State governments

A scorched VW Beetle rests in a clearing after the Delta Fire burned through the Lamoine community in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
September 06, 2018 - 8:53 pm
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday. The...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2018, file photo, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., asks a question of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she testifies to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kerri Evelyn Harris, whose resume includes loading giant Air Force cargo planes, frying chicken at a convenience store chain and working as an auto body mechanic, is seeking in the Thursday, Sept. 6, Democratic primary to unseat three-term incumbent Carper, one of the most successful politicians in Delaware history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
September 06, 2018 - 7:11 pm
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Incumbent Tom Carper won Thursday's Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Delaware, easily fending off a challenge from a political newcomer who had hoped to become the latest liberal candidate to score an upset against a powerful legislator. Carper's victory set up a November race...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Mont., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 06, 2018 - 7:00 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh's progress in winning confirmation to the Supreme Court on Thursday, decrying the "anger and the meanness on the other side — it's sick." Campaigning in Billings, Montana, Trump sought to elevate Kavanaugh's confirmation as...
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September 06, 2018 - 6:38 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is picking state Rep. Jeanette Nunez to be his running mate, marking the first time a Cuban-American woman will run for Florida's lieutenant governor. DeSantis announced his choice through a press release Thursday just ahead of a rally with...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2016, file photo, Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada, is pictured during an interview an in Oklahoma City. Nevada authorities are investigating sexual assault allegations against Hof, a flamboyant legal pimp who is running for the state Legislature. The Nevada Department of Public Safety confirmed the investigation into Hof Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. The department said in a statement that the investigation was based on a request by a sheriff in northern Nevada's Carson City, where Hof owns several legal brothels. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
September 05, 2018 - 9:48 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada authorities confirmed Wednesday that they're investigating allegations of sexual assault against a legal pimp and state legislative candidate. The Nevada Department of Public Safety said it was investigating Dennis Hof because of a request from the sheriff's office in...
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In this Sept. 5, 2018, photo, Ayanna Pressley, who won the 7th Congressional District Democratic primary Tuesday, speaks at a Massachusetts Democratic Party unity event in Boston. When Pressley topped a 10-term congressman in a Massachusetts district once represented by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, she became the latest face of a burgeoning movement of the grassroots left. That movement is reshaping a Democratic Party still searching for leaders and identity in the era of Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
September 05, 2018 - 9:34 pm
BOSTON (AP) — When Ayanna Pressley topped a 10-term congressman in a Massachusetts district once represented by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, she became the latest face of a burgeoning movement of the grassroots left. "This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy," Pressley...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Democratic New York state Senate candidate Julia Salazar speaks during a rally in McCarren Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York. In a year in which establishment Democrats have found themselves stalked, and sometimes beaten, by more liberal challengers, New York’s Salazar seems well-positioned to become the next insurgent to knock off an incumbent. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 05, 2018 - 6:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a year in which establishment Democrats have found themselves stalked, and sometimes beaten, by more liberal challengers, New York's Julia Salazar seems well-positioned to become the next insurgent to knock off an incumbent. She's a 27-year-old, tattoo-wearing socialist, running...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump looks to GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, giving him the thumbs-up during a rally at the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark, in Great Falls, Mont. Montana State Auditor Rosendale has made his support for Trump a centerpiece of his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
September 05, 2018 - 3:27 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester unveiled a new television ad Wednesday promoting his collaboration with President Donald Trump as the Montana Democrat sought to inoculate himself against conservative critics ahead of Trump's Thursday visit to the state. The ad highlights two pieces of...
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September 05, 2018 - 2:34 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The task of drawing new boundaries for thousands of federal and state legislative districts is still about three years away, yet the political battle over redistricting already is playing out in this year's midterm elections. North Carolina's congressional elections were...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows candidates for Kansas governor, from left to right, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly and independent candidate Greg Orman, who are scheduled to debate Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (Thad Allton /The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
September 05, 2018 - 1:59 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One of Republican Kris Kobach's main opponents said Wednesday that he is not qualified to serve as Kansas governor because of his tough stance against illegal immigration and because he promises to pursue state policies meant to discourage it. Independent candidate Greg Orman, a...
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