Senate panel approves Trump’s controversial Fed nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump’s choice of Judy Shelton for the Federal Reserve board of governors on a party-line vote, overcoming widespread questions about her qualifications for the Fed. Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo, Republican of Idaho, said that Shelton had reassured him and other GOP senators […]

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker’s Senate bid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara Bollier represents a Kansas […]

Kansas GOP picks Rep. Marshall for Senate seat over Kobach

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year for the GOP. Marshall prevailed comfortably in a crowded primary field […]

Hagerty rides Trump support to Senate GOP win in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty rode the endorsement of President Donald Trump to victory Thursday in a contested Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. The Nashville businessman emerged from a tough challenge from trauma surgeon Manny Sethi to clinch his party’s nomination for the seat […]

Surging Democrats expand Senate targets to GOP states

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s come to this for Republicans straining to defend their Senate majority in November’s elections: They’re air-dropping millions of dollars into races in Alabama, Kentucky and other red states where Donald Trump coasted during his 2016 presidential election triumph. This year, challenged by Trump’s fumbled handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the crippled […]

State Senate passes police accountability bill overnight during special session

The Connecticut State Senate has voted on a series of bills including telehealth, capping insulin costs and absentee ballots. But, just like last week in the State House of Representatives, the most controversial item on the agenda was police accountability bill that stretched the session into overnight hours.

The Latest: Ga. Democratic Senate candidate’s wife has virus

ATLANTA — Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff says he’s in isolation with his wife, who contracted COVID-19. The 33-year-old candidate said his wife, Dr. Alisha Kramer, has mild coronavirus symptoms and that he’s showing symptoms, too. He said he was tested Saturday and is awaiting results while self-quarantining. Ossoff’s campaign communications director, Miryam Lipper, […]

Incarcerated people look to Senate to cap prison phone rates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Incarcerated people and their families said they are closely watching congressional debates about the next COVID-19 relief bill for proposed legislation that would drastically push down the cost of prison and jail phone calls. For years, they have advocated lowering rates that run as high as $25 for a 15-minute call. Now, […]

Texas heads to polls for Senate runoff as virus rages

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas struggles to contain a raging coronavirus outbreak, voters on Tuesday were heading out to polls for runoff elections that include choosing a Democratic nominee in a U.S. Senate race that offers the party another chance to break through in America’s biggest red state. Texas has become one of the […]

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