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  • Pilot gives $1m to McConnell-linked PAC aiding Blackburn

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gas station chain founded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s family has donated $1 million to a political committee supporting Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s Senate bid. Campaign finance reports show Pilot Corporation made the Aug. 28 donation to the Senate Leadership Fund, a group linked to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]
  • California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

    HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies and bread […]
  • Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

    ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a potential presidential contender. The New Jersey senator’s two-day swing to […]
  • California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

    HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican […]
  • Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a “tough cookie” and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula on Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for […]
  • Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa’s new star

    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Deidre DeJear is Iowa’s newest political star — even if she hasn’t yet won an election. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, […]
  • Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death a ‘good first step’

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia’s announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a “good first step” and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response. The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona […]
  • GOP veteran struggles to adjust as seat suddenly isn’t safe

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — On primary Election Day in 2006, Margaret Prowell went to the polling place down the road from her new suburban Chicago home and asked for a Democratic ballot. The election judges were taken aback. This was Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, a place represented for three decades by Rep. Henry Hyde, […]
  • States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn’t elaborate. “I asked them: ‘How am I going to be able to protect against it if I don’t […]
  • Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon. […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

    Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who’s seeking her third Senate term. Hawley is a rising star in the Republican Party […]
  • Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a “tough cookie” and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for […]
  • Mattis: Afghan attack will not shake US commitment

    SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a powerful police chief in southern Afghanistan just two days before national elections is unlikely to fundamentally weaken the security situation. Mattis commented on the attack in Kandahar during a break in meetings at an Asian security conference in Singapore. Mattis called […]
  • South Carolina’s Graham to campaign for GOP in 12 states

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham is hitting the campaign trail to stump for Republicans in U.S. House and Senate races across the country as the party tries to maintain control of both chambers. The Republican National Committee tells The Associated Press the South Carolina Republican is traveling to 12 states over 12 days […]
  • Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care. The candidates’ messaging during the St. Louis debate hosted by […]
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