Elections

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in New York. On Thursday, Feb. 14, newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led a chorus of cheers as Amazon announced it was abandoning plans to build a sought-after headquarters in New York City. Activists berated the online giant for a $3 billion package of tax breaks she said the city could better invest in hiring teachers or fixing the subway. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 15, 2019 - 11:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing "economic transformation" to combat climate change...
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February 13, 2019 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency says officials are working to secure the 2020 presidential election. Christopher Krebs says he's trying to shift focus from what happened in 2016 with Russian interference to what could happen next. He's trying to get...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Howard Dean participates in "The Contenders: 16 for 16" panel during the PBS Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Dean is back. The one-time presidential candidate and former Democratic National Committee chairman is set to return to party prominence the head of a new data operation that Democrats hope puts them back on par with Republicans in the never-ending race to maximize the use of voter data to coax Americans to the polls. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
Democrats are enlisting Howard Dean to lead a new operation they hope will help their party match Republicans' success in using voter data to win elections. Dean is a one-time presidential candidate and former Vermont governor who is beloved by state Democratic Party leaders from his time as...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks to supporters during a rally outside the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens resigned June 1, 2018, while facing potential House impeachment proceedings over allegations of sexual and political misconduct. A woman with whom Greitens had an extramarital affair testified that he slapped, shoved, restrained and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters in 2015, while he was preparing to run for governor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
February 12, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least six other statewide elected...
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February 10, 2019 - 11:08 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dozen county sheriffs in Washington state are refusing to enforce new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles that voters approved in November. The sheriffs say the measure might be unconstitutional, and they won't enforce it until the courts rule on a lawsuit filed by the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, Linda Beigel Schulman, left, holds a photograph of her son Scott Beigel, who was killed during the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while speaking with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and gun safety advocates during a news conference at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Since the shooting, states have seen a surge of interest in laws intended to make it easier to disarm people who show signs of being violent or suicidal. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
February 10, 2019 - 6:00 am
In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, incoming state Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, is sworn in during a ceremony at the Kentucky House of Representatives in Frankfort, Ky. Republican candidate DJ Johnson has withdrawn his challenge of a close Kentucky state House race. Glenn defeated Johnson by one vote in Kentucky House district 13 on Election Day. But a legislative panel of six Republicans and three Democrats ordered a recount in the race at Johnson's request. That recount ended in a tie. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
February 08, 2019 - 4:17 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — His political future down to a coin flip, a Kentucky Republican walked away from an election challenge Friday in a decision that will keep a Democrat in the state legislature and likely avoid a lengthy lawsuit. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican DJ Johnson on Election Day...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax smiles during the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 07, 2019 - 3:52 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Democrats struggled to find their way out of three interlocking political crises Thursday that could bring down the party's top elected officials and put a Republican in the governor's chair. With Gov. Ralph Northam's career in peril over a racist photo in his 1984...
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February 07, 2019 - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest outside Democratic groups is launching a $30 million effort to expand voting rights and fight Republican-backed laws that restrict ballot access. Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the two-year initiative will triple...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, addresses members of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the California Legislature is opening an independent office to handle investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination. "Our goals are clear: we need to protect victims and witnesses, hold perpetrators accountable, and restore employee and public confidence," said Atkins. But she added: "I realize we cannot be satisfied with our progress, because this step alone will not change the culture of this building." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 02, 2019 - 9:03 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Complaints of sexual misconduct are continuing to mount in state legislatures as the 2019 sessions begin and lawmakers consider whether to add safeguards against harassment. Claims in a handful of states make it clear that the #MeToo movement was not a one-year phenomenon...
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