- Democrat Shea-Porter ready to run again for Guinta's seat Updated: May-28-15 9:09 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter said Thursday she is prepared to win back the seat she lost to Republican Frank Guinta now that the Federal Election Commission has found that he accepted illegal campaign donations from his parents.
- Duckworth: Democratic 2016 Senate primary hurts Kirk Updated: May-28-15 6:54 pm
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said Thursday that a potential challenger in the Democratic primary for Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat won't hurt her in a 2016 contest that's already heating up.
- Montana Democrats rev up 2016 statewide campaigns early Updated: May-28-15 3:26 pm
HELENA, Montana - Democratic candidates for statewide office are getting an early jump on their 2016 election campaigns.
- Democrat Susie Lee joins Flores, Kihuen in bid for Congress Updated: May-28-15 2:56 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Las Vegas philanthropist and Democrat Susie Lee has announced a bid for Nevada's 4th Congressional District seat.
- Democrats shelve Rauner plan to privatize business creation Updated: May-27-15 10:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea to privatize the state's business-development agency but are moving ahead with Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to make the state's shrine to Abraham Lincoln a separate agency.
- Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget Updated: May-27-15 6:59 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Funding for Illinois' public schools would increase by roughly $240 million next year under a proposal Democrats are advancing in the Legislature.
- Senate Democrats want NYC's rent rules extended for 2 years Updated: May-27-15 4:47 pm
ALBANY, New York - Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday proposed extending New York City's rent regulations for two more years and limiting how much a landlord can increase the rent when a rent-stabilized unit becomes vacant.
- Democratic lawmakers say Idaho should ditch private prisons Updated: May-27-15 1:31 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Two Democratic state lawmakers want Idaho to sever all ties with private prison companies, and say they'll vigorously pursue legislation on the issue next year.
- Conservative group running pro-Grayson, anti-Murphy ad Updated: May-27-15 3:08 am
- Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan Updated: May-26-15 8:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A plan Illinois Democrats are proposing as an alternative to the steep cuts sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would keep budget levels flat for local governments and Medicaid and only modestly reduce higher education assistance, committee leaders said Tuesday.
- Missouri Democratic state Rep. Otto to run for US Congress Updated: May-26-15 8:17 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Democratic Missouri state House Rep. Bill Otto announced Tuesday he's running to represent the state's 2nd Congressional District in suburban St. Louis, a seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner since 2013.
- Arizona House Democrat to challenge McCain for Senate Updated: May-26-15 4:57 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick said Tuesday she will challenge Republican John McCain for his Senate seat next year, launching an uphill bid to unseat the five-term senator in the GOP-leaning state.
- Standoff between Rauner, Democrats hangs over Legislature Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm
CHICAGO - A standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature is threatening to derail action on a long list of issues as lawmakers enter the final days of their spring session.
- GOP-dominated Ohio county attracts key Democrats for dinner Updated: May-25-15 1:59 pm
CINCINNATI - Ohio's Democratic U.S senator and two candidates trying to join him in Washington will venture into a Republican-dominated county for a party fundraiser.
- Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock Updated: May-24-15 10:12 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style mailers, TV ads and new multimillion-dollar political committees.
- What's left for Connecticut lawmakers this session Updated: May-23-15 9:20 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - With the June 3 adjournment deadline fast approaching, the Connecticut General Assembly still has some major pieces of legislation to pass. A look at some of the highlights:
- Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue Updated: May-23-15 8:36 am
WASHINGTON - A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.
- Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget Updated: May-22-15 7:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.
- For Senate leader Bakk, session's end exposes divisions Updated: May-22-15 3:26 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - All eyes heading into this year's legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending.
- Illinois Democrats vote down workers comp bill Updated: May-22-15 3:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats have sent another in a series of messages to Gov. Bruce Rauner by voting down elements of his pro-business agenda.
- Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol Updated: May-22-15 10:29 am
WASHINGTON - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.
- GOP's NC budget proposal gets lots of Democratic votes Updated: May-22-15 4:36 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - House Republicans experienced the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a budget bill since before the Great Recession as the chamber passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall.
- Democrats seek return to relevance in Tennessee politics Updated: May-21-15 5:51 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - For a party once accustomed to dominating state politics, the outlook for Tennessee Democrats is bleak.
- Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog Updated: May-21-15 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old.
- Sharp-tongued Democratic Rep. Winkler to resign, move abroad Updated: May-21-15 1:24 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A Minnesota Democratic legislator who fought to raise the minimum wage and is known for speeches that mocked Republican rivals as well as politicians in his own party said Thursday he will give up his seat in the state House as his family moves abroad.