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ALASKA

Longtime adviser to Palin resigning

JUNEAU | A longtime aide and adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she is resigning.

Meghan Stapleton said Wednesday her resignation would be effective at the end of the month. She plans to spend more time with her young daughter.

Mrs. Stapleton has been close to Mrs. Palin since her election as governor in 2006.

She was often the public face - and defender - of Mrs. Palin when Mrs. Palin was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2008.

It wasn’t immediately clear who would fill Mrs. Stapleton’s role.

ARIZONA

Lawmakers: Verify candidates’ citizenship

PHOENIX | Nearly half of the Arizona Legislature wants to force President Obama to show his birth certificate to state officials if he runs for re-election.

A state House committee on Tuesday approved the measure sponsored by 40 of the state’s 90 legislators. It would require presidential candidates who want to appear on the ballot in Arizona to submit documents proving they meet the requirements to be president.

All 40 co-sponsors are Republicans, comprising 75 percent of the GOP caucus. Two of them have since resigned to run for Congress.

The idea was proposed by Skull Valley Republican Rep. Judy Burges. She says if people have to prove their citizenship to apply for a job or get a passport, they should have to prove it to run for president.

NEVADA

Governor takes woman on conference trip

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