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Longtime Indiana GOP stalwart Mutz says he'll vote for Biden

Sep. 25, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime Indiana Republican stalwart John Mutz has gone public with his opposition to President Donald Trump, saying in a newspaper column that he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden. Mutz, who was Indiana's lieutenant governor for eight years in the 1980s before losing the 1988 governor's...

Female members of Congress stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and wave as the hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg departs after Ginsburg lied in state at the U.S. Capitol, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

Ginsburg makes history at Capitol amid replacement turmoil

Sep. 25, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lay in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol as the first woman ever so honored, making history again as she had throughout her extraordinary life while an intensifying election-year battle swirled over her replacement. The flag-draped casket of...

Iowa legislative panel approves emergency election measures

Sep. 25, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa legislative panel approved Friday several proposals from the state's top election official, including allowing county officials to prepare mail ballots for counting ahead of time to alleviate a last-minute crunch on Election Day. Secretary of State Paul Pate received...

Montana law preventing absentee ballot gathering overturned

Sep. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Friday struck down a voter-enacted law that restricted third-party collection of absentee ballots after several Native American groups argued they rely on ballot collection efforts to vote. The Ballot Interference Prevention Act exacerbated the barriers many rural...

This Aug. 20, 2020 photo shows Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins at his office in Shreveport La.  Perkins is entering Louisiana’s U.S. Senate race. He announced Wednesday that he's trying to unseat Republican incumbent Bill Cassidy in a last-minute entrance into the competition as the candidate signup period begins.  (Henrietta Wildsmith/The Shreveport Times via AP)

Obama backs Adrian Perkins for Louisiana's US Senate seat

Sep. 25, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race, backing that could help the candidate consolidate Democratic support to his side in a race with several Democratic contenders. Obama's support for Perkins came in a...

National, state Republicans sue over major ballot decision

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican Party is suing to try to overturn a decision that lets Michigan count absentee ballots up to 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. The state and national GOP said existing law, which cuts off absentee ballots when polls close on Election Day, should be honored. A judge, citing...

After delay, ballots to be mailed to Washoe County next week

Sep. 25, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ballots will not be mailed to Washoe County residents this week because a vendor was unable to print them in time. Washoe County Registrar Deanna Spikula said ballots will instead be mailed out Oct. 2 and voters should start seeing them appear in their mailboxes soon after. Spikula said...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order after delivering remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Trump's $200 prescription cards won't hit mailboxes just yet

Sep. 25, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump. Government officials said Friday that key details of Trump's election-year giveaway still have to be fleshed out, including the exact timing and how...

Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The Latest: Iowa reports new cases in schools, nursing homes

Sep. 25, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa reported a jump of 1,086 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the second consecutive day of new cases exceeding 1,000. Four more people died, pushing the state’s death toll from the virus to 1,303. Data from state health and education departments indicate the virus is circulating...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018 file photo, U.S. Attorney David Freed speaks at a news conference at the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa. Freed's office issued a statement on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, that nine mailed-in military ballots had been

Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

Sep. 25, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been “discarded” by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground states. All of them were marked for...