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Democratic money jitters ease after big second quarter haul

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:37am

Some big fundraising hauls by Democrats have eased worries that lackluster totals last quarter were a sign the party would struggle to stockpile cash for the general election fight with President Donald Trump.

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:36am

A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts.

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:16pm

Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.

Beto O'Rourke says he had relative who owned slaves

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 7:34pm

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he was recently given documents showing that both he and his wife are descended from people who owned slaves.

House Democrats who tangled with leader not backing down

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 6:16pm

Days after tensions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi boiled over publicly, several House Democrats sent a message to Washington: We're not backing down.

Video of Trump kissing a campaign aide leaves both sides claiming vindication

Caroline Kelly, CNN  |  Posted Jul 13th - 5:56pm

President Donald Trump's legal team posted a video of him kissing campaign aide Alva Johnson that they say clears him, but that her side says proves her accusation of forcible kissing.

Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

Elliot Spagat and Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 10:17pm

The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday.

Man under investigation for promoting false Kamala Harris events in Utah arrested in Wyoming

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jul 12th - 9:12pm

A man being investigated for fraud in connection with what turned out to be bogus planned appearances in Utah by Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has been charged in Wyoming with possessing a stolen car.

Salt Lake City mayor candidates to debate in televised event Monday

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:34pm

Eight candidates in the crowded race to be mayor of Utah's capital city will be participating in the first televised debate on Monday at noon when KSL-TV Ch. 5 and other stations broadcast the debate live.

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants' conditions

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 6:27pm

Four House Democratic freshmen who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas "in front of the American flag" and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to discourage future arrivals.

Trump announces US ambassador to run for Tennessee Senate

Kimberlee Kruesi and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 3:27pm

President Donald Trump on Friday announced in a tweet that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty would launch a bid for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat, giving the top Republican contender an unconventional entry into the state's most competitive 2020 contest.

Dem infighting on race spills into 2020 presidential contest

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 2:42pm

The highly public rift between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a clutch of freshmen congresswomen led by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has spilled into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. The intramural conflict is threatening to overshadow President Donald Trump's history of race-baiting.

Court: GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trial

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 2:38pm

A few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week's partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday.

Pelosi ready for deal on borrowing limit, spending levels

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 2:30pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she wants to complete a deal with President Donald Trump this month that would raise the government's borrowing limit and set spending levels for the coming budget year.

Former Mia Love top aide named executive director of Utah GOP

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jul 12th - 1:17pm

The Utah GOP has hired a new executive director, Laurel Price, who served as a top aide to former 4th District Congresswoman Mia Love, who lost the seat to Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams in last year's election.

Sen. Mitt Romney defends former GOP running mate in wake of Trump tirade

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jul 12th - 1:04pm

Sen. Mitt Romney defended his 2012 running mate, former House Speaker Paul Ryan, after President Donald Trump called him a "baby" and a "terrible speaker."

Cedar Highlands mayor suddenly resigns, cites 'foolish' town council as reason for leaving

Cara MacDonald,  |  Posted Jul 12th - 11:45am

Cedar Highlands Mayor Steven C. Swann announced his sudden formal resignation in late June, citing the recently emerged town council being “rogue” and “foolish” as his primary reason for leaving.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Utah developments

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jul 11th - 6:33pm

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was in Utah Thursday to tour several facilities, including a $46 million mixed-use project under construction being called the Hub of Opportunity.

Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 2:22pm

Pennsylvania's Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists.