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Election officials to double-check Kentucky vote totals

Nov. 14, 2019 2:02 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Election officials across Kentucky are preparing to double-check vote totals that show Republican Gov. Matt Bevin trailing Democrat Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes. Bevin has refused to concede last week’s election and requested Thursday’s recanvass. He...

Vote totals set to be double-checked in Kentucky gov’s race

Nov. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin could face a legacy-defining decision when the vote totals from the Kentucky governor’s race are double-checked Thursday — concede to Democrat Andy Beshear or contest last week’s election in a historic move that could put the outcome in...

County resists Pennsylvania’s push for new voting machines

Nov. 13, 2019 7:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania county is signaling that it won’t go along with Gov. Tom Wolf’s insistence that counties buy new voting systems as a security measure in 2020’s election, when the state is expected to be a premier presidential battleground. Dauphin County...

Buttigieg pledges $50B for HBCUs, as Maryland students rally

Nov. 13, 2019 5:05 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied Wednesday for resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs, prompting a presidential candidate to pledge to create a fund to increase HBCU spending by $50 billion...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Pennsylvania lawmaker accused of driving under influence

Nov. 13, 2019 2:47 PM EST

ENOLA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker faces a charge of driving under the influence after being stopped two months ago in suburban Harrisburg. Police say 26-year-old Democratic Rep. Brandon Markosek of Allegheny County was going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled over around 8 p.m. on...

Georgia governor sets deadline for Senate applications

Nov. 13, 2019 10:35 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he’ll stop accepting applications for U.S. Senate next week. Kemp will soon name a replacement for fellow Republican, Sen. Johnny Isakson, who announced he would step down in December because of worsening health issues. Kemp took the unusual step of...

Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 US Senate bid in Mississippi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. Josh Mahony announced on Twitter that he was ending his campaign, two...