Elections

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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February 12, 2019 - 4:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 outside groups spent over $50 million on "independent expenditure" ads during the closing months of last year's midterm elections. But a new report from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center found that only about 8 percent revealed information about the donors behind...
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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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In the Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Liberal-backed Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer speaks about her race against fellow appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn in Madison, Wis. Neubauer is backed by liberals while Hagedorn has conservative support in a closely watched race that's officially nonpartisan. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
February 10, 2019 - 9:50 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin liberals hope to take a key step this spring toward breaking a long conservative stranglehold on the state's Supreme Court, in an election that could also serve as a barometer of the political mood in a key presidential swing state. If the liberal-backed candidate...
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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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February 08, 2019 - 2:23 pm
Rep. Chris Erwin finally won a seat in the Georgia legislature after a chaotic campaign in which a judge threw out the first election and ordered the vote to be redone in December. Now a court has ruled that illegal votes tainted the second election, removing Erwin from office Friday less than a...
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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 - 2:10 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Rep. Stephanie Clayton, an Overland Park Republican on the House Federal and State Affairs committee, asked questions in Topeka, Kan. Democrats' gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. As the 2019 legislative sessions get underway, Democrats continue to add to their numbers thanks to defections from GOP lawmakers. So far this month, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey have switched party affiliation and become Democrats. While the specific reasons vary, the party-flippers have one thing in common: They say the GOP has become too extreme under President Donald Trump. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 2:39 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in to office and this year's legislative sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations...
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