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Audit: Missouri Sen. Hawley used state vehicle for politics

By SUMMER BALLENTINE | February 6, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley made campaign stops while traveling in a state vehicle during his time as Missouri's attorney general, an audit released Thursday found.The review by the office of state Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat...

Sanders says he raised $25M in January, will bolster ad buys

By WILL WEISSERT | February 6, 2020

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders says he raised a whopping $25 million in January and will use his presidential campaign's flush bank account to increase television and digital advertising in 10 states.The Vermont senator spent $50 million during...

Black lawmakers demand Biden disavow surrogate’s comments

By MEG KINNARD | February 5, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Black lawmakers in South Carolina are calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to disavow statements from a longtime friend and campaign surrogate that they say are racist.About half of the 45-member Legislative Black Caucus...

Biden casts top rivals as a risk for party that wants to win

By BILL BARROW and BRIAN SLODYSKO | February 5, 2020

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Facing questions about his campaign's viability, Joe Biden escalated his criticism of his top Democratic rivals on Wednesday, suggesting both Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were risky choices for a party desperate for a return...

Avalanche of issues takes out Iowa plan for high-tech caucus

By RYAN J. FOLEY and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | February 4, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — What went wrong with the Iowa Democratic Party’s high-tech plan to speed up the reporting of caucus night results? Pretty much everything.A little-known startup company was picked by party leaders to develop a mobile app for...

Dems lay a big caucus egg: No results from Iowa election


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic party officials in Iowa worked furiously Tuesday to deliver the delayed results of their first-in-the-nation caucus, as frustrated presidential candidates claimed momentum and plowed ahead in their quest for the White...

Fight for California House may be barometer for November

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | February 2, 2020

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — If there is going to be a comeback for California’s traumatized Republican Party — a so-called “red recovery” that could threaten Democratic control of the U.S. House — Mike Garcia wants to be part of it.The former...

Billionaire Bloomberg proposes tax plan aimed at wealthy

By JOSH BOAK | February 1, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is unveiling a tax plan that would target the wealthy — increasing rates on capital gains and corporate gains as well as introducing a new 5% surtax on incomes above $5...

Biden camp prepping backers for extended fight beyond Iowa

By BILL BARROW | February 1, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three days before the Iowa caucuses begin the 2020 nominating process, Joe Biden’s campaign manager downplayed the significance of Iowa and New Hampshire and prepped supporters for an extended primary season.“The vice president...

Biden cash reserves lag behind top 2020 rivals

By BRIAN SLODYSKO | February 1, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden reported Friday that he had $9 million in reserve at the end of 2019, an underwhelming sum that suggests he could struggle to compete with his better funded rivals in the weeks ahead.Biden has...

Bloomberg could qualify for debates under new party rules

By BILL BARROW and STEVE PEOPLES | January 31, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has dropped grassroots fundraising qualifications for the party’s Feb. 19 debate before the Nevada caucuses, opening the possibility that billionaire Michael Bloomberg could make his first...

Delaney, longest-running Democratic candidate, ends 2020 bid

By ASHRAF KHALIL and HUNTER WOODALL | January 31, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — John Delaney, the longest-running Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential race, is ending his campaign after pouring millions of his own money into an effort that failed to resonate with voters.The announcement, made Friday...