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FILE— In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photograph, then Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hands the pen to New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, second from left, after filing to have his name listed on the New Hampshire primary ballot, in Concord, N.H. Gardner, the nation's longest serving secretary of state, is seeking a 23rd term in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

New Hampshire certifies Biden victory in presidential vote

Dec. 2, 2020 1:21 PM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire certified its presidential election results Wednesday in favor of Joe Biden. In an unanimous vote, the Executive Council, an advisory body to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, voted to certify the results in the record-setting election. Biden defeated President Donald Trump...

Mark Kelly, Arizona Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at an election night event Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona's Kelly to be sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge

Dec. 2, 2020 1:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was set to be sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, an ascension that will narrow GOP control of the chamber while underscoring his state's shift from red to blue. Kelly, 56, defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally in last month's election, making...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., gives his opening statement during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Alexander preaches consensus in farewell to fractious Senate

Dec. 2, 2020 12:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee political legend who forged a productive path as a Senate institutionalist after tours as governor and Cabinet secretary, said goodbye to the chamber on Wednesday, advising his colleagues to seek broadly backed, durable solutions to the nation's problems...

Wyoming governor: GOP COVID-19 resolution 'unfortunate'

Dec. 2, 2020 12:01 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor says he disagrees with a state Republican Party resolution calling on him to rescind a state of emergency in place since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican, called the resolution approved by the Wyoming State Republican Central...

Lawmakers eye curbing governor's powers during health crises

Dec. 2, 2020 11:54 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers who have often been critical of government restrictions to curb COVID-19's spread are suggesting ways to give themselves the power to limit or overturn emergency orders from the governor during future health crises. Amid the worsening pandemic, a GOP-led panel of...

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GOP leader McDaniel to run for 3rd term with Trump's backing

Dec. 2, 2020 9:46 AM EST

Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, is launching her bid for a third two-year term heading the GOP's governing organization after the party’s stronger-than-anticipated showing in November’s election, even though President Donald Trump lost. In a letter Wednesday to the 168...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Manchin,  is putting pressure on congressional leaders to accept a split-the-difference solution to the months-long impasse on COVID-19 relief in a last-gasp effort to ship overdue help to a hurting nation before Congress adjourns for the holidays. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate GOP leader sticking with partisan virus relief plan

Dec. 2, 2020 5:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress...

Neera Tanden who President-elect Joe Biden nominated to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what's to come

Dec. 2, 2020 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the new Democratic administration dependent on rival Republicans to get anything done. Under leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican senators...

Figure in Oregon Republican political circles dies in Salem

Dec. 1, 2020 11:54 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Selma Pierce, who was the Republican candidate for a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives this year and whose husband was the GOP candidate for governor in 2016, died after she was struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening. Salem Police Lt. Treven Upkes said in a statement that Pierce,...

ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 27 de agosto del 2020, el gobernador de Wisconsin Tony Evers habla en una conferencia de prensa en Kenosha, Wisconsin.  El presidente estadounidense Donald Trump presenta una demanda en Wisconsin para descalificar centenares de miles de boletas en un esfuerzo improbable para anular la victoria del demócrata Jor Biden en el estado que el republicano perdió por casi 20.700 votos. (AP Foto/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin Republicans differ on virus response

Dec. 1, 2020 8:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are backing a $100 million coronavirus relief package, about a fifth of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wants to spend on fighting the virus that claimed a record-high number of lives on Tuesday. But it doesn't appear Senate Republicans are on board, let...