could be pulled along by Michigan's "river of opportunity."
January 18, 2016

Obama Declares Flint Water Crisis an Emergency

President Barack Obama on Saturday declared a federal emergency in Flint, freeing up to $5 million in federal aid to immediately assist with the public health crisis, but he denied Gov. Rick Snyder's request for a disaster declaration.
January 18, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Takes On Public Corruption With McDonnell Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider making it harder to prosecute public officials for corruption, agreeing to hear former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's appeal of his conviction for what government lawyers said was a bribery scheme.
January 18, 2016

After 30 Days in Jail for Corruption, New Mexico's Ex-Secretary of State Freed

Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran ended her 30-day jail sentence Sunday morning, leaving the Santa Fe County jail in a light gray sweatsuit and carrying a large, plastic bag full of personal belongings.
January 18, 2016

We didn't know we would one day be texting more than talking, or that dating would be all about swiping left or right. And cat videos -- so many cat videos.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, talking about how times are changing in his State of the State address last week.
January 15, 2016

Facing Flint Water Crisis, Michigan Governor Seeks Federal Help

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked President Barack Obama to declare the area around Flint a federal emergency to combat the escalating crisis over contamination of the city's drinking water.
January 15, 2016

Effort to Impeach Governor Fails in Maine

A gambit to impeach Republican Gov. Paul LePage failed overwhelmingly in the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon after almost three hours of floor debate.
January 15, 2016

Martin O'Malley Caught Up in Furniture Controversy

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney is investigating former Gov. Martin O'Malley's discounted, tax-free purchase last year of taxpayer-owned furniture from the governor's mansion in Annapolis.
January 15, 2016

After Chicago's Back and Forth, Court Releases Video of Fatal Police Shooting

Videos of another fatal shooting by a white Chicago police officer of a black teenager were released Thursday, after a federal judge's order that blasted the city for abruptly reversing its opposition to making the surveillance footage public.
January 15, 2016

Plea Bargain Process Upheld in Ohio Supreme Court

Suspects, defense lawyers and prosecutors can continue to enter felony plea bargains in which judges are asked to sign off on criminal charges that may not square with the facts.
January 15, 2016

Cat Videos, Taylor Swift and Cybersecurity All Mentioned in Colorado Governor's State Address

Colorado's lovably eccentric governor had fun with his sixth State of the State address Thursday, interrupting his policy plans and economic development announcements with one-liners about cat videos, Taylor Swift lyrics and a groan-worthy foot-in-mouth moment that brought down the (state) House.
January 15, 2016

Property Tax Relief Tops Nebraska Governor's 2016 Priorities

Providing property tax relief to Nebraskans is the governor's top priority this year.
January 14, 2016

Boston Wins Over General Electric

General Electric's move to Boston is a political home run for both Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who put aside recent frictions to present a unified front that impressed the global powerhouse.
January 14, 2016

GOP Split on Tax Hikes in West Virginia

Republican legislative leaders were split over Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to partially fill the state's budget shortfall with tax increases, with Senate President Bill Cole open to the idea and House Speaker Tim Armstead deeply skeptical.
January 14, 2016

Emanuel's Aides Knew Police Shooting Details Months Before Mayor Says He Did

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he didn't understand the gravity of Laquan McDonald's shooting death at the hands of a Chicago police officer until just before the city settled with the teen's family last spring, and that he wasn't aware other officers may have falsified reports about the shooting until just after the video was released to the public.
January 14, 2016

New York Governor's New Policies Mark a Lean to the Left

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a number of fronts with which to do battle with lawmakers and various special interest groups Wednesday, proposing a 2016 state budget with massive spending increases on infrastructure, less state aid for schools than education advocates want, and new restrictions on outside earnings by legislators.
January 14, 2016

Virginia Governor's State Address: A Call for Cooperation Followed by a Vow to Veto

Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for bipartisan cooperation during Wednesday's State of the Commonwealth speech, turning at one point during his annual address to hand a cigar to Republican Speaker of the House William Howell.
January 14, 2016

In 2016, Georgia Governor Has Tempered Expectations

This time, Gov. Nathan Deal kicked off the session with no dramatic proposal, no controversial idea on the scale of the school takeover plan or the HOPE scholarship overhaul that dominated past legislative gatherings.
January 13, 2016

Playing Powerball? Minnesota Has Some Advice.

