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State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...

Mayor, US Senate hopeful cited for leaving accident scene

May. 24, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Wilmot Collins has been ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident after a driver reported a hit-and-run near downtown Helena earlier this week, police said Friday. Collins acknowledged that he "bumped" another vehicle Monday...

Inslee rallies with young climate activists in Las Vegas

May. 24, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee on Friday praised young people rallying for action on climate change as he joined a Las Vegas demonstration on a day of climate rallies around the world. The Washington governor, who has staked his 2020 bid for the White House on a climate...

Online video of GOP House candidate may target super PACs

May. 24, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a sign that rich flows of untraceable money are expected to influence the election for a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant after earlier allegations of ballot fraud, a cleanly produced video of the Republican candidate has been posted online for use by supportive outside...

Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

May. 23, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Charismatic but polarizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surged to a landslide victory in Indian elections, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades. With most of the estimated 600 million votes counted by early Friday,...

Lawsuit filed to block new Michigan ballot requirements

May. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Voting-rights advocates and a campaign-finance ballot drive group sued Michigan's top election official on Thursday, challenging Republican-enacted requirements that make it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. The lawsuit came a day after Democratic Attorney General...

North Carolina Democrat in House race not for impeachment

May. 23, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat running for a congressional seat in a do-over election in North Carolina said Thursday he is not in favor of holding impeachment hearings aimed at President Donald Trump. In an interview with The Associated Press, Dan McCready repeatedly blamed partisanship in both major...

N Carolina elections board deciding what to pay new director

May. 23, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board has money on its mind as it hires a new executive to run operations. The State Board of Elections decided Thursday to pay Karen Brinson Bell a $140,000 annual salary after she takes over as the next executive director June 1. Bell last week was selected...

Rivals for Kentucky governor both have work to do

May. 23, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The winning candidates for Kentucky governor drew just a fraction of the state's voters in party primaries this week, a signal that both have lots of work to do in what will likely be a brutal general election campaign. Barely half of Republicans casting votes Tuesday chose to support...

Friess considering run for Wyoming US Senate seat

May. 22, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wealthy Republican political donor from Wyoming says he's thinking about running for U.S. Senate in 2020. Republican Sen. Mike Enzi recently announced he will retire at the end of his current term. Foster Friess told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday he will be weighing...