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UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Puerto Rico braces for clashes over island’s next leader

Puerto Rico’s political crisis appeared to deepen on Wednesday as the island’s outgoing governor and legislators – including those from his own party – clashed over who should be the …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after …


Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law several measures meant to boost school security, including ones that will allow armed teachers in schools and increase mental health services for …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls new abortion ban ‘shameful’

Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones condemned Alabama’s new abortion ban as “extreme” and “irresponsible” Thursday, a day after the state’s Republican governor signed the most restrictive abortion measure in the …


Inslee’s security unit expanded amid presidential bid

The taxpayer price tag for Gov. Jay Inslee’s White House ambitions is escalating, as the Washington State Patrol plans to nearly double the size of his traveling security detail at …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Bill to allow alcohol sales in old Idaho theaters signed

Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. Among …


California’s new governor putting moratorium on executions

The 737 inmates on California’s largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions.


UPDATED: Sun., March 10, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee in Austin, Texas, calls on rivals to scrap filibuster

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on a campaign stop in Austin, Texas, said the U.S. Senate’s filibuster stands in the way of progress on climate change and should be abolished.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Ohio governor delays 3 more executions while drugs reviewed

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 10, 2019, 12:34 p.m.

Embattled Virginia governor: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam considered resigning amid a scandal that he once wore blackface, but the pediatric neurologist said Sunday that he’s “not going anywhere” because the state “needs …


Virginia’s governor pledges to work toward racial healing

Virginia’s governor pledged to work at healing the state’s racial divide Saturday, even as calls mounted for the lieutenant governor to resign – capping an astonishing week that saw all …


Virginia governor apologizes for racist photo; not resigning

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago, but said he did not intend to heed calls to …


The week that was: Ferguson sidesteps question on running for governor; state of Liberty gets another try

Spokane group has breakfast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, asks if he’d like to be Gov. Bob Ferguson.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Eyeing 2020, Jay Inslee pitches himself as climate candidate

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee introduced himself by first name to one college student after another this week as he toured the state that’s home to the nation’s first presidential primary. …


Gov. Inslee will travel to Nevada on Saturday as presidential exploration continues

Gov. Jay Inslee plans a political trip to Nevada on Saturday as he continues to explore a possible 2020 run for president.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Washington governor, N.Y. mayor push expanded health coverage

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, is proposing a public health insurance option for state residents as a step toward universal health coverage.


California’s Newsom rebukes White House in inaugural

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in Monday and immediately drew sharp battle lines with President Donald Trump, pledging to enact “progressive, principled” policies as the antidote to the White …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Jerry Brown transformed California’s justice system – twice

One of the advantages of being in government for 50 years, says California Gov. Jerry Brown, is “you get to make mistakes that you then get to correct.”


Inauguration ceremony held for top Idaho elected officials

Outgoing Lt. Gov. Brad Little took the oath of office Friday as Idaho’s 33rd governor, although under the state Constitution he won’t officially become governor and assume those duties until …


Governor calls off planned shutdown of NYC subway line

Nearly a quarter million New Yorkers who for years dreaded “L-mageddon,” a planned 15-month shutdown of a key subway tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn, got a last-minute reprieve from the …


Mexico helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor

A husband-and-wife political power couple who were the current and ex-governors of the central Mexican state of Puebla died in a Christmas Eve helicopter crash, officials announced.


Missouri governor wants repeal of new redistricting law

Parson believes a repeal-and-replace effort is necessary for a new voter-approved constitutional amendment revising the way Missouri’s legislative districts are drawn.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

Arizona governor names Martha McSally to McCain Senate seat

Arizona’s governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to …


Lawmakers OK $4,551 a month to pay for governor’s housing

A state panel has voted to slightly raise the housing stipend for Idaho’s governor as the state continues to be one of a handful without a governor’s mansion.


Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power.


Louisiana governor’s race surprise: Sen. Kennedy won’t run

Ending months of speculation, Sen. John Kennedy announced Monday he won’t run against Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2019, leaving Republicans scrambling without a well-known contender.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee is raising money to explore presidential run

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is taking steps toward a presidential bid, forming a federal political-action committee and soliciting money he could use to travel to early 2020 primary and caucus …


Governor replaces Fish and Game commissioner who hunted family of baboons in Africa

Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday appointed a former Idaho State Bureau of Land Management director to replace the Fish and Game commissioner who resigned in October after photos of his …


‘Something being legal does not make it right’: Abrams says she still has concerns about Georgia’s election

Abrams, who hoped to become the nation’s first female African-American governor, has accused Kemp of widespread voter suppression and said voting irregularities have tainted the race. On Friday, Kemp had …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s out-of-state trips strain budget of Washington State Patrol security detail

In the past fiscal year, the State Patrol’s Executive Protection Unit overshot its $2.6 million budget allotment by $400,000, with overtime and travel accounting for 62 percent of the higher-than-budgeted …