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Ann Mah Seeks Rematch Against Ken Corbet For Kansas Legislature

(1346) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:07 PM

The leading critic of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is seeking a return to the state Legislature with a vow to reduce the influence of the Koch brothers.

Former Kansas state Rep. Ann Mah (D-Topeka) has officially announced that she will run against state Rep. Ken Corbet...

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Brenda Barton Continues Comparing Barack Obama To Dictators

(643) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:25 PM

The Arizona Republican state legislator who compared President Barack Obama to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler earlier this week also seems to compare the president to Cambodian dictator Pol Pot in a newly released recording.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Arizona Capitol Times posted on its website an audio recording...

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Sarah Palin To Campaign For Steve Lonegan In New Jersey Senate Race

(969) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:41 AM

Sarah Palin will go to New Jersey Saturday to headline an event for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, days before the state's Oct 16. special election.

Lonegan's campaign and the Tea Party Express announced Wednesday night that Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, will appear at...

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Brenda Barton Says She Didn't Compare 'De Fuhrer' Obama To Hitler

(1057) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 10:27 PM

An Arizona Republican state lawmaker refuses to resign or apologize after likening President Barack Obama to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and now denies she ever made the comparison.

Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) said in a statement Wednesday that her Facebook post on Monday calling Obama "De Fuhrer"...

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Some States Asking Same-Sex Married Couples To File As Singles

(717) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 7:18 PM

While the Internal Revenue Service plans to allow same-sex married couples to file joint federal tax returns, not every state will be following suit.

Several states with constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage have implemented rules in the past several weeks saying that same-sex married couples in their states will...

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Two-Tier Voting Proposed In Arizona And Kansas

(1663) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 6:25 PM

Republican officials in Arizona and Kansas want to change their voting systems so that one registration would be required for federal elections, and another would be needed for state and local elections.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett...

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Brenda Barton, Arizona Legislator, Explains Why She Compared Obama To Hitler

(1223) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:52 PM

A Republican state legislator in Arizona is continuing to press her case that President Barack Obama can be compared to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

State Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) told the Arizona Capitol Times Monday that she believes Obama is leading the United States in the same...

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Brenda Barton, Arizona Legislator, Refers To 'De Fuhrer' Obama On Facebook

(1812) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 7:14 PM

A Republican state legislator in Arizona wrote on Facebook Monday that "De Fuhrer" is running the federal government shutdown and forcing rangers to close national parks.

State Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) in a series of Facebook posts on Monday complained about President Barack Obama and "De Fuhrer,"...

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Democrats Plan 2014 Challenge To Kansas Secretary Of State Kris Kobach

(55) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 6:40 PM

The field to challenge Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) next year continues to grow, as three Democrats have started up efforts toward seeking the party's nomination in the race.

Former state Sen. Jean Schodorf of Wichita officially entered the race last month, while Saline County Clerk Don Merriman...

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In New Jersey Senate Debate, Cory Booker, Steve Lonegan Argue Over Abortion, Tweeting

(136) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan didn't agree on much of anything during Friday's U.S. Senate candidate debate in New Jersey, trading barbs on a variety of issues including abortion and their personal finances.

The two are facing off in an Oct. 16 special election necessitated by the death...

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Republican State Legislators Call For End To Shutdown

(875) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 5:50 PM

Some Republican state lawmakers are saying that the current federal government shutdown needs to end before it harms the country further.

The shutdown is hurting state and local governments, they told The Huffington Post, and while they understand a need to address Obamacare at the federal level, shutting down...

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Sarah Palin Endorses Steve Lonegan In New Jersey Senate Race

(290) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Sarah Palin has weighed in on New Jersey's special U.S. Senate election, endorsing Republican Steve Lonegan over Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker.

In a statement released by Lonegan's campaign Wednesday night, the former Alaska governor praised the Republican's record as mayor of Bogota, N.J., and his support for conservative causes,...

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'Despised' Schools Chief Faces Long Odds In Wyoming Governor's Race

(47) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:42 PM

A controversial tea party favorite in Wyoming is pressing ahead with a 2014 Republican primary challenge against the state's popular governor despite long odds.

Cindy Hill, Wyoming's embattled superintendent of public instruction, told The Huffington Post that she "absolutely" will challenge Gov. Matt Mead (R) in next year's GOP...

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Cindy Hill, Wyoming Education Boss, Criticized for Responding To Subpoenas With 'Irrelevant' Documents

(59) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 6:55 PM

A Wyoming legislative committee investigating the state's elected education boss is criticizing her for sending 165,000 files -- including pictures and motivational speeches -- in response to subpoenas.

Wyoming House Speaker Tom Lubnau (R-Gillette), the investigative committee's chairman, sent a letter to Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill (R)...

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State Lawmakers Say Tea Party Congress Not Likely To Face Problems Back Home

(847) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Some Democratic women state lawmakers say fear of the tea party is driving the Republican Party during the current federal government shutdown and budget talks.

The state legislators, in Washington for the Women Legislators' Lobby conference, come from states where Republican representatives in the U.S. House voted...

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International Lawmakers Worried Over 2013 Government Shutdown

(19) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Women from four foreign governing bodies said Monday that they think Congress should come together to prevent a government shutdown, while also looking to protect vulnerable Americans.

The women were gathered for an annual conference organized by Women Legislators Lobby (WiLL), a nonpartisan network of state lawmakers. The...

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Women State Legislators Tell Congress To 'Shut Down The Shutdown'

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Calling Congress "childish," a group of 100 women state legislators asked lawmakers Monday to "shut down the shutdown."

Members of the Women Legislators Lobby (WiLL), a nonpartisan network of state lawmakers that is part of Women's Actions for New Directions (WAND), held a press conference to decry ongoing...

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North Dakota Cities Look To Implement LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

(13) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 2:00 PM

While the North Dakota Legislature defeated a bill to ban LGBT discrimination statewide earlier this year, cities in the state are taking steps to add a level of protection.

The Grand Forks City Council is likely to adopt an ordinance next month to ban discrimination based on...

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Pat Hickey, Nevada Legislator, Explains Minority Voting Comments

(607) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:47 PM

The top Republican in the Nevada Assembly said during a radio talk show Tuesday that low turnout from minority and young voters could contribute to a winning election season for the GOP in 2014.

Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey (R-Reno) is coming under fire from state Democrats for comments he...

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State House Staffer Leaves Loaded Gun In Missouri Capitol Men's Room

(1569) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 4:51 PM

A staff member for the speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives reportedly left a loaded gun in a men's bathroom in the state capitol building last week.

A Kahr CM9 9 mm gun belonging to Dave Evans, House Speaker Tim Jones's (R-Eureka) legislative assistant, was found on top...

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