Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
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Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations – WKMG News 6 ClickOrlando

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and Ankara facing a Washington backlash over attacks on Kurdish civilians during its incursion into Syria last month. Erdogan and Trump have a difficult agenda Wednesday that includes Turkey's decision to buy a Russian air defense system and its attack on U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Their scheduled afternoon news conference, however, will give...
‘This is my home’: Anchorage woman awaits Supreme Court’s DACA decision – KTVA
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‘This is my home’: Anchorage woman awaits Supreme Court’s DACA decision – KTVA

Immigration advocates and young people descended on the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to advocate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA. The program, created by the Obama Administration in 2012, was meant to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. President Donald Trump has ordered an end to the program, arguing that it was created illegally, which is what the justices are considering. The decision will have an impact on an estimated 700,000 people who’ve been nicknamed "
Pa. lawmaker apologizes for controversial description of miscarriage – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.
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Pa. lawmaker apologizes for controversial description of miscarriage – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker issued a new apology over a comment she made about miscarriages that provoked an angry reaction."An early miscarriage is just some mess on a napkin," Rep. Wendy Ullman said Oct. 29 in a House Health Committee meeting.Ullman, a Democrat from Bucks County, made the remark during a debate that centered on House Bill 1890. The bill would require health facilities to bury or cremate the remains of fetuses that died by abortion or miscarriage.The words drew criticism on social media and from the Harrisburg-based PA Family Institute.
Congresswoman clutches Hebrew Bible in video backing impeachment inquiry – The Times of Israel
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Congresswoman clutches Hebrew Bible in video backing impeachment inquiry – The Times of Israel

Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., released a video explaining why she supports the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. It’s a big deal because Luria is part of a group of moderate, centrist Democrats with national security backgrounds who have changed their minds about the impeachment scandal over time. For Jews, the video is a big deal for another reason: in it, Luria is seen multiple times clearly holding a Hebrew Bible as she recites the oath of office. The book is white and has her name inscribed on it.
ICE attempts to deport student’s mother – Yale Daily News
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ICE attempts to deport student’s mother – Yale Daily News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers removed Tania Romero from the Irwin County Detention Center in southern Georgia early Monday morning in an attempt to deport her from the United States, according to the Honduran consulate in Atlanta. Shortly after midnight on Monday, Cristian Padilla Romero GRD ’24 received a phone call from one of his mother’s fellow detainees at the detention center where Romero has been held since mid-August, he said.
Conservative writer says Senate Republicans who stick by Trump ‘should pay a steep price’ – AlterNet
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Conservative writer says Senate Republicans who stick by Trump ‘should pay a steep price’ – AlterNet

This week, the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is entering a new phase in the U.S. House of Representatives: three witnesses are getting ready to testify publicly (all of the previous testimony and depositions have occurred in closed-door hearings). And the response of some far-right Republicans in the House is to echo a goofy conspiracy theory: that the real interference in the 2016 presidential election came from Ukraine, not Russia
Illinois appellate court won’t bar CPS runners from meet – Chicago Tribune
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Illinois appellate court won’t bar CPS runners from meet – Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Appellate Court says it won't immediately rule on a lower court decision allowing Chicago Public Schools cross-country runners to compete at the state championship meet Saturday. The Illinois High School Association is seeking to overturn an order allowing the runners to compete in the postseason. The IHSA blocked their participation because a teachers' strike prevented their attendance at the regional meet.
Giuliani Lawyer Advised Company Shut Down Over Fraud Complaints – The Wall Street Journal
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Giuliani Lawyer Advised Company Shut Down Over Fraud Complaints – The Wall Street Journal

RUDY GIULIANI’S NEW LAWYER Eric Creizman is no stranger to Washington controversy. He advised an invention-promotion company that federal regulators shut down in 2017 for allegedly defrauding customers. The company, World Patent Marketing, also employed former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The Federal Trade Commission said the company “deceived customers” and used “threats, intimidation, and gag clauses.”
Michigan House Democrats say impeachment inquiry could end by Christmas – MLive.com
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Michigan House Democrats say impeachment inquiry could end by Christmas – MLive.com

Two Michigan Democratic members of Congress are hopeful the ongoing impeachment inquiry could be wrapped up in time for Christmas. U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, and Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, discussed the inquiry with MLive before a scheduled forum at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Both said the inquiry, which seeks to determine whether President Donald Trump abused his power by soliciting a foreign government to investigate his top political rival, should be narrowly focused and move relatively quickly.
Online Extra: LGBTQ Agenda: NY federal judge strikes down health care ‘refusal rule’ – Bay Area Reporter, America’s highest circulation LGBT newspaper
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Online Extra: LGBTQ Agenda: NY federal judge strikes down health care ‘refusal rule’ – Bay Area Reporter, America’s highest circulation LGBT newspaper

