State governments

Photographers take pictures of the a man and a woman in the court in Freiburg, southern Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 before they were sentenced to long-term prison sentence for for offering the 9-year-old son of the woman for raping by pedophiles. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
August 07, 2018 - 7:57 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman's young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country. The Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany...
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a press conference in Mission, Kans., after President Donald Trump officially endorsed him for Kansas governor on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, ahead of the Tuesday primary. (Shelly Yang/The Kansas City Star via AP)
August 06, 2018 - 11:39 pm
Democrats hope to grab a House seat that Republicans have held for decades. A tweet from President Donald Trump could tip a GOP gubernatorial primary in Kansas. Democrats continue to decide how far to the left the party should move. And critical Senate races are coming into focus. What to watch as...
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This July 5, 2018, photo shows Alaska Democratic U.S. House candidate Dimitri Shein, middle, and his campaign chair Julie Olson, left, speaking to supporter Dana Dardis while campaigning door-to-door in Anchorage, Alaska. Shein faces several candidates in the Alaska Primary on Aug. 21, 2018, including independent Alyse Galvin. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
August 06, 2018 - 4:32 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — At age 37, Dimitri Shein has already lived the American dream. Born in the Soviet Union, Shein recalls standing in bread lines with his grandfather. After moving to Alaska in the early 1990s, he and his mother, who had married a man in Anchorage, wound up living in a shelter...
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FILE – In this April 24, 2012, file photo, Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville, asks a question about permit fees for owning exotic animals during an Ohio Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee hearing in Columbus, Ohio. Balderson and Danny O'Connor, a Democrat serving as recorder of Franklin County, Ohio, are running in a special congressional election on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, to determine who will fill out the final months of the term of former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, a Republican who retired in January 2018, before both candidates face off again for the retired lawmaker's seat in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, general election. (James Miller/The Marion Star via AP, File)
August 06, 2018 - 1:15 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat is within striking distance of winning a congressional race in Ohio on Tuesday for an open seat that has been reliably Republican for more than three decades. Both national parties are focusing on the contest for clues to whether Democrats will retake the U.S. House...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2018, file photo, law enforcement officers respond to Santa Fe High School after an active shooter was reported on campus in Santa Fe, Texas. Republican leaders in gun-friendly Texas are stamping down the prospects of 'red flag' laws that would let enforcement seize some firearms from people who are deemed dangerous to themselves or others. Gun control advocates hoped for an opening after mass shootings at a Texas church and high school within 6 months of each other. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
August 05, 2018 - 11:51 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that left eight students and two teachers dead. Among the steps that Texas apparently won't be taking...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, State Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature, files to run for the 5th district congressional seat that U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is vacating to run for Minnesota attorney general, at the Minnesota Secretary of State's office in St. Paul, Minn. The race has pitted Omar, a rising star in the Democratic Party, against older, more established Democrats, echoing similar races nationwide as a younger generation heads to Washington. (Lacey Young/Minnesota Public Radio via AP, File)
August 05, 2018 - 8:26 am
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — In a coffee shop at the edge of a working-class Minneapolis suburb, not far from the high school Ilhan Omar attended in the years after she immigrated to the U.S., some two dozen people crowded around a table to hear her make the case for sending her to Congress. "...
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President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, en route to a rally at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 04, 2018 - 6:40 pm
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest news on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:45 p.m. President Donald Trump is predicting a "tremendous victory" for Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running in Tuesday's special election for an open congressional seat. Trump promoted other...
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President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he speaks during a meeting with inner city pastors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 04, 2018 - 4:49 pm
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is seizing on the prospect of Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker again as he makes his pitch for Republican candidates. Trump was traveling Saturday to Ohio to hold a rally for state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running in Tuesday's special...
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In this Aug. 2, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump, right, greets Senate candidate Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., during a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. More than 2,600 candidates are running in the midterm elections. But for the president, the election comes down to one person: Donald Trump. With the primary calendar winding down, Trump’s me-first strategy is prompting a wave of concern within his own party. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 04, 2018 - 4:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he's complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidates who will square off in a debate Wednesday night, July 11, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. From left, are: Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka; former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer; and former state Agriculture secretary Joshua Svaty. Kansas Democrats are riding an eight-year losing streak in statewide elections, and there’s pressure to break it. That pressure has intensified a debate within the party over how to pull more votes from Republican-leaning rural areas to help win the governor's race this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
August 04, 2018 - 4:16 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats are riding an eight-year losing streak in statewide elections, and the pressure to break it has intensified a debate within the party over how to pull more votes from Republican-leaning rural areas to help win the governor's race this year. Democrats nationally...
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