Hochul unveils gun package to prevent future mass shootings

Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing executive orders and legislation to combat gun crimes and domestic terrorism following the deadly, racist-fueled mass shooting in Buffalo last weekend. The package includes an executive order that would require the State Police to seize weapons under the state’s red flag law from potentially dangerous people “whenever they have probable … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The headliners for North Carolina’s primary on Tuesday include Republicans challenging for an open US Senate seat and candidates hoping to give the GOP a shot at veto-proof majorities in the Legislature. Getting less billing, but with equal long-term political importance, is a contest that will shape the fall matchups for … Read more

Nebraska GOP strains to unite after Trump’s candidate loses

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republicans struggled to put the bruising campaign for governor behind them on Wednesday as a rally that was intended to highlight party unity instead showed division following the first major loss for a candidate endorsed by Donald Trump in this year’s midterm elections. Fissures remained evident in the hours after … Read more

Election 2022: Groping claims roil Nebraska governor primary

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republicans will pick a nominee for governor Tuesday in a bitter primary race that was upended in weeks after a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump was accused of groping at least eight women over the last few years. Charles Herbster, a businessman and cattle breeder who has denied … Read more

NY Dems want taxpayers to fund abortions for out-of-staters, migrants

As the US Supreme Court appears ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, New York Democrats want taxpayers to fund abortions for out-of-state women – including illegal migrants – through a proposed state program costing tens of millions of dollars per year. “That’s the goal of this bill – to ensure that everyone can get … Read more

‘Roe’ under threat, California leans in as abortion refuge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats have accelerated their plan to make the nation’s most populous state a sanctuary for women seeking abortions, propelled by the release this week of an early draft of a US Supreme Court ruling that has ignited a surge of activism among the state’s vast network of providers and advocacy … Read more

2022 midterms: What to know about Ohio, Indiana primaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first multistate contest of the 2022 midterm election season unfolds on Tuesday, as Ohio voters pick nominees for governor and the US Senate while Indiana voters consider whether their Legislature should become even more conservative. The races, particularly in Ohio, could provide a fresh window into former President Donald Trump’s … Read more

Sen. Rand Paul wants to investigate origins of COVID-19

SMITHFIELD, Ky. — US Sen. Rand Paul promised Saturday to wage a vigorous review into the origins of the coronavirus if Republicans retake the Senate and he lands a committee chairmanship. Speaking to supporters at a campaign rally, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican denounced what he sees as government overreach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Read more

New York court rejects congressional maps drawn by Democrats

ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York’s highest court on Wednesday rejected new congressional maps that had widely been seen as favoring Democrats, largely agreeing with Republican voters who argued the district boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The decision may delay New York’s primary elections by as much as two months and is likely to hammer-blow to … Read more

DeSantis tests limits of his combative style in Disney feud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ′ deepening feud with Walt Disney World is testing the limits of his combative leadership style while sending an unmistakable message to his rivals that virtually nothing is off limits as he plots his political future. The 43-year-old Republican has repeatedly demonstrated an acute willingness to fight … Read more