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Split GOP tries to unite in Louisiana governor's race runoff

Oct. 13, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican leaders working to oust the Deep South's only Democratic governor were trying Sunday to put their intraparty backbiting behind them ahead of Louisiana's November runoff election, needing a united focus if they want to keep John Bel Edwards from a second term. National and...

Effort to nix English immersion in Arizona finds support

Oct. 13, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly two decades after getting Arizona voters' approval, a law mandating an English-only education for non-native speakers may get repealed in 2020. Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman intends to make a repeal a top priority and is seeing support even from some...

The Latest: Louisiana governor says he expects GOP onslaught

Oct. 13, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' fight to retain his seat in primary (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards is telling his supporters to brace for a barrage of national Republican efforts trying to unseat him in the five weeks leading to...

Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff

Oct. 13, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' quest for a second term as the Deep South's only Democratic governor will stretch over another month, as voters denied him an outright primary win Saturday and sent him to a runoff election. The incumbent's inability to top 50% of the vote in the...

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been forced into a runoff election against Republican Eddie Rispone

Oct. 12, 2019 11:21 PM EDT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has been forced into a runoff election against Republican Eddie Rispone.

Former lawmaker's planned congressional comeback clouded

Oct. 12, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions' climb back into Congress was already off to a rough start, with some in his own party suggesting he was carpetbagging by leaving the Dallas district he lost last fall to try to get elected in a far more rural and politically safe one. Now he may...

Trump gripes about impeachment, media at Louisiana rally

Oct. 11, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday pressed his argument that the House impeachment inquiry is nothing more than a new attempt to overturn his election based on "a lot of crap." Trump found a sympathetic audience in Louisiana, where an arena packed with his supporters roared at his...

The Latest: Trump calls Little Leaguers to stage at rally

Oct. 11, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's rally in Louisiana (all times local): 8:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is incorporating the winners of the 2019 Little League World Series into his political campaign rally as he tries to make inroads with Louisiana voters before a gubernatorial primary...

Arkansas House ousts member over no-contest plea in tax case

Oct. 11, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Friday to expel a member who pleaded no contest to not paying his state income taxes, making him the first person to be kicked out of that chamber since the 1800s. Lawmakers voted 88-4 to oust Republican state Rep. Mickey Gates, easily eclipsing the...

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares 'Congressman 1'

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But the...