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Ex-New Mexico Majority Leader eyes running for Sapien seat

Feb. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Democratic House Majority Leader Rick Miera said Monday he is considering running for a crucial Senate seat currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. John Sapien. Miera told The Associated Press that he is weighing whether to seek the Democratic nomination for the swing seat...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu corruption trial to begin weeks after March 2 vote

Feb. 18, 2020 10:15 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The corruption trial for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, just two weeks after national elections are held, a court said Tuesday. The surprise announcement immediately shook up the final stretch of the contentious election campaign, upending Netanyahu's...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during his campaign launch of

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

Feb. 18, 2020 10:08 AM EST

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads. A new NPR/PBS...

Recent Missouri editorials

Feb. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 14 The shortest-tenured Missouri governor in modern history is taking a victory lap after the long-awaited conclusion of the campaign finance complaint against him found “there were no reasonable grounds to believe that a violation exists under existing Missouri law” for...

Ed Markey, Joe Kennedy to face off in first televised debate

Feb. 18, 2020 8:45 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, are preparing to face off in their first televised debate. WGBH News will host the hour-long debate Tuesday at 7 p.m. and also will stream it online. The race is pitting two well-known politicians against...

Petitions pile up ahead of deadline for Pennsylvania primary

Feb. 18, 2020 8:23 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Candidates for president of the United States and for state attorney general, treasurer and auditor general have until Tuesday's 5 p.m. close-of-business deadline in Pennsylvania to file paperwork to make Pennsylvania's April 28 primary ballot. A look at who has filed so far,...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., speaks at a campaign event in Tacoma, Wash., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Bernie Sanders draws thousands to rally in Tacoma

Feb. 18, 2020 12:23 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Bernie Sanders rallied thousands of supporters in Washington state three weeks ahead of its presidential primary, calling for the grassroots movement that led to his win in the state’s 2016 caucuses to continue through the broader primary that takes place March 10. “We...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Clark County Democratic Party

The Latest: Warren calls for party unity in taking on Trump

Feb. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 2 p.m. Elizabeth Warren is preaching Democratic unity in taking on President Donald Trump, a challenge she framed as an existential crisis for America. Warren, having partly recovered her voice after catching a cold, said at a...

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, from left, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Gov. Tim Walz, House Assistant Deputy Minority Leader Anne Neu and Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent gather for a forum with media at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

Top Minnesota Republican optimistic about keeping majority

Feb. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate said Monday that he’s optimistic about his party’s chances for maintaining and even expanding its narrow control over the Senate despite the impending retirements of a couple prominent lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Paul...

FILE - This Monday an. 20, 2020 file photo shows pro gun demonstrators holding signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va. In a state once synonymous with the Old South, Democrats are using their newfound legislative control to refashion Virginia as the region's progressive leader on racial, social and economic issues.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

Feb. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a...