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Garrett Bess, vice president of government relations and communications for the conservative activist group Heritage Action For America, leaves information at a residence in a subdivision in Milton, Ga., Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Bess and a colleague were going door-to-door to encourage people to vote for the conservative candidates in Georgia’s Jan. 5 runoff elections for U.S. Senate. The two Georgia races will decide which party controls the Senate, and that has infused voter turnout efforts by the parties and outside groups with new urgency. (AP Photo/Sudhin Thanawala)

Senate control brings new urgency to Georgia turnout drive

Nov. 27, 2020 4:38 PM EST

MILTON, Ga. (AP) — In a black face mask and cap, activist Garrett Bess walked up driveway after driveway of million-dollar homes in suburban Atlanta on a recent afternoon, placing a flyer in each door, ringing the bell and stepping away to make a socially distanced pitch to vote for the conservative...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2015, file photo, Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., poses during a ceremonial re-enactment of his swearing-in ceremony in the Rayburn Room on Capitol Hill in Washington. Valadao has reclaimed the U.S. House seat he lost in the California farm belt two years ago. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Former House Republican flips central California seat

Nov. 27, 2020 3:05 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Republicans have picked up their 11th seat overall in the U.S. House and the third seat in California, as Republican David Valadao reclaimed the seat he lost in the farm belt two years ago. The former congressman defeated Democratic Rep. TJ Cox, who ousted Valadao in the 21st...

FILE - In this July 5, 2016, file photo, cans and plastic bottles brought in for recycling fill containers at a recycling center in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed a new director of the state's recycling agency who has pledged to overhaul the state's troubled bottle deposit system, now worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

New CalRecycle leader eyes overhaul of deposit-refund system

Nov. 27, 2020 12:40 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed a new head of the state's troubled recycling agency, who has pledged to overhaul its troubled bottle deposit system that has worsened during the pandemic. Newsom appointed Rachel Wagoner, 46, a veteran legislative staffer and registered...

6th Arizona state lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 11:43 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A sixth member of the Arizona Legislature has confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Andrés Cano, a Democrat, announced on social media Wednesday that he is not symptomatic and is in isolation. “COVID-19 cases are spiking throughout our Nation, and nobody is immune...

Maine GOP leader: Talk to those opposed to virus rules

Nov. 27, 2020 11:25 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Republican leader of Maine’s House of Representatives believes the state needs more conversation and less confrontation about the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford used a holiday radio address to say that the state and the country were...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, House Republican leader Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, asks questions of Louisiana Department of Health officials about new contract awards for the Medicaid managed care program, in Baton Rouge, La.  Harris, is running for the 5th Congressional District seat in Louisiana. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana congressional runoff election becomes GOP slugfest

Nov. 27, 2020 9:44 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District runoff is a Republican-vs-Republican election, where the candidates for the seat being vacated by GOP incumbent Ralph Abraham have few policy distinctions, so they've moved to attacks on experience and background. State Rep. Lance...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo people watch as the motorcade for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a campaign rally at Dallas High School in Dallas, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden's win hides a dire warning for Democrats in rural U.S.

Nov. 27, 2020 7:37 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month's presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. That's not because voters there are suddenly shifting to the right, said Tom Bakk, who...

Indiana cigarette tax proposal raises questions on spending

Nov. 26, 2020 12:57 PM EST

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana legislative leaders are willing to increase the state's cigarette tax but say any measure must include specifics on how the new revenue will be used to improve public health. Indiana's 21.8% adult smoking rate is one of the highest in the nation, The (Northwest Indiana) Times ...

FILE- In this July 15, 2020, file photo Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., puts on a face mask as she walks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., right, at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

In Georgia, Republicans juggle Biden win and Trump loyalties

Nov. 26, 2020 12:05 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Twin Georgia Senate runoffs have Republicans in a quandary. They could admit President Donald Trump lost his re-election bid and turn all attention to salvaging a Senate majority to counter President-elect Joe Biden. Or they could march lockstep alongside Trump and his unfounded...

In this photo provided by Julie Mackett, the kindergarten teacher conducts her class at Ft. Meigs Elementary School, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Contact tracing and isolation protocols meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus are sidelining school employees and frustrating efforts to continue in-person learning. “I think everybody understands when you can’t have enough subs to fill the roles, it’s also a safety issue: You can’t have that many children without support from adults,” said Mackett, who went through her own two-week quarantine early in the school year after a student tested positive. (Courtesy of Julie Mackett via AP)

Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

Nov. 26, 2020 11:06 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The infection of a single cafeteria worker was all it took to close classrooms in the small Lowellville school district in northeastern Ohio, forcing at least two weeks of remote learning. Not only did the worker who tested positive for the coronavirus need to quarantine, but so did...