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U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland of Albuquerque, N.M., seeks support from local party delegates at the Democratic Party preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Candidates for open congressional and Senate seats underwent the first test of their political might as the Democratic and Republican parties of New Mexico held statewide conventions. The conventions decide the ballot order for candidates in the state's primary election on June 2. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico may elect historic all-female US House delegation

May. 25, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters have a chance this year to send a historic all-female U.S. House delegation to Congress, no matter which party wins races. And the state’s three congresswomen may be all women of color — another national milestone. Women are seeking the Democratic and...

Joe Harvey, former New Mexico state senator, dies at 80

May. 25, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Joe Harvey, a former Democratic state senator in New Mexico, who also served as Hobbs city manager for 23 years, died this month. His family said Sunday he died May 8, at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. No cause of death was given. He was 80. Born in 1939 in Spokane, Washington,...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. A March 2016 email from Herrell asked fellow Republican state legislators if they were interested in supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president and if they would like to sign an attached endorsement card. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

New Mexico Republicans decry liberal PAC ad in GOP primary

May. 25, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Republicans in New Mexico called Sunday on a liberal Super PAC to pull ads that seek to favor one GOP U.S. House candidate over another. U.S. House hopeful and former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell, who is praised in the ad for her support for President Donald Trump, said Sunday she...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo from left, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. Calls for pragmatic centrism helped Joe Biden clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. But they left many of the party’s strongest liberals worried that little progress would be made toward their sweeping goals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden aims to move left without abandoning centrist roots

May. 25, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden worked out deals with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. He defended Vice President Mike Pence as a “decent guy” and eulogized Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's “fairness, honesty, dignity, respect.” When he launched his presidential...

Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Burl Cain responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Cain was warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is commonly known as Angola, for 21 years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

May. 24, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nominee to lead Mississippi's troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana's Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates' rights have also condemned his...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 19, 2014, file photo, former congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. West was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Texas. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Former US Rep. Allen West recovering after Texas crash

May. 24, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida was recovering Sunday after suffering a concussion, several fractured bones and cuts in a motorcycle crash in Texas, according to a post on his Facebook page. The post said West was driving back from a rally in Austin focused on reopening the state...

Members of the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee, some wearing masks and other not, listen to testimony by state commissioner of administration Jay Dardenne, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Analysis: Amid virus worry, public skips legislative session

May. 24, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a typical Louisiana legislative session, people with disabilities and their families pack budget hearing rooms seeking dollars for health assistance programs, all wearing yellow T-shirts that have become ubiquitous with their cause. Their heartbreaking stories of mental and...

Group appeals order in favor of Maryland lockdown rules

May. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several state lawmakers, religious leaders and other plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge’s refusal to strike down a stay-at-home order and other restrictions that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Pima County leaders drop some state rules involving virus

May. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to amend some of its health code regulations intended to protect employees and customers as businesses begin to reopen across Arizona. The original regulations included occupancy limitations, protective-equipment requirements,...