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Deadline passes for new Democratic Party elections

Aug. 18, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A deadline has passed for the Alabama Democratic Party to elect new leaders. National party officials had given the state party until Aug. 17 to hold new elections for chairman and vice chairman and to adopt new bylaws and encourage participation by more minorities. The directive...

Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. "Sometimes I do think about the school shootings," said...

Acting White House Chief of Staff coming to Nevada

Aug. 16, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is the latest high-profile conservative to commit to a big Republican fundraiser in rural northern Nevada next month. Morning Nevada PAC announced Friday Mulvaney will attend its fifth annual Basque Fry Sept. 14 at a ranch near...

GOP Senate candidate is expert witness, tiny-home enthusiast

Aug. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson works as an expert legal witness on Native American economic issues and lives in an experimental tiny home that is 15 feet (4.5 meters) long and wide, according to new financial disclosure filings disclosed Friday. Clarkson is one of two...

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

GOP Twitter block will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $200,000

Aug. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers will pay a liberal group's attorneys $200,000 because Republican lawmakers blocked them on Twitter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports state officials agreed Thursday to pay the legal bills for One Wisconsin Now's attorneys. A federal judge ruled in January that...

German finance minister offers to join party leadership race

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister is offering to throw his hat in the ring to lead the center-left Social Democratic Party, a traditional powerhouse in German politics that's seen a sharp drop in support in recent years. The weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that Olaf Scholz told party colleagues...

Even as some cringe, Rep. Steve King's support may endure

Aug. 15, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by reinforcing...

Scalise tells Illinois GOP it can recover by rebuilding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House brought a hopeful message to the beleaguered Illinois GOP Thursday. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House minority whip, told the faithful at the Illinois State Fair's Republican Day that grassroots organizing and better ideas flipped his...