Trump campaign tries robust outreach to expand his appeal

WASHINGTON — Selfies on a “Women for Trump” bus tour through Iowa. Volunteer training at a “Black Voices for Trump” organizing session in Philadelphia. A vice presidential headliner at a “Latinos for Trump” event in Florida. President Donald Trump’s surrogates fanned out across the country Thursday in a show of force that is part of […]

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

DES MOINES — Some key takeaways from Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, the final forum before the Iowa caucuses: CIVILITY AND SUBSTANCE OVER FIGHTING AND FRICTION After the United States’ killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Democrats were bracing for fights over foreign policy. Instead, a whole lot of substance broke out. There […]

2020 Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

DES MOINES, Iowa — Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa’s rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before the caucuses usher in the Democratic contest, the battle for the state is wide open. A cluster of candidates, including […]

Redistricting power at stake in 2020 legislative elections

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The reins of political power in the U.S. for the next decade could be determined in this year’s elections — not necessarily by who wins the presidency, but by thousands of lower-profile contests for state legislative seats across the country. In many states, the winners of those legislative races will have […]

Candidates declare for Kent County Levy Court offices

DOVER — It may be nearly 10 months until the general election and eight until the primary, but it’s not too early to talk local politics. Five Kent County offices are up this year: Levy Court’s 1st, 3rd and 5th districts (Levy Court District pdf map), as well as clerk of the peace and register […]

Kerry endorses Biden as ad cites NATO leaders mocking Trump

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa — John Kerry, the former secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, buoying the former vice president’s argument that his international experience should be a deciding factor for voters in 2020. “I’ve never before seen the world more in need of someone who on […]

Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” she wrote in a note to supporters. […]

Speak Out: Challenger for Coons

Jessica Scarane, a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as the board president of the nonprofit Girls Inc. of Delaware, announced Monday she plans to run against Sen. Chris Coons in a Democratic primary next year. She is running on a progressive platform that includes implementing universal health care, a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free college […]

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins. In an announcement video, Patrick highlighted his poverty-stricken childhood on Chicago’s South Side, saying he’s running for the “people who feel left out and left […]

Letter to the Editor: What coup?

Mr. Daniels, I read your commentary letter (DSN Oct. 20, “Is United States becoming a third-world country?”). Some of your letters you admonish our current POTUS for his acts. Now here you are accusing the Democrats, the intelligence community and the DOJ of forming this ridiculous act. I agree with some of the things you […]

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