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Iowa Sen. Ernst says she turned down Trump during VP search

Jan. 22, 2019 2:06 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an "extremely painful journey" that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive. Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, wrote in an...

Virginia investor tries to curb Dominion's influence

Jan. 20, 2019 11:34 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rich people using their wealth to try to influence politics is nothing new, but not many launch multimillion-dollar crusades against their local electric company. That's just what Charlottesville investor and Democratic donor Michael Bills is doing in Virginia, where's he's...

GOP senators try to figure how out closely to run with Trump

Jan. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP's midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he's allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he's not alone. Sen. Thom...

Kobach says he's seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020

Jan. 18, 2019 7:37 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a vocal ally of President Donald Trump and an advocate of tough immigration laws, confirmed Friday that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 after losing the Kansas governor's race. Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, joins a crowded field of...

Paul's lawyers want his political views excluded from trial

Jan. 18, 2019 3:58 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul never shies away from speaking his mind, but his attorneys are asking a Kentucky judge to make the Republican lawmaker's political beliefs off-limits at his upcoming trial against the neighbor who tackled him while he was doing yard work at his home. That's fine...

Harmony Korine's latest, Beto O'Rourke doc to debut at SXSW

Jan. 16, 2019 3:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut and a documentary on the breakout campaign of Texas politician Beto O'Rourke will premiere at the annual South by Southwest Film Festival. The Austin, Texas-based festival announced the lineup to its 26th edition Wednesday...

How long can O'Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?

Jan. 13, 2019 3:08 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — You won't see Beto O'Rourke announce whether he's running for president in 2020 for a while. But you may see him do almost anything else in the meantime. "So, I'm here at the dentist," the former Democrat congressman said with a giggle during a teeth-cleaning seen live on Instagram...

Kansas Senate president considering 2020 race for US Senate

Jan. 9, 2019 6:28 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The top Republican in the Kansas Senate said Wednesday that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020, saying she believes Congress needs more conservative Republican women. Senate President Susan Wagle told the Wichita Eagle that she plans to form an exploratory committee...

Ex-New York state Senate leader starts prison term

Jan. 8, 2019 6:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos began serving his four-year and three-month prison term Tuesday after he was convicted on corruption charges by a jury for a second time. Skelos, 70, reported to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, which has a medium security facility...

'Politics sucks': GOP's Corey Stewart quits field altogether

Jan. 8, 2019 11:53 AM EST

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Republican who campaigned heavily on preserving Confederate monuments and attracted right-wing extremists during a failed U.S. Senate bid says he's leaving politics "until and unless the Commonwealth is ready" for his views. "Politics sucks," Corey Stewart told The...