A federal judge in New York struck down the Trump administration's health care "refusal rule" that was going to take effect November 22, even as another judge has yet to rule on a California lawsuit against the federal government on the same matter. Judge Paul Engelmayer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down his ruling Wednesday, November 6, in the case of State of New York v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services vacating the rule.... The Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services originally announced the refusal rule May 2. It would have allowed individuals, entities, or health providers to refuse care to anyone if they found a religious objection to it. "It gives people a right to refuse essential care to Americans," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, October 29. "Your ambulance driver could refuse to give that emergency care in your time of critical need." The implementation of the rule was originally scheduled for July 22, but was pushed back four months after lawsuits.
The Democrats’ Senate strategy has a red state problem – The Week
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The Democrats’ Senate strategy has a red state problem – The Week

.....Democrats shouldn't get ahead of themselves in their celebration, because these results don't reveal any material change in the overall landscape. Virginia has become a must-win for Democrats, not a swing state, and Kentucky is still emphatically Trump country. These victories confirmed the main pattern of 2018: The Democrats are gaining increasing support in once Republican suburban areas, but they are making little or no headway in rural white counties..
Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of parolee’s home – La Crosse Tribune
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Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of parolee’s home – La Crosse Tribune

The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search. The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost. The Associated Press has reported that parole officer Kari White was fired over the April 2018 search. An investigation by the Department of Correctional Services found that White conspired with a Boone detective to search Vinnece's home without a warrant, days before he was to be released from parole.
Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister
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Pension costs hitting home across the state — hard – OCRegister

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District came into being 14 years ago when four small fire departments serving farms and small towns east of Modesto merged. The district now flirts with insolvency, a case study in how rapidly growing costs for pensions and other employee benefits are clobbering local governments. Four years ago, Stanislaus Consolidated had 80 employees, most of them firefighters, and more than $13 million in revenues. However, as budget documents reveal, its expenses, mostly for salaries, were already beginning to outstrip income.
Bacon’s bipartisan bill increases jail time, fines for straw firearm purchasers – Ripon Advance
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Bacon’s bipartisan bill increases jail time, fines for straw firearm purchasers – Ripon Advance

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on Oct. 31 introduced bipartisan legislation that would impose stricter penalties for anyone who buys a firearm for someone else who isn’t legally permitted to have it, otherwise known as straw purchasers. “By closing loopholes and increasing maximum punishments for violators,” Rep. Bacon said, “this legislation will help to deter criminals from illegally obtaining firearms and bring justice and safety to our affected communities.”
Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman voted out of office – Alabama’s News Leader
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Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman voted out of office – Alabama’s News Leader

During a meeting of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday, a faction of the Executive Committee voted to remove Nancy Worley as chairwoman by a 172-0 margin. Shortly afterward they elected Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa to replace her. England is the first African-American chairperson in the Alabama Democratic Party's history. Randy Kelley was also removed as vice-chairman on Saturday. Former state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was elected to replace Kelley. The faction that voted today is supported by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Senator Doug Jones.
Arizona used to be a Republican stronghold — but Democrats have a chance to win it in 2020 – AlterNet
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Arizona used to be a Republican stronghold — but Democrats have a chance to win it in 2020 – AlterNet

The term “swing state” was seldom used in connection with Arizona in the 1980s and 1990s. Associated with Sen. Barry Goldwater and, after that, Sen. John McCain, the southwestern state usually went Republican — and when centrist Democrat Janet Napolitano served as Arizona governor in the 2000s, she stressed her willingness to work with Arizona Republicans. But in 2019, the term “swing state” is being used more and more in connection with Arizona.
Liberal group sues to stop signature reviews in bellwether Michigan – The Fulcrum
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Liberal group sues to stop signature reviews in bellwether Michigan – The Fulcrum

Michigan has become the latest battleground over state laws that allow local election officials to discard mail-in ballots when signatures aren't similar enough to the handwriting on file. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court by Priorities USA, a liberal super PAC, claims "the state's arbitrary and standardless signature-matching laws" have disenfranchised "hundreds of voters in recent elections for no other reason than an election official's subjective and arbitrary determination that a voter's signature on an absentee ballot (or ballot application) did not match a prior signature that the voter provided to election officials." Michigan has the potential to produce several pivotal contests next fall, underscoring the truism that every vote will count. President Trump won the state by fewer than 11,000 votes last time, the first Republican to carry it in seven elections. Democratic Sen. Gary Peters faces a stiff challenge and so do a pair of House members from each party.
Van Drew one of 2 Dems to vote against impeachment rules – Burlington County Times
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Van Drew one of 2 Dems to vote against impeachment rules – Burlington County Times