Minnesota lottery officials know the record-breaking Powerball jackpot is creating a buying frenzy.
January 13, 2016

Facing Impeachment, Maine Governor Says He May Skip State of the State Speech

Gov. Paul LePage indicated Tuesday that he might break with longstanding custom and deliver his State of the State address by letter rather than give a speech before the full Legislature.
January 13, 2016

Florida's Death Penalty System Ruled Unconstitutional

Juries, not judges, should be the ones to impose the death penalty in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a ruling that will force lawmakers in Tallahassee to scramble to revamp how the state metes out sentences for murder.
January 13, 2016

As Teacher Sickouts Continue, Detroit Mayor Joins Calls for State Aid

Mayor Mike Duggan added his voice Tuesday to those of teachers and others calling for state help for Detroit Public Schools, noting that conditions in some of them "break your heart."
January 13, 2016

National Guard Activated in Flint Water Crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday night activated the Michigan National Guard to assist with the ongoing crisis of the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water.
January 13, 2016

Washington Schools Superintendent Boycotts Governor's State Address

Not everyone agrees with Gov. Jay Inslee's assessment that Washington lawmakers are "on track" to solve a school funding crisis that has landed the state in contempt of court.
January 13, 2016

Where Teachers Are Paid Least, South Dakota Governor Proposes Tax to Boost Salaries

Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposal to raise South Dakota's teacher salaries from worst in the nation is drawing praise from two of the state's superintendents.
January 13, 2016

$1 Billion Tax Cuts Top Florida Governor's 2016 Priorities

Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the annual legislative session Tuesday by extolling the virtues of job creation and pushing his top two priorities: cutting taxes and spending more money to lure companies to Florida.
January 13, 2016

In LGBT Rights Debate, Indiana Governor Urges Protection of Religious Freedom

Taking a hard conservative line in Tuesday night's State of the State address, Gov. Mike Pence sided with shielding religious rights in the contentious statewide debate over whether to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers from discrimination.
January 13, 2016

Kansas Governor Criticizes Obama in State Address

Gov. Sam Brownback delivered a sometimes defiant State of the State address Tuesday that defended his conservative Republican policies and lashed out at President Barack Obama.
January 13, 2016

The Longest-Serving Governor's State of the State

In his 22nd Condition of the State speech Tuesday to lawmakers, Gov. Terry Branstad urged them to be bold and courageous in forging a new path to school funding, homegrown energy and "a more fair and equitable society for all Iowans."
January 12, 2016

Kasich Qualifies for Main GOP Presidential Debate

Bolstered by second-place ties in two New Hampshire polls released today, Ohio Gov. John Kasich qualified for the prime-time segment of Thursday's GOP presidential debate.
January 12, 2016

Detroit Teachers' 'Sickout' Closes Dozens of Schools

Teachers whose organized sick-out shut down more than 60 Detroit schools today demanded that their voices be heard and that the district address what they've described as deplorable teaching conditions.
January 12, 2016

Amid Flint Water Crisis Is Wonder Why It's Taking the State So Long to Respond

Faced with a public health and infrastructure crisis in Flint that could take years to fully resolve, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order on Monday to create an inter-agency committee to work on "long-term solutions to the Flint water situation and ongoing public health concerns affecting residents."
January 12, 2016

Conservative Supreme Court Justices Appear Against Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority signaled Monday that it is likely to substantially weaken government employee unions by overruling a 1977 decision that has allowed the unions to charge nonmembers for the costs of representing them.
January 12, 2016

Trial of Baltimore Cop Charged With Freddie Gray's Death Postponed

Maryland's second-highest court has intervened and postponed the trial of Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., just as the case was set to get underway Monday with jury selection.
January 12, 2016

Major Oil Producer Refuses to Follow Oklahoma's Earthquake Regulations

SandRidge Energy Inc., the largest oil producer in Kansas and largest disposer of waste water in Oklahoma, is refusing to abide by regulations designed to prevent earthquakes, according to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
January 11, 2016

5 States Get More Time to Comply With Real ID Law

The federal government is giving air travelers in Minnesota and a handful of other states a two-year reprieve from enforcement of a law that would have banned commercial air travelers who didn't have a new federally approved identification.
January 11, 2016

Kansas Governor Broadens Ban on Helping Refugees

Gov. Sam Brownback issued a second executive order on refugee resettlement Friday, broadening his previous order that forbids state agencies from assisting in the resettlement of Syrian refugees to Kansas.
January 11, 2016

Foster Parents Sue Oklahoma Over Extra Gun Restrictions

Two foster parents are suing the state Department of Human Services in Oklahoma City federal court over an agency rule they claim is unconstitutional because it prohibits foster and adoptive parents from legally possessing firearms for self-defense.
January 11, 2016

Bringing College Back to Prisons in New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the overseer of the state's massive budget, is turning to sources outside of Albany's bank account to begin a state-run college education program for inmates in some of New York's prisons.
January 11, 2016

Will Idaho's Governor Convince Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid This Year?

