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Democrats: Milwaukee convention choice shows party values

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party … Continue reading Democrats: Milwaukee convention choice shows party values

2020 Democrats aim to make inroads in rural America

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Deanna Miller Berry doesn’t often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. “What is your plan to fix it?” Berry asked, her eyes narrowed. Booker, former mayor of Newark, the largest … Continue reading 2020 Democrats aim to make inroads in rural America

Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, mixing calls for combating climate change and highlights of his liberal record with an aggressive critique of President Donald Trump. The 68-year-old governor is launching his bid Friday in Seattle, following recent visits to the first primary state of New Hampshire … Continue reading Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field

LAS VEGAS | Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

LAS VEGAS —Jan 12, 2019—The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee pitched his progressive record during a visit … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

WASHINGTON | Andrew Gillum to address Democratic donors amid 2020 buzz

WASHINGTON — Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum is set to address top Democratic Party donors gathered in Washington amid speculation he’s considering a 2020 presidential bid. The Tallahassee mayor is fresh off a close loss in the Florida governor’s race. Party officials confirm Gillum is the surprise speaker at a closed gathering of about 300 donors … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Andrew Gillum to address Democratic donors amid 2020 buzz

ATLANTA | In defeat, Abrams casts aside traditional expectations

ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America’s first black woman governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious competitor and gently exit the stage. Instead, Abrams ended her … Continue reading ATLANTA | In defeat, Abrams casts aside traditional expectations

ATLANTA | Kemp asks for unity in Georgia as Abrams promises lawsuit

ATLANTA— Republican Brian Kemp praised Democrat Stacey Abrams as a tough opponent and asked Georgia voters to unite behind him as the state’s new governor Saturday, even as Abrams blamed Kemp for “gross mismanagement” of an election that she acknowledged she did not win. “I certainly appreciate Stacey Abrams’ tenacity, how hard she worked, the … Continue reading ATLANTA | Kemp asks for unity in Georgia as Abrams promises lawsuit

ATLANTA | Abrams ends Georgia governor bid; says she’ll file lawsuit

ATLANTA — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race on Friday, but pledged to fight the former secretary of state’s “gross mismanagement” of the elections with a federal lawsuit. Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Abrams said her actions did not constitute a concession, but she acknowledged … Continue reading ATLANTA | Abrams ends Georgia governor bid; says she’ll file lawsuit

ATLANTA | Only on AP: Stacey Abrams’ team prepares push for new vote

ATLANTA  — Stacey Abrams’ campaign and legal team is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor’s race that could leave the state’s Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting. The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest. It is being … Continue reading ATLANTA | Only on AP: Stacey Abrams’ team prepares push for new vote

ATLANTA | Final count delayed, Georgia election turns to the courts

ATLANTA  — Georgia’s still undecided race for governor will remain in legal limbo for several more days after a federal court put the brakes on final certification of the vote totals in one of the nation’s hottest midterm matchups. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg late Monday ordered state officials to wait until Friday to certify … Continue reading ATLANTA | Final count delayed, Georgia election turns to the courts

ATLANTA | Volunteers track down Georgia voters by phone and on foot

ATLANTA — Volunteers spread out Friday trying to find any ballots that could help Democrat Stacey Abrams close the gap against Republican Brian Kemp in their unsettled, too-close-to-call race for Georgia governor. Unofficial returns show Kemp with an advantage, and he’s already resigned as secretary of state to start a transition with the blessing of … Continue reading ATLANTA | Volunteers track down Georgia voters by phone and on foot

ATLANTA | AP Explains: A close, maybe disputed Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA — The Republican nominee has declared victory in a hotly Georgia governor’s race, which he oversees as the state’s top elections official. His Democratic opponent says ballots remain to be counted. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the contest between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams one of the nation’s top midterm … Continue reading ATLANTA | AP Explains: A close, maybe disputed Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA | Kemp cites voter database hacking attempt, gives no evidence

ATLANTA— The Georgia secretary of state’s office, which is run by Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, says it is investigating an attempted hack of the state’s online voter database that will be used at polling places for Tuesday’s election. The statement from Kemp’s office says it is investigating the state Democratic Party in connection with … Continue reading ATLANTA | Kemp cites voter database hacking attempt, gives no evidence

ATLANTA | Legal decisions and a racist robocall in Georgia gov. race

ATLANTA  — Last-minute legal decisions, a racist robocall and a protester wearing a giant chicken suit holding a sign that reads “too chicken to debate.” These are the scenes playing out amid the final furious days of the hotly contested and historic race for Georgia governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. A … Continue reading ATLANTA | Legal decisions and a racist robocall in Georgia gov. race

GREENVILLE, S.C. | Kamala Harris blasts GOP in South Carolina political debut

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Kamala Harris came to South Carolina with the stated intent of boosting turnout for the midterm elections, but many voters here wanted to talk to the California senator about her role in the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and her next political moves. Perhaps that’s no surprise for Harris’s … Continue reading GREENVILLE, S.C. | Kamala Harris blasts GOP in South Carolina political debut

COLUMBIA, S.C. | Booker makes South Carolina debut amid presidential buzz

COLUMBIA, S.C.— Sen. Cory Booker opened his first trip to South Carolina as a potential presidential contender Thursday by blasting President Donald Trump for wrecking America’s standing on the world stage. Speaking to reporters gathered at Allen University in downtown Columbia, the New Jersey Democrat expressed concerns about the Trump administration’s handling of the disappearance … Continue reading COLUMBIA, S.C. | Booker makes South Carolina debut amid presidential buzz

FOREST PARK, Ga. | Stacey Abrams’ trying to mobilize Georgia’s sporadic voters

FOREST PARK, Ga. — Democrat Stacey Abrams says she cannot become governor of Georgia without convincing tens of thousands of sporadic voters to come to the polls. So her campaign is spending considerable sums on paid canvassers, field offices for volunteers and direct mail pieces aimed at more than 1.5 million Georgians who don’t usually … Continue reading FOREST PARK, Ga. | Stacey Abrams’ trying to mobilize Georgia’s sporadic voters

CHERRY HILL, N.J. | Cap on tax deductions a big factor in some key House races

CHERRY HILL, N.J.  — Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party’s sweeping tax overhaul. The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that many people in the … Continue reading CHERRY HILL, N.J. | Cap on tax deductions a big factor in some key House races

CHERRY HILL, N.J. | Tax law limit on deductions looms large in some House races

CHERRY HILL, N.J.— Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party’s sweeping tax overhaul. The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that many people in the high-tax … Continue reading CHERRY HILL, N.J. | Tax law limit on deductions looms large in some House races

WASHINGTON | Inside the makeover of the Democratic Party

WASHINGTON  — Democrats are looking to win in November with a group of candidates that will make the party younger, more diverse and more liberal. It’s the result of anti-Trump activists and grassroots activists on the left, and the goal is to expand the electorate to bring in new voters who don’t typically cast midterm … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Inside the makeover of the Democratic Party

DALTON, Ga. | Stacey Abrams’ record complicates ‘radical’ label from GOP

DALTON, Ga. — Campaigning in a north Georgia county where President Donald Trump got 70 percent of the vote, the Democratic nominee for governor recently talked about helping small businesses, expanding access to affordable health care and quality public education, and championing emerging energy markets. Much of Stacey Abrams’ pitch could have come from any … Continue reading DALTON, Ga. | Stacey Abrams’ record complicates ‘radical’ label from GOP