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Biden and Trump are making dueling trips to the Mexico border in Texas on Thursday, AP sources say

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will make dueling trips to the Mexican border in Texas on Thursday after congressional talks on a deal to rein in illegal migration collapsed. The visits underscore...

 

Republican dissenters sink a GOP 'flat' tax plan in Kansas by upholding the governor's veto

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican plan to cut taxes in Kansas died Tuesday in the GOP-controlled Legislature when enough members concluded that it would favor wealthy taxpayers too much and upheld the Democratic governor's veto. The vote in the...

 

Tax cuts, tribal relations dominate Stitt's State of the State address

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt implored lawmakers to send him tax cuts and said the continuing fallout from the McGirt decision’s effect on tribal-state relations risks state unity, an assertion that left representatives of many of the state’s tribes...

 

An Oklahoma judge who sent more than 500 texts during a murder trial resigns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge agreed to step down Friday after she was caught sending hundreds of texts from the bench while overseeing a murder trial in the killing of a 2-year-old boy, including messages that mocked prosecutors and were...

 

How Nevada's split primaries and caucuses have undercut the influence of the state's Republicans

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The presidential primary campaign heads west to Nevada this week, where dueling caucuses and primaries are creating confusion among voters but little uncertainty about the expected results. Nikki Haley will run in Tuesday's...

 

Abandoned by his colleagues after negotiating a border compromise, GOP senator faces backlash alone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just before the Senate voted Wednesday to kill the border deal he spent the last four months negotiating, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford climbed a set of marble stairs outside the chamber and joined his wife in the visitors'...

 

Kansas lawmakers are allowing a 93% pay raise for themselves to take effect next year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is set to nearly double state legislators' pay at the start of next year, making their compensation better than it is for their counterparts in a majority of states, including more populous ones like Georgia and Texas....

 

How a small Texas city landed in the spotlight during the state-federal clash over border security

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — As a ceremony with the blaring horns of mariachi musicians and rhythmic click-clack of horse hooves was about to begin, Mayor Rolando Salinas took a moment to reflect that his Texas border city is "more than just the...

 

Tribal sovereignty among the top issues facing Oklahoma governor and Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tribal sovereignty is expected to again be a top issue facing Oklahoma lawmakers and Gov. Kevin Stitt as they returned on Monday to begin the 2024 legislative session. Stitt, a Republican and himself a citizen of the Cherokee...

 

Bid to overhaul New Mexico oil and gas regulations clears first hurdle amid litigation

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An effort to modernize state oversight of a thriving petroleum industry in the nation's No. 2 state for oil production advanced past its first committee vetting Thursday at the New Mexico Legislature. The bill would rewrite...

 

Kansas lawmakers want a report on last year's police raid of a newspaper

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of Kansas lawmakers launched an effort Tuesday to direct the state's attorney general to release information from an investigation into a police raid last year on a weekly newspaper, but it wasn't clear that their...

 

GOP lawmakers approve a 'flat' income tax for Kansas, but a governor's veto looms

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas on Thursday passed a broad package of tax cuts promoted as widespread relief that the Democratic governor is likely to veto because she says it favors the wealthy and threatens the state's budget i...

 

Vice President Harris targets Trump as she rallies for abortion rights in Wisconsin

WAUKESHA, Wisc. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris blasted Republicans as extremists for trying to ban abortions as she rallied women in the key battleground state of Wisconsin on Monday, marking the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade by leading...

 

Trump asks US Supreme Court to review Colorado ruling barring him from the ballot over Jan. 6 attack

DENVER (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling barring him from the Colorado ballot, setting up a high-stakes showdown over whether a constitutional provision prohibiting those who...

 

Speaker Johnson demands hard-line policies during a border visit as Ukraine aid hangs in the balance

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson led about 60 fellow Republicans in Congress on a visit Wednesday to the Mexican border to demand hard-line immigration policies in exchange for backing President Joe Biden's emergency...

 

Boebert switches congressional districts, avoiding a Democratic opponent who has far outraised her

DENVER (AP) — Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert announced Wednesday she is switching congressional districts, avoiding a likely rematch against a Democrat who has far outraised her and following an embarrassing moment of groping and vaping that shook...

 

Outside groups spent $2.3 million on Oklahoma elections in 2023

Politically involved nonprofits and committees without contribution limits spent $2.3 million to influence Oklahoma voters in 2023, rivaling the $2.95 million candidates put toward campaign expenses. State ethics rules cap candidate committee...

 

Kansas attorney general urges county to keep ballots longer than is allowed to aid sheriff's probe

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican attorney general in Kansas has urged the state's most populous county to postpone a legally required destruction of old ballots because the sheriff there says his investigation of possible election crimes remains...

 

Colorado Supreme Court, in landmark ruling, bans Trump from state's ballot under insurrection clause

DENVER (AP) — A divided Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday declared former President Donald Trump ineligible for the White House under the U.S. Constitution's insurrection clause and removed him from the state's presidential primary ballot, setting...

 

Kansas' top court says a GOP election law is vague and revives a lawsuit against it

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law that makes it a felony to impersonate an elections official is vague enough that voting rights advocates can pursue a legal challenge, the state's highest court ruled Friday, reviving a lawsuit that a lower court...

 

Kansas is voting on a new license plate after complaints scuttled an earlier design

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has opened voting on five proposed designs for a new license plate, including one that closely resembles a previous design criticized and pulled for being uninspired, reminding people of the University of Missouri and...

 

Governor wants New Mexico legislators to debate new approach to regulating assault-style weapons

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico could become an early political testing ground for a proposal to make assault-style weapons less deadly. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday said she'll encourage the state's Democratic-led Legislature to...

 

US closes border crossing to vehicles and limits traffic at another in response to illegal entries

PHOENIX (AP) — A Texas border crossing was closed to vehicles Monday, and traffic at an Arizona crossing was limited to shift more resources to illegal entries, U.S. authorities said in the latest sign of how fast-changing migration routes are chal...

 

Biden's movable wall is criticized by environmentalists and those who want more border security

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration's plan to build new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas calls for a "movable" design that frustrates both environmentalists and advocates of stronger border enforcement. The plans for...

 

More than 215 new Oklahoma laws took effect Nov. 1

OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 215 new state laws take effect Wednesday that impact everything from state employee benefits and jury pay to oversight of medical marijuana grows and missing persons. The Oklahoma Legislature passed a slew of new laws...

 

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