Stymied for three years by conservative lawmakers unwilling to expand Medicaid, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Thursday proposed a new state program to provide partial health care services to an estimated 78,000 uninsured adults.
January 11, 2016

A Glimpse Into Philadelphia's Next 4 Years

Jim Kenney began his first week as mayor dancing with Philadelphia sports mascots on a stage celebrating his inauguration. He visited classrooms. He dissed misbehaving Mummers and the recently fired Eagles coach.
January 8, 2016

Alabama Sues Feds for Lack of Communication About Refugees

Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday announced the state of Alabama is suing the federal government for non-compliance of the Refugee Act of 1980, which requires federal government to consult with state government before placing refugees in the state.
January 8, 2016

Virginia Gets New Redistricting Maps for 2016 Elections

A federal court ordered a congressional redistricting Thursday that reassigned millions of voters and changed the racial and political makeup of districts served by Reps. Bobby Scott and Randy Forbes.
January 8, 2016

NYPD Settles Lawsuit Over Muslim Surveillance

New York City officials on Thursday announced a landmark settlement of a sweeping 2013 lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims that alleged the police intelligence division unconstitutionally deployed informants and infiltrated mosques.
January 8, 2016

On Heels of Obama, Washington Governor Takes Gun-Control Action

Determined to lessen the toll of gun violence, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday the state will seek to strengthen background checks by improving information sharing among agencies and reduce suicides by implementing a statewide prevention plan.
January 8, 2016

Oregon Governor Tells Armed Protesters to 'Decamp Immediately'

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday offered her strongest remarks yet on armed militants' six-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, calling the action "unlawful" and demanding the group "decamp immediately."
January 8, 2016

Teachers Union Calls for Chicago Mayor to Resign

The Chicago Teachers Union has officially added its voice to those calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to step down in light of the city's ongoing controversies over police tactics and accountability.
January 8, 2016

Sex Between Lobbyists, Lawmakers Would Be Publicized 'Gifts' Under Missouri Bill

A Republican state lawmaker has filed a measure that would list sex between lobbyists and lawmakers or their staff as gifts that must be reported to the state ethics commission.
January 8, 2016

California Governor Plans for the Worst in New Budget

By now, it could easily be called Gov. Jerry Brown's budget doctrine -- an insistence on only modest expansions in state services but liberal payments for one-time expenses and accumulated government debt.
January 8, 2016

Maine Governor Makes Racially Charged Comments

Gov. Paul LePage made a racially charged comment in Bridgton on Wednesday night during one of his regular town hall meetings to promote his policy agenda.
January 7, 2016

Michigan Limits When Public Officials Can Discuss Ballot Measures

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday afternoon that has local officials worried that they won't be able to inform the public about upcoming ballot issues.
January 7, 2016

Former Gov. Gary Johnson Launches Presidential Bid as Libertarian

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is running for president again.
January 7, 2016

Amid Gas Leak, California Enacts Emergency Regulations

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered new regulations, including stepped-up inspections and safety measures, for all natural gas storage facilities in California in response to the continuing leak that has displaced thousands of people in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles.
January 7, 2016

Alabama's Highest Judge Orders Others to Enforce State's Gay Marriage Ban

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Wednesday morning said probate judges have a "ministerial duty" to comply with state bans on same-sex marriage, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June striking down such restrictions.
January 7, 2016

Philadelphia Re-Elects Elections Chief Who Hasn't Voted in Years

City Commissioner Anthony Clark, who failed to vote for four years, will once again serve as chairman of the three-member board that oversees Philadelphia elections.
January 7, 2016

Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Indicted on Perjury

The state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old African-American woman who was found dead three days later in her Waller County Jail cell, has been indicted on perjury charges, a special prosecutor said.
January 6, 2016

Why There's No Hope for Steven Avery of 'Making a Murderer' Getting Pardoned

Gov. Scott Walker, in keeping with past practice, won't pardon Steven Avery or his nephew for a 2005 homicide that has received widespread attention after a new documentary raised questions about the case.
January 6, 2016

After Winning Attempts to Oust Him, Florida Insurance Chief Quits

After more than a decade as Florida's chief insurance regulator, Kevin McCarty resigned Tuesday, nearly a year after he overcame a failed effort by Gov. Rick Scott to get rid of him.
January 6, 2016

Hiring Freeze Instituted for Most Alaska State Agencies

Gov. Bill Walker's administration on Tuesday put in place a hiring freeze and travel restrictions for state workers, citing Alaska's ongoing budget crisis.
January 6, 2016

Oregon Governor Ousts Another Agency Director

Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced a shakeup atop the state's Employment Department, replacing the agency's director just days after a state audit raised concerns about security lapses and tax troubles involving the department's aging computer systems.
January 6, 2016

