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Democrats quash climate debate push from activists

Aug. 24, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Democratic National Committee on Saturday quashed a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee voted 222-137 at its summer meeting in San Francisco...

2020 Democratic field: Narrowing but unwieldy, unpredictable

Aug. 23, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is shrinking but not quickly enough to ward off the prospect of a long, bruising fight for the nomination. Three candidates dropped out of the race over the last two weeks, and several others could soon follow. What remains will be a historically...

The Latest: Harris gets warm welcome at California meeting

Aug. 23, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee in California (all times local): 2:35 p.m. California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting a rousing hometown welcome at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in San Francisco. Harris is looking to California as a...

Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor's race

Aug. 22, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Thursday that no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election. Attorney General Jim Hood said he watched the 30-minute Republican debate Wednesday night...

Democratic Party leaders nix calls for climate crisis debate

Aug. 22, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrating boisterous climate activists, Democratic Party leaders declined on Thursday to call for a presidential primary debate focused on the climate crisis, but tinkered ever-so-slightly with restrictions on what kind of single-issue events their White House hopefuls can attend....

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces run for 3rd term

Aug. 22, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, announced Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor. Inslee sent the email detailing his plans hours before he was to appear at a news conference at Planned Parenthood in Seattle...

Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Aug. 21, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they've had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he and Bryant have been in step up to 98% of the time on big issues, including...

The Latest: Reeves, Waller: Driver's license lines too long

Aug. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Two Republican candidates for Mississippi governor say they want to increase teacher pay and shorten the wait time at driver's license bureaus. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice...

Julián Castro qualifies for September presidential debates

Aug. 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston. The former Obama housing chief and former mayor of San Antonio announced that he...

Energized liberals fear Warren, Sanders can't beat Trump

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — They want fundamental change: single-payer health care, debt-free college, environmental protections and the end of big money in politics. But as liberal voters size up the two leading candidates running on those values — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — one question...