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Hawaii Democrats to count presidential primary votes May 23

Mar. 31, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Democratic Party of Hawaii said Monday it will count ballots cast in its party-run presidential primary on May 23. The party had originally planned to tabulate votes this Saturday after collecting thousands of mailed-in ballots and holding same-day walk-in voting at 21 sites across the...

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only one solution to preserve the November election, national voting by mail. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

Mar. 31, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic knocks primary election after primary election off schedule, Democrats argue the outbreak shows the country needs to move toward one of their longtime goals — widespread voting by mail — to protect the November election. But Democrats' hopes...

A man waits in line to buy hand sanitizer produced by J. Rieger and Co., a Kansas City, Mo. distillery, Friday, March 20, 2020. People waited as long as two hours to buy the sanitizer, made from overproof gin, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Missouri's reports more than 1,000 confirmed cases, 13 dead

Mar. 30, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri surpassed 1,000 on Monday and the state's death toll rose to 13. Health officials said that as of Monday afternoon, 1,031 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Missouri. That is an increase of 128 from Sunday. One of the...

Kansas businessman enters GOP Senate primary

Mar. 30, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas businessman Bob Hamilton on Monday announced he's running as a Republican for U.S. Senate. Hamilton threw his his name in the ring to be the Kansas Republican nominee for retiring four-term Sen. Pat Roberts' seat, the Kansas City Star reported. Other GOP hopefuls include...

In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 photo, Kansas supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ron Rose, left, of Topeka, and Judy Johnson, right, of Olathe, talk in front of table for Sanders' presidential campaign during a Kansas Democratic Party convention in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas Democratic Party has scrapped its plans to have polling sites for the state's presidential primary and will conduct the election only by mail ballots due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Democrats voting by mail only in presidential primary

Mar. 30, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats have scrapped plans for polling sites for their May 2 presidential primary and are using only mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. State Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt said Monday that polling sites are "going to be too risky” and that some were at...

Linda DeFrancesco stocks shelves with her farm's own salsa, spreads, veggies and salsa at DeFrancesco Farm Stand in Northford, Conn., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Businesses across the state are worried about the impact of the coronavirus, even the ones considered

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

Mar. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When will the money arrive? That's the urgent question for small business owners who have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. They're awaiting help from the $2 trillion rescue package signed into law Friday. But with bills fast coming due, no end to business closings and an economy...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., walks at the Capitol in Washington. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hawks no more: Fiscal conservatives embrace rescue package

Mar. 28, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis. In many cases, the...

FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Navy crewman monitors on the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in international waters off South China Sea. The USS Theodore Roosevelt made the second-ever visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to Vietnam to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations and growing security ties between the former Cold War antagonists amid China's aggressive moves in the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Jim Gomez, File)

'Choppy waters' await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

Mar. 28, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon's strategy for deterring war with...

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., talks to reporters before leaving Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2020. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP's Massie outrages House, Trump by seeking to stall vote

Mar. 28, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Thomas Massie has always gone his own way in Congress, ever since he first ran for office inspired by a fellow libertarian-leaning Kentuckian, Rand Paul. Now in his fourth term, the Republican from northern Kentucky has frequently voted no on issues large and small, even against the...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., right, and other bipartisan legislators, signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after it passed in the House on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. The $2.2 trillion package will head to head to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Congress locks Trump oversight into $2.2 trillion package

Mar. 27, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared that "I'll be the oversight" as lawmakers were in the final days of drafting what became a $2.2 trillion rescue plan for American businesses. In the end, Congress ensured that won’t be the case. The legislation, designed in part to help businesses...