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New Jersey governor race tests Murphy's progressive politics

Oct. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Paid sick leave. Taxpayer-funded community college. A phased-in $15 minimum wage. New Jersey has taken a decidedly liberal shift under first-term Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, increasing income taxes on the wealthy, expanding voting rights and...

Texas GOP leader pays illegal voting 'bounty' to Democrat

Oct. 21, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The conservative Texas Republican leader who pledged bounties to those who prove fraud at the polls has paid a liberal Democratic poll watcher who reported illegal voting by a Pennsylvania Republican. Tipster Eric Frank deposited a $25,000 check...

Abolitionist or Republican? Stark choice in Seattle race

Oct. 20, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As police repeatedly filled her Seattle neighborhood with tear gas amid the racial justice demonstrations of 2020, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy bought a gas mask to protect her 9-year-old daughter from the irritants seeping into their home. She served as a...

Romanian PM-designate fails to win parliamentary support

Oct. 20, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos failed on Wednesday to win parliamentary support from lawmakers on a new cabinet proposal, which risks prolonging an ongoing political crisis amid an acute surge of coronavirus cases. After...

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 19, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Romanian president nominates centrist party leader for PM

Oct. 11, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Monday nominated centrist party leader Dacian Ciolos to be prime minister after a protracted political crisis culminated last week in the Liberal-led coalition government being ousted in a no-confidence vote. After a day...

Ruling party narrowly loses Czech vote; PM Babis may be out

Oct. 09, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prime Minister Andrej Babis' centrist party on Saturday narrowly lost the Czech Republic's parliamentary election, a surprise development that could mean the end of the populist billionaire's reign in power. The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the...

The AP Interview: Jayapal pushes Biden for $3T spending bill

Oct. 08, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, says she has pushed President Joe Biden to hold the line and keep his ambitious social spending plan closer to $3 trillion instead of the $2 trillion range that he has floated to Democrats...

The AP Interview: Jayapal pushes Biden for $3T spending bill

Oct. 07, 2021 21:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, says she has pushed President Joe Biden to hold the line and keep his ambitious social spending plan closer to $3 trillion instead of the $2 trillion range that he has floated to Democrats...

Black state lawmakers decry flyers showing them as puppets

Oct. 06, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Black Democratic state legislators are accusing Virginia's Republican party of racism for sending out flyers with drawings showing them hoisted in the air by handheld strings — a depiction the party used to portray them as puppets of liberal Democrats in...