Latest State elections News

Ohio GOP fined $100K for improperly funding voter database

Sep. 20, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party is paying a $100,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for improperly funding a 2014 voter turnout database built by the company of an ally of then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik). Cleveland.com reports an agreement announced last week cites the...

Rhode Island GOP switches to "winner-take-all" primary vote

Sep. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Republican party is changing its primary election process in an effort to boost President Donald Trump's re-election bid. The Providence Journal reports the state GOP voted Thursday to switch to a "winner-take-all" approach in its local primary. Any candidate claiming...

AFP targets Democratic legislators in 2020 races

Sep. 20, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative group Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin is setting its sights on three Democratic legislators in 2020. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the group is going after Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, Rep. Robyn Vining and Sen. Patty Schachtner. Shilling won...

Edwards' record challenged in Louisiana governor's debate

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Facing his two Republican challengers for their first head-to-head debate, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards fended off criticism Thursday that his tax policy and spending decisions are driving people from the state and hampering economic growth. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham tangled with...

Key Senate panel approves $250 million for election security

Sep. 19, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky Republican announced...

The Latest: La. governor candidates tangle in first debate

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the Louisiana governor's race debate (all times local): 8 p.m. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards faced his two Republican challengers in their first head-to-head debate, and the Democratic incumbent spent much of his time fending off reproach of his performance in...

Georgia congresswoman McBath says she won't run for Senate

Sep. 19, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic congresswoman Lucy McBath said Thursday that she won't be a candidate in either of Georgia's U.S. Senate contests. McBath said she would instead focus on winning a second House term in 2020. The gun control advocate, who last year upset incumbent Republican Karen Handel to win her...

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

Sep. 19, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over California's law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns (all times local): 2:40 p.m. California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is...

Purdue temporarily waiving fee on voter-ready student IDs

Sep. 19, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is offering students who need updated identification cards that comply with Indiana law before the Nov. 5 election a chance to get them for free. The Journal & Courier reports the university had been under pressure recently from Purdue faculty and other...

Beshear releases plan aimed at boosting Kentucky tourism

Sep. 19, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear on Thursday released a plan aimed at making Kentucky a bigger tourism destination as a way to build economic growth. Beshear's plan calls for a new marketing campaign focused on attracting tourists from nearby states. Those marketing...