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  • Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

    27 January 2015, 5:29 pm by: LISA BAUMANN

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A bill vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013 that sought to prevent local police from enforcing federal bans on semi-automatic weapons is getting another shot in the state Legislature. Republican Rep. Art Wittich of Bozeman introduced House…
  • Marijuana activist plans to open medical pot dispensary

    27 January 2015, 5:08 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A marijuana activist is planning to open a medical pot dispensary in Anchorage next month on the day recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Alaska under a ballot initiative approved by voters in November. Alaska Cannabis Club…
  • House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

    27 January 2015, 4:57 pm by: ERICA WERNER

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president's unilateral deportation…
  • House panel backs new rules after nursing home scandal

    27 January 2015, 4:49 pm by: TOM DAVIES

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana House committee on Tuesday endorsed tighter rules on the conduct of lawmakers in the wake of an ethics investigation of a top Republican who fought privately to defeat legislation that would have hurt his family's business. The…
  • Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry case on constitutional grounds

    27 January 2015, 4:36 pm by: Will Weissert

    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, rejecting the argument that Perry was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most…
  • Scott Walker sets up 'Our American Revival' committee ahead of 2016

    27 January 2015, 4:31 pm by: David Sherfinski

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has joined other potential 2016 presidential contenders by setting up a political group, "Our American Revival," that will allow him to raise money and test the waters for a possible run at the White House. "Our American Revival…
  • Immigrant accused of killing store clerk was out on bond

    27 January 2015, 4:16 pm

    PHOENIX (AP) - Federal authorities say an immigrant was out on bond and awaiting deportation hearings when he killed a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk over a pack of cigarettes. Apolinar Altamirano, 29, pleaded guilty in 2012 to a burglary charge but did…
  • Plaintiffs in Arizona immigration case seek email records

    27 January 2015, 3:45 pm

    PHOENIX (AP) - Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging what's left of Arizona's controversial immigration law want the man who gained notoriety for it to explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt. The plaintiffs say former Senate President Russell Pearce has…
  • Iowa groups work to provide lawyers for immigrant children

    27 January 2015, 3:21 pm by: KOURTNEY LIEPELT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - After traveling 3,500-miles by foot, bus and car from El Salvador to reach Iowa last year, 16-year-old Jonathon Lopez would like to stay. He's among about 250 children from Central America who were unaccompanied when they crossed into…
  • Missouri Democratic House member switches to independent

    27 January 2015, 3:19 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker who sided with Republicans on tax cuts is leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent. State Rep. Keith English, of Florissant, said Tuesday that he was dropping his party affiliation. He noted his…
  • Indiana Senate committee approves 4 crime-fighting bills

    27 January 2015, 3:09 pm by: LAURYN SCHROEDER

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana Senate committee has approved a Republican-backed package of bills that they say will fight violent crime. The Corrections and Criminal Law Committee voted to pass the four bills Tuesday, even as the committee's top Democrat…
  • Obamacare signups hit 9.5 million with month still left to go

    27 January 2015, 2:25 pm by: Tom Howell Jr.

    About 9.5 million Americans selected Obamacare plans with a month to spare before the Feb. 15 deadline to sign up, meaning the Obama administration likely will far exceed its modest enrollment goals for the law's health exchanges in 2015. Both new and…
  • Obamacare subsidies: Chronic disease fighters tell Supreme Court not to strike down help to states

    27 January 2015, 2:05 pm by: Tom Howell Jr.

    The American Cancer Society and other anti-disease groups told the Supreme Court Tuesday there is no evidence that Congress wanted to limit Obamacare's subsidies to states with their own health exchanges. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the groups said a…
  • Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers

    27 January 2015, 2:05 pm by: The Associated Press

    South Bend Tribune. Jan. 25, 2015. Bill's aim: More open child protection system If you follow but a handful of bills during the current session of the General Assembly, Senate Bill 364 should be one of them. The legislation, written by state Sen. John Broden,…
  • Lt. Gov. Patrick: Open carry not a top Senate priority

    27 January 2015, 2:02 pm by: JIM VERTUNO

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - After pledging in his campaign to fight for open carry of handguns in Texas, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick now says it's not a priority and doesn't have the votes to pass. The issue seemed to be gaining strong momentum for the 2015…
  • Obama sets new offshore drilling limits

    27 January 2015, 1:58 pm by: Dave Boyer

    The Obama administration proposed an offshore drilling plan Tuesday that managed to irk just about everybody, from Democrats and environmentalists who oppose undersea exploration to Republicans and industry groups who says President Obama is simply stalling…
  • Activists take first steps to recall Assembly Republicans

    27 January 2015, 1:31 pm by: RILEY SNYDER

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A conservative activist and anti-tax firebrand has helped organize three political action committees with the goal of recalling Nevada Assembly Republicans that he says haven't come out strongly enough against the governor's proposed…
  • Colorado health insurance exchange faces tougher scrutiny

    27 January 2015, 1:12 pm

    DENVER (AP) - Colorado's health insurance exchange is getting more scrutiny at the state Capitol. The Senate voted Tuesday to give final approval to two bills to increase oversight of the quasi-public exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado. One of the…
  • Jeff Miller's VA bill to rescind bonuses gets backing by veterans advocates

    27 January 2015, 12:31 pm by: Jacqueline Klimas

    Veterans advocates mostly supported a bill Tuesday that would allow the VA secretary to take back a bonus if an employee was found to have been manipulating data. Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican and chair of the House Veterans Affairs' Committee, said the…
  • VIDEO: Sen. Mike Lee facebook shames federal regulations

    27 January 2015, 11:53 am by: Alex Swoyer

    Sen. Mike Lee and his staff wanted to show the public the amount of laws passed by Congress and signed by the President in comparison to the large number of regulations issued by unelected bureaucrats, so he took to social media to make his point. In a…

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