Reps. Andy Kim, D-3 of Moorestown, and Donald Norcross, D-1 of Camden, voted with the Democratic majority in support of the inquiry and Rep. Chris Smith, R-4 of Hamilton, who is the lone Republican remaining in the delegation, voted against the measure. His opposition wasn’t exactly a surprise, but New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew is now on record as being one of only two Democrats in the U.S. House to vote against the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
President Trump to return to his MMA past at UFC 244 – Fox Business
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President Trump to return to his MMA past at UFC 244 – Fox Business

On Saturday night, the UFC is set to hold a massively anticipated matchup between two of its biggest rising stars -- Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal -- at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and President Donald Trump will be in attendance, the New York Times White House reported on Tuesday. The relationship between Trump and the UFC goes well beyond their initial venue arrangements back in the early-to-mid aughts.
GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk
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GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk

Key Republican senators told CNN the Senate should conduct a fulsome trial of President Donald Trump — assuming the House soon sends over articles of impeachment, as expected — and not try to jam through a motion that would allow them to dismiss the case quickly on a partisan vote. A motion of dismissal was attempted in the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton when his Democratic allies in the Senate, led by the powerful institutionalist Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, tried and failed to get that case dismissed. Even though Byrd rounded up some support from Republicans who controlled the chamber, his effort fell short and the trial went on for about three more weeks before Clinton was acquitted.
Kamala Harris 2020 campaign cutting costs and realigning staff in major shakeup – CBS News
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Kamala Harris 2020 campaign cutting costs and realigning staff in major shakeup – CBS News

Senator Kamala Harris is significantly curtailing and reshaping her presidential campaign in a bid to cut costs and boost her standing ahead of the the first-in-the-nation state of Iowa. A memo sent Wednesday to campaign staffers and top donors and obtained by CBS News outlines plans to slash salaries, reduce staff size at the campaign's national headquarters in Baltimore and
Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times
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Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times

Those voters had received a notice asking them to confirm that they still lived at their addresses, and they were given two additional election cycles to respond. Next week, those who have failed to do so will receive a final notice along with a card they must return to avoid being purged. If they do not respond, their names will be removed. Fair Fight Action, an advocacy organization founded by Ms. Abrams, said Georgia’s removal of registered voters who had not cast recent ballots was wrong. “Voters should not lose their right to vote simply because they have decided not to express that...
Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says – AZCentral.com
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Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says – AZCentral.com

The Emerson College poll shows why both parties see Arizona as a ... Arizonans give Trump low marks, oppose impeachment, poll says. Slightly more Arizona voters disapprove of President Donald Trump than say they approve of him, but overwhelmingly they don't want to see him impeached, according to a new Suffolk University/Arizona Republic poll. ... Even so, a clear majority of respondents, 58 percent, do not want ...
Florida Republicans Want to Hold FBI More Accountable When Dealing With Intelligence on Mass Violence | – Florida Daily
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Florida Republicans Want to Hold FBI More Accountable When Dealing With Intelligence on Mass Violence | – Florida Daily

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., have teamed up on a bill to “hold the FBI accountable for its failures to address critical deficiencies in its handling of actionable intelligence on the perpetrators of mass violence.” Scott announced this week he has reeled in the support of two members of the U.S. Senate for the bill. U.S. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., threw their support behind Scott’s “Threat Information Protocol for Sharing (TIPS) Act.”
NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness – Kokomo Tribune
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NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness – Kokomo Tribune

The United States' largest governing body for college athletics took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness." The NCAA and its member schools now must figure out how to allow athletes to profit while still maintaining rules regarding amateurism. The body's Board of Governors, meeting at Emory University in Atlanta, directed each of the NCAA's three divisions to create the necessary new rules immediately and have them in...
Indiana Supreme Court sets excessiveness standard for forfeiture of property used in crimes – Kokomo Perspective
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Indiana Supreme Court sets excessiveness standard for forfeiture of property used in crimes – Kokomo Perspective

The Indiana Supreme Court is clarifying how property used in crimes can be seized by the government, following a Feb. 20 U.S. Supreme Court ruling advising the Hoosier high court that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states. Chief Justice Loretta Rush said Monday in a 33-page, 4-1 decision by Indiana's top court that lower courts now must evaluate the excessiveness of possible forfeitures by determining both the extent to which the seized property was used in a crime and the personal impact of the seizure relative to the severity of the offense and the owner's culpability.
Pashinski bill could spell trouble for the vaping industry – Citizens Voice
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Pashinski bill could spell trouble for the vaping industry – Citizens Voice

f state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski gets his way, the flavored vaping industry will go up in smoke. The Wilkes-Barre Democrat on Friday introduced a bill, the “Ban on Flavored Vapor Products Act,” that would prohibit stores from selling flavored vaping products in Pennsylvania. “Vapor products have been repeatedly called ‘safe’ or ‘less dangerous’ than cigarettes,” Pashinski said. “While it is true that vapor products contain far fewer carcinogens and toxicants, they still contain significant amounts of nicotine — the drug that makes cigarettes addictive in the first place.”
Mitt Romney explains how he came up with the Pierre Delecto Twitter name, says his son made the fake account – USA TODAY
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Mitt Romney explains how he came up with the Pierre Delecto Twitter name, says his son made the fake account – USA TODAY

