Latest U.S. Democratic Party News

Immigrant health care is on California Senate's wish list

Apr. 14, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate said Wednesday they want to spend the state's projected multibillion-dollar budget surplus on things such as making college debt-free for students, paying for the health care of some older, low-income adults living in the country...

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

Apr. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature want to make what he did a crime...

Republican Tiffany Smiley says she is running for US Senate

Apr. 14, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A Republican from Pasco, Washington, announced Wednesday that she will challenge Democrat Patty Murray for a U.S. Senate seat next year. Tiffany Smiley is a nurse who has been an advocate for wounded veterans. In an online...

Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

Apr. 14, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states. ...

Democratic pro-abortion rights PAC hopes to oust Gov. Baker

Apr. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A national political action committee dedicated to helping elect Democratic woman who support abortion rights say they are targeting a series of Republican governors, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. The group, EMILY’s List, faulted Baker for...

Elections official seeks probe of rejected ballot petition

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top elections official asked the state’s attorney general Wednesday to conduct a criminal investigation into a ballot petition submitted by a candidate aiming to challenge Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in this year's primary. Secretary...

Jordan announces Democratic bid for Georgia attorney general

Apr. 14, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — State Sen. Jen Jordan on Wednesday became the second Democrat to announce a race for Georgia attorney general in 2022. Jordan, a Sandy Springs lawyer who represents a district covering parts of Fulton and Cobb counties, made her bid official with an...

More COVID state shutdowns unlikely, despite CDC suggestion

Apr. 14, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

When one of the nation's top health officials this week suggested states dealing with a spring spike of coronavirus cases should “shut things down,” the remark landed with a thud. Even Democratic governors and lawmakers who supported tough stay-at-home orders and...

Hip-hop legends Jay-Z, Diddy, Nas back McGuire for NYC mayor

Apr. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop legends Jay-Z, Diddy and Nas endorsed banker Ray McGuire for New York City mayor on Wednesday, throwing their star power behind a candidate who has yet to break through in a crowded Democratic primary field. The three entertainers praised...

Slew of police reform bills headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk

Apr. 14, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington lawmakers began wrapping up their work on an ambitious package of police accountability legislation in the past week, reminders of the cause were not hard to come by. In Minneapolis, prosecutors were concluding their murder case against...