George Floyd's death returns spotlight to Sen. Amy Klobuchar prosecutor past
MINNEAPOLIS — The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody this week has renewed concerns about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s time as a Hennepin County prosecutor as she is being vetted as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.The selection of Biden’s No. 2 is unfolding as many blacks — a key voting bloc for the party — are looking for Biden to show he is not taking black voters for granted and that his ticket can excite those who sat out the 2016 election.Klobuchar’s presidential bid was marked by an inability to gain inroads with black primary voters whil...
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Biden to keynote Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's virtual convention
MINNEAPOLIS — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s virtual convention Sunday, making an appeal directly to activists in a state President Donald Trump is targeting this fall.Biden’s appearance, which will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook, comes on the heels of a new Minnesota poll showing the former vice president with a slight edge over Trump.But Trump’s campaign is already investing resources and time in Minnesota, a state he nearly won four years ago. DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said Trump’s “...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump threatens to freeze aid for Michigan, Nevada over baseless 'voter fraud' charge
President Donald Trump took a page from his Ukraine scandal playbook Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal aid for Michigan and Nevada if the states allow residents to vote by mail in November’s general election.Trump, who was impeached last year for holding up $391 million in U.S. military assistance to Ukraine while pressuring the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, insisted in a couple of fact-challenged tweets that the Democratic-led states would break the law if they let all residents vote via absentee mail-in ballots.“Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots t...
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Jill Biden to hold virtual events in Georgia on Thursday
ATLANTA — Jill Biden is returning to Georgia on Thursday — virtually, that is.The wife of the presumptive Democratic nominee will hold a virtual coffee with medical workers in Albany — the epicenter of Georgia’s worst coronavirus outbreak — followed by a listening session with Atlanta teachers and a campaign event. It’s part of the Democrat’s effort to keep up a traditional campaign at a time when many in-person events are impossible.And the visits were announced days after Biden’s campaign publicly announced that Georgia, Arizona and Texas were among its top 2020 targets. Democrats are racing...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Never Trumpers' plan to hold their own GOP convention in Charlotte in August
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Orr and Charles Jeter plan to join other Republicans at a convention in Charlotte this August — but not the one that will renominate President Donald Trump.Instead they’ll join a group called “Republicans for a New President.”Organized by Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who ran an independent campaign for president in 2016, the gathering is expected to bring together groups disaffected by the president, including Republicans for the Rule of Law and The Lincoln Project.“The Trump administration has failed, and that’s provided us with an opportunity to offer an alternat...
The Charlotte Observer
Amash ends brief bid for Libertarian presidential nomination
DETROIT — U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan said Saturday he is dropping his bid to be the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee — a week before the party’s national convention.The decision comes just shy of three weeks after the five-term congressman formed an exploratory committee for president on April 28.“After much reflection, I’ve concluded that circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate,” Amash tweeted.Amash said his decision was based in part on limited opportunities for “lesser-known” candidates...
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Repeal of voter-approved redistricting plan heads to ballot after Missouri House vote
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missourians will get another chance to decide how state legislative districts should be drawn, with the Missouri House approving legislation Wednesday seeking to repeal a redistricting process that was approved by voters in 2018.The 98-58 vote means a constitutional amendment will be placed on the statewide ballot later this year that, if approved by voters, would toss out a process that calls for a nonpartisan state demographer to draw legislative maps with the goal of making districts as competitive as possible.State Rep. Dean Plocher, a St. Louis County Republican who spo...
The Kansas City Star
Trump campaign sets sights on Biden's Latin America record after Sanders' exit
MIAMI — Joe Biden doesn’t have Bernie Sanders for Donald Trump to kick around anymore.Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, went largely unscathed for most the campaign on issues involving Cuba and Latin America. It was Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist from Vermont, who drew Republicans’ fire. But now that Sanders is out of the race, the Trump campaign is attacking Biden’s positions in the region — an onslaught that could hurt Biden’s campaign while helping Trump in Florida among Hispanic voters.“I think Joe Biden, he’s going to have a problem with a lot of pe...
Postal Service's struggles could hurt mail-in election
WASHINGTON — An unprecedented shift in American democracy is underway, as more states and counties turn to voting by mail. But as jurisdictions prepare for a pandemic-riddled presidential election, the threat of a financial crisis at the U.S. Postal Service looms over that alternative to in-person voting.If Congress does not pass a $75 billion bailout, the Postal Service says uninterrupted mail service may not last past September. That’s when local election officials plan to send out mail-in absentee ballots, letters with polling place information, voting booklets, new voter cards and federall...
Obama trashes Trump for 'disaster' coronavirus response, urges former staffers to support Biden's campaign
The gloves are off.Former President Barack Obama unloaded on President Donald Trump for bungling the coronavirus response, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster.”“The response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty,” Obama said in a Friday night conference call to a group of former staffers that was leaked online.“It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster (with) that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else,’” he said.Obama has mostly respected a tradition of not attacking his successor. But on ...
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