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NC Senate leader Basnight remembered by former colleagues

Sep. 21, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top North Carolina officials, former colleagues and family members of the late Senate leader Marc Basnight are gathering at the Legislative Building to remember his lasting contributions to the state. Gov. Roy Cooper was among those expected to...

Dems, backers face uphill immigration path after Senate blow

Sep. 21, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats launched an uphill fight to rescue their drive to help millions of immigrants remain legally in the U.S., their pathway unclear and the uncertainty exposing tensions between party leaders and progressive groups demanding bold results. ...

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Sep. 21, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House say they will push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. ...

Native Americans aim to boost voting power in New Mexico

Sep. 20, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of Native American communities has proposed redrawing New Mexico's political map to boost Indigenous voters' influence in elections. The proposed changes from New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation,...

Oregon Dems void power-sharing redistricting deal with GOP

Sep. 20, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

The Democratic speaker of the Oregon House on Monday rescinded a deal she made with Republicans to share power as lawmakers redraw political boundaries and add an additional U.S. House seat for the state. The now defunct agreement made earlier this year had drawn national...

Democrats tie government funding to debt bill, GOP digs in

Sep. 20, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders backed by the White House announced Monday they would push ahead with a vote to fund the government and suspend the debt limit, all but daring Republicans who say they will vote against it despite the risk of a fiscal crisis. ...

Republican Dean Heller announces run for governor of Nevada

Sep. 20, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Dean Heller announced plans to run for governor in Nevada, declaring Monday that he would oppose state mandates on masks and vaccines and tighten voting laws if elected to lead the battleground state. Heller has historically...

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan contracts COVID-19 despite vaccination

Sep. 20, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio tested positive Monday for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated against the virus. In a statement, Ryan said he was experiencing mild symptoms from his breakthrough case and will continue to quarantine from his northeast...

Arizona lawmaker quits to focus on run for governor

Sep. 20, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. Aaron Lieberman has become the second Democratic lawmaker to leave office to focus on a run for higher office. Lieberman announced Monday that he's immediately resigning from the House so he can devote himself fulltime to his campaign for...

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate tests positive for COVID

Sep. 20, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor Rebecca Kleefisch tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at church earlier this month, her campaign said Monday. Kleefisch is a cancer survivor and a former two-term lieutenant governor. She is...