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May 18, 2016

Democrats pressure Sanders as rift threatens party

WASHINGTON — After months when the story of the 2016 presidential campaign focused on divided Republicans, Democrats are now showcasing divisions in their ranks. Simmering tensions between Bernie Sanders backers and other Democrats, including party leaders, burst into the open following an ugly fracas at the Nevada Democratic Party convention over the weekend instigated by Sanders’ supporte[...]

May 11, 2016

Legislative action — or inaction — is fodder for campaigns

As legislators take crucial votes, they’re also getting ready to tout or explain those votes to constituents

May 11, 2016

Trump, GOP leaders to seek better partnership

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is taking a run at party peacemaking now that voters have put him on a glide path to the Republican nomination. If he can’t get restive Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan on his side, he says he’ll keep on winning anyway. Trump now has 92 percent of the delegates he needs to clinch the nomination, according to AP’s count, after he earned a hefty haul Tues[...]

May 4, 2016

Trump’s challenge: uniting fractured party

The “stop Trump” movement has failed, but victory for the coming “back Trump” effort is far from assured. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party, declared Donald Trump the party’s presumptive nominee on Tuesday after the front-runner’s last serious rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, exited the primary race. But as the New York real estate developer pivots toward Hillary Cl[...]

Apr 27, 2016

‘Woman card’ sparring previews fall theme

Donald Trump went there. Signaling he’s not afraid of the gender gap if he faces Hillary Clinton in November, the billionaire reality-TV star capped off his sweep of five states Tuesday by turning his focus to the likely Democratic nominee and declaring that if she were a man, she wouldn’t get 5 percent of the vote. In nationally televised comments, Trump repeated an earlier assertion he[...]

Apr 27, 2016

Sanders’ bid reaches turning point after losses

WASHINGTON — Defeated in the Northeast, Bernie Sanders’ movement for a political revolution is reaching a crossroads even as he vows to campaign against Hillary Clinton through the June primaries and into the Philadelphia convention. The Vermont senator said after losses to Clinton in Tuesday’s primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut that he would now seek as many de[...]

Apr 20, 2016

House District 60B: Both static and fractious

More than the Mississippi divides this Minneapolis district

Apr 20, 2016

Front-runners eager to focus on November

Clinton on brink of Dem nomination; Trump strengthens path

Apr 13, 2016

Ryan forces elites to accept limited 2016 options

Paul Ryan’s move to quash speculation Tuesday about his rumored presidential ambitions has forced establishment Republicans to reckon with the possibility that their standard-bearer will likely be either a nativist, divisive billionaire or an ideological warrior who’s despised by most of his Senate colleagues. For elites who began this election cycle hoping that a more moderate Republic[...]

Apr 13, 2016

Clinton’s superdelegates are ultimate firewall

Hillary Clinton’s first firewall against Bernie Sanders was going to be South Carolina, then the Super Tuesday states. With each Sanders victory somewhere else, it shifted further out, even as she built up an imposing lead in the Democratic nomination race. Her latest chance to seal the deal is New York’s primary next Tuesday and five more northeastern state contests the following week. [...]

Apr 6, 2016

GOP surge helps carry Bradley to Wisconsin court win

MADISON, Wis. — Powered by a surge in Republican turnout for the state’s presidential primary, Rebecca Bradley pushed past heaps of negative publicity over her inflammatory college writings to defeat JoAnne Kloppenburg and win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Less than a month ago, it appeared Kloppenburg had the momentum after articles that Bradley wrote 20 years ago in colle[...]

Apr 6, 2016

In a rarity, New York primary matters

NEW YORK — The year’s biggest, wildest show is finally coming to Broadway. And Brooklyn. And Buffalo. And Syracuse. The presidential primary is descending on New York. The voting on April 19 will be the first time the state has a played a meaningful role in the nominating process in decades. New York is a coveted prize, offering the most delegates of any contest left on the primary calen[...]

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