MEXICO CITY (AP) — Iglenda Monzón lost her restaurant to Venezuela’s protracted economic crisis. Her daughters then emigrated to Colombia to find work and left behind two children. She and the boys sometimes go hungry and often do not have running water, electricity or gas.
ROME (AP) — Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next week, claiming he had the votes to win but the country could ill-afford political divisions during the pandemic.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Traci Johnson has joined the race of U.S. Senate in Ohio, pledging to energize the party's urban and suburban base by working to quell political divisions, address gun violence, and fight for affordable wifi, voting rights and the environment.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Delegates from the party of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed prominent conservative Friedrich Merz as the Christian Democratic Union's new leader Saturday as the center-right party seeks to redefine itself.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring at midterm elections that could cost them control of Congress, Democrats are trying to sculpt a 2022 legislative agenda that would generate achievements and reassure voters that they’re addressing pocketbook problems and can govern competently.
TORONTO (AP) — Haiti’s spiraling insecurity and growing concerns about its ability to hold general elections following the killing of President Jovenel Moïse prompted two dozen international senior officials to meet Friday and agree to increase aid.
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — An East Texas county commissioner and his wife have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election fraud after reaching a plea deal that allows him to remain in office.
Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown and his wife Marlene Jackson entered their pleas Thursday before a state district judge in Longview.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Friday against the uproar over a comment he made about African American voters, calling the criticism directed his way “outrageous.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that a Texas man has been arrested on charges of posting threatening messages on Craigslist about killing government officials in Georgia following the 2020 election.
PHOENIX (AP) — A state appeals court says legislative privilege does not broadly protect the Arizona Senate from having to release hundreds of public records related to the review of the 2020 election.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers can again choose to vote by absentee rather than face the risk of catching COVID-19 at polling sites through the rest of 2022 under a bill that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Friday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge refused Friday to stay a ruling restricting the use of absentee ballot drop boxes, rejecting arguments that the decision will confuse voters heading into the Feb.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans used their supermajority Friday to win Kansas Senate approval for a redistricting plan that likely would make it harder for the state's only Democrat in Congress to win reelection this year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-hired investigator looking into Wisconsin's 2020 election is no longer seeking to jail the mayors of Green Bay and Madison for allegedly not complying with a subpoena he issued last year.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locking down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An organization whose work includes increasing Native American participation in elections wants to make it easier for people to register to vote after the 2021 Legislature ended Election Day registration.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican Wisconsin state lawmaker was recorded on video saying that Republicans need to “cheat like the Democrats” to win elections and that he’d like to punch Democratic Gov.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The winners of lawsuits challenging Ohio's gerrymandered legislative maps submitted their own plan for new lines to the state's redistricting panel Friday, signaling a possible path to ending legal wrangling as 2022 elections approach.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislator who sponsored the state's voter ID law said Friday that he would run for state treasurer after withdrawing from the secretary of state's race.
LANSING, Mich (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals reinstated four criminal charges against a suburban Detroit elections clerk over her handling of absentee ballots in 2018, overturning a lower court judge's decision to throw them out.
BOSTON (AP) — 2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for Massachusetts politics, with a crowded race for governor, a wide-open contest for attorney general, a number of spirited district attorney elections, and a handful of thorny ballot questions.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's military government paid a final tribute Friday to former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who died less than 18 months after being overthrown in a coup and as the junta that ousted him faces growing international isolation over election delays.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly will be heading to Rome as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
The U.S. Senate approved Donnelly for the position in a voice vote Thursday. President Joe Biden nominated Donnelly for the ambassadorship in October.
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The United States, the U.K. and Germany on Friday rejected allegations that the three countries financed protests that have shaken the Balkan nation's populist government.
The embassies of the allied countries issued a joint statement that described the accusations as “damaging.”
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators are introducing competing proposals to do away with New Mexico's tax on income from Social Security benefits as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham throws her political weight behind the idea in an election year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for a Justice Department investigation into 10 Republican electors who submitted false paperwork last year saying former President Donald Trump had won in the battleground state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were picking up the pieces Thursday following the collapse of their top-priority voting rights legislation, with some shifting their focus to a narrower bipartisan effort to repair laws Donald Trump exploited in his bid to overturn the 2020 election.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge sided Thursday with an attorney who alleged she was wrongly fired by the state of Alaska over political opinions expressed on a personal blog.
U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled that Elizabeth Bakalar's December 2018 firing violated her free speech and associational rights under the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has launched into his second year in office with a new focus on making fatigued Americans believe they’re better off under his leadership as he embraces a pared-back agenda before the midterm elections.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that Mali’s military government needs to hold delayed elections in “a relatively short amount of time” -- not in 2026 as President Assimi Goita recently announced.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he doesn't see his acceptance of former President Donald Trump's endorsement as hurting his relationship with the state's senior U.S. senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict Trump at his impeachment trial last year and whose reelection bid Trump has vowed to fight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden launched into his second year in office Thursday with a new focus on making fatigued Americans believe they’re better off under his leadership as he embraces a pared-back agenda before the midterm elections.
CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s central bank said on Thursday that it has started a process to reunify after being split for years during the country’s civil war.
In a statement Friday, the bank said that the reunification of the bank’s institutions will be implemented in stages.
ATLANTA (AP) — The storm over how Georgia’s elections are run is far from abating, as Republicans echoing former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about a stolen 2020 election make new proposals atop last year's state law that set a benchmark for restrictive GOP voting changes nationwide.
A Republican congressman running for U.S. Senate in Missouri released a 30-second ad Thursday that falsely claims the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen” from former President Donald Trump.
Billy Long, who represents a southwestern Missouri district in the U.S.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor looking into possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election by former President Donald Trump and others has asked for a special grand jury to aid the investigation.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Getting rid of the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate is emerging as perhaps the most important issue in Pennsylvania’s competitive Democratic primary for an open Senate seat, as the party struggles to use its majority in Washington to advance its agenda.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Corporate interests with business before the state government cut hefty checks to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin's campaign committee after his victory in November through the end of December, according to finance reports filed this week.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is drawing criticism for comments he made shortly before the GOP blocked a federal elections bill, when he said that “African American” voters cast ballots at similar rates to “Americans.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican Assembly leader on Thursday disciplined a lawmaker who falsely claimed that former President Donald Trump won the battleground state and that he wanted to award the state's electoral votes to Trump, even though that is not possible.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin assistant district attorney has said state or federal prosecutors should look into a complaint filed a year ago alleging that Republicans committed fraud when they submitted false paperwork saying former President Donald Trump had won the battleground state.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have sent MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell a cease-and-desist letter and a bill of more than $6,000 over the businessman's repeated accusations of voter fraud in the state.
ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor who’s investigating possible attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia on Thursday called for a special grand jury to help move the case along.
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Faced with a no-confidence motion, Montenegro's embattled government on Thursday called for an early election to be held in the Balkan country.
Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic filed a request that the current mandate of the Montenegrin assembly be cut short to pave the way for the vote.
NEW YORK (AP) — Political reporter Robert Costa is jumping from The Washington Post to CBS News, where he was named Thursday as the network's chief election and campaign correspondent.
Costa, co-author with Bob Woodward of “Peril” about the final days of the Trump administration, said that he's concerned about the fragile state of the American democracy and the need to aggressively cover attempts to undermine it.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she's running for governor, transforming the year’s top political contest by stepping into the race as the presumptive front-runner on the Democratic side.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government is under fire over its plans to let people infected with COVID-19 cast their ballots at polling stations in an upcoming election, as officials struggle to square the right to vote with the duty to protect public health.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, has officially jumped into the race for the state's 2nd Congressional District.
Vargas, a Democrat, filed papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent U.S.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia is set to hold a parliamentary election on April 24, the president said Thursday.
The vote will test the popularity of right-wing Prime Minister Janez Jansa amid political divisions in the small European Union nation.