State legislature

A crowd of demonstrators march to the Capitol Monday, June 15, 2020 in Atlanta. The NAACP March to the Capitol coincided with the restart of the Georgia 2020 General Assembly. Lawmakers returned wearing masks and followed new rules to restart the session during the pandemic. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
June 16, 2020 - 4:49 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta in the span of less than three weeks have led to a push in the U.S. for more training of police officers in how to “de-escalate” tense situations before they explode in violence. “You’ve got to get cops to...
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In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo is Chris Janicek in Omaha, Neb. The Nebraska Democratic Party is calling on its U.S. Senate nominee, Janicek, to drop out of the race after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party says its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday, June 15, 2020, to withdraw all of its resources from Janicek’s campaign. Janicek says he apologized to the staffer but doesn't intend to drop out. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
June 16, 2020 - 3:40 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Democratic Party called on its U.S. Senate nominee to drop out of the race Tuesday after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party said its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo file photo, Marijuana plants growing under special grow lights, at GB Sciences Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, La. State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana's medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to speed toward final passage. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
June 16, 2020 - 2:18 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More Louisiana residents will have access to medical marijuana under a significant expansion of the state's therapeutic cannabis program that was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The changes in the law, which take effect in August, allow doctors to recommend medical...
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Workers load the pedestal that supported a statue of Christopher Columbus onto a truck after the pedestal and statue were taken down, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in St. Louis. The statue that stood in Tower Grove Park for 134 years was removed Tuesday morning amid a growing national outcry against monuments to the 15th century explorer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
June 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm
TOP OF THE HOUR: — Columbus statue in St. Louis park taken down. — West Virginia county to consider removing Stonewall Jackson statue. — Maryland panel votes to remove Civil War plaque from Capitol. — Man shot as protesters in New Mexico try to tear down statue. ___ O’FALLON, Mo. — A statue of...
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the podium before signing a bill which would allow college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals, Friday, June 12, 2020, at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
June 15, 2020 - 5:22 pm
Attorneys filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court Monday that seeks to prevent the association from limiting the amount of money athletes can make off their names, images and likenesses. The antitrust lawsuit by attorneys representing two current college athletes also seeks damages for...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, in Des Moines, Iowa. Colorado's ethics commission on Friday, June 12, 2020 fined Hickenlooper $2,750 for violating state ethics law as governor by accepting a private jet flight to an official event and by receiving benefits he didn't pay for at a meeting of government, business and financial leaders in Italy. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
June 15, 2020 - 4:53 pm
DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado governor and current Senate hopeful John Hickenlooper apologized Monday for comments he made six years ago comparing politicians to slaves being whipped to row “an ancient slave ship.” Tay Anderson, a black Denver school board member who has been instrumental in...
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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2018 file photo, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic Nominee for Georgia's 7th Congressional District, displays a Gwinnett County absentee ballot as she speaks during a press conference outside of the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registration and Elections in Lawrenceville, Ga. The Democratic primary in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District is too close to call after new vote counts showed a runoff may not be required in the suburban Atlanta district. Carolyn Bourdeaux had 50.5% of the vote as of Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2020, but the race remains too close to determine a winner. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
June 15, 2020 - 3:42 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A Democrat is declaring victory in Georgia's 7th Congressional District primary after new vote counts showed her winning a majority of ballots without need for a runoff election. Carolyn Bourdeaux, who was the Democratic nominee in 2018, claimed victory Monday over five Democratic...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2020, file photo, police guard a statue of British explorer James Cook as protesters gather in Sydney, to support U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd. An Australian state government leader said on Monday, June 15, 2020 she was considering tougher laws to protect monuments after two statues of British explorer James Cook were vandalized in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
June 14, 2020 - 11:01 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian state government leader said on Monday she was considering tougher laws to protect monuments after two statues of British explorer James Cook were vandalized in Sydney. Two women were charged with defacing a statue with spray paint in downtown Hyde Park over Saturday...
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In this Monday, June 8, 2020, file photo, Dorothy Griffin, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait in Atlanta. Blind voters like Griffin fear a loss of control over their ability to cast a ballot as election officials across the U.S. plan a major expansion of voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. Griffin requested an absentee ballot for Georgia’s primary Tuesday, but she gave up waiting for it and decided to cast a ballot in person on the last day of early voting to avoid crowds on Election Day. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
June 14, 2020 - 10:10 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Not that long ago, Ann Byington had to squeeze into a voting booth with a Republican poll watcher on one side and a Democrat on the other reading her voting choices out loud so her ballot could be marked for her and the selections verified. Blind since birth, Byington welcomed the...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, people hold signs as they listen to a speaker in front of city hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo., during a rally to protest the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. In the wake of Floyd's death, state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
June 13, 2020 - 10:13 am
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The murder charges against the four police officers involved in George Floyd's death present rare instances of officers being held legally responsible for their actions. Now state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to do. In the days since protests rocked cities...
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