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  • Legislative leaders push for adjournment

    Disagreements remain on several budget bills and priorities Gov. Terry Branstad outlined at the beginning of the year still have obstacles to overcome, but leaders in the Legislature say ending the 2014 session this week is likely.

  • Lawmakers aim to complete work on time

    Several major pieces of legislation remained in play as lawmakers aimed to finish their work on time.

  • Analysis: School funding divides Cochran, McDaniel

    How large a role should the federal government have in educating American children? It's a politically sensitive question dividing the Republicans in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race this year.

  • In this March 19, 2014 photo, Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby, right, talks to supporter Marvin Hausman in Lake Oswego, Ore. Republicans are making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in Oregon, a reliably Democratic state that hasn't elected a Republican to a statewide office in more than a decade. Republicans think they've found the right candidate in Wehby, a children's brain surgeon who's raised more than $1 million and put her early opposition to the president's health law at the center of her campaign to help her party regain a Senate majority. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

    GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon

    The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.

  • 5 things ahead this week in the Hawaii Legislature

    There's a juggling act going on at the Hawaii Legislature as lawmakers negotiate the finer details of hundreds of bills.

  • Some W.Va. state Dems flip to GOP for midterms

    As Republicans rally for more control in West Virginia's long-time Democratic Legislature, a few Democrats have jumped ship to the GOP and are challenging former colleagues in midterm races.

  • FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, Ky., looks over the Senate shortly after it convened on the first day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, in Frankfort, Ky. House and Senate leaders said that a pair of tax hikes and a minimum wage increase, all of which failed to become law, will play major roles in this fall 2014's pivotal races for the Kentucky legislature. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)

    Taxes, minimum wage top issues in November

    The biggest political fallout from the just-ended legislative session won't be about what lawmakers did, but what they did not do.

  • Branstad priorities not OK'd as adjournment nears

    As the end of the legislative session draws near, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to keep some of his priorities in mind.

  • Where things stand in the La. legislative session

    Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:

  • In this Wednesday, April 16, 2014 photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., listens during an appearance in Durham, N.C. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to persuade North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Hagan contrasts persona, GOP in NC Senate campaign

    Kay Hagan's self-identification as a middle-of-the-road U.S. senator who fights for the middle class, among other groups, and responds effectively to constituent requests may sound trite coming from any politician's mouth seeking re-election.

  • Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal

    Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights - barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies.

  • SC towns and counties spur state to ban texting

    After years of facing fierce opposition, the idea of South Carolina passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban is becoming a real possibility. Earlier this month the state Senate and House passed separate bills aimed at putting to an end to the confusing hodgepodge of local bans. However many believe it will fall short of its intention to deter distracted driving.

  • Okla. budget talks center on cuts, revenue streams

    With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor's office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund education, public safety and child welfare.

  • Ga. GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves

    Georgia's top Republican Senate hopefuls are scrambling to prove who'd be the most conservative opponent to take on Democratic favorite Michelle Nunn in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

  • Senate passes new approach to pension obligation

    The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation setting out a new approach for addressing the state's pension obligation Saturday, less than three hours after the plan emerged from the Senate Finance Committee.

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