Sen. Mitt Romney laughed off being outed as the owner of an anonymous Twitter account, telling USA TODAY in an interview that he didn't put much thought into the account's name when his son created it for him eight years ago. Twitter user Pierre Delecto was found out to be Romney after the Utah senator and GOP presidential candidate mentioned using a private account.....
Ousted Republicans plot rematches as impeachment revs up – POLITICO
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Ousted Republicans plot rematches as impeachment revs up – POLITICO

Trump holds a grip over the Republican base that seems unshakable, even amid the ongoing investigation into alleged efforts by the president to withhold military aid unless Ukraine publicly investigated his political rivals. Trump’s most ardent supporters have already begun organizing in Brindisi’s district, more than a year out from the next election. Pro-Trump groups staged protests outside the freshman Democrat’s office and at some of his public events — including a town hall here in October — to rally local support in New York’s 22nd Congressional District.
ACLU Sues Minnesota, Seeking Restoration Of Felons’ Voting Rights – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
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ACLU Sues Minnesota, Seeking Restoration Of Felons’ Voting Rights – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the state of Minnesota to restore the voting rights of convicted felons who are on supervised release or probation. The group’s Minnesota chapter says the lawsuit filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court would affect more than 52,000 people who live and work in their communities, raise families and pay taxes but can’t vote.
Companies reach $260M deal to settle opioids lawsuit – Bucks County Courier Times
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Companies reach $260M deal to settle opioids lawsuit – Bucks County Courier Times

Across the country, the drug industry is facing more than 2,600 lawsuits brought by state and local governments seeking to hold it accountable for the crisis that has been linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. over the past two decades. A federal judge in Ohio has been pushing the parties toward a settlement of all the lawsuits for nearly two years.
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Sen. Susan Collins is an endangered Republican. Impeachment could make her more so. – NBC News

Susan Collins has built a brand as a moderate senator who isn't afraid to buck her party. But the Maine Republican is now facing her toughest challenge yet as she prepares to run for a fifth term in a blue state — the potential impeachment of a president she didn't vote for. While Maine's GOP chairwoman dismissed the Ukraine scandal as "another witch hunt," Collins on Saturday called Trump's public request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden "completely inappropriate." But Collins has said she can't take a position on impeachment because she might be asked...
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Rep. Omar files for divorce – MinnPost

The rumors were true. The Sahan Journal reports: “Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. … Ilhan officially filed for divorce on Oct. 4 — her birthday — in Hennepin County District Court. The divorce filing cites an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage relationship. … Ilhan and Ahmed were married to each other religiously for nearly two decades. They legally married on Jan. 5, 2018.”
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Mailer advertising white supremacist event at Belfast library a hoax – Bangor Daily News

No, the Maine Green Independent Party is not hosting a white supremacist gathering later this month at the Belfast Free Library. But an anonymous flyer mailed to some homes in the Somerset County town of Canaan is advertising otherwise. “It was a little surprising,” said Andrew Bourassa, a Skowhegan man who says he was sent a photo of the flyer Monday. “And kind of discouraging, as a lifelong Mainer.”
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Indicators Suggest 2020 Will Be a Trump Cakewalk – Newsmax

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has been doing a lot of grinning lately — and for good reason. He believes that come November 2020, voters will swarm to polls to give President Donald Trump another 4-year lease on his White House digs. Axios reported Sunday that Mulvaney has been telling friends and colleagues that the impeachment inquiry will actually help the president despite Trump’s concerns that it may tarnish his legacy.
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Ahead of Trump fundraiser, Vice President Mike Pence pushes U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal – Tennessean

Vice President Mike Pence came to Nashville to tout a new trade deal on Monday during a public event before appearing at a private fundraiser for President Donald Trump. "I came to Tennessee today to say it's time for Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement and to pass it this year," he said while speaking at the Goodlettsville Tyson Foods plant from where packaged beef and pork are shipped to grocery stores around the country.
O’Halleran win gives Arizona Democrats their House majority – AZFamily
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O’Halleran win gives Arizona Democrats their House majority – AZFamily

Democrats had picked up a southern Arizona congressional seat Tuesday night that had been held for four years by Republicans to set the stage for them to grab five of the nine U.S. House seats for Arizona. O’Halleran’s race was too close to call on election night, but new vote totals available Wednesday show he beat. The Arizona wins helped Democrats seize control of the House on Tuesday, a victory that means divided government returns to a Washington already prone to partisan gridlock.