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Illinois Democrats unveil updated congressional maps

Oct. 24, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats have unveiled updated congressional maps that propose a second Latino-leaning Chicago area district and could mean primary matchups for two Democratic incumbents in the suburbs and in two other races featuring Republican incumbents. ...

Biden, key senators huddle as Dems drive toward budget deal

Oct. 24, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hosted budget talks Sunday with two pivotal senator in hopes of resolving lingering disputes over Democrats' long-stalled effort to craft an expansive social and environment measure. The White House said the session with Senate...

Dave Matthews to join McAuliffe for get-out-the-vote rally

Oct. 24, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Musician Dave Matthews is joining the long list of high-profile campaigners trying to get out the vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe as this year's closely watched race for governor nears the finish. Matthews is set to perform an acoustic set...

Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

Oct. 24, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based...

Obama sharply criticizes Youngkin in Va. governor's race

Oct. 23, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va (AP) — Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race. Obama accused Youngkin of...

New Jersey governor race tests Murphy's progressive politics

Oct. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Paid sick leave. Taxpayer-funded community college. A phased-in $15 minimum wage. New Jersey has taken a decidedly liberal shift under first-term Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, increasing income taxes on the wealthy, expanding voting rights and...

Deal on Biden's $2T plan edges closer; Harris is 'confident'

Oct. 23, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deal within reach, President Joe Biden and Congress’ top Democrats edged close to sealing their giant domestic legislation, though the informal deadline appeared to slip as they worked to scale back the measure and determine how to pay for it. ...

Ayala or Sears: Both would make history in Virginia election

Oct. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The two women seeking the lieutenant governor's office in Virginia next month are fond of touting their unconventional political backgrounds. One thing is certain: Whichever one wins will be making history. Either candidate would be the first...

GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states

Oct. 23, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They're not stopping there. Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the...

Child tax credit tussle reflects debate over work incentives

Oct. 23, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — To supporters of the child tax credit, there has always been an "aha moment" — the recognition that as little as a few hundred dollars a month could be life-changing. For Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, it was several years ago when he was working as...