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With virus in rearview, campaign for Catalan vote kicks off

Jan. 28, 2021 10:48 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Political parties in Spain's Catalonia region are scheduled to start campaigning Thursday for an election set to be held in two weeks amid uncertainty due to vote fragmentation and a persistently high coronavirus infection rate. The northeastern region loosened a ban on traveling between...

3rd candidate formally announces run for Boston mayor

Jan. 28, 2021 10:01 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Another Boston city councilor has formally declared her candidacy for mayor. Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George, 47, will announce her campaign on Thursday outside East Boston High School alongside a small group of family and friends, she said in a statement. She becomes the third...

In this photo provided by Oregon Health & Science University, Oliver Pelayo, an OHSU registered nurse, prepares vaccine doses during a drive-thru clinic held in a parking lot at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 24, 2021. An advisory committee in Oregon that provides recommendations to the governor and public health authorities about which groups to prioritize next for the COVID-19 vaccine is tackling what role race should play in those decisions as tensions around urgent questions of equity and vaccine access bubble up nationwide. (Erik Robinson/Oregon Health & Science University via AP)

Oregon puts debate over race in vaccine rollout to test

Jan. 28, 2021 12:12 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The role that race should play in deciding who gets priority for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase of the rollout is being put to the test in Oregon as tensions around equity and access to the shots emerge nationwide. An advisory committee that provides recommendations to...

Ex-Sedgwick County commissioner fined for ethics violations

Jan. 27, 2021 6:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell was fined $25,000 on Wednesday after admitting to nine campaign finance violations. The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined O'Donnell for violations that included using campaign money for personal use and fraudulent...

Residents propose Weld County leaves Colorado, joins Wyoming

Jan. 27, 2021 3:01 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Residents have launched an effort to get a measure on the November ballot that would explore a Colorado county becoming part of Wyoming. A Colorado campaign finance disclosure website showed that Christopher Richards registered political committee Weld County Wyoming last February, KDVR-TV...

Candidate joins race to lead Indiana Democratic Party

Jan. 27, 2021 1:31 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The daughter of a former Indiana Republican governor wants to become the state Democratic Party’s next leader. Trish Whitcomb announced Wednesday her bid to replace state Democratic Chairman John Zody, who announced in November he wouldn’t seek reelection to the position...

Tennessee lawmaker: FBI took all campaign files in search

Jan. 27, 2021 12:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of several Republican state lawmakers in Tennessee whose homes and legislative offices were searched by federal agents this month says the FBI confiscated all files and documents related to his campaign. Newly sworn-in Republican Rep. Todd Warner provided the details in an email...

Former Macomb County prosecutor pleads guilty to obstruction

Jan. 27, 2021 12:15 PM EST

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A former suburban Detroit prosecutor pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstructing justice in an investigation of how he spent campaign donations. Eric Smith, who was Macomb County prosecutor for nearly 16 years, admitted that he attempted to get three people, including two assistant...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2020, file photo, demonstrators with the New York Immigration Coalition rally asking President-elect Joe Biden to prioritize immigration reform in New York. Immigrant rights activists energized by a new Democratic administration and majorities on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fresh political battle to push through a proposed bill from Biden that would open a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million people. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Veteran activists campaign for Biden's immigration reform

Jan. 26, 2021 8:00 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Immigrant rights activists energized by a new Democratic administration and majorities on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fresh political battle to push through a proposed bill from President Joe Biden that would open a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million people. The...

FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019, file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Former White House spokeswoman Sanders is running for Arkansas governor, a source told The Associated Press, late Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Ex-Trump spokeswoman Sanders running for Arkansas governor

Jan. 25, 2021 9:56 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump's former chief spokeswoman, announced she's running for Arkansas governor at a time other Republicans are distancing themselves from the former president facing an impeachment charge that he incited the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. But the former...