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Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying.

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Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

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Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training

CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.

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Florida judge skeptical about voting map change

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says he's "extremely skeptical" about changing the state's congressional districts before the 2014 elections.

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Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

Michigan governor's campaign met with ambivalence

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he set out to do when he was elected four years ago. He's logged improvements in the state's economic health, presided over the creation of 250,000 private-sector j…

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This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and dis…

July 23, 2014 8:52 pm

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help dete…

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Obama supports Hawaii's governor in radio ad

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor's bid for re-election.

July 23, 2014 6:30 pm

Groups ask to move Florida election, draw new map

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is being asked to move this year's election dates — including postponing next month's primary — in order to draw up new congressional districts for the state.

July 23, 2014 5:18 pm

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.

July 23, 2014 5:00 pm

Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.

July 23, 2014 4:44 pm

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

ATLANTA (AP) — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party…

July 22, 2014 10:31 pm

Former CEO David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston to win Georgia's Republican US Senate nomination

ATLANTA (AP) — Former CEO David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston to win Georgia's Republican US Senate nomination.

July 22, 2014 9:52 pm

Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal alternat…

July 22, 2014 5:16 pm

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.

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Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that…

July 21, 2014 9:41 pm

Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political pa…

July 21, 2014 3:50 pm

Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."

July 21, 2014 7:02 am

GOP seeks jolt to Senate race against Dem Franken

GOP seeks jolt to Senate race against Dem Franken

STORDEN, Minn. (AP) — Mike McFadden leaned his sturdy frame over the front counter of the Shady Drive Inn as the owner aired the same frustrations with political gridlock that some of her regular customers grumble about.

July 21, 2014 4:34 am

Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:

July 21, 2014 2:14 am

Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground ah…

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Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.

July 20, 2014 12:12 am

Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

DETROIT (AP) — At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary Rodham…

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Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday.

July 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election.

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In Ga. Sen., voters weigh experience vs. outsider

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — Former CEO David Perdue has hammered Rep. Jack Kingston as a business-as-usual politician the race for Georgia's open Senate seat, offering himself as an outsider with the business sense needed to end the frequent stalem…

July 18, 2014 12:49 pm

Bank settles in California political fraud case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the trea…

July 17, 2014 8:17 pm

Ex-GOP lawmaker denies endorsing Kansas Democrat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Republican congresswoman from Kansas says she never endorsed Democratic challenger Paul Davis in the gubernatorial race against incumbent Sam Brownback, despite being included on a list of GOP backers.

July 17, 2014 7:26 pm

Gov. Christie would help immigrant children

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday during a visit to Iowa that he would consider requests to help unaccompanied immigrant children who come to New Jersey, but would not encourage families to send them to his home state.

July 17, 2014 6:10 pm

Kingston, Perdue offer few details on budget fixes

ATLANTA (AP) — Neither Rep. Jack Kingston nor businessman David Perdue has detailed a clear course for changing the nation's fiscal situation, instead broadly railing against government spending and debt in their campaign for Georgia's open U…

July 17, 2014 4:33 pm

Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.

July 17, 2014 12:37 pm

FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports. His vanquished rival insisted that was …

July 16, 2014 5:13 pm

Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a group of young Democrats Wednesday that the political system was "rigged" by powerful lobbyists and the wealthy and made an impassioned case for reducing burdensome student loans. V…

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Christie: 'Beware' of candidates who declare early

NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insists he hasn't decided whether to run for president.

July 16, 2014 2:31 pm

In Ga. Senate race, Kingston says he can unite GOP

In Ga. Senate race, Kingston says he can unite GOP

ATLANTA (AP) — Longtime GOP Rep. Jack Kingston is positioning himself as the Senate candidate in Georgia who can bridge the factions of a splintered party waiting for a nominee to emerge in a pivotal midterm race.

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House Democrats best GOP rival in fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors keep opening their wallets for campaign committees and outside groups to pack the airwaves with ads and stuff mailboxes full of political mail. Some highlights from campaign finance reports filed Tuesday:

July 15, 2014 7:43 pm

GOP: No appeal on Florida congressional map ruling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republicans legislative leaders pledged on Tuesday to redraw congressional districts that were found unconstitutional last week, but they warned that doing so before the November election would create "chaos…

July 15, 2014 6:16 pm

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans announced Tuesday they will recommend dispatching the National Guard to South Texas and speeding Central American youths back home as their response to the immigration crisis that's engulfing the border and…

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House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

July 15, 2014 3:54 pm

House Democrats' campaign arm has $51M banked

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats' campaign arm once again outraised its Republican rival last month, according to summaries of fundraising reports released Tuesday.

July 15, 2014 2:32 pm

Cochran challenger asks court to open poll records

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The challenger who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

July 14, 2014 7:01 pm

Jeb Bush nods to Brown in New Hampshire Senate run

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his first foray into New Hampshire politics on Monday, supporting Republican Scott Brown in his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

July 14, 2014 4:40 pm

Super PAC fills void as Iowa GOP's Ernst on duty

Super PAC fills void as Iowa GOP's Ernst on duty

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservative fundraising group American Crossroads is filling in for Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst while she participates in Iowa National Guard training for two weeks.

July 14, 2014 4:07 pm

As 2016 looms, Christie skirts hot-button issues

As 2016 looms, Christie skirts hot-button issues

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who bills himself as a say-what-I-think straight-talker, has been unusually silent recently on some hot-button national issues.

July 14, 2014 1:19 pm

Democrats scour records for provocative comments

Democrats scour records for provocative comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the nation's midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders imploding with their own politically off-key statements.

July 14, 2014 6:09 am

2016 SPIN METER: 5 things to know not to believe

2016 SPIN METER: 5 things to know not to believe

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true.

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Democrats get help from Massachusetts Sen. Warren

Democrats get help from Massachusetts Sen. Warren

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

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Kingston, Perdue hone attacks in Ga. Senate debate

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republican Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue sharpened their attacks on each other during a heated debate Sunday with just over a week to go before their runoff election.

July 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the …

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See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Here's the latest presidential prep checklist:

July 13, 2014 7:56 am
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