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In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Apr. 14, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday announced he'll run for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, shaking up the calculus in the expanding field to succeed retiring Sen. Richard Burr with the entrance of a veteran of statewide politics. ...

Louisiana congresswoman takes office, replacing late husband

Apr. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

Louisiana Republican Julia Letlow was sworn into the House on Wednesday, claiming the seat her late husband was elected to but never filled after dying of COVID-19 in late December, days before taking office. Letlow easily won a special election...

Bulgaria’s Borissov says he will not stand as candidate PM

Apr. 14, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Wednesday he will not seek to lead the next government after his center-right GERB party won the most votes in last week’s parliamentary elections but fell short of a majority. Borissov, 61, who has...

Worcester decides not to fight federal voting rights lawsuit

Apr. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester City Council decided not to fight a lawsuit brought by city residents of color who alleged that the at-large system for electing school committee members is discriminatory and violates federal law. Mayor Joseph Petty said following...

Texas GOP Rep. Kevin Brady says he won't run again in 2022

Apr. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said Wednesday he won't run for re-election after 25 years in Congress, making him the most senior House Republican to announce he won't be back in 2022. Brady was chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Committee in 2017 when...

Wisconsin Senate set to approve Republican election changes

Apr. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate was set Wednesday to pass a host of Republican-authored changes to Wisconsin elections, including a prohibition on accepting private grants to aid election administration. The proposals are part of a larger package of GOP-authored...

No. 2 House Republican says GOP would act against Gaetz

Apr. 14, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans would “take action” on Rep. Matt Gaetz if the Justice Department formally moves ahead against him, the chamber's No. 2 GOP leader said Wednesday. The remarks by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana made him the latest of many...

Judges: Murphy primary challengers don't qualify for ballot

Apr. 14, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's two primary challengers must be booted off the ballot because their petitions were faulty, judges ruled this week. One petition had at least two deceased signers and nearly two thousand invalid signatures, and another...

Pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

The pushback against new voting bills and laws in numerous states is growing with dozens of nation's largest corporations and business leaders signing a new statement objecting to “any discriminatory legislation." Signatories to the letter, published Wednesday in The...