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Kansas governor rescinds protections for gay state workers

Republican Kansas Governor Brownback speaks to supporters after winning re-election in the U.S. midterm elections in TopekaKansas Governor Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican re-elected in November, on Tuesday rescinded an executive order issued by a Democratic predecessor that offered protections for gay and bisexual state workers. Brownback said he was rescinding a 2007 order signed by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius that established a "protected class of rights" for state employees specifically for sexual orientation and gender identity. In its place, Brownback said he was issuing an executive order that would boost state employment-related aid for veterans and disabled people, while reaffirming the state's "commitment" to employment practices that do not discriminate based on "race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age." Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, said Brownback's order was an outrage and erases job protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees who had trusted they would be safe from harassment and discrimination.


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Alaska lawmaker wants to follow Arizona, Hawaii and drop daylight saving

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - An Alaska lawmaker on Tuesday said the state should ditch the twice-yearly time switches required by daylight savings time and join Arizona and Hawaii in sticking to one standard time, matching a similar proposal in Wa...

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Top GOP, House Dem back $1 billion in lethal aid to Ukraine

A pro-Russian rebel mans a weapon mounted on a pickup truck in the town of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Fighting in eastern Ukraine intensified on Tuesday ahead of much-anticipated peace talks, with both sides claiming significant advances. (AP Photo/Vadim Braydov)WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday called for $1 billion in lethal defensive aid to Ukraine as Congress increased pressure on President Barack Obama to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian-backed rebels.


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Connecticut GOP offer plan to fund transportation overhaul

Republican legislators on Tuesday proposed a 30-year, $37.4 billion plan to pay for the overhaul of Connecticut's transportation system as proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying they can ...

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Kansas governor rescinds order protecting gay state workers

In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Republican governor announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 that he issued an executive order rescinding a former governor’s order barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in hiring and employment throughout much of state government. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will no longer ban discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered in hiring and employment in much of state government because of an action announced Tuesday by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.


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Civil rights leaders want meeting with top House Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two civil rights leaders on Tuesday asked the House's third-ranking Republican to make a major speech denouncing racism. They also asked to meet with the House's top two Republican leaders to discuss "pressing issues."

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Republicans eye bill to limit U.S. rescues of failing banks

By Michael Flaherty and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate are discussing a joint effort to repeal a key section of the landmark Wall Street reform law, seeking to limit the U.S. gove...

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Maryland governor moves to repeal ‘rain tax’

(Reuters) - Maryland's "rain tax" on stormwater runoff designed to protect the ailing Chesapeake Bay would be repealed under legislation Republican Governor Larry Hogan unveiled on Tuesday. Hogan said in a statement that the stormwater management measu...

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U.S. bill seeks more Wi-Fi airwaves alongside smart cars

(Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday revived legislation that seeks to allocate more airwaves to public Wi-Fi by requiring regulators to quickly test how shared radio frequencies could coexist alongside those used for communications among smart car...

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McConnell: next move on security funding up to the House

The U.S. Senate Majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, said on Tuesday that the Senate is "stuck" and unable to advance legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, so the next move is up to the House of Representatives. McConnell bla...

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