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Election 2022: Pennsylvania, North Carolina test Trump clout

May. 17, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday faces the strongest test yet of his ability to shape a new generation of Republicans as voters in Pennsylvania and North Carolina decide whether to rally around his hand-picked choices for critical U.S. Senate seats. ...

2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Ducey's desk

May. 17, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk, including one that would impact the ability of future state leaders to respond to another airborne-spreading disease and a second blocking the state from ever...

North Carolina voters whittle down candidates in primaries

May. 17, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

RALElGH, N.C. (AP) — Voters in North Carolina whittled down candidates seeking to serve on Capitol Hill, in the General Assembly and on the judicial bench as they chose Democratic and Republican party nominees Tuesday. The top-line race on party ballots was for U.S. Senate, where...

Alaska judge orders board to adopt interim redistricting map

May. 17, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has said a majority of members on the board tasked with redrawing Alaska's political boundaries appeared to have adopted a map that splits the Eagle River area into two Senate districts for “political reasons,” and he ordered a new map to be used this...

House panel rejects bills restricting lessons on race

May. 17, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state lawmaker's attempt to set restrictions on what public schools in Louisiana can teach about race was rejected by a House committee Tuesday, with some panel members saying the legislation needlessly encroached on state and local education officials' duties, and other...

EXPLAINER: GOP leaders announce deal on $9.8B spending plan

May. 17, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate announced an agreement Tuesday on a $9.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history. Unlike previous years, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt was not included in a statement...

Indiana legislative race with 6-vote margin going to recount

May. 17, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A recount will be held in a Republican primary race for a suburban Indianapolis legislative seat where the top two candidates are separated by six votes. The recount announced Tuesday follows local election officials certifying results showing Hamilton County...

Republican Senate candidates promote 'replacement' theory

May. 17, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Several mainstream Republican Senate candidates are drawing on the “great replacement” conspiracy theory once confined to the far-right fringes of U.S. politics to court voters this campaign season, promoting the baseless notion that there is a plot to diminish the influence...

Pennsylvania governor race divides Republicans, unites Dems

May. 17, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — As Pennsylvania Republicans prepare to choose a nominee for governor Tuesday, some party officials are twisted in knots over the possibility of a primary victory by a candidate many see as too far to the right to win statewide this fall. Doug Mastriano, a...

New Iowa law requires more ethanol in state's gasoline

May. 17, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is the first state in the nation to require most gas stations to sell fuel with at least 15% ethanol under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds signed the bill on a farm near Prairie City, about 20 miles east of Des Moines. The...