- Analysis: Court race latest test of 'not for sale' argument Updated: Feb-13-16 1:20 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An outside group's six-figure television ad buy against a Supreme Court chief justice hopeful is the latest sign of just how much races for the state's high court are mirroring traditional political campaigns in Arkansas. It's also the latest chapter in campaigns trying to use outside attacks as a rallying cry for their supporters.
- Voter registration deadline ahead for March 15 primary Updated: Feb-13-16 4:10 am
CHICAGO - An important deadline for Illinois voters is a few days away. Online voter registration for the 2016 general primary will close Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. The Illinois primary election is March 15.
- Angle mulls US Senate bid; testing waters for money, support Updated: Feb-12-16 7:44 pm
RENO, Nevada - Nevada conservative Sharron Angle says she's trying to determine if she could raise enough money to run for the U.S. Senate again, a move that could throw a wrench in Republicans' hopes to claim Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's soon-to-be-vacant seat.
- Idaho panel backs proposal to move school board elections Updated: Feb-10-16 6:02 pm
BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho panel has introduced a legislative proposal that would move school board elections from May in odd years to November in even years.
- Senate approves online voter registration bill Updated: Feb-09-16 11:17 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow Wisconsin residents to register to vote online, putting the state on track to join 30 other states that offer online registration.
- New Hampshire voters take to polls in 1st-in-nation primary Updated: Feb-09-16 1:41 pm
New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a handful of communities that begin voting just after midnight. In Dixville Notch, voters in that tiny town gave Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich two votes, Republican Donald Trump got two and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won four votes for his Democratic bid.
- House agrees to double donor limit ahead of pivotal election Updated: Feb-08-16 7:36 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - House Democrats and Republicans agreed to double how much money people can donate to political candidates, potentially raising the stakes for the November elections that could determine who controls state government.
- Attorney General to prosecute case against poll workers Updated: Feb-08-16 7:56 am
BUDE, Mississippi - The Attorney General's Office has taken over the prosecution in a voting fraud case filed last year against five southwestern Mississippi poll workers.
- Cruz seeks to appeal to supporters on fringe of GOP Updated: Feb-08-16 3:39 am
PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire - Some politicians run from polarizing endorsements. Ted Cruz seeks them out.
- Editorials from around New England Updated: Feb-06-16 1:17 pm
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers:
- North Carolina elections take shape with fundraising numbers Updated: Feb-04-16 6:24 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's March 15 primary and the November general election are taking shape as candidates and party committees disclosed financial reports over the past week as state and federal filing deadlines came and went.
- Toomey endorsing Rubio in presidential race Updated: Feb-03-16 6:23 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, backing a candidate who he said has the best chance to win in the fall and be a great president.
- Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP Updated: Feb-03-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to unify and stop fighting each other as he tried steering his fractious party into an election year devoid of the collisions between conservatives and pragmatists that transformed parts of 2015 into a GOP nightmare.
- Medical marijuana will not be on 2016 ballot Updated: Feb-03-16 10:14 am
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Hopes for Wyoming voters to legalize medical marijuana this year went up in smoke as organizers fell thousands of signatures short of getting the question on the 2016 ballot.
- Fundraising reports set tone for tussle over Legislature Updated: Feb-02-16 5:50 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The quest for cash is on in Minnesota's 2016 elections. New campaign finance reports released Tuesday show political groups and candidates have already socked away millions of dollars for the fight for control of the Legislature.
- Correction: Raimondo-State of the State story Updated: Feb-01-16 11:21 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - In a story Jan. 31 about Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that she narrowly won the 2014 primary and general election to become governor. In the Democratic primary, she won 42.1 percent over the second-place finisher's 29.1 percent in a three-way race. In the general election, she won 40.7 percent over the second-place finisher's 36.2 percent in another three-way race.
- Attorney general Fox files for re-election; no opponents yet Updated: Jan-26-16 8:19 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has filed for re-election but so far faces no opponents in the primary or general election.
- Member of House leadership decides not to seek re-election Updated: Jan-25-16 7:38 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - State Rep. Johnny Bell, a member of House Democratic leadership, said Monday that he has decided not to seek re-election this year as his party tries to maintain its fragile majority in the chamber.
- Kobach seeks to mandate audits of Kansas election results Updated: Jan-25-16 6:50 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proposing to have Kansas counties audit voting results immediately after the state's primary and general elections.
- 2016 battlegrounds bring rural focus to legislative session Updated: Jan-24-16 11:07 am
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The battle for greater Minnesota at the ballot box in November is already taking shape at the Capitol.
- As Bloomberg weighs White House run, Iowa voters ask, 'Who?' Updated: Jan-23-16 7:11 pm
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest flirtation with a White House run has set the political world aflutter.
- Clinton's response to Sanders has some Democrats worried Updated: Jan-22-16 4:17 am
WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders' electability. She's criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she's tagged him with flip-flopping on gun control.
- Appeals court upholds FEC rule on disclosure requirements Updated: Jan-21-16 9:12 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Thursday dealt a setback to campaign finance reform advocates in a ruling about who pays for political ads.
- Former attorney general launches Election Reform Initiatives Updated: Jan-21-16 6:48 pm
PHOENIX - A former Arizona attorney general and a former Phoenix mayor are launching a campaign to bring elections reform to voters through a pair of ballot measures.
- Manchester man pleads guilty to voting in 2 other towns Updated: Jan-19-16 1:09 pm
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - A Manchester man has pleaded guilty to charges he gave false addresses and voted in two other towns on Election Day in November 2014.