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Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde?

May. 25, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of background-check bills for gun buyers Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Congress' unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of...

Oz, McCormick race heads into recount in Pa. Senate primary

May. 25, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top election official said Wednesday that the margin between the top two candidates in last week's Republican primary for U.S. Senate is tight enough to trigger a statewide recount, dragging the outcome into June as the candidates fight in court. ...

'Trump is in the past': Mounting losses show limits of power

May. 25, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) — Donald Trump opened May by lifting a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio to the Republican nomination, seemingly cementing the former president's kingmaker status before another possible White House run. He's ending the month, however, stinging from a string of defeats that...

Incumbents in Georgia beat primary opponents down the ballot

May. 25, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Beyond the marquee races for governor and U.S. Senate, several statewide officials overcame challengers from within their own parties in primary elections decided Tuesday in Georgia. Georgia's incumbent attorney general and insurance commissioner both defeated fellow...

Beto O'Rourke interrupts briefing, echoing US debate on guns

May. 25, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Surrounded by fellow Republicans on a high school stage, Gov. Greg Abbott was wrapping up his opening remarks about the killing of school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, when Beto O'Rourke strode forward from his seat in the audience. “Gov. Abbott, I...

NC Medicaid expansion stakes rise with Senate leader support

May. 25, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's most powerful Republican elected official threw his weight fully behind Medicaid expansion Wednesday, raising the stakes for an issue lingering in state politics for a decade that could result in hundreds of thousands of low-income adults getting...

NC parents' bill that bars K-3 LGBTQ issues clears panel

May. 25, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican measure supporters say would empower North Carolina parents to better monitor their children's public school education — and also would bar K-3 class curriculum from addressing LGBTQ issues — received approval Wednesday from a state Senate committee. ...

Wisconsin Democrats renew call for votes on gun safety bills

May. 25, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats renewed calls Wednesday for the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up a pair of gun safety bills that were rejected without any debate just over two years ago. The bills would institute a universal background check for gun sales and...

Ohio’s high court rejects latest GOP-drawn Statehouse maps

May. 25, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A frustrated Ohio Supreme Court rejected Republican-drawn Statehouse maps for a fifth time Wednesday, extending the string of GOP defeats in a redistricting process that has ground the state's legislative primaries to a halt. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor...

Finstad, Ettinger head to special election for Hagedorn seat

May. 25, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican former U.S Department of Agriculture official Brad Finstad will face Democratic former Hormel Foods chief executive Jeff Ettinger in an August special election to finish the term of the late Minnesota GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn. State Rep. Jeremy...