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South Dakota's Noem doesn't plan to ratchet up vaccine push

Jul. 30, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she has no plans to ratchet up her messaging to urge people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even as Republican leaders across the country try to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots in response to a new,...

Pelosi, Schumer to huddle with Biden on voting legislation

Jul. 30, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional Democrats will huddle with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday, looking to salvage their effort to enact federal voting legislation that could counter state laws restricting access to the ballot. The meeting between...

Wisconsin Republican expands 2020 election investigation

Jul. 30, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The highest ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said Friday that he was expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos signed...

Senate advances nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Jul. 30, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate advanced a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure plan on Friday with a bipartisan group of senators helping it clear one more hurdle and bracing to see if support can hold during the next few days of debate and efforts to amend it. Senate...

Wolf, task force urge lawmakers to promote COVID vaccination

Jul. 30, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania's coronavirus task force are asking state lawmakers to urge their constituents to get vaccinated, noting the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant. Wolf and the task force, which includes Democratic and Republican appointees...

After lengthy battle with virus, lawmaker urges vaccinations

Jul. 30, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker who battled COVID-19 for nearly eight months is encouraging the public to “consider getting vaccinated.” Republican Rep. David Byrd detailed his struggle with the virus in a lengthy statement Friday, describing how the...

Philly board votes to reject state senator's election audit

Jul. 30, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia’s elections board voted Friday to reject a Republican state senator's request for access to its voting machines for a “forensic investigation” into former President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection defeat. The Office of the City...

Texas congressman sworn in after beating Trump-backed rival

Jul. 30, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Republican Jake Ellzey was sworn in to the House on Friday, days after winning a special election in which he defeated his predecessor's widow, who was backed by former President Donald Trump. Trump continues to hold tremendous sway over the GOP...

Experts raise alarms over fundraising for GOP ballot reviews

Jul. 30, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The first donation came in early May, for $50, and with a message: “GOD BLESS THE USA!!” In just over a month, the crowdfunding page dedicated to bringing an Arizona-style review of the 2020 presidential election to Pennsylvania had collected...

AP-NORC poll: Democrats optimistic but divided on compromise

Jul. 30, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months into Democrats’ unified control of Washington, most Democrats are on board with President Joe Biden and where he's trying to take the country — even if they're divided on how to get there. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC...