The loss of Iowa’s first Democratic conventions would change political influence and tradition

Iowa’s presidential assemblies over the past five decades have given the small, mostly white state an outsized influence on state politics, giving local leaders access to powerful politicians, boosting profits for restaurants and hotels, and helping promote respectful treatment of ethanol corn-based and other segments of its economy. Republicans still plan to start their 2024 … Read more

US and Europe at odds over trade over Washington’s push for domestic investment ~ Washington

Europe is preparing for a confrontation with Washington over a new law encouraging companies to invest more in the US, an initiative that European officials say is threatening the region’s economy as it teeters on the brink of recession. President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the issue in Washington this week, and Mr … Read more

Washington condemns shooting at Pakistani embassy in Kabul ~ Washington

ISLAMA BAD — The United States has condemned Friday’s attack on the Pakistani embassy in the Afghan capital, in which a senior Pakistani diplomat escaped unharmed but one of his Pakistani guards was injured. The attack comes amid rising tensions between its South Asian neighbors over Islamabad’s claims that anti-Pakistani government forces are orchestrating terrorist … Read more

Rogue Arizona County finally confirms the election by judge’s order – Arizona

PHOENIX — A rural Arizona county on Thursday confirmed its midterm election results by order of a judge who ruled Republican bosses broke the law when they refused to sign off on the ballot count by this week’s deadline. Two Republicans on Cochise County’s three-member board of directors have refused for weeks to confirm the … Read more

New Mexico expands its help with filling out court forms | apartment

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Illinois lawmakers approve cleanup of crime bill, plan ends bail < Illinois

By JOHN O’CONNOR – AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly on Thursday approved more clarifications on their turn in the criminal justice system, reassuring critics by adding numerous felonies to a list of felonies that qualify a defendant to face incarceration stay while he awaits trial. The … Read more

Biden wants Democrats to abolish caucuses and promote diversity in the primary — starting in South Carolina

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Thursday that Democrats should ditch “restrictive” assemblies and embrace diversity in the order of their presidential calendar, dealing a major blow to Iowa’s decades-long status as the first voting state. In a letter to the rulemaking arm of the Democratic National Committee, Biden doesn’t mention specific states he wants … Read more

Biden is demanding that South Carolina come first in the Democratic presidential nomination process

WASHINGTON — President Biden is proposing a reshuffle in the order of states holding the first Democratic Party presidential nomination contests and proposing that South Carolina come first in 2024 instead of Iowa, Democrats said over were informed of the plan. Mr. Biden would like to see New Hampshire and Nevada go next on the … Read more

Biden is demanding that South Carolina come first in the Democratic presidential nomination process

WASHINGTON — President Biden is proposing a reshuffle in the order of states holding the first nomination contests for the Democratic Party’s presidency, proposing to put South Carolina first instead of Iowa, Democrats over the plan said were informed on Thursday evening. Mr. Biden would then like to see New Hampshire and Nevada go next … Read more

Lava from Hawaii Volcano slows its approach to Main Street

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Rivers of glowing lava oozing from the world’s largest volcano should not be able to reach the main road connecting the east and west coasts of Hawaii’s Big Island for at least a week, an official said Thursday. The lava flowing down Mauna Loa has “slowed down significantly” since it reached flat … Read more