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Biden nabs Klobuchar, Buttigieg nods going into Super Tuesday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The dizzying fight for the Democratic presidential nomination reaches a critical juncture on Tuesday as millions of voters from Maine to California head to the polls. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has energized liberals and young voters, is seeking to pull away from the rest of ...

Liberal gun owners face dilemma in 2020 field

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Like many liberals, Lara Smith considers herself a feminist, favors abortion rights and believes the nation’s immigration policies under the Trump administration have just been “vile.” But when it comes to guns, Smith sounds more like a conservative: She opposes ...

Confused fans rip Garth Brooks for wearing ‘Sanders’ jersey

DETROIT (AP) — Leave it to the internet to interpret Garth Brooks wearing a Barry Sanders jersey during a concert in Detroit as a political endorsement of a certain liberal presidential candidate. The more than 70,000 fans who attended the country music star's Feb. 22 show at Ford Field ...

Poll reflects how Americans describe 2020 Democrats, Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Competent, a fighter, good. Old, out of touch, disingenuous. And, of course: Who’s that? As the 2020 campaign intensifies, a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research asked Americans to say what word or phrase comes to mind when they think of ...

Debate performance a blow to CBS News

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News faced an ill-timed blow to its reputation on Wednesday after a bruising Democratic presidential debate that its moderators struggled to keep from spiraling out of control. Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell tried to manage seven presidential candidates fighting for ...

Russia, the boogeyman

The Russians are like the devil. Each gets blamed (or credited) with more than they are responsible for. Intelligence officials recently went to Capitol Hill where, according to The Hill, “they briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Russia interfering in the presidential race in an ...

Analysis: Sanders learns what it’s like to be a front-runner

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Bernie Sanders has spent much of his career on the political margins, an outsider looking in. Now, the protest politician is learning what it’s like to be the front-runner for a major political party. Sanders was the target of persistent attacks in Tuesday’s ...

Stone judge calls back jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday brought in nearly all members of the jury that convicted Trump ally Roger Stone on charges related to the Russia investigation in order to answer questions on allegations of juror misconduct. The revelation by U.S. District Court Judge Amy ...

FBI official: Russia wants US to ‘tear ourselves apart’ in elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia wants to watch Americans "tear ourselves apart" as the United States heads toward elections, an FBI official warned Monday. David Porter, an assistant section chief with the FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force, accused Russia of conducting brazen operations aimed at ...

Sanders’ path has echoes of Trump’s 2016 march to win

WASHINGTON (AP) — A burn-it-down candidate is topping a splintered field of more moderate contenders and setting the party’s establishment wing on edge. It’s how Donald Trump began his unlikely march to the Republican nomination in 2016. And four years later, it’s how Sen. Bernie ...

Poll: Democrats have mixed views on nomination process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic voters feel generally positive about all of their top candidates running for president, but they have only moderate confidence that their party’s nomination process is fair, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Infighting and online hoaxes mar Democrats’ campaign

RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — A group of Los Angeles artists were awaiting the results of the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses, hoping Bernie Sanders would win, when they fired off a hashtag on Twitter poking fun at Pete Buttigieg. By the next morning, the hashtag — #MayorCheat — was trending ...

Analysis: Dems’ civility gives way to combustible conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Through a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential candidates played nice, talking up party unity, disagreeing mostly politely on policy. No more. Wednesday’s debate signaled a sharp turn in the Democratic contest, with civility giving way to a combustible ...

Trump ridicules debate at Arizona rally

PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump trolled his political enemies Wednesday in the first of three rallies in three days in the West as Democrats vied in neighboring Nevada to be the one to challenge him in the November election. Just minutes before Trump regaled a friendly crowd in ...

UP drivers deserve a plan that fixes roads here, not just Detroit

During her State of the State address late last month, Gov. Whitmer announced she was giving up on her first proposal to fix Michigan’s roads — asking drivers to shell out 45 cents more in taxes for each gallon of gas they put in their tanks — and moving on to Plan B, which is bonding. ...

Sanders moves to expand his campaign staff in Michigan before primary

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced Tuesday that his presidential campaign is expanding operations in Michigan, three weeks before the state’s Democratic primary. Sanders, who narrowly won Michigan over Hillary Clinton in 2016, announced the campaign is hiring ...

Guest Column — Millage sought for Dickinson Conservation District funding

March 10 is the Presidential Primary election in Michigan. In Dickinson County, there are several millage proposals on the same ballot. One is requesting support for the Dickinson Conservation District. What is the Dickinson Conservation District? This is a locally run unit of state ...

Bloomberg makes debate stage, to face Dem rivals for first time

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads. A new ...

Sanders not doing so hot

Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they ...

Rival Democrats accuse Bloomberg of trying to ‘buy’ election

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With the Nevada caucuses less than a week away, Democratic presidential candidates campaigning this weekend were fixated on a rival who wasn't contesting the state. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg all targeted ...