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FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Ill. Arroyo, has been arrested on a federal public corruption charge, becoming another in a series of top state Democrats targeted over the past year by federal prosecutors. Arroyo appeared in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Prosecutors told a magistrate judge that the Chicago Democrat is accused of "offering an illicit payment to an official." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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October 28, 2019 - 2:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A state lawmaker at the Illinois Capitol sought to bribe another state lawmaker, offering $2,500 a month in exchange for the senator's support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., gives her concession speech during an election night rally in Greensboro, N.C. Family and friends gathered Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, for a memorial service for Hagan, who died Monday, Oct. 28 of a rare virus, at the age of 66. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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October 28, 2019 - 1:48 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kay Hagan, a former bank executive who rose from a budget writer in the North Carolina Legislature to a seat in the U.S. Senate, died Monday following a prolonged illness. She was 66. Hagan died at her home in Greensboro, her family said in a statement. "We already miss her...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden takes selfies with the crowd after he spoke at Hillside High School in Durham, NC on Sunday, Oct 27, 2019. Approximately 850 people attended the rally in Durham. (Bryan Cereijo/The News & Observer via AP)
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October 28, 2019 - 5:42 am
Joe Biden is expanding his presidential campaign footprint in Super Tuesday states and a general election battleground in the latest sign that Democrats' top White House contenders foresee a potentially lengthy nominating process in 2020. The former vice president is hiring a top national campaign...
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FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 21, 2019 file photo State Senators Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, front left, Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, second from left, and Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington third from left, applaud a speech along with other ERA supporters in the gallery of the the House of Delegates at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Democrats hoping to seize control of the Virginia Legislature in the 2019 elections say passing the long-stalled Equal Rights Amendment will be a top priority next year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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October 26, 2019 - 8:36 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Carol Jenkins sees it, a nearly 100-year push to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality now than it's ever been. That's why there's a "tremendous effort" underway to elect supporters of the long-stalled gender equality measure in...
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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens to Betty Lord-Dinan, of the Clayton County Democrats, during the Iowa Democrats' Passport to Victory event at Johnson's Supper Club in Elkader, Iowa, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)
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October 25, 2019 - 7:53 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii doubled down on her long-shot presidential campaign, announcing she wouldn't also run for reelection in her congressional district where a state senator is mounting a spirited push to take her seat. The 38-year-old Democrat said the threats of war,...
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The screen grab provided by the Missy for Senate campaign, shows a photo of an ad featuring Virginia Beach shooting survivor Karen Havekost. The campaign for Democratic candidate Missy Cotter Smasal began airing the ad "Karen" as she runs for Virginia state Senate. The TV spot quotes a woman who survived the Virginia Beach mass shooting in May and claims Republican incumbent Bill DeSteph hasn't done enough on gun control in the shooting's wake. (Missy for Senate)
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October 25, 2019 - 5:07 pm
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Chris Parker is the type of Virginian whom Democrats hope to get to the polls next month to help them flip the legislature and usher in a wave of stricter gun laws. Parker leans Democratic and believes there "definitely" needs to be more gun control, including limits on...
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FILE - This Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, shows Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Questions about what motivated the enigmatic abortion doctor to keep over 2,000 fetal remains at his Chicago-area home may never be fully answered. The remains were discovered stacked in his garage after Klopfer died at 79 on Sept. 3. (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)
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October 25, 2019 - 12:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Ulrich Klopfer competed so avidly in the 1970s to perform the most abortions each day at a Chicago clinic that it was said he would set his coffee aside, jump to his feet in the break room and rush to the operating table whenever his chief rival in the macabre derby walked by...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, right, with Governor Greg Abbott, left, speaks at a news conference at the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. Bonnen said in a statement Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 he will not run for re-election, making the announcement less than a week after the release of a secretly recorded conversation in which Bonnen sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020 and called a female lawmaker "vile." (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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October 24, 2019 - 11:28 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A district attorney says Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen won't face criminal charges for offering House media credentials in exchange for campaign help. Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne released a statement Thursday calling Bonnen's actions and statements "...
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Actor Alec Baldwin, right, walks with a supporter of Amanda Pohl, candidate for Virginia Senate District 11 in her neighborhood in Midlothian, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Baldwin campaigned for several candidates around the state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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October 22, 2019 - 5:02 pm
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — The actor known for his mocking impersonations of Republican President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" campaigned Tuesday for Democratic legislative candidates in a Virginia election that is viewed as a warmup to the 2020 presidential contest. Alec Baldwin told...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures during an interview in Sacramento, Calif. The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their work force, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports. On issues big and small, hotels soon will be forbidden from providing guests with little plastic shampoo bottles, California this year has marched farther left and tried to pull the rest of the country with it. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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October 20, 2019 - 12:53 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and...
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