Legislature

BANGKOK | Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

BANGKOK — Thailand’s legislature has officially proposed allowing the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug. The National Legislative Assembly on Friday submitted proposed amendments to the Health Ministry that would put marijuana and the plant kratom, popular … Continue reading BANGKOK | Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

AP: Political money in state-level campaigns exceeds $2B

The story of money in politics doesn’t stop with spending on races for Congress. Candidates for governor, legislature and other state offices this year have brought in $2.2 billion in campaign contributions — nearly matching the combined total of $2.4 billion for candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. That makes this year among the … Continue reading AP: Political money in state-level campaigns exceeds $2B

BAGHDAD | Iraq’s president to take office, independent tapped as PM

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new president is set to take office after tapping an independent Shiite lawmaker for the post of prime minister. Barham Salih, a longtime Kurdish politician, will assume power in a formal handover ceremony on Wednesday, a day after being elected and sworn in by parliament. Under an unofficial agreement dating back to … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Iraq’s president to take office, independent tapped as PM

JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Bill Walker has declared an emergency for Alaska Native languages, aiming to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state. The order signed this week directs the state education commissioner to work with partners to promote indigenous languages in public education, KTOO Public Media in Juneau reported . … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

JAMESTOWN, Va. | In Jamestown, a reckoning over American slavery’s beginnings

JAMESTOWN, Va. — On a recent afternoon, tour guide Justin Bates pointed to the spot where historic Jamestown’s legislature first convened in July 1619. He then gestured toward another nearby spot where some of the first slaves in English North America arrived a few weeks later. “Freedom over there,” Bates told visitors near the banks … Continue reading JAMESTOWN, Va. | In Jamestown, a reckoning over American slavery’s beginnings

Federal tax overhaul could lead to changes in some states

CHERRY HILL, N.J/January 06, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— In New Jersey and California, top Democratic officials want to let people make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying certain taxes. In Connecticut and New York, officials are exploring a switch from income taxes to new ones on payroll. A few governors have even called for tax cuts. … Continue reading Federal tax overhaul could lead to changes in some states

Virginia GOP pushes to declare winner in disputed House race

RICHMOND, Va/December 29,2017(AP)(STL.News)— It’s time to pick the winner in a bitterly contested election that could decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican leaders said Friday while urging a recount court to reject a bid by a Democratic challenger to reverse its decision declaring the race a tie. Lawyers for … Continue reading Virginia GOP pushes to declare winner in disputed House race

Republican in tied Virginia race says time to pick winner

RICHMOND, Va./December 29,2017(AP)(STL.News)— A Republican lawmaker says it’s time to pick the winner in a bitterly contested race that could decide the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates. Lawyers for Del. David Yancey on Friday urged elections officials to schedule a random drawing of the winner’s name no later than Jan. 9, … Continue reading Republican in tied Virginia race says time to pick winner