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Biden's ballot access in Ohio and Alabama is in the hands of Republican election chiefs, lawmakers

Apr. 13, 2024 00:37 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic President Joe Biden's reelection campaign is wrangling with Republican-dominated state governments in Ohio and Alabama to assure he is listed on their fall ballots, as once-mundane procedural negotiations get caught up in the nation's fractious politics. ...

How a Black conservative activist arranged Donald Trump's stop at an Atlanta Chick-fil-A

Apr. 12, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The scenes of Donald Trump being warmly greeted on Wednesday by a Black audience at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta electrified conservative political media at a moment when Republicans hope to make inroads with Democrats’ most committed voting bloc. Those...

Noncitizen voting isn't an issue in federal elections, regardless of conspiracy theories. Here's why

Apr. 12, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

Former President Donald Trump turned to one of his favorite themes on Friday — the specter of immigrants improperly voting in federal elections. House Speaker Mike Johnson came to the former president's Florida compound to announce that he would introduce a bill to stop those who are not citizens...

A near-total ban on abortion has supercharged the political dynamics of Arizona, a key swing state

Apr. 12, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona was already expected to be one of the most closely contested states in November's U.S. presidential election. But a ruling this week instituting a near-total abortion ban supercharged the state's role, transforming it into perhaps the nation's most critical battleground. ...

Many say Biden and Trump did more harm than good, but for different reasons, AP-NORC poll shows

Apr. 12, 2024 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a reason why President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are spending so much time attacking each other — people don't think either man has much to brag about when it comes to his own record. Americans generally think that while they were in the White...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in Michigan's state house special elections

Apr. 12, 2024 13:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Democrats hope to restore their slim majority in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday when voters fill two vacant seats in suburban Detroit. The chamber deadlocked at 54-54 in November when two Democratic members won mayoral elections. Democrats...

California lawmakers vote to reduce deficit by $17 billion, but harder choices lie ahead

Apr. 11, 2024 17:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers don't know for sure how big their budget deficit is, but on Thursday they decided it's big enough to go ahead and reduce spending by about $17 billion. The vote represents a preemptive strike from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is...

As medical perils from abortion bans grow, so do opportunities for Democrats in a post-Roe world

Apr. 10, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of her life, Angela Crawford considered herself a fairly conservative Republican — and she voted that way. But then a wave of court rulings and Republican-led actions in states restricted abortion and later in vitro fertilization, the very procedure that had helped...

Republican Sen. Rick Scott softens his abortion position after Florida Supreme Court ruling

Apr. 10, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida this week joined the ranks of Republican incumbents scrambling to strike a balance on reproductive rights, saying he opposes a November ballot initiative to strike down his state's six-week abortion ban but thinks Congress should leave those...

First Muslim American appellate court nominee faces uphill battle to salvage nomination

Apr. 10, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nominee who could become the first Muslim American to serve as a federal appellate court judge is fighting back against characterizations of his work by law enforcement groups that are jeopardizing his nomination. The White House and Senate are doubling down on their efforts...