Latest U.S. Democratic Party News

Biden to Ohio, spotlighting rescued pensions for millions

Jul. 05, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to boost his standing with frustrated blue-collar voters, President Joe Biden on Wednesday will use the backdrop of a union training center in Cleveland to tell workers his policies will shore up troubled pension funding for millions now on the job or retired. ...

'Something different': California GOP's bid for governor

Jul. 05, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brian Dahle, the Republican Party’s longshot hope to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, knows that to win in his progressive home state he can’t allow Democrats to label him as an election denying, abortion-hating, gun-loving, bombastic right-winger. ...

Alaska Democratic Party official faces charges after stop

Jul. 05, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party faces charges including driving under the influence and refusing a chemical test after a weekend traffic stop near Soldotna. Lindsay Kavanaugh of Anchorage was stopped for “moving violations” south of...

COVID nursing home deaths claim is campaign trail mainstay

Jul. 05, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor, has made a campaign staple out of the allegation that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's policy of readmitting COVID-19 patients from hospitals to nursing homes caused thousands of deaths — a baseless claim for...

Kobach looks for comeback in Kansas after losing 2 big races

Jul. 05, 2022 05:42 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters have said no to Kris Kobach twice over the past four years. But he is nonetheless betting that this can be the year he makes a political comeback. His losses, including a 2018 defeat that handed the governor's office in this Republican-leaning...

Ousters, upsets halfway through 2022 primary election season

Jul. 04, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than halfway through a tumultuous primary season, voters have rendered verdicts in a number of contests, many of which featured candidates arguing they best represented a continuation of policies favored by former President Donald Trump. While not on the...

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul. 03, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. ...

Abortion ruling puts spotlight on gerrymandered legislatures

Jul. 03, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

In overturning a half-century of nationwide legal protection for abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade had been wrongly decided and that it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives” in the states. Whether those elected...

Democrats swiftly raised $80M after court overturned Roe

Jul. 01, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first week after the Supreme Court stripped away a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion, Democrats and aligned groups raised more than $80 million, a tangible early sign that the ruling may energize voters. But party officials say donors are...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...