State lawmaker resigns leadership post amid sexual harassment allegations

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A state lawmaker who is facing scrutiny over past allegations of sexual harassment was removed Thursday from his ranking member position on a House committee, and resigned his position as assistant floor leader. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, was removed from his position on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee and agreed to House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen’s request that he immediately resign his position as assistant floor leader, according to a statement released by Kristiansen. […]

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Marco Rubio says he’s a ‘no’ on tax bill unless he gets child tax credit

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, told congressional leadership that he will not support the latest version of the GOP tax bill if the legislation doesn’t make the child tax credit more generous. “I’ve been pretty consistent in my communications on this issue and that is I want us to see the refundable portion of the child tax credit increased from its current number,” Rubio told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday. “If it stays at $1,100, I’m a […]

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Inslee proposes tapping reserves, carbon tax in budget plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday proposed tapping the state’s reserves to comply with a final timeline required for Washington state to come into compliance with a state Supreme Court mandate on education funding, and he wants a new tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels to ultimately backfill that withdrawal The governor announced the proposal during the unveiling of his supplemental budget proposal, which makes tweaks to the current $43.7 billion, two-year state budget that was adopted […]

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The most and least taxed states – how did your state fare?

In light of the new Republican tax bill, the current tax system has once again come under review. Always a divisive issue, there has been much debate over the optimal tax policy – one that promotes a healthy economy while limiting the deficit and providing citizens with necessary public services. To see how much control the government wields over the economy, economists often look at the ratio of taxes collected compared to gross domestic product (GDP). A high tax-to-GDP ratio […]

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USA Today bashes Trump as ‘not fit to clean the toilets’ in Obama’s presidential library

USA Today isn’t known for its blistering opinion pieces. Which makes the one the paper’s editorial board just published on President Donald Trump all the more savage. “With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office,” reads the editorial. “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.” The reference here is Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning in […]

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Republicans in House and Senate strike a deal on tax bill

House and Senate Republicans have struck a tentative deal on a tax bill Wednesday, a major step in ensuring the GOP majority is on its way to deliver an overhaul of the US tax system by the holidays. According to two GOP aides, Republicans struck a deal in principle that will meld together the House and Senate tax deals and put the parties on a path to vote as soon as next week. Aides say there are still smaller issues […]

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The other ‘values voters’ in Alabama

By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor (CNN) — Going into the Senate race in Alabama, much of the attention was focused on Republican Roy Moore’s conservative Christian base. Would they turn out to support him despite the allegations that he molested and harassed teenage girls decades ago? They did, according to exit polls. Eight in 10 white evangelical voters cast their ballots for Moore, who is himself a white evangelical. That’s roughly the same percentage President Donald Trump won among […]

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Minnesota governor picks Tina Smith to replace Franken

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s governor has chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat until the November election, and she will run in that election to complete the final two years of Franken’s term, a Democratic operative told The Associated Press Wednesday. The operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak ahead of the official announcement by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton scheduled for 10 a.m. A senior Democratic Senate aide in […]

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Democrat Jones wins over Roy Moore in stunning Alabama upset; Trump tweets congratulations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. The […]

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