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UK lawmaker won't run again after allegations of late night call for funds to pay off 'bad people'

Apr. 21, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker who allegedly used campaign funds to pay off people who were holding him hostage said Sunday that he wouldn't seek reelection after the governing Conservative Party found his behavior fell below the standard expected of members of Parliament. Mark...

Crush of lawsuits over voting in multiple states creates a shadow war for the 2024 election

Apr. 21, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As President Joe Biden and Donald Trump step up their campaigning in swing states, a quieter battle is taking place in the shadows of their White House rematch. The Republican National Committee, newly reconstituted under Trump, has filed election-related lawsuits in...

Councilwoman chosen as new Fort Wayne mayor, its 1st Black leader, in caucus to replace late mayor

Apr. 20, 2024 15:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne city councilwoman was chosen Saturday as the new mayor of Indiana’s second most populous city, and its first Black leader, during a caucus to replace its late mayor, who died in March. Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, a Democrat, will also become...

Prosecutor won't bring charges against Wisconsin lawmaker over fundraising scheme

Apr. 19, 2024 16:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor said Friday that she won't bring charges against a Republican lawmaker accused of trying to evade state campaign finance laws in order to unseat the powerful speaker of the Assembly. Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said she...

UK Conservatives suspend lawmaker as sleaze allegations swirl over possible misuse of party funds

Apr. 18, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party said Thursday it has suspended a lawmaker who is alleged to have used campaign funds for personal medical expenses and to pay off someone who was threatening him. The Times of London reported Mark Menzies took thousands of...

Former Michigan House leader and wife charged with misusing political funds

Apr. 16, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors charged the former leader of the Michigan House and his wife with financial crimes Tuesday, alleging they milked political accounts for personal travel, housing and other benefits while the Republican lawmaker was raising millions of dollars from his powerful...

Campaign to legalize abortion in Missouri raises nearly $5M in 3 months

Apr. 16, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A campaign to legalize abortion in Missouri on Tuesday announced it raised close to $5 million in the past three months, a fundraising sprint crucial to getting the measure on this year's ballot. Missourians for Constitutional Freedom announced it...

Randal Gaines defeats Katie Bernhardt to become new chair of Louisiana Democratic Party

Apr. 15, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Democratic Party has new leadership. Randal Gaines, a former state representative, was selected Saturday as the political group's new chair after a set of procedural moves ended with him being the only candidate nominated for the position. His...

Trump will be first ex-president on criminal trial. Here's what to know about the hush money case

Apr. 12, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump will make history as the first former president to stand trial on criminal charges when his hush money case opens Monday with jury selection. The case will force the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to juggle campaigning with sitting in a...

Ethics Commission member resigns after making campaign contributions

Apr. 12, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Alabama Ethics Commission has resigned after acknowledging that he might have broken a state law by making campaign contributions. Attorney Stan McDonald confirmed his resignation in a text message sent to The Associated Press late Thursday,...