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Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune

Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune

CHICAGO (AP) — The wealthy Republican running for Illinois governor is catching heat for pledging $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses.

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Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.

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Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

BOSTON (AP) — With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters — especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama — to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Co…

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Iowa Democrats exploring ways to expand caucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Iowa are devising ways to expand access to their state's leadoff presidential caucuses, addressing concerns raised by Hillary Rodham Clinton following her disappointing finish in 2008.

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Dems' House campaign raises almost $5M this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic donors online gave their party's House campaign arm almost $5 million in the week that ended Friday, a record for the group attempting the uphill task of ousting Republicans from their majority.

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Florida judge orders Legislature to hold special session to adopt new congressional districts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida judge orders Legislature to hold special session to adopt new congressional districts.

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Special session ordered for new Florida voting map

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is ordering legislators to hold a special session to draw up a new state congressional map after the original one was ruled illegal.

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Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeba…

July 31, 2014 7:34 pm

Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Promising to visit New Hampshire often, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday defended his economic record against Democratic attacks while courting voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the…

July 31, 2014 5:27 pm

GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have."

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GOP chairman: Party competing for black votes

GOP chairman: Party competing for black votes

BOSTON (AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race.

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Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy.

July 31, 2014 1:16 am

Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of th…

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Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to hunters, an…

July 30, 2014 3:23 am

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

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Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus.

July 29, 2014 3:23 pm

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investig…

July 29, 2014 1:58 pm

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending more eco…

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Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

July 29, 2014 9:51 am

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either.

July 29, 2014 2:56 am

Ernst back from military training to Senate race

Ernst back from military training to Senate race

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle fo…

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Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law under …

July 28, 2014 12:19 pm

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.

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Bill Clinton to join Kentucky Democrat at rally

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign says former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to join her at a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky next month.

July 26, 2014 5:44 pm

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive — the ver…

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Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.

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Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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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.

July 24, 2014 4:29 pm

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.

July 24, 2014 12:19 pm

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.

July 24, 2014 11:53 am

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
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