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A moderator signals 30-seconds remaining to senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., right, during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. David Lindstrom, left, Susan Wagle, second from left, Kris Kobach, middle, and Bob Hamilton, second from right, share the debate stage. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber's Senate bid surges

May. 23, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't know how he'd go about getting it. The question to Bob...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, oil executive and Republican U.S. House candidate Claire Chase campaigns in Los Lunas, N.M. and talks about her plans to support President Donald Trump. Three Republican hopefuls seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Dem super PAC pushes 'weak' GOP US House primary candidate

May. 23, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A liberal super PAC is jumping into a New Mexico contested GOP U.S. House primary and running commercials in apparent support of a President Donald Trump ally that Democrats believe they can defeat in November. Patriot Majority PAC began airing television commercials Saturday...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are brandishing the latest approach in their uphill fight for House control this November: battering moderate Democrats for backing a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Virus, economy, Trump and cash hamper GOP's bid for House

May. 23, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are brandishing the latest weapon in their uphill fight for House control this November: votes by moderate Democrats to pass a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. They're also celebrating their recent capture...

FILE - In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Louisiana lawmakers plan their own special session for June

May. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders Friday called a June special session, setting a lengthy agenda that will allow debate on the budget, taxes, fantasy sports betting and the coronavirus response. It's only the second time in state history that lawmakers have called...

Fagan wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

May. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Shemia Fagan, a state senator from Portland, has won the Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state. Fagan beat fellow state Sen. Mark Hass, of Beaverton, in a very tight race. She will face state Sen. Kim Thatcher in the fall. Thatcher, from Keizer, won the GOP primary. The...

Kansas state Sen. Dennis Pyle, left, R-Hiawatha, confers with Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, R-Galena, while senators debate a sweeping coronavirus measure, early Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Republicans pushed the bill to passage, and it curbs Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power to direct the state's pandemic response. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmakers OK barring COVID-19 suits, curbing governor

May. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a sweeping coronavirus measure through the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Friday, aiming to shield businesses and health care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits and take control of the state's pandemic response from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. Some...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana GOP lawmakers want virus tracking to be voluntary

May. 22, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers, citing concerns about privacy rights, are trying to ensure that Louisiana won't penalize residents who refuse to cooperate with the state's work to track the coronavirus's spread. They've attached a provision by House Republican leader Blake Miguez in...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Howze for Congress campaign shows Republican 10th Congressional District candidate Ted Howze in Modesto, Calif. National and state Republicans have withdrawn their support for the candidate over offensive online posts that he says are not his words. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has called the posts disturbing but has not withdrawn his endorsement of Howze, who is facing freshman Democrat Josh Harder in the farm belt's swing 10th District. In a statement sent to The Associated Press on Friday, May 22, 2020, Howze said he was the target of “maliciously false attacks

Republicans back away from House candidate over online posts

May. 22, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — National and state Republicans have withdrawn their support from a California congressional candidate over offensive online posts about Muslims and Hillary Clinton that he says are not his words. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has called the posts disturbing but has not...

GOP state lawmakers call for a special legislative session

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders in Washington have called on Gov. Jay Inslee to convene a special legislative session as soon as mid-June to work on budget and other coronavirus-related issues. The announcement Thursday comes as GOP lawmakers grow increasingly critical of...

Kansas state Sen. Gene Suellentrop, left, R-Wichita, speaks with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, right, outside her Statehouse office, as her security officer watches, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Kelly is practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

GOP tirade against Democratic leader caps Kansas session

May. 22, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A marathon legislative session in Kansas ended early Friday with two Republican senators denouncing a Democratic leader who had accused them of racism over their treatment of the state's Hispanic labor secretary. The dispute stems from an email Anthony Hensley sent on Wednesday accusing...