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Senate confirms 200th federal judge under Biden as Democrats surpass Trump's pace

May. 22, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the 200th federal judge of President Joe Biden's tenure, about a month earlier than when Donald Trump hit that mark in his term, though Trump still holds the edge when it comes to the most impactful confirmations — those to the Supreme Court...

Lawmakers call for further inquiry into Virginia prison that had hypothermia hospitalizations

May. 22, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A raft of hypothermia hospitalizations and other questionable conditions at a Virginia prison uncovered in a recent report deserve further scrutiny, leading Democratic state lawmakers said this week. Lawmakers pledged to press Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's...

Veteran Kentucky lawmaker Richard Heath, who chaired a House committee, loses in Republican primary

May. 22, 2024 17:17 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Richard Heath, who twice ran for statewide office and was a leading voice on agricultural issues as a committee chairman, lost his reelection bid in Kentucky's GOP primary. The veteran lawmaker was among the few incumbents unable to...

What you should know about North Carolina's race for governor

May. 22, 2024 08:17 AM EDT

North Carolina has been an underappreciated political battleground recently and not gotten the same attention as nearby Georgia or Florida or the traditional campaign hotbeds of the Rust Belt. That is changing in 2024, partly because of a potentially historic governor’s race that...

GOP candidate for NC governor blasts public spending as his family nonprofit rakes in taxpayer funds

May. 22, 2024 07:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his bid to become North Carolina’s first Black governor, Republican Mark Robinson assails government safety net spending as a “plantation of welfare and victimhood" that has mired generations of Black people in “dependency” and poverty. But the...

Detroit could be without Black representation in Congress again with top candidate off the ballot

May. 21, 2024 20:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit Democrat will not appear on the ballot after building significant support within the party in his attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar in Michigan's August primary, after election officials determined that he had not submitted enough valid signatures. ...

'Top two' primary election measure makes South Dakota's November ballot

May. 21, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

Voters in Republican-majority South Dakota will decide this fall whether to abandon partisan primaries and make contests open to all candidates regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters in each race would then face off in general elections. Secretary of State Monae...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 21, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. May 17, 2024. Editorial: Abortion law provisions for doctor punishments could lead to fewer OB-GYNs Earlier this month, an anti-abortion group filed suit in Marion County Superior Court to regain access to abortion records no longer...

In Oregon's Democratic primaries, progressive and establishment wings battle for US House seats

May. 19, 2024 14:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Democratic primaries for U.S. House seats in Oregon could help reveal whether the party’s voters are leaning more toward progressive or establishment factions in a critical presidential election year. The state’s 3rd Congressional District, which...

The Senate filibuster is a hurdle to any national abortion bill. Democrats are campaigning on it

May. 19, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin, facing a tough reelection fight in one of the races that will determine control of Congress, has made protecting reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign, and she's willing to back that up by pledging to change the Senate filibuster rules if Democrats...