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Georgia voting problems highlighted in congressional hearing

Feb. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Strict voter registration requirements, polling place confusion and other obstacles Georgia voters faced in 2018 show why federal oversight of elections is still needed in places with a history of discrimination, said several people who testified Tuesday during a congressional field hearing....

Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

Feb. 15, 2019 10:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting machines that have electronic ballot markers and print a paper ballot. The House bill, filed Thursday, addresses some aspects of election law criticized during...

US House Democrats' voting rights inquiry headed to Georgia

Feb. 13, 2019 12:46 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. House Democrats are bringing a voting rights inquiry to Georgia as they look into allegations of voter suppression during the 2018 elections. A House subcommittee will hold a Feb. 19 field hearing in Atlanta on "voting rights and election administration in Georgia." Peter Whippy is...

Democratic group to spend $30M on voting rights effort

Feb. 7, 2019 4:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, one of the largest outside Democratic groups announced on Thursday a $30 million effort to register voters, push ballot measures that expand voter rights and fight Republican-backed laws in court that restrict ballot access. "At every...

In Democratic response, Abrams sharply rebukes Trump

Feb. 6, 2019 8:50 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord. Just months after narrowly losing her bid to become America's first black woman governor, the Georgia...

The Latest: Dem women, including Ocasio-Cortez, cheer Trump

Feb. 5, 2019 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (all times local): 10:50 p.m. President Donald Trump seemed pleasantly surprised when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez jumped to her feet with other white-garbed female House members and cheered something he said. The moment...

Pelosi over his shoulder: Trump faces empowered Dems at SOTU

Feb. 4, 2019 4:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats now own a stake in the state of the union. Members of the new House majority get to show off their new clout Tuesday night when President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address under divided government. Evidence of the changes afoot will be firmly in the...

#MeToo movement was not 1-year phenomenon in state capitols

Feb. 2, 2019 8:20 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct resigned....

Women will surround Trump at State of the Union address

Feb. 1, 2019 12:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pelosi behind and above. Female immigrants, gazing down from the balcony. A black woman who ran a close race for governor of Georgia, rebutting. When President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address under divided government on Tuesday, he'll be surrounded by these and...

Trump says State of Union address to stress 'unity'

Jan. 31, 2019 9:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that "unity" will be the theme of his first State of the Union address under divided government and that he respects Stacey Abrams, who will give the Democratic response. "I hope she does a good job. I respect her," Trump said of Abrams, who will be...