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Rep. Joe Kennedy formally announces US Senate campaign

Sep. 21, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to run for the upper chamber of Congress from Massachusetts since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Democrat spoke to supporters gathered in a...

Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Barack Obama marched into the 2007 Iowa steak fry flanked by 1,000 supporters, skeptical Iowans were put on notice that he could win the state's caucus. A dozen years later, a new generation of Democratic White House hopefuls is looking for the same campaign jolt. The event...

UK's Labour Party in turmoil as vote to oust deputy ditched

Sep. 21, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's major opposition Labour Party was trying to defuse a major row Saturday after a close ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn sought to oust his deputy, a move that prompted a furious outcry from many in the party. While the attempt to dislodge Tom Watson was ditched after Corbyn intervened,...

Lawmakers return to governor's fall 'conversation openers'

Sep. 21, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf busied himself in the quiet Capitol over the summer with plans that didn't involve lawmakers: a way to finance new voting machines, new charter school regulations to write, gun violence prevention programs to create and more. With lawmakers returning to Harrisburg from...

Young tech executive could stir Indiana governor's race

Sep. 21, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A young tech business executive's jump into the Indiana governor's race could lead to a big shake-up in the campaign. Josh Owens became this past week the second Democrat who's formally entered the 2020 race seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. The 34-year-old CEO of...

Trump says he had 'perfectly fine' call with Ukraine leader

Sep. 21, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the center of an explosive...

Capitol Watch: License plates and primary dates

Sep. 21, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has dropped — for now — a plan to force motor vehicle owners to replace all license plates that are more than 10 years old. The proposal had run into immediate opposition from lawmakers, many of them upstate...

Former Kansas House member to lead children's advocacy group

Sep. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas House member will be taking over as president of a children's advocacy group later this fall. Kansas Action for Children says former state Rep. John Wilson will become president when current President Annie McKay steps down Oct. 31. Wilson has been the group's vice...

5 of 13 marijuana bills passed in New Hampshire

Sep. 21, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers considered more than a dozen bills related to marijuana this year, but fewer than half of them became law. A push to have the state join others that have legalized recreational use of the drug fizzled, as did efforts to expand the qualifying conditions for the...

Some North Dakotans turn to Canada for prescription pills

Sep. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Roger Roehl four years ago found the "silver bullet" for leukemia — a medication called Gleevec. Roehl, of Mandan, was 64 years old and had a state health insurance plan that covered the life-saving medication minus a $10 copay. But when he turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare,...