Voting rights

FILE - In this June 20, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., the author of Title IX in Congress, speaks during a forum in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington in a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, has died. He was 91. Bayh died early Thursday, March 14, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Easton, Md., according to a statement released by his family. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 14, 2019 - 10:38 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from...
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March 11, 2019 - 6:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's two Democratic senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone a planned hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal appeals court judge. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein asked Judiciary Chairman Lindsey...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats rally ahead of passage of H.R. 1, "The For the People Act," at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 8, 2019. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., the bill's sponsor, stands behind Pelosi at left. The bill aims to expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 08, 2019 - 4:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and strengthen ethics standards. But the leader of Republican-run Senate has pledged it will not come up for a vote and...
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FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the state’s chief election officer while he ran for governor in 2018. Abrams has alleged he mismanaged the election which she narrowly lost, an allegation which Kemp denies. (Pool video image via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every election year, there's heated talk about voter access and suppression. This year congressional Democrats are hoping to make it a top-tier political fight. The Democrats are calling for new legislation and increasingly pressuring Republicans in both the House and Senate,...
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FILE - In this pool image from video, Stacey Abrams delivers the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 from Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp served as the state’s chief election officer while he ran for governor in 2018. Abrams has alleged he mismanaged the election which she narrowly lost, an allegation which Kemp denies. (Pool video image via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 3:26 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams is a woman in demand. Months removed from her surprisingly narrow defeat in the Georgia governor's race, Abrams is being heavily recruited to run for Senate, weighing another campaign for governor and even hearing overtures from prominent activists who want her to run...
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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., third from left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson march to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday commemoration in Selma, Ala. The infamous “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965, galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
March 04, 2019 - 3:42 am
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thunder rolling above Brown Chapel AME Church, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker warned Sunday of a looming threat to American democracy and called for protecting the legacy of the civil rights movement with love and action. "It's time for us to defend the dream,"...
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Supporters arrive for Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign event at Navy Pier in Chicago, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Over the next several weeks, Sanders will travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, and California. He will then return to Burlington, Vermont, for the official launch of his campaign. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 04, 2019 - 12:49 am
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recalling his start in the civil...
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., left, arrives to hear testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 26, 2019 - 7:05 pm
A pair of Democratic presidential candidates blasted President Donald Trump as racist on Tuesday, adding to a growing debate among the White House hopefuls over how far to go in criticizing the president. In a statement to The Associated Press, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar directly called Trump a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, then Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Stacey Abrams, who lost her bid for governor last fall, told members of a House subcommittee, Tuesday, July 19, 2019 in Atlanta, about myriad issues that she says disenfranchised certain Georgia voters. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
February 19, 2019 - 5:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Strict voter registration requirements, polling place confusion and other obstacles Georgia voters faced in 2018 show why federal oversight of elections is still needed in places with a history of discrimination, said several people who testified Tuesday during a congressional field...
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February 12, 2019 - 11:03 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder said Tuesday he is in the final stages of deciding whether to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and plans to decide in about a month. "I'm going to sit down with my family very soon and decide whether this is something we're...
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