Latest U.S. Democratic Party News

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

Aug. 17, 2018 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government,...

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Aug. 16, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news...

Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Aug. 16, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said Thursday they will file a federal lawsuit next month if government agencies deny their requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's days as an aide to President George W. Bush. The threat represents Democrats' latest attempt to focus the public...

Party chairman gives Ellison tepid backing amid allegation

Aug. 16, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are cautiously standing by Rep. Keith Ellison amid allegations from an ex-girlfriend that he once physically abused her, as the state's party chairman said Thursday he supported Ellison "at this point." Ellison won a crowded primary for attorney general just days...

Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Aug. 16, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — By the numbers, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo should be sitting pretty in her bid for a second term. She's a Democrat in a state where Republican President Donald Trump remains unpopular after losing 54-39 percent in 2016. She's a woman in a year when a record number of female...

Nevada Democrats hope Latinos can propel them to victory

Aug. 16, 2018 2:10 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As temperatures topped 110 degrees last week outside a Latin American grocery store in Las Vegas, 19-year-old Diara Hernandez bounded up to customers, greeting them with a smile and a clipboard to ask in Spanish if they're registered to vote — or can vote. Hernandez, a College of...

Democratic governor faces tough re-election in Rhode Island

Aug. 16, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is facing a tough re-election fight in a year that's supposed to be a good one for Democrats and women. Gov. Gina Raimondo has raised $7 million, seven times her closest rival. But she's facing a spirited challenge from the left in the Sept. 12 primary. Raimondo...

The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

Aug. 15, 2018 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is drawing a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance....

Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

Aug. 15, 2018 9:33 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma of the GOP establishment or of calling President...

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

Aug. 15, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump...