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House speaker opts against state Senate run

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says he won't run for a state Senate seat being vacated this year and will focus instead on a 2016 campaign for an unspecified statewide office.

Bill extends voter registration for military

Some Missouri lawmakers want to make it easier for members of the military to vote when they return from deployments.

Voters to decide on eliminating city primary

Charter change on April ballot

Jefferson City voters will be asked April 8 if the city should eliminate primary elections, now that they can't be scheduled in February.

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Q&A with 4th Ward candidates for City Council

Tergin, Costales discuss conference center, downtown, transparency

The April general election will feature one race for Jefferson City Council, pitting 4th Ward incumbent Carrie Tergin against challenger Glen Costales.

RNC chairman: Primary changes will rebuild GOP

Planned changes to the Republican Party's presidential selection process are part of a rebuilding process that will strengthen the GOP brand and hopefully make its presidential nominee more competitive in 2016, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told California Republicans on Friday, calling the GOP's current primary process "a complete disaster."

Senator wants to change two primaries

State Sen. Will Kraus wants Missouri lawmakers to move two primary election dates permanently.

Democrats clock all-nighter with climate talk

Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.

In reversal, Maine GOP embraces part of health law

Maine Republicans who are fiercely fighting an effort to expand government-subsidized health care coverage to roughly 70,000 residents have come up with an alternative: government-subsidized health care.

Auditor says improvements needed in controversial tax credits program

Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction

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Tea party challengers struggle to continue success

Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.

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Maryland governor derides tea party, urges unity

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley introduced himself to California Democrats Saturday with a scathing indictment of the tea party and a call for a stronger middle class to move the country forward.

California's Brown hears fracking gripes

In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration's policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Odd couple at center of Russian helicopter inquiry

Yuri Borisov's performance on a lucrative U.S. military contract was dismal — cost overruns, blown deadlines, forged paperwork. Yet that didn't keep the Russian entrepreneur from winning more business with the Department of Defense, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Clinton advisers sought to soften her image

Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers sought to "humanize" what they saw as her stern, defensive public image during her husband's White House days and as she embarked on her groundbreaking Senate campaign in New York.

For Obama, an election-year budget without drama

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is sending Congress a budget that for once does not herald a partisan legislative showdown.