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Democrats flock to Kander's veterans nonprofit

Aug. 24, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democrat Jason Kander's job running a nonprofit for homeless veterans has made the Kansas City site a campaign stop for three presidential hopefuls, with more likely to visit. Kander, 38, came close to unseating Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in 2016. The former Missouri...

The Latest: Harris gets warm welcome at California meeting

Aug. 23, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee in California (all times local): 2:35 p.m. California Sen. Kamala Harris is getting a rousing hometown welcome at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in San Francisco. Harris is looking to California as a...

Murphy says White House still open to background checks bill

Aug. 23, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The White House has told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy that President Donald Trump remains committed to working on expanded background checks legislation for gun purchases, but the Connecticut Democrat acknowledged Friday he's skeptical whether anything will happen. Murphy said he spoke...

Florida man gets 15 months for threatening Bernie Sanders

Aug. 23, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to one year and three months in prison for leaving threatening voicemails for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Court records show that a federal judge in Orlando sentenced 58-year-old Robert Francis Pratersch on Friday. He was convicted in April of threatening...

Complaint filed against house speaker over reimbursements

Aug. 23, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An ethics complaint accuses Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon of "blatantly, deliberately, and repeatedly" violating campaign finance laws by making political contributions and then receiving reimbursements from her leadership political action committee. Former Republican state Sen. Ed...

Geologist to seek Wyoming US Senate seat

Aug. 23, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A geologist who has never held statewide public office has announced he is running for the Wyoming U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mike Enzi. R. Mark Armstrong, of Centennial, tells the Laramie Boomerang he will run as a Republican. Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is the...

US Sen. Braun's brother seeking Indiana congressional seat

Aug. 23, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The brother of U.S. Sen. Mike Braun is entering the race for the central Indiana congressional seat being given up by Republican Rep. Susan Brooks. Steve Braun filed a Federal Election Commission candidacy statement Friday for the 5th Congressional District. He is a former Republican...

US lawmakers to look into cancelled Alaska missile project

Aug. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's members of Congress have said they plan to look into a Pentagon decision to cancel a project to improve Alaska-based missiles, a report said. The Pentagon canceled a Boeing contract last week because of unspecified missile design flaws, The Anchorage Daily News reported...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Pot legalization: Unreliable in many ways The Republican-American Aug. 22 As if Connecticut didn't already have enough reasons to resist the temptation to legalize - and tax - recreational marijuana sales, the Pew Charitable Trusts offered another this week. As...

Arkansas man pleads guilty to mailing powder to senator

Aug. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to charges alleging he mailed white powder to Sen. Tom Cotton's Washington office along with a letter that stated, "Maybe this will get your attention." Henry Goodloe pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a count of conveying false...