ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in lots of states get paid extra if they hold leadership posts or oversee important committees. But few state legislatures have a bonus system as extensive as the one in New York's state senate. Nearly all 63 state senators take home stipends nicknamed "lulus" that add between $9,000 and $34,000 to their wages.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democrats say they are increasingly optimistic about their chances of knocking of Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year, even though a top tier candidate has yet to emerge and they're still recovering from a devastating 2016 election. Democrats are gathering this weekend for the Wisconsin state party convention. They say liberals are energized in opposition both to President Donald Trump and Republicans closely tied to him like Walker.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledges growing more comfortable with her ascent to Iowa's job after her mentor's appointment as U.S. ambassador to China. Reynolds officially took over Wednesday from Terry Branstad, the nation's longest-serving governor.
ATLANTA (AP) - Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight - for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents. Democrats say candidates with military on their resumes appeal to independent voters and can help the party break the GOP grip on Washington.