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Democrats increase qualifying thresholds for November debate

Sep. 23, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

The Democratic National Committee is increasing the polling and fundraising requirements for presidential candidates to qualify for the primary campaign's fifth debate in November. But in a nod to the potential for late-surging campaigns, the increases are not as steep as those from the first and second debates...

Worley: DNC chair trying to 'beat Alabama into submission'

Sep. 10, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The chair of Alabama's Democratic Party accused the party's national chairman on Tuesday of trying to beat "Alabama into submission" by portraying the state party as in a shambles, just the latest twist in an ongoing dispute between state and national party officials. In a written...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 7, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pompeo; Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" —...

DNC chairman effectively kills plans for virtual caucuses

Aug. 30, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats' plans for virtual presidential caucuses in Iowa and Nevada are effectively dead as the national party chairman said Friday the results would be vulnerable to hacking and abuse. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, declared his opposition to plans for...

10 Democrats set for next debate as several others miss cut

Aug. 29, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling Democratic presidential candidates are facing the bad news that they are not among the 10 who have qualified for the next debate, a predicament that is likely to spell doom for their campaigns. Hours ahead of a midnight Wednesday deadline to qualify, New York Sen. Kirsten...

Democratic Party leaders nix calls for climate crisis debate

Aug. 22, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrating boisterous climate activists, Democratic Party leaders declined on Thursday to call for a presidential primary debate focused on the climate crisis, but tinkered ever-so-slightly with restrictions on what kind of single-issue events their White House hopefuls can attend....