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Utah House, Senate GOP support medical marijuana bill; detractors say it won't happen

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Oct 17th - 7:00pm

House and Senate Republicans appear to be on board with a proposed compromise bill for dispensing medical marijuana in Utah, but detractors say lawmakers are putting on a show and patients will never get medical cannabis.

The Latest: South Carolina gov hopefuls draw final contrasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 6:13pm

The Latest on the first of two general election debates between the candidates competing for South Carolina governor (all times local):

Kobach proposes tougher work rules for welfare in Kansas

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:23pm

Republican Kris Kobach promised Wednesday to push for tougher work requirements for welfare and state health coverage recipients in Kansas, building on existing policies that have populist appeal but draw criticism as punitive toward the poor.

Maine's 4 gubernatorial candidates vie for public's support

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:17pm

Maine's four gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday tried to make their case with voters with weeks to go before the Nov. 6 election.

Rob Bishop, Lee Castillo, Eric Eliason participate in 1st Congressional District debate

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Oct 17th - 5:16pm

Three candidates vying for the state's most northern congressional district are set to debate at Utah State University Wednesday night.

Utah lawmaker says gas station sweepstakes games often amount to gambling

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Oct 17th - 4:39pm

A Utah lawmaker is again seeking to clarify that sweepstakes games functioning like pseudo-slot machines are illegal in the Beehive State.

Nevada's famous pimp expected to win election despite death

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:56pm

Nevada's most famous pimp tried to bring the state's legal brothel industry into the mainstream by mingling with celebrities, showcasing his business on HBO and staging outlandish publicity stunts.

Minnesota House hopeful calls marriage, fraud claims 'lies'

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:37pm

A Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress is poised to become the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House. But as the election approaches, Ilhan Omar is dogged by questions about her past.

Democrats, Menendez facing tough fight in blue New Jersey

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:16pm

In deep blue New Jersey, Sen. Bob Menendez is in a brutal political fight against his GOP rival, putting Democrats — who are pouring cash into the race— on the defensive as they seek to hold onto imperiled seats in red states.

Sen. Joe Manchin extols bipartisan work in op-ed pieces

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:13pm

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, facing a tough re-election in three weeks in a state President Trump won by 42 percentage points in 2016, has co-written a series of op-ed pieces with Republican senators in an effort to demonstrate his bipartisan chops.

Proposed Utah law would let violent crime victims, families seek review of open investigations

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:42pm

Crime victims and their families who believe investigations are languishing may seek a review of the status all the way to the attorney general's office under a proposed Utah law.

The Latest: Shakeup in Alaska governor's race a shock

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:29pm

The Latest on the shake-up in the Alaska governor's race (all times local):

In governor's race, issues of age, health and forthrightness

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 12:27pm

Gubernatorial challenger Walt Maddox's introductory television ad aimed to convey crucial details to voters. He described rebuilding tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa as the city's mayor and called his politics "pro-life and pro Second Amendment." He also emphasized his age.

The Latest: Ellison's wife: Unsealing proves no abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 11:43am

The Latest on a court's unsealing of the divorce file involving U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his former wife, which media organizations had sought (all times local):

Pritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 10:07am

Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance to pour his own money to unseat multimillionaire Republican Bruce Rauner from the Illinois governor's office.

Filing: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison says ex-wife abused him

Kyle Potter and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:48am

Divorce records for Keith Ellison, who is fending off an allegation of abuse from an ex-girlfriend, contain no allegations that the Minnesota congressman physically abused his ex-wife. But Ellison said in a 2015 filing that Kim Ellison repeatedly hit him during their 25-year marriage.

Montana Senate race awash in outside money as Trump returns

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 9:37am

Outside groups and individual donors have poured more than $45 million into Montana's U.S. Senate race as President Donald Trump prepares a third trip to the Big Sky state in his crusade to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

Sheriff accused of using stolen school supplies on campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 2:01pm

An Oklahoma sheriff accused of stealing donated school supplies and using them for his election campaign has been charged with embezzlement.

Jordan sent $20,000 to newly-formed company in Wyoming

Keith Ridler and Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 17th - 1:22pm

Staffers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan's campaign say $20,000 sent to a recently-formed Wyoming company was for polling, consulting and voter registration work.