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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. The architect of the Senate measure, McConnell, isn’t claiming the vote will advance the ball. Once the measure fails, he plans to turn the chamber's full attention to cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Pandemic relief talks inch ahead, but McConnell is resistant

Oct. 21, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have taken a modest step forward, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House not to move ahead right now. McConnell told fellow...

FILE - In this April 27, 2010, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Jennifer Brunner, D-Ohio, speaks with supporters in Toledo, Ohio. Brunner, a state appeals court judge in Columbus, is a former county court judge who served as Ohio Secretary of State from 2007 to 2011. Brunner is running against Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. (AP Photo/John Seewer, File)

Democrats hope to break Republican hold on Ohio high court

Oct. 21, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic challengers are hoping to upend Republicans' majority on the Ohio Supreme Court in a pair of races this November that feature familiar debates over the role justices should play in interpreting state law. A coalition of major business groups have endorsed the two Republican...

President Donald Trump dances after speaking at a campaign rally at Prescott Regional Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

How Trump plowed through $1 billion, losing cash advantage

Oct. 20, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire. Trump bought a $10 million Super Bowl ad when he didn’t yet have a challenger. He tapped his political...

Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb participates in the Indiana Gubernatorial debate with Democrat Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. The candidates were in separate studios to allow for social distancing guidelines. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana governor faces debate challenges over virus actions

Oct. 20, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb took on the conservative criticism over his coronavirus pandemic orders as he faced his two reelection challengers in a televised debate Tuesday night. Holcomb, a Republican, also faced arguments from Democratic candidate Woody Myers that he’s been too...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, at lectern, and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, left, answer questions at a news conference in Memorial Hall before the start of the Special Legislative Session, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana lawmakers pass bill striking at governor's power

Oct. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican Louisiana lawmakers voted Tuesday to give themselves more authority to curb Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions and emergency powers, under a deal brokered between House and Senate GOP leaders that ended a stalemate on the major issue of the special session....

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...

California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas demonstrates how to use one of the party's unofficial ballot drop boxes on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. The party had used this box to collect ballots at one if its field offices in Fresno, Calif. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked a judge Tuesday to order the party to disclose the location of each drop box and provide contact information of every voter who used them. Becerra is investigating the party's use of the boxes. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

Becerra wants judge to make GOP give details on ballot boxes

Oct. 20, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic attorney general sued the state Republican Party on Tuesday, asking a judge to make them hand over the names and contact information of every voter who used one of the GOP's unofficial ballot drop boxes. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible through heavy fog in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. Congress is past the point at which it can deliver more coronavirus aid soon, with differences between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump proving insurmountable. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Oct. 20, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill took a modest step forward on Tuesday, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House against going forward. McConnell on Tuesday...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's falsehoods on virus, taxes and Bidens

Oct. 20, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back fully campaigning after COVID-19 sidelined him, President Donald Trump returned to familiar form, spreading a litany of falsehoods. Over the weekend, he asserted yet again the virus was “rounding the corner” when it isn't, misrepresented Democratic rival Joe Biden's...

Nebraska GOP found liable for illegal auto-dial calls

Oct. 20, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State regulators have found the Nebraska Republican Party and a political consulting firm liable for making illegal robocalls in a hotly contested legislative race. The Nebraska Public Service Commission issued the ruling against the state party and Kansas City-based Remington...