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Michigan primary: What to watch as 2024 campaign shifts to the first big swing state

Feb. 25, 2024 07:34 AM EST

Michigan's presidential primary on Tuesday will offer a serious test of President Joe Biden's ability to navigate dissent within the Democratic Party over his response to Israel's war with Hamas. The leading Republican in the White House race, former President Donald Trump, is looking for another...

Virginia lawmakers send Youngkin bills to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour

Feb. 23, 2024 16:40 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats who control the Virginia General Assembly sent Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin legislation on Friday that would increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2026. Identical bills that would bump the current $12-per-hour minimum wage to $13.50...

Some Republicans are voicing doubt over Alabama IVF ruling. Democrats see an opportunity

Feb. 23, 2024 09:33 AM EST

Some Republicans joined Democrats in expressing alarm over a ruling this week by the Alabama Supreme Court that jeopardized future access to in vitro fertilization, giving allies of President Joe Biden new fuel for their efforts to center abortion access in the presidential election. ...

South Carolina's Republican primary: What to watch as Haley tries to upset Trump in her home state

Feb. 22, 2024 00:04 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nikki Haley 's best-case scenario for her home state's Republican primary might be to do well enough to make the March 5 Super Tuesday slate somewhat competitive against Donald Trump. An upset in South Carolina, though, is a longshot in a state where...

Proposed Louisiana bill would eliminate parole opportunity for most convicted in the future

Feb. 21, 2024 21:02 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers in Louisiana — a state that routinely has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country — are considering a bill that would eliminate the chance of parole for nearly all prisoners convicted after Aug. 1. The legislation is one piece of...

Youngkin, Earle-Sears join annual anti-abortion demonstration in Richmond

Feb. 21, 2024 18:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, both Republicans, joined thousands of Virginia activists Wednesday for an annual anti-abortion demonstration, where attendees denounced Democratic lawmakers who have blocked proposed restrictions since the Supreme Court...

Ohio's March primary highlights fracturing GOP House and state races riddled with party infighting

Feb. 21, 2024 11:25 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Despite wielding power in both chambers of the state Legislature, Ohio’s Republican lawmakers are far from coasting through this election season as incumbents face challengers from their own party in the midst of a bitter GOP power struggle. Next month’s...

Churches and nonprofits ensnared in Georgia push to restrict bail funds

Feb. 21, 2024 10:57 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When she was behind bars in Georgia, Nia Thomas would use toothpaste to stick handwritten flyers to the wall and spread the word about community bail funds that could pay inmates' bonds, no strings attached. “I was posting the phone numbers in everybody's rooms,...

Utah school board member censured over transgender comments is seeking reelection

Feb. 20, 2024 19:18 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah State Board of Education member who is facing pressure from top state leaders to resign after lawmakers say she bullied a student on social media has instead announced that she is running for reelection this fall. Conservative board member Natalie Cline...

GOP Senate contenders aren't shy about wanting Trump's approval. But in Pennsylvania, it's awkward

Feb. 20, 2024 08:36 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Since he became the single biggest force in Republican politics nearly a decade ago, Donald Trump has figured prominently in U.S. Senate races, using his massive public platform and loyal base of support to shape which GOP incumbents run for reelection and which contenders...