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Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

Dec. 6, 2019 3:50 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was convicted Friday of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, federal prosecutors said. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison...

Kentucky's outgoing GOP governor leaving with parting shots

Dec. 6, 2019 2:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Combative to the end, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin unleashed a spree of attacks against his successor just days before handing over power, displaying the abrasive side of a personality that at times overshadowed his one term in office and contributed to his downfall. In...

Wisconsin governor lights 'holiday' tree; choir sings carols

Dec. 6, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lit the state Capitol's “holiday tree” while praising scientists as a choir sang Christmas carols Friday in an odd juxtaposition of the two sides of the ongoing debate over the tree's symbolism. The state Department of Administration places a...

North Carolina Rep. Holding won't seek 2020 reelection

Dec. 6, 2019 12:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. George Holding announced on Friday he won't run for reelection — the victim of a congressional map redrawn following a court order that now makes his district lean to the left. Holding represents the Triangle-area 2nd Congressional District,...

'We're going to be everywhere:' Inside Bloomberg's 2020 plan

Dec. 6, 2019 12:16 PM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — For any other candidate, a crowd of just 38 voters at a high-profile policy announcement might be cause for panic. But Michael Bloomberg is not just any candidate. The New York billionaire unveiled his signature plan to end gun violence this week at an invitation-only event in suburban...

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Duncan Hunter's exit unsettles US House race in California

Dec. 5, 2019 5:23 PM EST

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter has indicated he's on his way out of office after pleading guilty to a corruption charge, a break for California's beleaguered GOP that increases the chances the party keeps one of its few remaining House seats in the heavily Democratic state. ...

Report: Investigators ask about Illinois House leader

Dec. 5, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is a subject of inquiries in an ongoing federal corruption investigation that has already entangled several top Illinois Democrats, according to a newspaper report published Thursday. Four people interviewed by investigators...

Education Secretary pushes school vouchers at Arizona event

Dec. 5, 2019 3:18 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday touted her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, telling a room of supportive parents and lobbyists that it would improve the quality of education. DeVos praised Arizona's devotion to school choice programs...

6 apply for Missouri's nonpartisan redistricting post

Dec. 5, 2019 2:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections. Missouri's “nonpartisan state...