With closet cleaned at General Assembly, issues still remain

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- If bills were clothing, then North Carolina lawmakers just finished setting out the few items they can see themselves wearing and sending the rest the attic. The Republican-controlled General Assembly just pushed past its biennial "crossover" deadline, as more than 200 bills cleared either the House or the Senate during the week. With exceptions, policy measures without specific taxes or spending that didn't pass one chamber are probably dead through 2018.

Crowded primary field seeks to fill Mulvaney's seat

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tuesday's primary to pick a replacement for Mick Mulvaney doesn't have the drama of the special congressional elections in Kansas and Georgia, where money poured in for candidates vying to replace lawmakers leaving Congress to serve in the Trump administration.

Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House

ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump, the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies.

North Carolina primary moved permanently in Senate bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some General Assembly members want to move up permanently North Carolina's primary elections for state and federal offices held every two years. The Senate voted Wednesday night for changing the primary from the Tuesday following the first Monday in May to the same date in March. The legislature had shifted the 2016 primary to March 15 so the state could wield more influence over the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

The senior Sanders backs party youth to remake Democrats

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. It may not seem the most likely role for the slightly stooped, white-haired, 75-year-old Vermont senator. But Sanders rallied support Thursday for Omaha's Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who's half his age.

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The Latest: Georgia congressional race heads to runoff

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) -- The Latest on Georgia's 6th Congressional District election. (all times local): 1 a.m. Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff will meet in a runoff for a greater Atlanta congressional seat with national implications. Ossoff harnessed opposition to President Donald Trump to lead an 18-candidate ballot in the typically conservative district. But he fell short of the majority needed to win outright. Handel finished second as the top Republican vote-getter.

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Lawmakers across US move to include young people in voting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists during his presidential campaign angered Heidi Sainz, whose family is from Mexico and who has close friends who are immigrants. She was also upset that she couldn't do anything about it at the ballot box because she was a year shy of being able to vote.

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Vulgar video surfaces of candidate who was on 'Apprentice'

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- A former "Apprentice" contestant who was caught on video using a vulgarity to proposition a woman says he won't end his bid for a New Jersey Assembly seat. Republican Brian McDowell says he was joking around and didn't intend to be degrading when he was filmed telling a woman she should have sex with him.

In Georgia race, Republicans battle as Democrat chases upset

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia special congressional campaign has become an internal conservative squabble, with a national conservative group blasting a Republican establishment favorite as a big-spending "career politician," while other GOP hopefuls argue over who's most loyal to President Donald Trump. It's enough to leave national Republicans nervous they could lose the traditionally conservative suburban Atlanta district where Trump underperformed, with any upset certain to embolden Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections

Elections Tuesday across the U.S. featured a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

National political themes prominent in local races across US

Elections being held Tuesday across the U.S. feature a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student, and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

Joe Biden to return to New Hampshire for Democrats' dinner

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden is the first major Democrat scheduled to return to the early primary state of New Hampshire since the November election. Biden will headline the state Democratic Party's annual McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on April 30. He attended the dinner in 2011 and 1986. All four members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation will also attend.

Freedom Caucus, White House feud not dissipating

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top adviser to President Donald Trump has urged the defeat of a Michigan congressman and member of a conservative group of U.S. House lawmakers who derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. Government ethics lawyers said the tweet by White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. violated federal law that limits political activity by government employees.

Ex punk-rocker O'Rourke launches longshot bid against Cruz

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A former punk-rocker who needed a hefty upset to win his congressional seat six years ago will have to pull off an even bigger one to unseat powerful Sen. Ted Cruz. Beto O'Rourke, a 44-year-old Democrat from the remote West Texas city of El Paso, has advocated for legalizing marijuana and preaches tolerance on the U.S.-Mexico border in defiance of President Donald Trump's "Build that wall" mantra.