State legislature

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to a woman who lost her daughter to gun violence after speaking at a rally at City Hall in Nashua, N.H. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)
October 13, 2018 - 1:47 pm
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A quick stop by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House is sparking more speculation about a possible White House bid by the billionaire media company founder and gun safety advocate...
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This combination of Sept. 21, 2018, file photos show Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke, right, during their first Senate debate in Dallas. O'Rourke says there's still work to do after being asked about Hispanic outreach in his race against Cruz. O'Rourke needs a broad electorate in November to have a chance at pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the 2018 midterms. His path to victory includes getting more Latinos to the polls, which Texas Democrats have struggled to do for decades. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)
October 12, 2018 - 9:58 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Friday that he raised more than $38.1 million for his Texas Senate campaign in the last three months, a record haul that more than triples rival Ted Cruz's total despite recent polls showing a widening lead for the Republican incumbent. O'Rourke said...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., left, shakes hands with Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun following a U.S. Senate Debate in Westville, Ind. Donnelly is hoping a visit from former Vice President Joe Biden will help his effort to run up the vote in the Democratic stronghold of northwest Indiana. Vice President Mike Pence will be appearing at a fundraising dinner in Indianapolis around the same time to rev up support for Braun. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool, File)
October 12, 2018 - 9:20 pm
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden brought his blue-collar appeal to a Democratic stronghold of Indiana on Friday, heaping praise on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly as the kind of guy who keeps his word, puts country over party — and would have his back in a street fight. "Joe is as...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the media in Cincinnati. Home to the first-in-the-South primaries, South Carolina is accustomed to the parade of presidential candidates who frequent the state in hopes of boosting their national credibility. But, with eager Democrats’ open 2020 contest, that competition has begun here early, with candidates lining up visits with a frequency accelerated from years past. Biden, who has said it’ll be at least January before he decides about 2020, has been keeping an elevated profile in South Carolina this midterm cycle, even for him (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
October 12, 2018 - 4:28 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political...
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October 12, 2018 - 9:29 am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Political observers say a key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana's high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 stick with the president and Republicans again this year. Democratic leaders and advocacy groups say women are...
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In this Sept. 29, 2018, photo, Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., right, embraces Carmen West during a breakfast event at TC's Rib Crib as she campaigns in Las Vegas. In the high-stakes race for Senate in Nevada, Rosen is taking on one of the biggest names in GOP politics by painting Sen. Dean Heller as someone without firm principles. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 12, 2018 - 2:15 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Many Republicans are breathing easier this week, confident that the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination fired up their voters. Dean Heller isn't one of them. Facing a female challenger in a state gradually becoming more Democratic, the senator and longtime fixture...
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Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is running against Republican Rep. Martha McSally for the open Arizona Senate seat Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is vacating, talks to campaign volunteers, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona's Senate race pits Sinema, a careful politician running as a centrist in a Republican-leaning state, against McSally, a onetime Trump critic turned fan. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
October 11, 2018 - 6:59 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican activists on Thursday released a video of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist Democrat now running for an open Arizona U.S. Senate seat, advising liberal activists how to "stop your state from becoming like Arizona." The surreptitious recording dates from 2011, after Arizona...
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Gov. Jay Inslee, left, addresses a news conference with Attorney General Bob Ferguson following an earlier announcement that Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington's death row to life in prison. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
October 11, 2018 - 6:51 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, Dr. Kim Schrier, a candidate in Washington state's 8th District race, poses for a photo in Issaquah, Wash. Schrier, a Democrat, is running against Republican Dino Rossi in an open and true toss-up race for the seat to succeed retiring incumbent, Rep. Dave Reichert. The district includes the eastern suburbs of Seattle and stretches into the rural Cascade Mountain region. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 11, 2018 - 4:27 pm
ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Democrats are trying to flip an open U.S. House seat in Washington state that's been in GOP hands since it was created nearly three decades ago, running a political newcomer and national party favorite against a well-known Republican in a race that could be critical to...
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This combination of Sept. 21, 2018, file photos show Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke, right, during their first Senate debate in Dallas. O'Rourke says there's still work to do after being asked about Hispanic outreach in his race against Cruz. O'Rourke needs a broad electorate in November to have a chance at pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the 2018 midterms. His path to victory includes getting more Latinos to the polls, which Texas Democrats have struggled to do for decades. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)
October 11, 2018 - 12:10 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's improbable U.S. Senate campaign has challenged expectations of what was thought possible by a Democrat in Texas. But with just weeks before Election Day doubts remain over whether he can pull off another crucial feat: getting a surge of Latinos to the polls...
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