Elections

FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, people walk along a path in front of a row of homes in San Jose, Calif. The suburbs are usually seen as the great political swing area in the United States, toggling back and forth between the two parties. But a new poll shows the suburbs are as polarized along partisan lines as the rest of the nation. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
February 19, 2019 - 9:59 pm
DENVER (AP) — America's suburbs are today's great political battleground, long seen as an independent pivot between the country's liberal cities and conservative small towns and rural expanse. But it's not that simple. It turns out that these places in-between may be the most politically polarized...
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M.K. Pritzker hands pens to her husband, Gov. J.B. Pritzker, as he signs SB1 raising the minimum wage in Illinois during a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at the Executive Mansion in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 19, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure Tuesday gradually hiking the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, an early victory for the Democrat on the eve of his first annual budget proposal. Fulfilling one of his top campaign promises just five weeks into the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019 file photo, Bill Daley speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
February 16, 2019 - 1:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Reform is not a concept Chicago candidates typically embrace in a city known for its patronage. But corruption charges against a powerful alderman and a court-ordered consent decree aimed at eliminating police misconduct has placed the word on the lips of many of the 14 people...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in New York. On Thursday, Feb. 14, newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led a chorus of cheers as Amazon announced it was abandoning plans to build a sought-after headquarters in New York City. Activists berated the online giant for a $3 billion package of tax breaks she said the city could better invest in hiring teachers or fixing the subway. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 15, 2019 - 7:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. And proposing a sweeping Green New Deal that calls for an "...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo, courthouse staff in York, Neb., prepare to count the ballots cast in the recall election of Mayor Orval Stahr. Stahr was ousted Tuesday in a recall campaign that accused him of violating the trust of city department heads and neglecting the city's interests. Nebraska ranks sixth nationally in the number of recall elections held over the last decade, adjusting for the state's small population. Under a bill proposed by Neb. State Sen. Curt Friesen voters will lose the power to boot Nebraska mayors, county commissioners or school board members out of office before their terms end. Friesen says frequent recall elections in Nebraska could discourage good candidates from seeking public office. (Melanie Wilkinson/The York News-Times via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 3:55 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. Voters have attempted to oust...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Howard Dean participates in "The Contenders: 16 for 16" panel during the PBS Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Dean is back. The one-time presidential candidate and former Democratic National Committee chairman is set to return to party prominence the head of a new data operation that Democrats hope puts them back on par with Republicans in the never-ending race to maximize the use of voter data to coax Americans to the polls. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 13, 2019 - 5:00 am
Democrats are enlisting Howard Dean to lead a new operation they hope will help their party match Republicans' success in using voter data to win elections. Dean is a one-time presidential candidate and former Vermont governor who is beloved by state Democratic Party leaders from his time as...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks to supporters during a rally outside the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens resigned June 1, 2018, while facing potential House impeachment proceedings over allegations of sexual and political misconduct. A woman with whom Greitens had an extramarital affair testified that he slapped, shoved, restrained and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters in 2015, while he was preparing to run for governor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
February 12, 2019 - 1:12 pm
Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least six other statewide elected...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, Linda Beigel Schulman, left, holds a photograph of her son Scott Beigel, who was killed during the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while speaking with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and gun safety advocates during a news conference at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Since the shooting, states have seen a surge of interest in laws intended to make it easier to disarm people who show signs of being violent or suicidal. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
February 10, 2019 - 7:00 am
In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country...
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February 08, 2019 - 3:23 pm
Rep. Chris Erwin finally won a seat in the Georgia legislature after a chaotic campaign in which a judge threw out the first election and ordered the vote to be redone in December. Now a court has ruled that illegal votes tainted the second election, removing Erwin from office Friday less than a...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax smiles during the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 07, 2019 - 9:14 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Democrats struggled to find their way out of three interlocking political crises Thursday that could bring down the party's top elected officials and put a Republican in the governor's chair. With Gov. Ralph Northam's career in peril over a racist photo in his 1984...
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