TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president. But they've still got their day jobs as governors, making for another round in the ring with organized labor.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The jury in the case of convicted killer Jodi Arias began deliberations on Wednesday to determine whether she will be executed for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, court officials said. The jury of eight women and four men began weighing the former waitress's fate after final instructions from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens at the end of a five-month sentencing phase retrial in Phoenix. Arias, 34, was convicted in 2013 of killing Travis Alexander, 30, in his Phoenix-area home in the original trial, which was broadcast live. In closing arguments on Tuesday, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi pleaded for Arias's life, saying the woman was remorseful and fragile, suffers from mental illness and was physically and emotionally abused as a child.
CHICAGO (AP) — If Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is going to have a shot at upsetting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an April runoff, he'll need to quickly solidify a coalition of minorities, union members and progressives reminiscent of one that buoyed his mentor, Harold Washington, the city's first black mayor.
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin state senators on Wednesday were debating a proposal to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state in a tense session marked by periodic shouts from the Senate gallery from demonstrators opposed to the measure. The Republican-led state Senate is expected to approve the bill, which would prohibit requiring private sector workers to join or financially support unions, and send it to the state Assembly where Republicans also hold a majority. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a possible Republican presidential hopeful, will sign a bill if it gets to his desk, his spokeswoman has said. Walker drew accolades from conservatives across the nation in 2011 when he ushered through legislation limiting the powers of most public sector unions in Wisconsin amid large protests at the Capitol.