Obama's Gun Control Plan Relies on Enforcing Many Existing Laws

President Barack Obama's blueprint to address gun violence touches every major aspect in the gun control debate: background checks, mental health issues and flaws in the federal system that tracks who can buy a gun.
January 6, 2016

State of Emergency Declared Over Contaminated Water in Flint, Mich.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Flint and Genesee County Tuesday as a result of the contaminated drinking water crisis, on the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed it is investigating the contamination of Flint's drinking water supply.
January 6, 2016

On Syrian Refugees, Georgia Governor Ends His Opposition

Gov. Nathan Deal retreated on Monday from an order he signed weeks ago that tried to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia, relenting after the state's top lawyer concluded he had no legal power to stop them from coming.
January 6, 2016

Courts Blocks Pennsylvania's Ban on Felons Working in Health Care

The Commonwealth Court has blocked Pennsylvania from enforcing a lifetime ban on work in nursing homes and other health care facilities for people convicted of certain crimes.
January 6, 2016

Baltimore to Demolish Thousands of Vacant Buildings

Calling Baltimore's abandoned rowhouses "hotbeds for crime," Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a nearly $700 million plan to tear down thousands of vacant buildings and replace them with new developments -- a level of investment in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods some say is unprecedented.
January 6, 2016

Amid Rise of Man-Made Earthquakes, Oklahoma Takes Action

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday it has asked operators of five nearby saltwater disposal wells to reduce volumes after a swarm of earthquakes hit the Edmond area in the past week.
January 5, 2016

Will Obama's Plan Stop Gun Trafficking?

Maryland has some of the toughest restrictions on gun sales in the nation, but gun control advocates said Monday they hope President Barack Obama's executive actions on the issue address an outstanding concern: weapons trafficked to Baltimore from other states.
January 5, 2016

Chicago Lawyer Quits After Judge Rules He Hid Police Shooting Evidence

A veteran attorney in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration resigned hours after a federal judge ruled Monday that he intentionally concealed crucial evidence in a trial over a fatal Chicago police shooting and then lied about his reasons for doing so.
January 5, 2016

Gambling Tax Upheld by Illinois Supreme Court

A recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court will allow Cook County to collect about $3 million in unpaid taxes from Des Plaines' Rivers Casino.
January 5, 2016

Oregon Ranchers at Center of Armed Occupation Report to Prison

The two Oregon ranchers at the center of a controversial resentencing decision that has led militants to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters reported Monday to federal prison in California.
January 4, 2016

One Thing Illinois Lawmakers Agree On: Keeping Teens Out of Prison

A package of new laws taking effect Friday aims to keep more juveniles out of the prison system, including changes that stop youths from being detained for misdemeanor crimes and give judges more discretion on whether teens should be tried as adults.
January 4, 2016

Armed Protesters Take Over Federal Building in Oregon

In this remote and rugged country of snowcapped foothills, a band of gunmen and self-proclaimed defenders of the U.S. Constitution have chosen to make their latest and boldest stand.
January 4, 2016

Connecticut Loses Its Lead in Minimum Wage War

The hike in the minimum wage that gave about 150,000 of Connecticut's lowest-paid workers a 45-cents-an-hour raise on Friday -- to $9.60 -- seemed progressive when it was first proposed two years ago.
January 4, 2016

What Texas' New Open-Carry Gun Law Means

After hours of Capitol testimony, passionate floor debates and deadline-beating votes in the Legislature, the state's new "open carry" gun law takes effect on the first day of 2016. You have questions. We have answers.
January 4, 2016

New York Forces Cities to House Homeless in Freezing Temps

An executive order by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to keep homeless New Yorkers off the streets goes into effect Tuesday as extreme cold sets in and temperatures are expected to drop.
January 4, 2016

Still Budgetless, Illinois to Borrow Millions for Construction

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration plans to borrow $480 million this month to pay for construction projects.
January 4, 2016

Former Arkansas Governor Dale Bumpers, Known for Integrating Schools, Dies

Former Arkansas Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Leon Bumpers, 90, born in Charleston on Aug. 12, 1925, died Friday at his residence in Little Rock surrounded by his family.
December 22, 2015

Illinois Unlikely to Pass a Budget Before Year's End

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he does not expect to meet again with legislative leaders until early January, a day after House Speaker Michael Madigan skipped out on such a meeting because of an unexplained scheduling conflict.
December 22, 2015

Texas Jury Refuses to Indict Jail Staff in Sandra Bland's Death

A grand jury refused Monday night to issue any indictments related to the death of Sandra Bland, who died in custody at the Waller County Jail in July, a decision expected to intensify the nationwide debate about the treatment of minorities at the hands of law enforcement.