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Daughter succeeds California elections chief in Legislature

Apr. 19, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The daughter of California's top elections official succeeded her mother in the state Legislature Monday, adding to a long tradition of frequent family connections among lawmakers. Dr. Akilah Weber won the San Diego area's 79th Assembly...

Biden aims for bipartisanship but applies stealthy pressure

Apr. 13, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is intended just as much to keep Democrats in line as it is a first step in an uphill climb to any bipartisan deal. ...

Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

Apr. 13, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden's premise that this is an inflection point for the U.S. as a...

Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

Apr. 12, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts about the scope of his proposed package, its tax hikes and Biden's premise that this is an inflection point for the U.S. as a...

California elections chief's daughter leads in early voting

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The daughter of California Secretary of State Shirley Weber was leading Tuesday in a special election to fill Weber's vacant seat in the state Assembly. Dr. Akilah Weber had 52.7% of the early ballot returns. Republican small...

US departments urged to become year-round wildfire agencies

Mar. 30, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s U.S. senators and nearly two-dozen representatives asked the Agriculture and Interior departments on Monday to transition their agencies to a year-round wildland workforce because blazes are no longer limited to traditional fire seasons. ...

In likely California recall, energizing Latino voters is key

Mar. 26, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Latinos, who have borne the brunt of coronavirus deaths and the pandemic's economic toll in the state, are a critical voting bloc for Gov. Gavin Newsom as he fights for his political life in a likely recall election driven by criticism of his handling...

Newsom will appoint Black woman if Feinstein retires early

Mar. 15, 2021 22:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he'd appoint a Black woman to replace U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein if she retires before her term is up in 2024. “We have multiple names in mind and the answer is yes," he said during a interview on...

Takeaways from Congress' first hearing on Capitol riot

Feb. 23, 2021 16:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security officials testifying at Congress' first hearing on the deadly siege of the Capitol cast blame and pointed fingers on Tuesday but also acknowledged they were woefully unprepared for the violence. Senators drilled down on the stunning security...

California lawmakers OK payment for voter outreach campaign

Feb. 22, 2021 21:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials have figured out a way to pay for a controversial $35 million voter outreach contract signed last year with a firm linked to then-candidate Joe Biden's presidential campaign. State Controller Betty Yee had refused to pay...