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In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania's Democratic-majority court

Jan. 18, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long. Legislation to amend the state constitution is...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C. Republican wins in state legislatures in 2010 put them in a commanding position to draw legislative and congressional maps the following year that essentially cemented their political power for a decade.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert

Jan. 18, 2020 8:39 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican victories in state legislative and gubernatorial elections in 2010 put them in a commanding position the next year to draw new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures that helped fortify Republican power for much of the following decade. But the...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2016 file photo, Mayor Ken Ritter, right, and State Sen. Page Cortez talk together at Youngsville City Hall, in La. Cortez, the Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Cortez, a Lafayette Republican unanimously elected to the top job, released the membership breakdown of the Senate's 17 standing committees Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP, File)

GOP leaders tapped for Louisiana Senate's budget, tax panels

Jan. 17, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate's new Republican president will continue a tradition for bipartisan leadership across the majority-GOP chamber's subject-matter committees, but Republicans will take charge of the key financial and redistricting panels. Senate President Page Cortez, a Lafayette...

FILE - IN this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic senatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., speaks to supporters during an election night party in Phoenix.  Kirkpatrick said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that she's taking time off from her congressional duties to seek treatment for alcohol dependence after a “serious” fall.  Kirkpatrick, said she's “finally seeking this help after struggling to do so in the past.

Rep. Kirkpatrick of Arizona seeking treatment for alcoholism

Jan. 15, 2020 7:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona said Wednesday that she's taking time off from her congressional duties to seek treatment for alcohol dependence after a “serious” fall last week. Kirkpatrick, a Democrat whose swing district in southern Arizona has been targeted by...

GOP prosecutor wins central Pennsylvania state Senate seat

Jan. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in a south-central Pennsylvania legislative district picked a new state senator in a special election Tuesday, handing victory to Republican Dave Arnold. Lebanon Valley College history professor Michael Schroeder, a Democrat, conceded to Arnold, the Lebanon County district...

Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News,speaks during a press conference dealing with Price's HB1256, a redestricting bill, inside the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia Democrats weigh differing redistricting reforms

Jan. 14, 2020 5:03 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats argued for years that Republicans abused their majority status by drawing gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts that gave the GOP an unfair advantage on Election Day. Now that they are in charge, Democrats say they still favor redistricting reform,...

Republican Georgia physician runs for open U.S. House seat

Jan. 14, 2020 3:37 PM EST

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia physician is running for a U.S House seat being vacated by retiring Republican Tom Graves. Dr. John Cowan of Rome announced Tuesday that he would run as a Republican in northwest Georgia's 14th district. Cowan cites his heath care and business experience as reasons people should...

Republicans seek to undo new Missouri redistricting model

Jan. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators rolled out a plan Tuesday to ask Missouri voters to undo key parts of a nationally unique redistricting model that directs a demographer to draw new legislative districts with “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" as top criteria. The...

League of Women Voters urges redistricting advisory group

Jan. 13, 2020 4:43 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a preemptive push well ahead of the next round of legislative redistricting, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky on Monday urged state lawmakers to create a citizen-led commission to recommend new state and federal legislative maps. The proposal would set up a 15-member advisory...