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Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 19, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. August 14, 2022. Editorial: State must take action on housing needs If there’s one lesson to take from the past two legislative cycles, it’s that Connecticut’s suburbs aren’t going to change unless they’re pushed. In...

Omar ekes out House primary win over centrist in Minnesota

Aug. 10, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive Squad, eked out a closer-than-expected Democratic primary victory Tuesday against a centrist challenger who questioned the incumbent's support for the “defund the police" movement. The evening went far...

Michels wins Wisconsin GOP governor primary, will face Evers

Aug. 10, 2022 00:38 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tim Michels, a wealthy businessman endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican primary for Wisconsin governor on Tuesday and will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a contest that could reshape elections in the marquee battleground. Michels...

Balint wins Vermont's Democratic primary for US House

Aug. 09, 2022 23:15 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The leader of Vermont's state Senate, Becca Balint, won the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday for Vermont's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning she could become the first woman and the first openly gay person to represent the state in Congress. ...

What to watch in Wis., 3 other states in Tuesday's primaries

Aug. 08, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

The Republican matchup in the Wisconsin governor's race on Tuesday features competing candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump and his estranged vice president, Mike Pence. Democrats are picking a candidate to face two-term GOP Sen. Ron Johnson for control of the closely divided...

Progressive and centrist Dems battle for Vermont House seat

Aug. 06, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint are the leading candidates in a Democratic U.S. House primary that could make either of them the first female member of Vermont’s congressional delegation. Gray has the backing of the centrist...

Surprise Senate vote would overturn Biden environmental rule

Aug. 04, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise victory for Republicans, the Senate on Thursday voted to overturn a Biden administration rule requiring rigorous environmental review of major infrastructure projects such as highways, pipelines and oil wells — an outcome aided by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of...

Dems seem headed for climate, health win after ups and downs

Aug. 01, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been more than a year in the making and has seen plenty of ups and downs. Now, a Democratic economic package focused on climate and health care faces hurdles but seems headed toward party-line passage by Congress next month. Approval would let President Joe...

Leahy discharged from rehab center following hip surgeries

Jul. 29, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy on Friday was discharged from a rehabilitation center following his second surgery to help repair a broken hip, his office said. Leahy, 82, fell and broke his hip last month in his Virginia home. He underwent hip-replacement...

Sen. Manchin isolating after positive COVID test

Jul. 25, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the West Virginia lawmaker tweeted Monday. The 74-year-old Democrat said he's fully vaccinated and boosted. “I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines as I continue to...