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Biden most consider the age issue as he ponders 2020 run

Dec. 15, 2018 12:48 AM EST

As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be the...

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans

Dec. 15, 2018 12:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity. The Massachusetts Democrat visited Morgan State University in Baltimore Friday, marking...

Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms

Dec. 15, 2018 12:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump's border wall. But you wouldn't know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House's next move. The House is taking an extended five-day weekend, returning Wednesday...

Democratic governor-elect of New Mexico begins appointments

Dec. 14, 2018 10:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A professional advocate for the renewable energy industry was appointed Friday to lead the New Mexico state agency overseeing oil well permits and incentives for wind and solar energy production, in a striking departure from the current Republican-led administration. New Mexico...

Their numbers growing, Latinos gain clout in new Congress

Dec. 14, 2018 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 43 Latinos elected to Congress are set to take the oath of office in January, including the youngest woman ever elected, two Latinas from Texas, the first Latino to represent Ohio and a woman born in Ecuador. A few are ascending to leadership roles, demonstrating the growing...

Close win: Democrat has subpoena for Kentucky House Speaker

Dec. 14, 2018 6:22 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Democrat facing a recount following his one-vote victory in a state House race sought to subpoena the state's incoming Republican speaker on Friday. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by one vote in House district 13. The Kentucky State Board of...

After close governor race, Sutton hints at political future

Dec. 14, 2018 5:59 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In the weeks since Billie Sutton came closer to the governor's office than any Democrat in decades, his campaign has been unusually active for an unsuccessful candidate, sending out fundraising pleas hinting that there's more to come. Sutton wrote in one post-election pitch that he...

Michigan governor signs bills to gut wage, sick time laws

Dec. 14, 2018 5:28 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed laws to significantly scale back citizen-initiated measures to raise Michigan's minimum wage and require paid sick leave for workers, finalizing an unprecedented Republican-backed legislative maneuver that opponents blasted as shameful. To prevent...

Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills

Dec. 14, 2018 5:15 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of voters....

Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits

Dec. 14, 2018 5:08 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing measures protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month. Democrats derided the moves as desperate power...