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People walk near the Paris Las Vegas hotel casino, site of a Democratic presidential debate, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. Nevada's first-in-the West presidential caucus puts the spotlight Saturday on a state that has swung increasingly blue over the last two decades. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tech boom, suburban growth drive Nevada's Democratic shift

Feb. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Twenty years ago, long before Nevada was part of the early presidential selection process, the phone typically rang unanswered at Washoe County Democratic Party headquarters in Reno during mid-term elections. "We had a small conference room and a tiny reception area, but no staff at all,"...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks with Bill Mamgum, center, and Shirley Mamgum at EllaEm's Soul Food, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Warren says Bloomberg NDA refusal disqualifying

Feb. 20, 2020 9:51 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on presidential campaign developments (all times local.): 6:30 p.m. Elizabeth Warren says that if Mike Bloomberg isn’t willing to release his former employees from any non-disclosure agreements they’ve signed, he should be disqualified from being president....

Tribal leaders see slow progress despite legislative defeats

Feb. 20, 2020 9:46 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Rep. Shawn Bordeaux is having a tough week. In the span of 24 hours, he witnessed three bills he introduced with the backing of at least one Native American tribe effectively killed in a legislative committee. It didn't come as a shock to the Democrat from Mission, who is also a member...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, in back, joins Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II after the California Assembly passed House Resolution 77 on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Sacramento. Muratsuchi is the author of the resolution, which apologizes for the state's role in supporting the internment and its failure to protect the civil rights of citizens of Japanese ancestry. HR 77 passed one day after the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP).

California apologizes for Japanese American internment

Feb. 20, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly apologized Thursday for discriminating against Japanese Americans and helping the U.S. government send them to internment camps during World War II. The Assembly unanimously passed the resolution as several former internees and their families looked on....

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Mark Kelly speaks during his senate campaign kickoff event in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona Republican Martha McSally has formally launched her campaign in one of the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2020 election. McSally has been hiring staff, raising money and campaigning for nearly a year but officially kicked off her election bid with a video posted Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, to her social media accounts. The 3 1/2-minute video offers a preview of McSally's message for the coming months. McSally is likely to face retired Democratic astronaut Mark Kelly in the November election. The winner will finish the last two years of the late Republican Sen. John McCain's last term in the Senate. (Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star via AP, File)

Senate candidate Mark Kelly takes to airwaves with intro ad

Feb. 20, 2020 9:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly released his first campaign ad of the 2020 election on Thursday, looking to introduce himself to Arizona voters in the face of attack ads from his Republican rival. Kelly's minute-long ad shows him wearing a black T-shirt and working on a motorcycle,...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019 file photo, Idaho Republican U.S. Senators James Risch, left, and Mike Crapo speak to audience members during the announcement of the launch of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho's two U.S. senators in speeches to state lawmakers say the country is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges. Crapo and Risch in speeches Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 to state lawmakers in the Idaho House of Representatives labeled the moves as good progress for the country. Crapo says the U.S. Supreme Court now has a five-member majority of what he calls rule-of-law judges. Risch says deregulation has led to economic growth. They did not mention the U.S. budget deficit that is likely to burst through the $1 trillion mark this year. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File)/The Idaho Post-Register via AP)

Idaho U.S. senators tout economy and judicial appointments

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The United States is experiencing historical prosperity and the federal judiciary is being transformed with the appointment of conservative judges, Idaho's two U.S. senators said Thursday. Republican U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch in speeches to state lawmakers in the Idaho House...

Fracking debate causes tremors in battleground Pennsylvania

Feb. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The notion of banning fracking is dividing the Democrats running for president and increasingly dividing Democrats in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where fracking has vaulted it to the No. 2 natural gas producer behind Texas. The divide was clear, again, on...

Pelosi chosen to address graduates at Smith College

Feb. 20, 2020 4:17 PM EST

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been chosen to deliver the 2020 commencement speech at Smith College. The private women's school in Northampton, Massachusetts announced the selection Thursday, saying Pelosi's “long and distinguished career in public service has helped...

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts gavels the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump to an end in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The U.S. Senate has acquitted Trump, ending only the third presidential trial in American history. (Senate Television via AP)

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

Feb. 20, 2020 11:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues. The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump's tax and other financial records, abortion,...