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Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

Mar. 22, 2019 12:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head race against Hillary Clinton, the former first lady,...

Joe Biden's challenge: Winning over progressives

Mar. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political...

Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit

Mar. 21, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won't attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, Sen....

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Mar. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit...

The Latest: Democrats want to stop paying outside attorneys

Mar. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a judge blocking Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Democratic lawmakers are asking their Republican counterparts to stop paying outside attorneys representing the Legislature after a judge blocked the GOP's lame-duck laws. Republican...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

Mar. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight...

Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

Mar. 21, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. That's according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of government...

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

Mar. 21, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

Gerrymandering is on trial as the U.S. Supreme Court and judges in a dozen states consider whether mapmakers — typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage. The high court is to hear arguments Tuesday on a pair of cases...