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Former governor kicks off campaign for 3rd term with rally

Sep. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage formally kicked off his campaign for a third term Wednesday evening in front of more than a thousand noisy supporters at an indoor arena in the capital city. LePage accused Democratic Gov. Janet Mills of...

Republicans sue over excess campaign donations to Whitmer

Sep. 21, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party on Tuesday sued to stop Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's reelection campaign from collecting excess donations, contending that an exception letting her raise unlimited amounts because of attempts to recall her from office is unconstitutional. ...

Former state official to pay fine to settle ethics complaint

Sep. 21, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former state official will pay a $4,500 fine to settle an ethics complaint over his solicitation of campaign donations from state vendors for a mayoral run. Brett Smiley, a Democrat who’s running for Providence mayor, agreed to the settlement...

Brazil's Bolsonaro rebuffs criticism on pandemic, Amazon

Sep. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro issued a defense of his administration at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, rebuffing criticism of its handling of the pandemic and touting recent data indicating less Amazon deforestation. His presence at...

Politico pardoned by Trump accused of illegal campaign scam

Sep. 20, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican political operative pardoned by President Donald Trump after his conviction in a 2012 bribery plot has been charged again with campaign-related crimes, this time involving a 2016 illegal campaign contribution scheme and a Russian national. ...

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...

Barletta signs anti-tax pledge in GOP campaign for governor

Sep. 20, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lou Barletta, the former congressman seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania, has signed a pledge from a conservative anti-tax Washington-based group that commits him to oppose tax increases. The pledge, sponsored by...

Lawmakers question German poll front-runner over searches

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the front-runner in Germany's election, appeared before lawmakers during the final week of campaigning on Monday to face questions over an investigation of an anti-money-laundering unit that resulted in a recent police search at his ministry. ...

Grassroots group uses newspaper ads to push Sen. Joe Manchin

Sep. 20, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A grassroots group is using newspaper advertisements to further push Sen. Joe Manchin to support issues it considers important to low-income West Virginians. The Poor People's Campaign took out the full-page ads Sunday in the Charleston...