News archive from 14 September 2018

Trump tweets roil Florida GOP's play for Puerto Rican voters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In just a few moments and two tweets, President Donald Trump roiled Florida's crucial elections Thursday, upending his party's ongoing efforts to make inroads to the battleground state's growing Puerto Rican population....

Chron, 19:07 in Politics
 

The Latest: Cuomo, Nixon make final pitches ahead of primary

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist and actress Cynthia Nixon are making their final pitches as their closely watched and sometimes nasty Democratic primary contest...

Chron, 19:35 in Politics
 

Mexican national pleads guilty to illegal voting in Harris County

A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty to election fraud charges on Thursday in Montgomery County for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election, among others. Laura Janeth Garza, a 38-year-old Mexican national, was handed a 10-year jail sentence, a...

Chron, 19:58 in Politics
 

The Latest: Obama says sitting on sidelines is 'dangerous'

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on former President Barack Obama speaking in Ohio (all times local): 8:47 p.m. Former President Barack Obama says he has a simple message headed into the fall midterm elections: Vote. Obama told a crowd of thousands at a...

Chron, 21:04 in Politics
 

Trump disputes estimate of Puerto Rico storm deaths

Now Playing: Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill tried to distance themselves from President Donald Trump's tweets that rejected the conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria. (Sept. 13) Media:...

Chron, 01:35 in Politics
 

Letitia James wins primary for New York attorney general

NEW YORK (AP) — Letitia James, a longtime New York City politician with ties to both the state's underclass and its elites, beat three other candidates in a Democratic primary for attorney general, then turned her sights on the man she saw as her real...

Chron, 02:44 in Politics
 

2020 prospect, former Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe to visit Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is scheduled to visit Iowa next week to campaign for Democrats as he weighs a campaign for the 2020 presidential nomination. Iowa holds the leadoff caucus in the presidential race. According...

Chron, 12:02 in Politics
 

Republican Jerry Patterson defects, picks Democrat over George P. Bush

AUSTIN — Former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is party-jumping for this year’s general election, refusing to endorse fellow Republican George P. Bush and instead backing the Democratic candidate for his old job. Miguel Suazo, an attorney and...

Chron, 12:02 in Politics
 

Where Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will be this weekend

With just 38 days to go until early voting begins, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke have a busy weekend of campaigning coming up. Cruz, a Houston area Republican, has campaign speeches planned for Saturday in Gonzalez and Columbus off...

Chron, 12:02 in Politics
 

Ex-Secretary of State John Kerry draws Trump's ire (again)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never been a big fan of former Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing him of cluelessly negotiating the Iran nuclear deal and surrendering American competiveness in sealing the Paris climate change...

Chron, 14:27 in Politics
 

Texas education officials officially OK Mexican-American studies course

AUSTIN — After four years of battles over ethnic studies textbooks and courses in a state with a booming Latino population, state education officials gave final approval to adopt a Mexican-American studies course that can be taught statewide. Although...

Chron, 14:27 in Politics
 

George W. Bush campaigning for other Republican U.S. Senate candidates, but no plans for Ted Cruz

AUSTIN — Former President George W. Bush is hitting the campaign trail for U.S. Senate candidates in Florida, North Dakota and Missouri — but so far has no planned events to help U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Bush is the headliner for a fundraiser this...

Chron, 14:47 in Politics
 

Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz agree to debate 3 times in fall

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke will debate after all. The dueling U.S. Senate campaigns issued statements Friday evening verifying that they have agreed to three debates before the Nov. 6 election. They will be in Dallas, Houston and...

Chron, 18:05 in Politics
 

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke agree to three debates starting next week

Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke have agreed to three hour-long debates that are set to begin next week. The first debate will occur in Dallas and will be hosted by The Dallas Morning News, Southern Methodist University and KXAS-TV. The three...

Chron, 18:05 in Politics
 

People in Trump's political orbit who have pleaded guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five people from President Donald Trump's political orbit have now pleaded guilty to federal charges. Four of those pleas are part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election...

Chron, 18:25 in Politics
 
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