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FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Republican politician Mark Sanford speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park in New York. Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump. “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,’’ Sanford said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday,’’ Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
September 09, 2019 - 5:13 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, joined the Republican race against President Donald Trump on Sunday, aiming to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he pursues an admittedly remote path to the presidency. "I am here to tell...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., arrives for a closed door meeting for Senators on election security on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jones, a Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, launched his reelection bid Sunday, Sept. 8, seeking to create another Deep South victory in a Republican-dominated state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 08, 2019 - 10:39 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who pulled off a stunning political upset in Alabama two years ago, launched his reelection bid Sunday, seeking to create another Deep South victory in a Republican-dominated state. Before several hundred cheering supporters in Birmingham,...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson addresses the media during a news conference in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri's Republican governor, Parson, is expected to announce that he's running for a full term in office. Parson has a campaign announcement planned for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, near his cattle ranch in Bolivar. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP File)
September 08, 2019 - 5:18 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Parson is Missouri's unexpected governor, assuming power when his predecessor resigned in scandal. A little more than a year into his mostly uneventful stewardship of the state, the Republican governor announced Sunday that he's seeking a full term, and his folksy...
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U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., shakes hands with supporters after he announced he is going to run for the United States Senate seat currently held by the retiring Pat Roberts. Marshall, from Great Bend, made the announcement at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kan., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
September 07, 2019 - 4:20 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Western Kansas' congressman launched a Senate campaign on Saturday, pitching himself to fellow Republicans as a pragmatic conservative who can keep the seat in GOP hands by thwarting immigration hardliner Kris Kobach's bid for the party's nomination. Two-term Rep. Roger Marshall...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, cars wind their way down Lombard Street in San Francisco. Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famed crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco. California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The bill still needs Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has suggested $5 per car weekdays and $10 weekends and holidays. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
September 06, 2019 - 5:13 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famous crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco. California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2019 file photo, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego speaks during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Gonzalez' bill, AB273, that now makes it illegal to trap animals in California for recreation or to sell their fur, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
September 04, 2019 - 7:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Wednesday became the first state to ban commercial fur trapping, ending the practice nearly 200 years after animals like beavers and otters introduced the American West to international trade. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday he had signed a bill...
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State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, smiles as he and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, watch as the votes are posted for his measure to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations was approved by the Assembly in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The Assembly approved the bill SB276, that would give state public health officials oversight of doctors who give more than five medical exemptions annually and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%. It still needs a final approval in the state Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 04, 2019 - 4:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a measure designed to crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions for vaccinations on Wednesday, even as Newsom sought last-minute changes to one of the year's most contentious bills. Democratic Sen. Richard Pan...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2018, file photo, Colorado state Sen. Mike Johnston, responds to a question during a televised debate in Denver. Johnston, s leading candidate in the crowded Colorado Senate Democratic primary is ending his campaign. Johnston becomes the first casualty of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s late entry into the race. Hickenlooper in August 2019, dropped his presidential bid and instead announced he wanted to challenge Republican Sen. Cory Gardner (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 03, 2019 - 4:32 pm
DENVER (AP) — A leading candidate and the top campaign fundraiser in the crowded Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado bowed out of the race Tuesday, the first casualty of former Gov. John Hickenlooper's late entry into the contest. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston, 44, had led the field by...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., shows an illustration of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, top, and China's Shenyang J-31 Stealth Fighter jet, bottom, as he questions Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense nominee Mark Esper on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 03, 2019 - 12:41 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that he's staying put in the U.S. Senate and won't run for governor, clearing the way for other Democrats to enter the race. Manchin's decision ends months of speculation on whether the 72-year-old moderate Democrat would...
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August 30, 2019 - 11:18 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom reached a deal with apartment owners and developers Friday on legislation that would cap how rapidly rents can rise as the state grapples with a housing crisis. The deal would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum...
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