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7th Arkansas legislator tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 26, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislative leaders on Monday said they'll resume budget hearings but with new social distancing procedures in place after a seventh lawmaker in a week tested positive for COVID-19. Sen. Cecile Bledsoe tested positive Sunday, Senate President Jim Hendren said, making her...

McGrath slams McConnell on lack of another relief package

Oct. 26, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

Down in the polls and with time running out, Democrat Amy McGrath made her pitch to a statewide TV audience Monday night at a forum perhaps most noteworthy for who wasn't there — her Republican opponent, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. While McGrath and Libertarian candidate Brad Barron took turns...

Davids, Adkins trade shots in debate for Kansas House seat

Oct. 26, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and Republican challenger Amanda Adkins on Monday sought to portray each other as too extreme to represent a heavily suburban Kansas City area swing district as they debated how to respond to the coronavirus and calls for police reform. Davids...

Temporary election worker Joseph Banar, center, disinfects voting stations as a precaution against the coronavirus while a steady stream of voters participates in the first day of balloting in New Mexico, at the Santa Fe Convention Center on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Election officials also are witnessing a massive surge in absentee ballot requests. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Republican lawsuit alleges problems with absentee balloting

Oct. 26, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party says its election poll challengers in New Mexico are unfairly being denied oversight of the initial verification process for absentee ballots, in a lawsuit filed Monday with the state Supreme Court. The lawsuit from the GOP and several allied state legislators and...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly walks toward a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kansas' coronavirus positivity rate has climbed above 20%, even as one top GOP lawmaker pushed back against Democratic Gov. Kelly's call for a statewide mask mandate to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)-

Kansas sets new COVID marks; governor to push mask mandate

Oct. 26, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported record highs for its seven-day rolling averages of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she was considering calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to impose a statewide mask...

Judge refuses to block 'No Boycott of Israel' measure

Oct. 26, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit in which a Muslim civil rights group sought to block the state of Maryland from enforcing its ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake didn't reach a decision on whether the executive...

Marquita Bradshaw, the Tennessee Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, speaks before a Power Together Women's March Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Dozens of Women's March rallies were planned from New York to San Francisco to signal opposition to President Donald Trump and his policies, including the push to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Biden endorses Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate

Oct. 26, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has thrown his support for U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw. “Marquita is a proven leader who will fight for the needs of working families — needs she understands because she’s faced the same struggles they...

Ohio legislative board approves $420 million in pandemic aid

Oct. 26, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Small businesses, bars and restaurants, low-income renters, arts groups, and colleges and universities are among those eligible for about $420 million in federal pandemic dollars approved by an Ohio legislative budget panel Monday. The pandemic aid passed by the state Controlling...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Minnesota candidate for U.S. Senate Jason Lewis stands after being recognized by Vice President Mike Pence at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport. Lewis has been rushed into emergency surgery for a severe internal hernia. The Lewis campaign said in a statement Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, that the condition is life-threatening if not treated quickly. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP File)

Surgery successful for GOP US Senate candidate Jason Lewis

Oct. 26, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis of Minnesota underwent successful emergency surgery for a severe internal hernia on Monday, just eight days before Election Day, his campaign announced. The campaign said the condition could have been life-threatening if not treated quickly....

FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Alek Skarlatos, right, speaks at the Douglas County Republican Party headquarters in Roseburg, Ore. Skarlatos, who in 2015 helped thwart an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, faces longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio in the November election. (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP, File)

Paris train attack hero makes bid for Congress from Oregon

Oct. 26, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and two friends thwarted an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, a dramatic and heroic action that was made into a movie by Clint Eastwood in which the trio starred as themselves. Now, Skarlatos, 28, is hoping to ride his moment of fame to get a seat in...