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Governor settled harassment claim to focus on pandemic

Jun. 11, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday defended her handling of accusations of harassment by a former campaign spokesman that resulted in a financial settlement of at least $62,500 in payments from her political campaign, explaining that the pandemic demanded...

Ex-GOP congressman in Ohio to challenge DeWine for governor

Jun. 09, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former four-term congressman from northeast Ohio plans to take on Gov. Mike DeWine in next year’s Republican primary. Former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, 62, a businessman and former Wadsworth mayor who served in Congress from 2011 to 2019,...

Kasim Reed files to campaign for comeback as Atlanta mayor

Jun. 09, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed filed paperwork Wednesday to run again for his old job just four years after leaving City Hall. A document Reed's campaign team filed with the Georgia ethics commission opens the door for Reed to start accepting political...

Nevada Democrats bypass state party, deepen internal split

Jun. 09, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A divide among Nevada Democrats has deepened as top Democratic officials opted to bypass the state party and set up an alternate party organization in Washoe County ahead of next year's election. Tuesday's decision to shift the coordinated Democratic...

EXPLAINER: The differences between Democrats' 2 voting bills

Jun. 09, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Democratic Party's hopes of passing a massive overhaul of elections may have suffered a fatal blow when West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin became the first member of the party to say he wouldn't support it, ensuring the bill, known as HR1, would not pass the Senate. ...

EXPLAINER: The differences between Democrats' 2 voting bills

Jun. 08, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Democratic Party's hopes of passing a massive overhaul of elections may have suffered a fatal blow when West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin became the first member of the party to say he wouldn't support it, ensuring the bill, known as HR1, would not pass the Senate. ...

Another lawmaker eyes GOP primary for Pennsylvania governor

Jun. 08, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania said Tuesday that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2022. Sen. Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, joins a crowded field of declared candidates and...

Ex-Detroit councilman gets probation for misconduct charge

Jun. 07, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit city councilman was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty last month to accepting an illegal cash campaign contribution. Gabe Leland, 38, admitted before he was sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Judge Gregory...

Ethics complaint: Official banned photos of public records

Jun. 07, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A newspaper has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission after it said a city employee told one of its journalists not to take photographs of public records. The Commercial Dispatch reported it mailed the complaint to the...

Manchin's opposition clouds future of Dems' elections bill

Jun. 06, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democratic senator says he will not vote for the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation, leaving no plausible path forward for legislation that his party and the White House have portrayed as crucial for protecting access to the ballot. ...