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2020-02-04 21:22:54
by Dan McCue
Nevada Dems Say No to Shadow App Involved in Iowa Chaos

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that it will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for... Read More

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that it will not use the app involved in the disastrous Iowa caucuses for their own election contest on Feb. 22. “Nevada Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last... Read More

2020-02-04 16:53:41
by Dan McCue
Court Battle Predicted Over Wisconsin Legislative Districts

The speaker of Wisconsin's state assembly said Sunday that legislative maps soon to be created by a new nonpartisan redistricting... Read More

The speaker of Wisconsin's state assembly said Sunday that legislative maps soon to be created by a new nonpartisan redistricting board have very little chance of ever being used. Appearing on WISN television in Milwaukee, Speaker Robin Vos said he... Read More

2020-02-04 16:48:30
by Dan McCue
Lawmakers Urge CDC to Quickly Distribute Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, led by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House, and Sen. Patty... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, led by Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., in the House, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, in the Senate, are urging the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to quickly distribute rapid diagnostic tests... Read More

2020-02-04 16:42:30
by Dan McCue
Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education

WASHINGTON - Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and John Boozeman, R-Ark., are among those joining in a bipartisan... Read More

WASHINGTON - Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and John Boozeman, R-Ark., are among those joining in a bipartisan push to get the Education Department to expand its planned analysis of K-12 education spending to include dual and concurrent... Read More

Judge Orders More Data on Potential Voter Registration Fixes in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Saying he wants a firm grasp of how long it will take Texas to comply with federal... Read More

AUSTIN, Texas — Saying he wants a firm grasp of how long it will take Texas to comply with federal voter registration mandates, a U.S. judge on Monday ordered opposing sides to meet with technology specialists by the end of... Read More

Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and... Read More

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and operators say they don’t expect sales to slow down any time soon. Sales to Illinois residents totaled more than $30.6... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators Pack Up Desks as Impeachment Trial Nears Its End

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer tightly hugged Rep. Adam B. Schiff just after the closing argument in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer tightly hugged Rep. Adam B. Schiff just after the closing argument in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, then spoke directly into the House lead manager’s ear for about 10 seconds. Before the... Read More

Iowa Caucus Results Delayed After Struggle With New Reporting Process

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats crowded into local caucuses Monday night as Iowa embarked on its first-in-the-nation tradition of picking... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats crowded into local caucuses Monday night as Iowa embarked on its first-in-the-nation tradition of picking presidential candidates, with clear divisions along the lines of ideology and age affecting their choices. Early entrance polls conducted for... Read More

2020-02-03 17:55:24
by Dan McCue
Buttigieg Grabs Slight Lead in Final Iowa Caucus Poll

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead in a last-minute poll of Iowa Democrats, released by... Read More

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a slight lead in a last-minute poll of Iowa Democrats, released by Focus of Rural America. In a poll conducted for the Democratic group last week by David Binder Research, Buttigieg, who... Read More

Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention

Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the... Read More

Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the sake of his own blood pressure, he’s grateful. “Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God I’m... Read More

Klobuchar Vows to Fight on, Says No Deal With Biden’s Campaign

WASHINGTON — Democrat Amy Klobuchar vowed to battle on for the 2020 Democratic nomination even as her support lags and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Democrat Amy Klobuchar vowed to battle on for the 2020 Democratic nomination even as her support lags and said she hasn’t made a deal to work in concert with Joe Biden’s campaign in Iowa. The senator from Minnesota... Read More

What Happens at an Iowa Caucus?

The presidential campaigns have been on full boil in Iowa for months, but the outcome won’t be known until after... Read More

The presidential campaigns have been on full boil in Iowa for months, but the outcome won’t be known until after 7 p.m. Monday night. That’s when Iowans gather at county fairgrounds, school lunchrooms and community centers to cast the first... Read More

On Eve of The Iowa Caucuses, Democrats Play to Voter Nostalgia and Fatigue

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidates hopscotched across the state Sunday in their final day of campaigning before the... Read More

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidates hopscotched across the state Sunday in their final day of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses, as jittery anticipation of the start of voting mixed with a bittersweet sense of the long buildup coming... Read More

2020-01-31 21:29:56
by Dan McCue
DNC Overhauls Debate Requirements, Opening Door for Bloomberg

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee on Friday eliminated a qualifying fundraising requirement for a February debate in Las Vegas,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee on Friday eliminated a qualifying fundraising requirement for a February debate in Las Vegas, potentially paving  the way for Michael Bloomberg to appear on the debate stage for the first time. The debate is... Read More

