Latest U.S. Democratic Party News

Democrats move 2 bills showing strength and limits of power

Apr. 23, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were on a roll. The House voted along party lines to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, and two hours later, the Senate overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to address violence against Asian Americans. Thursday's twin...

Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 22, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...

Democrats sue to block "audit" of 2020 Arizona election

Apr. 22, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Democratic Party and the sole Democrat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block the Arizona Senate's ballot recount and audit of the county's 2020 election. The last-ditch...

Arizona election bill dies amid Republican infighting

Apr. 22, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate on Thursday voted down an election bill that critics deride as an attempt at voter suppression because of infighting among Republicans. But the measure could come back at a later date. The measure would purge inconsistent voters from...

Democratic tax bill clears panel, Lamont opposes package

Apr. 22, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

The Connecticut General Assembly's finance committee on Thursday advanced a long list of tax proposals from the majority Democrats that could end up in a final budget agreement, including a new “consumption tax” and capital gains tax on higher income taxpayers and a new child tax credit...

Arizona Legislature OKs abortion ban for genetic issues

Apr. 22, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona Legislature on Thursday approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill that bans the procedure if the woman is seeking it solely because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome. Doctors who perform an abortion...

Indiana lawmakers approve state budget, finish session

Apr. 22, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers wrapped a legislative session conducted under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday with nearly unanimous backing of a more robust state budget than they had imagined a few months ago. The Republican-written budget plan calls...

Thelma Harper, "transformative" Tennessee legislator, dies

Apr. 22, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Sen. Thelma Harper, who became the first African-American woman elected to the state Senate, died Thursday. She was 80. The longtime Nashville lawmaker's daughter, Linda Harper, said in a statement that her mother died...

Michigan board deadlocks on measure to repeal emergency law

Apr. 22, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's elections board deadlocked Thursday on certifying a veto-proof initiative that would enable the Republican-led Legislature to wipe from the books a law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue sweeping pandemic orders last year. The 2-2 vote...

DC statehood approved by House as Senate fight looms

Apr. 22, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decades-long movement to reshape the American political map took a further step Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state. Approval came by a 216-208 vote along strict party lines....