Elections

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 - 8:14 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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February 07, 2019 - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the largest outside Democratic groups is launching a $30 million effort to expand voting rights and fight Republican-backed laws that restrict ballot access. Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the two-year initiative will triple...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, addresses members of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the California Legislature is opening an independent office to handle investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment or discrimination. "Our goals are clear: we need to protect victims and witnesses, hold perpetrators accountable, and restore employee and public confidence," said Atkins. But she added: "I realize we cannot be satisfied with our progress, because this step alone will not change the culture of this building." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 02, 2019 - 9:10 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon's labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Rep. Stephanie Clayton, an Overland Park Republican on the House Federal and State Affairs committee, asked questions in Topeka, Kan. Democrats' gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. As the 2019 legislative sessions get underway, Democrats continue to add to their numbers thanks to defections from GOP lawmakers. So far this month, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey have switched party affiliation and become Democrats. While the specific reasons vary, the party-flippers have one thing in common: They say the GOP has become too extreme under President Donald Trump. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
January 31, 2019 - 2:39 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in to office and this year's legislative sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, then-Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams participates in a debate in Atlanta. Abrams is an unusual and historic choice to deliver the opposition response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union, but Democratic leaders are signaling their emphasis on black women and on changing states like Georgia. Abrams will be the first black woman to deliver an opposition response. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
January 30, 2019 - 9:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams will be doing more than rebutting President Donald Trump next week. As the first black woman to deliver a Democratic response to a State of the Union address, she'll represent what many in the party see as their political future. In picking Abrams, the Georgian who...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Civil rights groups are asking Texas officials to walk back a letter that questioned the citizenship of thousands of voters and prompted President Donald Trump to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud. Paxton told supporters in a fundraising email Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that many of those people could have become citizens and voted legally. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
January 29, 2019 - 5:43 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials with the Texas secretary of state's office began calling county election chiefs Tuesday to warn about potential problems with its recent report questioning the citizenship of tens of thousands of registered voters, the latest example of a state backpedaling after...
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January 28, 2019 - 7:38 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A suspended Florida county elections supervisor who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November's election has resigned. Susan Bucher, a Democrat, sent a letter Friday to the Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially stepping down as Palm Beach County...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. Civil rights groups are asking Texas officials to walk back a letter that questioned the citizenship of thousands of voters and prompted President Donald Trump to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud. Paxton told supporters in a fundraising email Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, that many of those people could have become citizens and voted legally. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
January 28, 2019 - 5:55 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Civil rights groups demanded Monday that Texas officials walk back their recent suggestion that tens of thousands of non-citizens may have voted in the state since 1996, an announcement that spurred President Donald Trump to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud...
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January 27, 2019 - 11:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the big money donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks. With as many as two dozen Democrats potentially running for the White House and no immediate front-runner, the money race in the...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, freshman Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat, and her daughter, Josephine, 2, look at the Assembly Gallery during the Legislative session in Sacramento, Calif. State legislatures across the country are convening this year with at least 17 new women in top leadership roles, after a record-setting election for female candidates. Wicks won her seat in November. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 26, 2019 - 1:38 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Following a record-setting election for women, state legislatures across the country are convening this year with at least 17 new women in top leadership roles. But those gains are offset by another reality: At least a dozen women who led their legislative chambers or...
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