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North Carolina GOP Rep. Grange enters 2020 governor's race

Jul. 18, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state legislator entered the 2020 Republican gubernatorial race Thursday, a decision that denies Lt. Gov. Dan Forest a cleared path to the GOP nomination after preparing for years for a bid. State Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announced her candidacy in a campaign...

Kentucky governor says Trump is 'absolutely not' a racist

Jul. 17, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump is "absolutely not" a racist, Kentucky's strongly pro-Trump governor said Wednesday while sidestepping questions about the president's tweet declaring that four congresswomen of color should go back to the countries from which they came. Gov. Matt Bevin drew...

Bevin, Beshear clash on several issues at farm bureau forum

Jul. 17, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear clashed on education and health care policies while sharing the stage for a forum before Kentucky's most influential agricultural group that turned feisty Wednesday. Speaking at Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters,...

Mississippi: Election lawsuit is not about voting rights

Jul. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights. The election-year lawsuit was filed May 30 in federal court by four black plaintiffs with...

2nd candidate: No solo meeting with any woman not his wife

Jul. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second Republican man running for Mississippi governor said he won't meet alone with a woman who isn't his wife, even in a professional setting. Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. said he tries to have at least one staff person with him, including when he met...

Booker's Iowa senior adviser leaves, citing personal reasons

Jul. 15, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cory Booker's Iowa senior adviser is departing his 2020 presidential campaign, leaving the New Jersey senator without one of his top staffers in a key early voting state. Iowa senior adviser Joe O'Hern confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that he had stepped down from the...

Cooper campaign says it raised $4.5M so far in 2019

Jul. 15, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's re-election campaign says it took in more than $4.5 million during the first six months of this year. Cooper's campaign said Monday the total is more than twice than what his campaign raised during the same period four years ago, when he was attorney...

Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Jul. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest...

Marijuana arrests in Wisconsin hit black residents hardest

Jul. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — During Wisconsin's 2018 midterm election, which saw a record-breaking turnout, it was not the close gubernatorial race that motivated Milwaukee resident Marlon Rockett to cast an early ballot. It was the county's non-binding referendum on whether recreational use of marijuana should be...

Parade of Democratic candidates speak at Montana convention

Jul. 13, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A parade of Montana Democratic candidates made their opening arguments Saturday on how they can hold onto the governor's office and win back lost ground in a 2020 election that one party leader described as a fight for the nation's soul. More than 100 Democratic delegates from across...