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Lawmakers quibble over details of $1.3T US spending bill

Mar. 17, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary. The...

Sen. Heitkamp: Democratic party far from dead in red states

Mar. 17, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who is facing a tough re-election fight as the only Democratic statewide officeholder in North Dakota, expressed optimism Saturday for the future of her party in conservative-leaning states such as her own. Those who "have written the obits for the...

Illinois governor race more fierce, costly as primary nears

Mar. 17, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary, greeting voters and sinking more money into what's become an increasingly fierce — and expensive — contest. Billionaire J.B. Pritzker, one of six Democrats fighting for the chance to...

Veteran Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter dies

Mar. 16, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Kentucky blacksmith's daughter who went on to chair one of Congress' most important committees, died Friday at a Washington hospital where she was being treated after falling in her home, her top aide said. She was 88. The New York Democrat died at...

$20M Democratic ad buy targets 4 states key to redistricting

Mar. 16, 2018 2:25 PM EDT

The Democratic Governors Association announced Friday that it is spending $20 million on fall TV ads in four states where newly elected governors will play a key role in the next round of congressional redistricting. The ad buys target the battleground states of Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin. Voters in all...

El Paso Democrats alleging fraud in congressional primary

Mar. 16, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Three Democrats who lost their party's congressional primary in El Paso, Texas, are suing the race's winner and the county's elections administrator, alleging fraud. Former state Rep. Norma Chavez teamed with John Carrillo and Enrique Garcia for a suit filed Wednesday in state...

An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died

Mar. 16, 2018 10:42 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died.

Hawaii candidate fights off 'anti-LGBT preacher' claims

Mar. 16, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A well-known Democratic candidate for Congress who gained notoriety opposing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting mostly Muslim countries is being forced to explain a decades-old rant perceived as intolerant of gay people. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin said he won't "quibble" about...

Democrats seek balance between base's demands, election wins

Mar. 16, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pennsylvania's Conor Lamb and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the new miracle men of the Democratic Party, offer a clear model for how to run in Republican territory: Focus on economics, not guns, immigration or President Donald Trump. But that won't be easy when much of the party is whipped into a...

Congress demands Pentagon, DOJ investigate child sex assault

Mar. 16, 2018 5:31 AM EDT

Congress reacted Thursday to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, meanwhile, said it had begun its own examination...