2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any... Read More

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

2020-01-31 17:00:02
by Dan McCue
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Advance Proposal to End Lieutenant Governor Elections

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having... Read More

The Pennsylvania state Senate has voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would end the current practice of having the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nomination. Currently, candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor run... Read More

2020-01-31 15:04:59
by Dan McCue
Delaney Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON - Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., ended his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Friday morning, saying an... Read More

WASHINGTON - Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., ended his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Friday morning, saying an internal analysis showed he wouldn't do well enough in Monday's Iowa caucus to remain viable. In addition, his campaign said,... Read More

Iowa Caucuses Still Up for Grabs, Monmouth Poll Shows

WASHINGTON — Iowa remains up for grabs with nearly half of voters saying they could change their mind five days... Read More

WASHINGTON — Iowa remains up for grabs with nearly half of voters saying they could change their mind five days before the Feb. 3 caucuses, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. The poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers found... Read More

2020-01-29 20:26:33
by Dan McCue
5th Circuit Won't Review Ruling That Tossed Obamacare Mandate

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision... Read More

WASHINGTON - An appeals court in New Orleans rejected a request to review a December ruling invalidating a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In December, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the... Read More

Lack of Clarity Overshadows Key Votes in Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — The fate of key votes in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial remained uncertain Tuesday as his defense lawyers... Read More

WASHINGTON — The fate of key votes in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial remained uncertain Tuesday as his defense lawyers concluded their arguments and Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggled to muster the votes to bring the... Read More

View From the Gallery: Senators’ Personal Habits on Full Display as Week 2 Begins

WASHINGTON — Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander fought off sleep as President Donald Trump’s legal team discussed a history of subpoena... Read More

WASHINGTON — Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander fought off sleep as President Donald Trump’s legal team discussed a history of subpoena litigation, eyes closed, his cheek resting on his hand, his chin sometimes dropping toward his orange sweater. When deputy White... Read More

2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this... Read More

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

White House Announces New Rules Limiting Visas for Pregnant Foreign Women

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Thursday to impose restrictions on tourist visas for pregnant foreign women to prevent so-called... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration moved Thursday to impose restrictions on tourist visas for pregnant foreign women to prevent so-called birth tourism aimed at gaining U.S. citizenship for the child. “Birth tourism poses risks to national security,” the State Department... Read More

2020-01-23 18:26:41
by Dan McCue
Bloomberg Vows to Get Feds Out of the Way of Local Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON -- Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday, former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Speaking before the U.S. Conference of Mayors Wednesday, former New York City mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg promised local leaders will always have "a seat at the table" if he is elected president. Particularly when... Read More

Senate Approves Impeachment Trial Rules, Rejecting Witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s “trifecta” of offenses.... Read More

Some States Face Political Changes As Newcomers Arrive

WASHINGTON — Texas, Arizona and parts of the South are seeing the nation’s largest population bumps — and the people... Read More

WASHINGTON — Texas, Arizona and parts of the South are seeing the nation’s largest population bumps — and the people moving there from more liberal states may be feeding political change in those red-state conservative bastions. As people from California... Read More

2020-01-15 16:35:14
by Dan McCue
Gallup Says Six Issues Are Top of Voters' Minds

WASHINGTON - When presented with a list of 16 issues, at least 30% of adults rated five as being "extremely... Read More

WASHINGTON - When presented with a list of 16 issues, at least 30% of adults rated five as being "extremely important" to determining how they will vote in 2020, the Gallup organization said Tuesday. The issues were healthcare, national security,... Read More

Conservatives Give GOP Senators Breathing Room — They’ll Spend Money on the House

WASHINGTON — Influential conservative groups that have long been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment are turning... Read More

WASHINGTON — Influential conservative groups that have long been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment are turning their focus to taking back the House in 2020 rather than pursuing primary challenges to GOP senators they view as... Read More

Legal Ruling on Withheld Ukraine Aid Could Shake Up Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — Congress’ investigative arm may be about to add a new wrinkle into the Senate’s impeachment trial of President... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress’ investigative arm may be about to add a new wrinkle into the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump sparked by the nearly two-month holdup of Ukraine security assistance last year, which Democrats charge Trump orchestrated to... Read More

Trump’s Data Operation is Targeting Women Voters Amid Warning Signs

WASHINGTON — Republican campaign officials are deploying targeted marketing techniques to identify where undecided female voters will have the greatest... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican campaign officials are deploying targeted marketing techniques to identify where undecided female voters will have the greatest impact in the 2020 election, amid warning signs that parts of the crucial bloc are abandoning the president. President Donald... Read More

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