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Gubernatorial candidate challenges mayor with chicken outfit

Aug. 15, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate has brought a campaign volunteer in a chicken suit to challenge a rival to debate. Republican Patricia Morgan visited Cranston City Hall on Wednesday to personally challenge Mayor Allan Fung to a series of primary debates. She did not go alone....

Reporter accused of assaulting man at mayoral debate

Aug. 10, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A reporter for Latino Public Radio has been accused of putting his hands around another man's neck during an altercation at a Providence mayoral debate and charged with simple assault. James Kuo says Reynaldo Almonte knocked a phone out of his hands and grabbed his neck during...

Brazil's presidential debate held - without Da Silva

Aug. 9, 2018 10:54 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's presidential candidates held their first debate Thursday ahead of October's election, but jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was not allowed to participate despite leading in the polls. Conservative Jair Bolsonaro, second in pre-election polls, was the main target...

Idaho GOP candidate says Muslim slur was used to stir debate

Aug. 4, 2018 1:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Idaho Statehouse defended the use of a Muslim slur on his public Facebook page by saying he likes to trigger debate with incendiary comments. The Idaho Statesman reports Kevin Rhoades of Boise, the GOP nominee challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Sue Chew...

Brazil's top court wrestles with abortion at special hearing

Aug. 3, 2018 8:53 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supporters and opponents of legalizing abortion testified Friday in front of Brazil's top court, an extraordinary session at a time when strengthening women's movements are pushing against often decades-old laws in South America. The first of two expected hearings at the Supreme...

Minnesota governor candidates spar over Trump in GOP debate

Aug. 3, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Pawlenty and Jeff Johnson spent their first public debate Friday arguing over Pawlenty's two previous terms as Minnesota governor and who insulted President Donald Trump worse in the run-up to the 2016 election. The two candidates laid out few...

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidates go after Trump

Aug. 2, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic candidates for Florida governor fought over who would best stand up to President Donald Trump during a debate Thursday, an infrequent break from an hour where they often repeated talking points they've used throughout the campaign. Former Miami Beach Mayor...

The Latest: Florida Democrats debate Trump and guns

Aug. 2, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida Democrats holding their final debate (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Democrats running for Florida governor are vowing to stand up to President Donald Trump if they are elected this fall. The five Democratic candidates on Tuesday held their final debate...

Michigan Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations

Aug. 2, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri Thanedar...

GOP Alabama governor side-steps debate with Democratic foe

Jul. 27, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday dismissed a challenge to debate Democratic Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox ahead of the gubernatorial election, saying only reporters and her opponent care about debates. "There are only two people that ever bring up the subject. Y'all in the...