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Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's first gay presidential candidate to reach his party's top tier, Pete Buttigieg, is scheduled to be among 10 Democrats at a LGBTQ forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday. Buttigieg and the first-ever such Iowa caucus forum beg the question he faces: Is America ready for a...

Ohio GOP fined $100K for improperly funding voter database

Sep. 20, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party is paying a $100,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for improperly funding a 2014 voter turnout database built by the company of an ally of then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). Cleveland.com reports an agreement announced last week cites the...

Rhode Island GOP switches to "winner-take-all" primary vote

Sep. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Republican party is changing its primary election process in an effort to boost President Donald Trump's re-election bid. The Providence Journal reports the state GOP voted Thursday to switch to a "winner-take-all" approach in its local primary. Any candidate claiming...

AFP targets Democratic legislators in 2020 races

Sep. 20, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative group Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin is setting its sights on three Democratic legislators in 2020. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the group is going after Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, Rep. Robyn Vining and Sen. Patty Schachtner. Shilling won...

US envoy meets Israel's embattled PM to discuss peace plan

Sep. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. envoy to the Middle East met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, days after elections that left the Israeli leader's political future in doubt. Netanyahu suffered an apparent setback when he and his allies failed to secure enough seats for a narrow, right-wing...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

CORRECTS: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is ending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sep. 20, 2019 7:52 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — CORRECTS: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is ending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Corrects APNewsAlert to lower case 'de' and put a space before Blasio)

Kennedy mystique could factor into Massachusetts Senate race

Sep. 20, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Edward M. Kennedy was running for the U.S. Senate for the first time in 1962, his Democratic primary opponent turned to him during a debate and said if his last name was Moore — Kennedy's middle name — his "candidacy would be a joke." Fortunately for Kennedy, he shared a...

Democrats shift 2020 strategies as Iowa draws closer

Sep. 20, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kamala Harris will "exponentially" increase the time she's spending in Iowa. Bernie Sanders is shaking up his operations there and in New Hampshire. And Beto O'Rourke is going broader, turning up at such places as a San Quentin prison and an Arkansas gun show. With just over four...

Edwards' record challenged in Louisiana governor's debate

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facing his two Republican challengers for their first head-to-head debate, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards fended off criticism Thursday that his tax policy and spending decisions are driving people from the state and hampering economic growth. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham tangled with...