PHOENIX (AP) — State officials and architects are pondering the future of newly vacated space in the Arizona Capitol complex.
Ideas for the state library's former home on the third floor of...
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders stood divided Tuesday over who to name to the bloc's top jobs, after elections shredded comfortable old political alliances and raised troubling questions...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on European elections (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'd like to see a quick agreement on who should run the European...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the Trump administration intends to challenge the right of federal district courts to issue rulings blocking nationwide policies,...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — About a dozen of Gov. Tom Wolf's senior aides are starting his second term with pay raises that ranged from $25,000 to $33,000.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Fines, dues and court expenses assessed to Oklahoma defendants have spiked since fiscal year 2007 and government agencies are increasingly relying on them as an income source,...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska nonprofit education group is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state education commissioner for not paying the $20 million to public K-12 schools that lawmakers...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than half of Republican Gov. Bill Lee's newly appointed cabinet members, including his education czar and Tennessee's Medicaid chief, didn't submit applications or...
BERLIN (AP) — The German center-right candidate hoping to become the next head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain not to take part in the European Parliament elections in...
BERLIN (AP) — The center-right candidate to head the European Union's executive branch is speaking out against a new German-Russian gas pipeline, drawing mixed reactions in his native...
BERLIN (AP) — A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on...
Court says Missouri lawmakers wrongly cut judge’s salary
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers violated the state constitution when they eliminated funding for the salary of an administrative law judge who was accused of discrimination and...
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's executive branch is proposing that individual member countries drop their right to veto decisions on energy taxes, a move that could facilitate the introduction...
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the executive branch, he's avoiding the words "You're hired."
Trump's choice of Kevin McAleenan as acting replacement for...
Trump avoids ‘you’re hired’ with acting appointments
WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the executive branch, he's avoiding the words "you're hired."
Trump's choice of Kevin McAleenan as acting replacement for...
WASHINGTON (AP) — He's a libertarian-leaning Republican. She's the popular House freshman of the liberal Democratic vanguard.
Yet in this time of polarized politics, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep....
Company given $50,000 penalty for ethics violations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A company with a long-running contract to manage Kentucky's workers' compensation claims has been assessed a $50,000 penalty by the state's Executive Branch Ethics...
Colorado budget writers hear cautious revenue forecasts
DENVER (AP) — Budget writers will carefully consider the long-term sustainability of Gov. Jared Polis' proposal to adopt publicly-funded full-day kindergarten after they heard quarterly economic...
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
The European Commission is warning Britain's Parliament that voting against Brexit happening without a...
Ex-Interior chief Zinke cleared of illegal politicking
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke didn't engage in illegal political activity when he went to Pennsylvania about a year ago to announce federal...
The Latest: Overrides on Wyoming governor’s budget vetoes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on a dispute between Wyoming's governor and state lawmakers over budget vetoes (all times local):
Bill to form Idaho council on federal lands passes House
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to create a panel of Idaho lawmakers to assist residents and state agencies on federal lands issues passed the state House Tuesday and is headed to the...
Kentucky Senate OKs bill to reveal executive branch lobbying
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill aimed at shedding more light on efforts to lobby the state's executive branch.
State bans using Huawei, Kaspersky tech products
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has banned state government agencies and vendors from using technology products such as Huawei and Kaspersky over security concerns.
Germany’s Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging...
South Carolina leaders aim to elevate agency for veterans
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster and members of the General Assembly are supporting legislation to elevate the state Division of Veterans' Affairs to a Cabinet-level position.
Audit: State agencies lax in filing affirmative action plans
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump is calling on the state Human Resources Division to provide greater oversight of executive branch agency compliance with the diversity and affirmative action policies of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration.
The Democrat said this week executive branch agencies are required to submit affirmative action and diversity plans that set goals and strategies to diversify the state government workforce.
Louisiana legislative agencies build $85 million surplus
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana agencies slashed spending on services over the last decade, state legislative offices managed to sock away hefty surpluses, quietly amassing $85 million in the bank without mentioning the money in their annual budget hearings.
Top senator touts bill to reveal executive branch lobbying
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate's top leader on Tuesday pointed to high-profile public corruption cases in pushing for ethics legislation to shed more light on efforts to lobby the executive branch.
