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Democrat Julian Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race

The only Latino candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential race is ending his bid


Pete Buttigieg raises $24.7 million during 4th quarter

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign says he raised more than $24.7 million in the last three months and now has a campaign staff of 500 people nationwide


As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

Women are expected to run for office in high numbers in 2020, but many of them face financial hurdles paying for child care while they campaign


Spin Control: Some mentions – honorable and dishonorable – for 2019

Before 2019 goes away, Spin Control marks its highlights and low lifes.


Biden leaves it unclear if he would honor Senate subpoena

Joe Biden is seeking to clarify his assertion that if the Senate subpoenas him to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, he will defy the order.


States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation’s capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think.


Buttigieg leads 2020 rivals in Wall Street contributions

The financial sector, blamed by progressives for spawning the 2008 financial crisis, is lining up behind Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.


Weeks from Iowa vote, Klobuchar steps up hits on Buttigieg

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has argued for weeks that Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of a small Indiana city, doesn’t have enough experience to be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination for president. As she heads into a 27-county tour of Iowa, the lead-off caucus state, she’s brought those frustrations fully into public view.


Buttigieg-Warren clash on campaign trail spills into debate

The long-festering feud between Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg has erupted in a high-stakes debate that’s testing the strength of the Democratic Party’s shrinking pool of presidential candidates


Wisconsin Democrats vow to register voters who may be purged

Democrats in the key swing state of Wisconsin vowed Monday to double down on efforts to ensure that any voters whose registrations are nullified by a judge’s recent ruling will be able to register again before the 2020 presidential election.


Trump threatens to bypass Commission on Presidential Debates

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump made clear Monday that he intends to participate in at least three general election debates, but he is threatening to sidestep the nonprofit group charged with running them. “I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates,“ Trump tweeted Monday morning after The New York Times reported that he was considering skipping them entirely.


Spin Control: I-976 fallout fuels split in state

Rancor over Initiative 976, stoked by its creator, fuels an us-versus-them feeling in Washington.


UK election exit poll suggests Conservatives majority

An exit poll in Britain’s election projects that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party likely will win a majority of seats in Parliament, an outcome that would allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.


Wondering what you owe for that December license tab? Here’s how to find out

Washington motorists wondering how much they must pay to renew their December license tabs may have to wait for weeks to get the official notice from the state Department of Licensing.


Game of chance to break tie in Fairfield Town Council race

Both Steven Walk and Dave Watling received 78 votes in the Nov. 5 contest to represent the town of roughly 600 residents. That means a game of chance involving numbered balls and a milk bottle will determine who assumes office next year.


‘We’re going to be everywhere’: Inside Bloomberg’s 2020 plan

For any other candidate, a crowd of just 38 voters at a high-profile policy announcement might be cause for panic. But Michael Bloomberg is not just any candidate.


Bloomberg gun plan: Permits, assault weapon ban, age limits

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy on Thursday just steps from the site of one of Colorado’s worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.


Car tab break set for today delayed, as Supreme Court continues block on lower fees

Hoping for a break on your license tab fees? It’s still in the courts.


Bloomberg spending tens of millions more on new ad campaign

Billionaire Democrat Michael Bloomberg is putting tens of millions of more dollars behind a new television ad casting himself as uniquely qualified to defeat President Donald Trump.


Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.