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Alyse Galvin, an independent running for U.S. House from Alaska, appears during a debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is facing incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young, a Republican, in the general election. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media via AP, Pool)

Galvin, Young accuse each of other of lying during debate

Oct. 23, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The debate between the candidates for Alaska’s sole seat in Congress became contentious Thursday, with challenger Alyse Galvin saying she’s tired of U.S. Rep. Don Young misrepresenting her position on issues. “I’m so tired of the lies that have been said...

Bill would seek to target misinformation purveyors in Maine

Oct. 23, 2020 1:49 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic Senate president believes the state needs to do more to combat the spread of misinformation on the Internet. Senate President Troy Jackson filed a bill on Thursday that he said would do just that. Jackon's office said the proposal would “require ‘fake...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3, 2020, election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash in 4th debate in US Senate campaign

Oct. 22, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins seized the opportunity as she spoke from Washington during a debate Thursday to point out that she’s hard at work while Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon has been unable to get the Legislature back into session since March....

FILE - This photo combo shows incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., left, and Republican challenger Steve Negron, right, candidates in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District in Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (AP Photos, file)

Kuster, Negron offer contrasting views on virus response

Oct. 22, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic and how New Hampshire communities have responded dominated a debate Thursday night between Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster and her Republican challenger Steve Negron. Kuster credited the state's low case numbers relative to other states to the way most residents wore masks, social distanced...

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., talks to the crowd in front of photo of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett while attending a Concerned Women for America event outside a gun store in Kansas City, Kan. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Marshall is facing stiff competition from state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the race to fill an open Senate seat in Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Democrat says she opposes expanding court in Senate debate

Oct. 22, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Barbara Bollier said Thursday that she wouldn't support adding additional justices to the U.S. Supreme Court or vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's plan to raise taxes on high-income earners if she's elected to Kansas' open U.S. Senate seat. Bollier made the...

House Speaker makes 1st pick for Arizona redistricting panel

Oct. 22, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers has made his choice for one of five seats on the commission that will draw new maps for Arizona's congressional and legislative districts after this year's U.S. Census is completed. Bowers announced Thursday that he has chosen David Mehl of Pima County...

Louisiana lawmakers skirmish in special session's final days

Oct. 22, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As they reached the final days of their special session, Louisiana lawmakers Thursday haggled over elections issues and a controversial police financing measure, skirmishes that kept them bickering rather than wrapping up the session early. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who didn't support...

Governor's emergency powers draw scrutiny in Kentucky

Oct. 22, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican state treasurer urged lawmakers on Thursday to put restrictions on the Democratic governor's ability to take executive action in an emergency. Treasurer Allison Ball's recommendation came at a time when the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the...

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., talks to the crowd in front of photo of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett while attending a Concerned Women for America event outside a gun store in Kansas City, Kan. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Marshall is facing stiff competition from state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the race to fill an open Senate seat in Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

GOP in ruby red Kansas stresses over costly Senate race

Oct. 22, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Republicans who were desperate to have Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall as their candidate for an open Senate seat are finding the race to be anything but the sure thing they once thought it would be. GOP groups are pouring in millions of dollars to help the two-term congressman...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C. Time was dwindling for thousands of North Carolina voters to fix absentee voting errors as elections officials hustled out an updated process for handling mail-in ballot problems two weeks before Election Day. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP to high court: Halt longer N. Carolina absentee deadline

Oct. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

President Donald Trump’s campaign and North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to return the state to a shorter deadline for accepting late-arriving absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day. The legislative leaders argue in their appeal that the...