State elections

June 01, 2019 - 10:01 am
The vast majority of state voting legislation introduced this year was intended to expand voting access rather than impose restrictions. Lawmakers in 45 states have been debating at least 647 bills that would expand voting access, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's School of Law...
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May 31, 2019 - 2:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Computer files discovered in the home of a Republican operative who died last year contain a blueprint for how the GOP could extend its domination of legislatures in states where growing Latino populations favor Democrats. The files from North Carolina-based redistricting...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. speaks during the National Action Network Convention in New York. A new federal lawsuit being filed Thursday, May 30 by three African American residents of Mississippi seeks to block what it calls the state’s racist method of electing the governor and other statewide officials. The lawsuit takes aim at Mississippi’s unique requirement that candidates for statewide office must win both a majority of the popular vote and at least 62 of the 122 state House of Representatives districts. Holder said a judge could order Mississippi to do what most states already do - “count all the votes and the person who gets the greatest number of votes wins.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 30, 2019 - 5:13 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other statewide office. The provision, which remains in force to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Roy Moore speaks at a rally in Fairhope, Ala. President Donald Trump is warning that the “consequences will be devastating” if failed Alabama Republican Roy Moore runs again for a senate seat in 2020. Moore lost in the once-reliably red state in a 2017 special election amid sexual misconduct allegations which he denied. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
May 29, 2019 - 1:23 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate in 2020, saying that Moore cannot win and the "consequences will be devastating" for his party and policies if Democrats retain the seat. Moore lost in the once-reliably...
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Former chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Black Caucus Jamie Woods introduces Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker to speak during the Iowa Democratic Party Black Caucus Reception, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. In Iowa _ that’s right _ black Democrats are more energized than they’ve been since Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and are poised to make a mark on the 2020 race. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 27, 2019 - 12:10 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In Iowa, one of the whitest states in the nation, black Democrats are more energized than they've been since Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and poised to make a mark on 2020. Driven by dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump, they could make a difference in a state that...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, Republican Rep. James Lower of Cedar Lake speaks to reporters in Lansing, Mich. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the first Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct, is facing a primary challenge from Lower, who announced his candidacy Monday, May 20, 2019, for the 3rd Congressional District in western Michigan. The announcement came two days after Amash sent a series of tweets faulting Trump and Attorney General William Barr over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)
May 20, 2019 - 1:25 pm
GREENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the first Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct, is facing a primary challenge. Second-term state Rep. Jim Lower (LOW'-ur) announced Monday he's running for the western Michigan seat. The announcement...
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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2019 - 10:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., responds to a question during a Hispanics in Politics event at the Dona Maria Tamales restaurant in Las Vegas, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
May 16, 2019 - 9:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Thursday cast President Donald Trump's immigration proposal as a "short-sighted" plan that overlooks immigrant families and categorizes people into a hierarchy. Harris, speaking to members of Nevada's Latino community and Democrats...
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May 16, 2019 - 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Florida's congressional delegation say it's "unacceptable" that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security Department won't publicly identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained access to voter databases ahead of the 2016 election. A bipartisan group of...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 file photo, State Sen. Dan Bishop answers a question during a debate among Republican candidates for the 9th congressional district in Monroe, N.C. Bishop on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, topped nine other GOP candidates seeking the 9th Congressional District nomination with almost half of the ballots cast. He will face Democrat Dan McCready, as well as Libertarian and Green candidates, on Sept. 10. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
May 15, 2019 - 6:49 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state's "bathroom bill" against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior...
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