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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:48 a.m.

Graham maintains lead in close state House race; general obligation bond still on-track to pass; other updates

Jenny Graham remains ahead of Dave Wilson for a 6th District legislative seat.


Black Lives Matter activists turn attention to statehouses

A new initiative launched by Black Lives Matter activists seeks to re-focus the movement’s efforts on state capitols, building on momentum at the national level to push back against President …


Big victory for charter schools and students

Thus far, charter schools have demonstrated an ability to close the opportunity gap by improving outcomes for students who struggled in traditional settings.


Fully fund State Need Grant

State lawmakers must own up to the challenges faced by higher education and the growing high-tech economy.


John Kinney: Basic education funding is elementary

If the problem is not fixed by spring of 2017, then each school board should send a note to their representative stating that the first day of school will be …


Editorial: Patience needed on school funding

It’s clear that the Legislature has moved too slowly, but it’s not accurate to claim that it hasn’t moved at all. Don’t disrupt this delicate process.


Tim Osborn: Long struggle for mental health system

Changes in our laws, more and better managed facilities, more professionals, proven, innovative community approaches and training of first responders are all within our ability.


Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other …


Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?


California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in …


Dan Sullivan wins Alaska’s GOP US Senate primary

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to …


Colo. recalls show risk of supporting gun control

DENVER (AP) — Democratic voters in Colorado helped remove two state senators of their own party who voted for tighter gun control — an ouster that was both intensely local …


Court wins drew big crowds to gay pride parades

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York and other major U.S. cities on Sunday — but this year’s pride celebrations were especially …


Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, the 12th state to take the step, as thousands of onlookers …


Spokane Valley council watching state on lodging taxes

Lodging tax funds were a focal point of the Spokane Valley City Council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. A clause in state law that allows lodging tax money to be spent …


Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson …


Booker won’t run for NJ gov, eyes US Senate seat

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, perhaps New Jersey’s highest-profile Democrat, has ruled out a bid for governor next year and is eyeing a run for U.S. Senate …


Inouye’s death leaves hole in HI political clout

HONOLULU (AP) — The death of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii leaves open a seat in the Senate to be filled by a Democrat, with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa …


Scott plays up modest background, downplays race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — To U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, keeping his modest upbringing in the front of his mind has helped guide his swift ascent in South Carolina’s business and …


Rep. Tim Scott picked to replace DeMint in Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley picked U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to be the state’s next U.S. senator Monday, making him the only black Republican in Congress …


Michigan Senate OKs new emergency manager bill

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature cleared the way Thursday for GOP Gov. Rick Snyder to sign a replacement for an emergency manager law struck down by voters, …


APNewsBreak: Colo gov says time to talk gun laws

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper said “the time is right” for state lawmakers to consider gun control measures, offering his firmest stance in the aftermath of several high-profile …


Chicago vows to fight concealed carry ruling

CHICAGO (AP) — With parts of the city in the grip of gang warfare and spiking homicide rates, Chicago aldermen are urging state officials to appeal an appellate court’s decision …


Right-to-work law gives Michigan unions new task

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Now that Michigan has become a right-to-work state, unions in this stronghold of organized labor confront a new and urgent problem: convincing members to continue paying …


Mich. becomes right-to-work state despite protests

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a dizzyingly short time span, Republicans have converted Michigan from a seemingly impregnable fortress of organized labor into a right-to-work state, leaving outgunned Democrats and …


Court ruling on Ill. gun ban sets stage for fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Backers of Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal appeals court struck down the …


Americans finding dozens of ways to mark 12-12-12

A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday. Two law-enforcement officials will exchange wedding vows at 12:12 p.m. in Pittsburgh’s federal …


Michigan lawmakers approve right-to-work bills

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Over the chants of thousands of angry protesters, Republican lawmakers made Michigan a right-to-work state Tuesday, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in …


Court strikes down Illinois’ concealed carry ban

CHICAGO (AP) — In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only …


Michigan Legislature sends governor right-to-work

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, a devastating and once unthinkable defeat for organized …