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2 US Senate candidates in Ohio to jump primaries and debate

Jan. 24, 2022 19:22 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Trump-aligned Republican and an underdog progressive Democrat are taking an unusually early step in their campaigns for the U.S. Senate: They're holding a debate. The odd match-up between Josh Mandel, a former GOP state treasurer, and Democrat Morgan Harper,...

GOP map likely to hinder lone Democrat clears Kansas Senate

Jan. 21, 2022 18:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans used their supermajority Friday to win Kansas Senate approval for a redistricting plan that likely would make it harder for the state's only Democrat in Congress to win reelection this year. The nearly four-hour debate ahead of the Senate's 26-9 vote...

EXPLAINER: Why is filibuster such a barrier to voting bill?

Jan. 19, 2022 00:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the fifth time in recent months, Senate Republicans are expected to block Democrats’ sweeping voting legislation this week using a longstanding delaying tactic that can stop a bill in its tracks. Democrats lament — this time — that Senate rules give...

RNC threatens to boycott commission's presidential debates

Jan. 13, 2022 16:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee said Thursday it is planning a rules change that would force presidential candidates seeking the party’s nomination to sign a pledge saying they will not participate in any debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. ...

Dems switch strategy on voting bill as Biden pushes action

Jan. 12, 2022 22:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are trying to force a public showdown over their sweeping elections legislation, aiming to launch debate on a key party priority even though there’s no assurance the bill will come to a vote. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined the plan in a...

Biden challenges Senate on voting: 'Tired of being quiet!'

Jan. 11, 2022 22:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Pounding his hand for emphasis, President Joe Biden challenged senators Tuesday to “stand against voter suppression” by changing Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation that Republicans are blocking from debate and votes. Biden told a crowd in Atlanta...

Nevada Republicans boo Heller over past with Trump at debate

Jan. 07, 2022 12:35 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of exuberant Republicans booed and jeered at former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller on Thursday night as he attempted to brandish his conservative credentials and position himself as close to former President Donald Trump at the first debate leading up to Nevada's Republican...

Big GOP gubernatorial field crowds onto stage for 1st time

Jan. 05, 2022 21:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — More than a dozen Republican candidates for governor appeared on stage together for the first time Wednesday evening in a question-and-answer session that inspired a lot of agreement, some attempts to stand out and a couple sideswipes. Thirteen candidates...

What if? Path was uncertain if Pence objected to Biden's win

Jan. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the weeks leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, an elite group of House Democrats gathered to contemplate a question that their predecessors could have hardly imagined: What would they do if the vice president tried to overturn a free and fair election? The group...

Analysis: Louisiana to see repeat political debates in 2022

Jan. 02, 2022 16:01 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The new year will bring a rerun of several political debates in Louisiana, while also adding the once-a-decade battle over redistricting and an expected uptick in heated rhetoric as officials ready for the next statewide election cycle. Debates over how...