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Bay County Republican Party won't acknowledge Biden win

Jan. 18, 2021 4:10 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Bay County Republican Party said it won't recognize President-elect Joe Biden as legitimate unless President Donald Trump concedes and acknowledges that the 2020 election was fair. The Florida Panhandle organization's executive committee voted last month, deciding that its...

Circuit Judge Clyburn Pope administers the oath of office to Bamberg County Sheriff Kenny Bamberg, the rural South Carolina county's first Black sheriff,  as his granddaughter Aubree Bamberg holds the Bible on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Bamberg County Courthouse in Bamberg, S.C. (Martha Rose Brown/The Times and Democrat via AP)

Rural South Carolina county elects its first Black sheriff

Jan. 18, 2021 12:01 AM EST

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Kenneth “Kenny” Bamberg. Bamberg, 57, recently took the oath as Bamberg County’s sheriff. “We’re going to do what we’re supposed to do: accountability and responsibility. We’re going...

In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, Lincoln, a Nubian goat, stands in her pen in Fair Haven, Vt. A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor of a Vermont town have helped raise money to renovate a community playground. The Fair Haven town manager came up with the oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money and to help get local kids civically involved. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Dog and goat serving as mayor raise money for a playground

Jan. 17, 2021 12:09 PM EST

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A goat and a dog who were each elected mayor have helped raise money to renovate a Vermont community playground. The oddball idea of pet mayor elections to raise money to rehabilitate the playground and to help get local kids civically involved came from a local town manager. In...

Former 'Bama coach joins ex-player announcing mayoral run

Jan. 17, 2021 11:16 AM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Gene Stallings, the last University of Alabama football coach to win a national championship before Nick Saban entered the picture, joined former player Martin Houston as the one-time running back announced his campaign for mayor. Stallings, who lives in Texas but came to Tuscaloosa...

18-year-old council member cleared of election complaint

Jan. 16, 2021 10:24 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — The youngest person ever elected to the Decatur City Council has been cleared of a complaint filed by the defeated incumbent, who claimed his challenger didn't file required financial reports. The secretary of state's office closed its review of a complaint filed against Hunter Pepper,...

Tupelo mayor's race: 1 Democrat, 2 Republicans so far

Jan. 16, 2021 10:11 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — An attorney who is running for mayor of Tupelo, Mississippi, says he wants people of all backgrounds to have equal opportunities to hold city jobs. Victor Fleitas announced his candidacy Thursday, becoming the first Democrat in the open race. Lee County Supervisor Todd Jordan and...

Albuquerque councilor accuses former lawmaker of advances

Jan. 15, 2021 7:25 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque City Councilor Lan Sena is accusing a former Democratic state lawmaker of abusing his position of power by making unwanted sexual advances toward her when she served as a campaign staffer in 2019. Sena this week issued an open letter through an attorney, saying Abbas...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 15, 2021 3:47 PM EST

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: State Republicans need a clean break with the past The Connecticut Post Jan. 14 J.R. Romano’s resignation as chairman of the Republican state central committee comes at an inauspicious time. Top...

Commissioner won't resign over Islamophobic remarks

Jan. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EST

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Embattled Clackamas County Commissioner Mark Shull on Thursday said he would not step down, rebuffing a chorus of community and elected leaders who have called for his resignation. At the same time Shull inexplicably voted in favor of a resolution censuring him and calling for him...

Andrew Yang announces his run for New York Mayor during a news conference in Morningside Park on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).

Ex-presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins NYC mayoral race

Jan. 14, 2021 6:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang officially entered the race for mayor of New York City on Thursday, joining a crowded Democratic primary field that includes longtime elected officials and veterans of the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is barred by the city charter...