Senate President Robert Stivers mentioned federal bribery and kickback cases involving an ex-lobbyist and a former high-ranking state official in advocating for stricter oversight of lobbyists when reaching out to executive branch agencies that craft regulations and award contracts.
Iowa to pay $4M to victims of sex harassment by ex-director
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa agreed Monday to pay $4.15 million in settlements to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who was a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The Latest: Iowa to pay $4.15M to end agency harassment case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the state of Iowa paying $4.15 million to settle two sexual harassment claims:
The state of Iowa will pay $4.15 million to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who had been a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The money will go to former Iowa Finance Authority business development director Beth Mahaffey and its current communications director, Ashley Jared.
Murphy names Booker aide to be next chief of staff
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has picked an aide to Sen. Cory Booker to be his next chief of staff.
The Democratic governor said in a statement Friday that George Helmy will succeed outgoing chief of staff Pete Cammarano. Helmy currently serves as the Democratic senator's state director.
The governor's chief of staff is responsible managing the governor's office as well as the executive branch and Cabinet agencies.
Beshear files for governor, urges opponents to release taxes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has officially filed to run for governor, calling on his Democratic opponents to release their tax returns ahead of the primary on May 21.
Beshear is the second Democrat to file for the race, joining former state employee Geoff Young. Two other Democrats say they are running: state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former Auditor Adam Edelen.
Cunningham pledges family, children focus in lt. gov’s bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state legislator and U.S. Senate candidate says he'll focus on helping families and children succeed through improved public education and a "durable" economy if elected lieutenant governor in 2020.
Democrat Cal Cunningham formally announced Tuesday his bid for the state's No. 2 executive branch position on a Wake Community College campus.
Romania insists it’s up to the EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc's executive branch.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was "technically well-prepared" for the role.
Whitmer bans use of private email for state business
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Thursday to prohibit state employees from using personal email to conduct government business, stopping a practice that occasionally was seen in the offices of the previous governor and attorney general.
The Democrat's directive is among six she issued two days after taking office — part of what she said is an effort to make state government "open, transparent and accountable" to taxpayers.
AG: Nevada boards can’t pay directors more than governor
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada attorney general's office says unless specifically authorized by lawmakers, boards and commissions are not allowed to pay their directors and legal counsel more than 95 percent of what the governor makes.
Senate confirms dozens of Trump nominees as Congress wraps
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed dozens of President Donald Trump's nominees, a rare moment of bipartisan agreement as Congress prepares to wrap up its session.
Senators late Wednesday approved a new Census director, a drug czar and some 15 ambassadors, including one to war-torn Yemen.
EU’s Juncker urges Britain: get your act together on Brexit
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain to "get your act together" and decide what exactly the country wants as Brexit looms.
Britain is due to leave the EU March 29 but its Parliament hasn't approved the government's divorce deal with the EU, which many lawmakers loathe. A vote is scheduled in mid-January.
Top state officials to receive pay raise in new year
BOSTON (AP) — Top officials in Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration will be seeing a little something extra in their paychecks in the new year.
Eligible cabinet secretaries, agency heads and commissioners can look forward to a 5.5 percent hike.
Most members of the Republican governor's office will receive the same increase beginning Tuesday.
EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.
Kansas court system granting employees paid parental leave
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas court system's employees will now receive six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
The Kansas Supreme Court issued an administrative order Friday covering the 1,600 judicial branch workers under its supervision.
European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics
BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way.
The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its executive branch designed to reduce marine pollution.
Walz draws GOP criticism for skipping Trump meeting
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz did not attend a meeting between a bipartisan group of new governors and President Donald Trump in Washington Thursday, drawing some criticism from Republicans.
The six-term Democratic congressman stayed in Minnesota this week to meet with transition staff and advisers, even as newly-elected Democratic counterparts from Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan visited the White House.
Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate
MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch?
White House staffers admonished for posting political tweets
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six former and current White House staffers were reprimanded Friday for posting political tweets, such as the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" and "MAGA," on Twitter accounts they use for government business.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent warning letters to the six warning them that their tweets violated the Hatch Act, which restricts political activities of federal employees working in the executive branch.
EU executive wants bloc to go climate neutral by 2050
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's executive branch proposed Wednesday that the bloc should cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, a measure that scientists say needs to be adopted worldwide in order to avoid catastrophic global warming.