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Ex-Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper testifies at ethics hearing

Jun. 5, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper defended his record Friday at a state ethics hearing about travel on private jets he took as Colorado governor, one day after the ethics panel found him in contempt for failing to appear. Hickenlooper rejected claims he violated Colorado law by...

FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Capito is seeking her second six-year term in the Senate and faces two challengers in the Republican primary next Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Senate primary in West Virginia pits Dems Ojeda, Swearengin

Jun. 5, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's first female U.S. senator, Shelley Moore Capito, is pushing her own record as she aims for another feat that hasn't happened in more than a century. Despite a strong shift toward the GOP in West Virginia, the state hasn't re-elected a Republican to the Senate since...

FILE - In this May 10, 2018 file photo, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., asks a question during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Montana voters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, are choosing party nominees for governor, U.S. Senate and House and a slate of other offices in a primary election that was changed to all-mail balloting to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Bullock was expected to defeat first-time candidate John Mues for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Daines.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Trump says he'll campaign in Montana for Sen. Steve Daines

Jun. 5, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump wrote Friday he plans to campaign in Montana in support of Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ reelection bid. Daines is running against Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in a key battle that could help determine the majority party in the U.S. Senate. Daines,...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Raw feelings abound as Senate turns back to Russia probe

Jun. 5, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees have launched election-year investigations into the Justice Department’s Russia probe, resurrecting the issue at the urging of President Donald Trump while reigniting the partisan hostility that comes along with it. In two committee rooms...

Fire chief apologizes for sharing post on shooting looters

Jun. 4, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — The fire chief of the central Illinois city of Lincoln apologized Thursday for sharing a social media post that asserted supporters of President Donald Trump would blow the heads off looters. Chief Bob Dunovsky, Lincoln’s top firefighter for a year, said the decision to share...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper didn't appear at a Colorado Independent Ethics Commission hearing Thursday, June 4, 2020, defying a commission subpoena and a court order that he participate as it considers a Republican complaint that trips he took on private planes while Colorado's governor violated the state's gift ban. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former Colorado governor held in contempt by ethics panel

Jun. 4, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission held former Gov. John Hickenlooper in contempt Thursday for defying orders to appear at a hearing on a Republican complaint that private plane trips he took while governor violated the state's gift ban. The commission had subpoenaed Hickenlooper to...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans are facing a reckoning as they contend with some divisive candidates during the country's struggle through civic unrest. “He’s driving away moderate Republicans and independents en masse,” Flake, who retired last year after clashing with Trump, said in an interview Wednesday, June 3, 2020. “For Republicans who need to appeal to a broader base, it’s devastating.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP reckons with polarizing candidates amid civil unrest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican leaders looking to broaden the party's...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

New Mexico voting surges, shifts to absentee balloting

Jun. 3, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local election official struggled Wednesday to fully tally an avalanche of absentee ballots in a primary election that locked in several female nominees for Congress and marked a progressive uprising in the state Senate. Tabulation delays left the outcome uncertain in a three-way...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. King is on the outs with a significant bloc of his long-reliable conservative base, but not for almost two decades of incendiary utterances about abortion, immigrants and Islam. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa voters oust Rep. King, shunned for insensitive remarks

Jun. 3, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades in Congress. The...

FILE- In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo then Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan addresses supporters at an election night party in Boise, Idaho. Jordan has announced she's challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. Jordan announced Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, she plans to run against the two-term senator. Jordan in 2018 became the first woman to become the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho but lost in the general election to Republican Gov. Brad Little. (AP Photo/Diane Loos, File)

Jordan to face Risch in Idaho's U.S. Senate race in November

Jun. 3, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Paulette Jordan, who garnered national attention in 2018 amid hopes from supporters she could become the county’s first Native American governor, on Tuesday won Idaho’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. The former state lawmaker will face incumbent Sen. Jim Risch, who...