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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 file photo, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks as she and President-elect Joe Biden introduce their nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, in Wilmington, Del. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, a history-making event in which the first Black, South Asian and female vice president will take her oath of office from the first Latina justice. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Jan. 17, 2021 6:20 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated. Aides to the California Democrat confirmed the timing and said Gov. Gavin Newsom was aware of her decision, clearing the way for him to...

FILE - This Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump.  In December, Paxton filed legal papers attempting to overturn the results of the presidential election based on unfounded claims of election fraud in four states that supported President Donald Trump in 2016 but elected Joe Biden president in 2020. The Republican attorneys general for 17 other states made legal filings supporting his effort, which was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Actions by GOP attorneys general could damage credibility

Jan. 17, 2021 2:11 PM EST

By supporting efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election, most of the nation's Republican state attorneys general may have undermined their offices' long-held special status in federal courts. In December, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed legal papers attempting to overturn the results of...

Culp drops election fraud suit after sanction threats

Jan. 15, 2021 6:08 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Losing Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman that alleged widespread election irregularities and fraud. Culp’s lawsuit, filed last month in King County Superior Court, tried to cast doubt on his 545,000-vote loss...

Police chief behind conspiracy posts apologizes, sees review

Jan. 15, 2021 4:38 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chief of the Maine Capitol Police has apologized for a string of social media posts over several months that promoted discredited theories about the coronavirus pandemic and the election of President-elect Joe Biden. Chief Russ Gauvin made a series of Facebook posts that reflected...

March 20 election set to fill vacant Louisiana House seat

Jan. 15, 2021 3:45 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder has set a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives. Republican Charles Henry of Jefferson Parish abruptly resigned Monday from the 105-member chamber, only a year into his four-year term, saying his...

Elections Commission allows former lawmaker on ballot

Jan. 15, 2021 1:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Friday voted to allow on the ballot a former lawmaker running for a vacancy in the state Senate, rejecting a challenge that he doesn't live in the district. Former state Rep. Don Pridemore, a Republican, filed to run for an April 6 special election...

Massachusetts offering COVID-19 grants to small businesses

Jan. 14, 2021 5:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is highlighting efforts to help small businesses survive the economic turmoil they have suffered because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, nearly 1,600 businesses received grants totaling $78.6 million through a state COVID-19 business grant program. It’s the third...

Cooper raised $41 million; outspent GOP candidates still won

Jan. 14, 2021 3:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic candidates dominated fundraising in last fall's elections for the top statewide positions in North Carolina government, according to campaign finance reports filed this week. But it didn't always translate into victories. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper reported raising another...

Wisconsin Rep. Fitzgerald not sure Trump to blame for riot

Jan. 14, 2021 3:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's newest member of Congress, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, said Thursday he didn't know if President Donald Trump incited the riot last week at the U.S. Capitol and wants a full investigation to find out what motivated the mob. “I don’t think we know...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone addresses supporters at his election night watch party at L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. Rispone, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor in 2019, said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, that he was dropping his bid to unseat the current chairman of the state Republican Party, ending a heated intraparty feud over leadership.  (AP Photo/Sophia Germer, File)

Former governor candidate drops bid to lead Louisiana GOP

Jan. 14, 2021 12:57 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eddie Rispone, the businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Louisiana governor in 2019, said Thursday that he was dropping his bid to unseat the current chairman of the state Republican Party, ending a heated intraparty feud over leadership. “After further consideration, I...