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FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Interim Supervisor of Victim Services, looks on after getting introduced, during a press conference at the District Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Johnson-Harrell, a former state representative, faces three months in a Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs.   (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to stealing from charity

Jan. 23, 2020 12:08 PM EST

A former state representative faces three months in the Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs. Former Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell entered the pleas in Philadelphia, more...

Bill would eliminate most elections in odd-numbered years

Jan. 22, 2020 7:50 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A House panel is considering a measure that would eliminate elections in Washington state in odd-numbered years, with supporters arguing it would increase voter participation and opponents saying it would unfairly limit voters' ability to file ballot measures. House Bill 2529 would...

Sydney Jordan wins primary for NE Minneapolis House seat

Jan. 22, 2020 9:54 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Labor and environmental activist Sydney Jordan has won a Democratic primary election for a Minnesota House seat in northeast Minneapolis. Jordan got nearly 29% of the vote Tuesday in a crowded field of 11 candidates to advance to the Feb. 4 special election. Given that Republicans did...

Wisconsin Senate confirms 2 Evers' Cabinet secretaries

Jan. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate confirmed two of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet appointees on Tuesday in votes that come just two months after Republicans fired the governor's agriculture secretary. The chamber confirmed both Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman and Housing and...

Cuomo set to announce special election despite legal fight

Jan. 20, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to set an April 28 special election — the same day as the state's presidential primary — to fill a congressional seat left vacant by a western New York Republican who has since been convicted of insider trading. Republican leaders have...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

City plans special election as elected official won't serve

Jan. 17, 2020 11:05 AM EST

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa community will hold a special election to fill a City Council seat after the man who was elected to the position refused to serve. The Eagle Grove City Council last week agreed to hold an election March 3 after Gary Lalor Jr. declined to take the position, according...

Mayor Marty Small, left, speaks at a church in Atlantic City N.J. on Jan. 15, 2020 as City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz listens. The mayor called a press conference to rally opposition to a proposed change of government that would eliminate an elected mayor. A vote has been set for March 31. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City relents, sets vote on government change

Jan. 15, 2020 6:09 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City voters will decide whether to change the city's form of government to eliminate an elected mayor now that the city admits proponents of the move have enough valid petition signatures to force a special election on the question. Mayor Marty Small said Wednesday the...

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds a press conference after the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Eggs & Issues Breakfast Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia elections chief wants law changed for US Senate race

Jan. 15, 2020 1:56 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top elections official is seeking a last-minute change to state law to ensure he's authorized to set the deadline for candidates to sign up to challenge newly appointed Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the November election. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wants to hold...

2 advance to runoff in primary for Arkansas House seat

Jan. 15, 2020 10:58 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two candidates seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for an Arkansas House seat that had been held by a civil rights attorney who died last year have advanced to a runoff. Joy Springer won a plurality of votes in Tuesday's primary for the House District 34 seat and Ryan Davis...