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Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan

Jun. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with supporters...

Trump campaign fires pollsters after mixed messaging

Jun. 17, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump's internal polling suggested he was trailing Democrats in crucial states earlier this year, it did what any campaign would do: tried to bury the bad numbers. When the findings leaked to the media anyway, an infuriated Trump and his aides first disputed the...

The Latest: NY OK's licenses for immigrants in US illegally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local): 10:35 p.m. New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. The state Senate approved the proposal Monday and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it later in the day, following...

Buttigieg goes home to South Bend after man killed by police

Jun. 17, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg pulled himself off the presidential campaign trail Monday after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in his hometown forced him to confront issues of race and policing. The Democrat canceled several days of campaign events...

Debating impeachment, Democrats have 2020 on their minds

Jun. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, the decisions being made of whether to support impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump are personal, gut-wrenching and, at times, starkly political, with fallout in 2020 and beyond. Some lawmakers worry impeachment will benefit the president, energizing...

Native American activist Frank LaMere dies at age 69

Jun. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Frank LaMere, a Native American activist who fought for a variety of causes and crusaded to close beer stores near a dry South Dakota Indian reservation, has died. He was 69. LaMere's daughter, Jennifer LaMere, said her father died Sunday at an Omaha hospital. LaMere, who was a Winnebago...

Cunningham: Voters led him to switch to US Senate campaign

Jun. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina state senator is switching races, announcing Monday that he's joined the Democratic effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, whose seat would be a major pickup for Democrats trying to win back a Senate majority. Cal Cunningham, a familiar name in state...

High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map

Jun. 17, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates this year using a map seen as favorable to Democrats as a result of a ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The political boundaries are important because Republicans currently control the House by a slim majority. Only four...

Toomey wades into fight over $100M private schools bill

Jun. 17, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey waded into a budget fight in Pennsylvania on Monday over substantially expanding state taxpayer support for private and religious schools that is stoking pushback from public school advocates. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to veto the measure, but Toomey,...

Virginia Democrats push gun control ahead of special session

Jun. 17, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia are trying to make the public case for greater gun restrictions ahead of a special legislative session next month spurred by the fatal shooting of 12 people at a city office. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and...