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Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said...

Report finds bullying, intimidation in speaker's office

Aug. 20, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation, hazing and long work hours with inconsistent direction, according to an investigative report released Tuesday. The...

DNC Chairman Tom Perez to speak to Montana Democrats

Aug. 20, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana party officials say Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will speak at the Lewis and Clark County Democrats' annual dinner in Helena this fall. Lewis and Clark County Democratic Central Committee Chairwoman Sandi Luckey said Tuesday in a statement that Perez will be...

Ex-Ohio elections chief Brunner seeks seat on high court

Aug. 20, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Jennifer Brunner (BROO'-ner) has announced plans to seek a seat next year on the Ohio Supreme Court as her party tries to wrest control of the high court from Republicans. The 62-year-old Columbus appellate judge joins the race with statewide name recognition. She served a...

With rivals heading to California, Biden eyes New Hampshire

Aug. 20, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

Joe Biden won't be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, as he's skipping the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead. The former vice president wants the nation's first primary state mostly to himself as his closest competitors jockey for...

Sandoval blames entertainment vendor for fake Trump shooting

Aug. 20, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Democratic state senator is blaming an entertainment vendor at a weekend fundraiser for a mock assassination of Republican President Donald Trump. Chicago Sen. Martin Sandoval said Monday he and his staff had no prior knowledge of a man pointing a beverage dispenser shaped like a rifle at...

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses

Aug. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a longtime...

Ferndale mayor, a Democrat, takes reins of Oakland County

Aug. 20, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat is running Michigan's second-largest county after the death of Republican L. Brooks Patterson , who was Oakland County executive for more than 25 years. David Coulter was the mayor of Ferndale until Monday. Oakland County commissioners hired him to serve through the 2020...

Former elections regulator joins field for House seat

Aug. 19, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former leading state elections regulator and Obama-administration official John Blair on Monday announced he'll run against a crowded Democratic field for the nomination to seek an open congressional seat in northern New Mexico in 2020. The seat is currently held by Democratic U.S....

Maryland Democrats want to move on ahead education plan

Aug. 19, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Democrats are pledging to move forward with a commission's plan to improve the state's schools, after the state's Republican governor described it as "fiscally irresponsible." The Baltimore Sun reported that Democrats who control the General Assembly expressed support for...