FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019 file photo, Bill Daley speaks during a news conference in Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
February 16, 2019 - 12:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Reform is not a concept Chicago candidates typically embrace in a city known for its patronage. But corruption charges against a powerful alderman and a court-ordered consent decree aimed at eliminating police misconduct has placed the word on the lips of many of the 14 people...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in New York. On Thursday, Feb. 14, newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led a chorus of cheers as Amazon announced it was abandoning plans to build a sought-after headquarters in New York City. Activists berated the online giant for a $3 billion package of tax breaks she said the city could better invest in hiring teachers or fixing the subway. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
February 15, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. Proposing "economic transformation" to combat climate change...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, University of Oklahoma President David Boren, a former Democratic governor and U.S. Senator, speaks at a news conference in Norman, Okla. An attorney for the former University of Oklahoma President says Boren denies any inappropriate behavior during his more than 20 years at OU and described a university probe as a "character assassination." A university spokeswoman confirmed late Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2019, the Jones Day law firm has been retained to conduct an investigation after OU received allegations of "serious misconduct." (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
February 14, 2019 - 4:25 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for former University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Thursday Boren denies any inappropriate behavior during his more than 20 years at OU and described a university probe as a "character assassination." The Jones Day law firm was retained to conduct an...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters in Chicago. Her campaign's claim, made on Twitter and on Facebook last week, says, "Toni Preckwinkle is the only mayoral candidate who has a plan to raise Chicago's minimum wage to $15." It's true that Preckwinkle has a detailed plan to raise the minimum wage — and fast. However, her claim ignores the city's existing law, which already guarantees the minimum wage will eventually reach $15 an hour. (Colin Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
February 14, 2019 - 3:04 pm
Illinois lawmakers are poised to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, but that hasn't stopped one of the leading candidates for Chicago mayor from pushing for a faster path to that level. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a top contender in a crowded field to replace...
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February 14, 2019 - 1:54 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel's 2-1 ruling Thursday ordered the state to adopt a map created by a court-appointed...
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February 14, 2019 - 12:14 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's habit of booting mayors and county commissioners out of office before their terms end could be in jeopardy under an unusual proposal that would end the state's status as one as one of the nation's most prolific users of recall elections. An analysis by The Associated...
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Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, listens to debate during the floor session of the House of Delegates chamber inside the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Cox said Wednesday that he's open to the idea of a General Assembly-led investigation into sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, but he believes any such effort would be "very slow" and "very deliberate.". (Bob Brown)./Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 4:51 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top Democrats mired in scandal, the fourth man in line to become governor is keeping a low profile even as his status rises. Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox could play a key role in determining the fates of the three highest-ranking Democrats in state...
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February 13, 2019 - 4:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — One of the 17 black women elected as Houston-area judges last year as part of a "Black Girl Magic" campaign has died at age 57. Judge Cassandra Holleman's daughter, Brandy Holleman, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that her mother died Monday, about a week after being diagnosed...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Howard Dean participates in "The Contenders: 16 for 16" panel during the PBS Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Dean is back. The one-time presidential candidate and former Democratic National Committee chairman is set to return to party prominence the head of a new data operation that Democrats hope puts them back on par with Republicans in the never-ending race to maximize the use of voter data to coax Americans to the polls. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
Democrats are enlisting Howard Dean to lead a new operation they hope will help their party match Republicans' success in using voter data to win elections. Dean is a one-time presidential candidate and former Vermont governor who is beloved by state Democratic Party leaders from his time as...
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February 12, 2019 - 4:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 outside groups spent over $50 million on "independent expenditure" ads during the closing months of last year's midterm elections. But a new report from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center found that only about 8 percent revealed information about the donors behind...
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