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PA: Grand jury said to recommend criminal charges against Pennsylvania attorney general
The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper have found evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that she be criminally charged, according to numerous people familiar with the decision.
VT: Shumlin re-elected governor by Vermont legislature
The state legislature re-elected Democrat Peter Shumlin as Vermont governor over Republican challenger Scott Milne. Lawmakers were required to select the governor after no candidate in the November general election received more than 50 percent of the popular vote.
MN: Minnesota child protection reform pushes a harder line on abuse
The legislature took the first step toward a dramatic overhaul of Minnesota’s troubled child protection system, proposing measures that ultimately would launch more child abuse investigations.
KY: Bill would stop ‘double-dipping’ by Kentucky’s elected officials
A new bill would prohibit re-elected public officials from retiring after winning office and then coming back to take office the following January, a tactic called “double-dipping,” because it allows officials to receive a full pension and come back to work for a full salary.
FL: Florida mulls possible end to low-income health program
State health care officials expect to receive a report next week that spells out options for dealing with the possible end of the Low-Income Pool that has provided billion a year to help care for low-income and uninsured people.
OH: Ohio changes death penalty drugs
Ohio will change its lethal injection chemicals after a botched execution last January. Dennis McGuire died 25 minutes after receiving a lethal drug combination the state had never used before.
MA: New governor pledges to work for simplified government
New Republican Gov. Charlie Baker told an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature he wants to simplify and streamline state government and hold the line on taxes.
ME: LePage vows to cut Maine’s income tax
Republican Gov. Paul LePage, sworn in for a second term, vowed to cut Maine’s income tax, overhaul welfare and reduce the size of state government over the next four years, fulfilling what he believes is a directive from voters.
TX: Bill looks to prevent gay marriage from becoming legal
State or local government employees giving out same-sex marriage licenses would stop receiving their salaries under a bill filed for the 84th legislative session.
KS: Federal grand jury looks at loans to Brownback’s re-election campaign
A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign and has ordered the state’s ethics chief to testify as part of its investigation. The only loans listed on campaign disclosure reports are from Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.
NE: New governor says Nebraskans must pull together
Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts’ inaugural speech struck themes of collaboration, job creation, low taxes and a quality education system.
NC: School board ends solo status for Koch-funded history materials
The state school board will encourage North Carolina teachers to draw their American history course materials from nearly a dozen sources, not just those provided by a group backed by the politically influential, conservative Koch family paid by the state to develop teaching materials.
GA: Governor’s campaign paid his daughter-in-law’s firm ,000
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal paid his daughter-in-law’s fundraising company ,000 just before and just after he won re-election in November.
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