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Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit

Mar. 21, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won't attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, Sen....

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Mar. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit...

Democrat Kaul defends Wisconsin abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul is defending Wisconsin's abortion restrictions in a legal filing made in response to a federal lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood. The filing Thursday comes a week after Republican lawmakers took steps to hire their own attorneys to intervene in...

Analysis calculates GOP benefit in North Carolina House map

Mar. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans lost enough seats during the November elections to end their veto-proof control in the state House and Senate, but still retained the majorities they've held since 2011. They were helped by a structural advantage due in large part to how district boundaries...

The Latest: Democrats want to stop paying outside attorneys

Mar. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a judge blocking Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Democratic lawmakers are asking their Republican counterparts to stop paying outside attorneys representing the Legislature after a judge blocked the GOP's lame-duck laws. Republican...

O'Rourke to meet with Nevada Democrats, voters this weekend

Mar. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke will bring his marathon tour of early voting and swing states to Nevada this week where he'll meet with voters Saturday and Sunday. The 2020 presidential candidate plans to mingle with voters at a house party in Las Vegas on Saturday night following a day of events...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

Mar. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight...

Michigan 1 of 5 states where GOP kept control despite losing

Mar. 21, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is among five states where Republicans retained control of the state House even though Democratic candidates won more votes statewide last fall, according to an Associated Press analysis. The House districts showed the fourth-highest GOP advantage among all states, trailing...