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Texans Warn Amped Up Rhetoric Is Erasing Republicans' Progress With Latinos

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:54pm

As recently as two years ago, Republican candidates in Texas have drawn more than 40 percent of the Latino vote. Now, one strategist says national candidates have a "head in the sand" mentality.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez On The Movement To Raise Minimum Wages

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez about the movement to increase minimum wages at the local level.

Alabama Lawmakers Fight Minimum Wage Increase In Birmingham

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:18pm

In Alabama, the city of Birmingham voted to increase its minimum wage to $10.10. Lawmakers in the state legislature said "not so fast." Now there's a battle underway as the Republican-controlled legislature tries to stop the state's largest city from increasing its hourly wages.

Public Universities Struggle Without State Aid Amid Illinois Budget Crisis

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:18pm

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner challenged Democratic state lawmakers last week to either agree on parts of his so-called turnaround agenda or give him the ability to slash spending deeply in his budget address. But it appears to not have moved anyone off their hard line positions. Illinois is now approaching eight months without a budget. State colleges say they can't budget plan, and some students say they can't afford to continue classes. Lawmakers passed funding grants for low-income students, but Rauner vetoed the bill.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Donald Trump's 'Words Are Frightening'

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:18pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson about the state of GOP politics in his state as they head into the primaries on Super Tuesday.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses Final Felony Charge Against Former Gov. Rick Perry

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:59pm

Perry had been accused of abusing his power as governor. A grand jury indicted him in August 2014, as Perry was ramping up his presidential campaign.

Trump Grabs His First Congressional Endorsement

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:14pm

In a statement, Rep. Chris Collins of New York said the business tycoon has the "guts and the fortitude" for the Oval Office. Marco Rubio still leads the pack in congressional endorsements, though.

Trump Carried All Before Him In Nevada. Could He Make It All The Way?

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:53am

Donald Trump is now the most favored son of the Republican Party in a year when history favors the party's chances of winning the White House.

Obama Looking For Justice Who Will 'Interpret' The Law, Not 'Make' It

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 9:44am

The president took to SCOTUSblog on Wednesday to offer some "spoiler-free insights" into what he is seeking in a justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

The 10 States Where Millennials Could Sway The Election

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 8:54am

Young people don't vote, right? Political campaigns often dismiss young folks, but a new index suggests they could tilt the balance of power in key states this election.

5 Headlines: Donald Trump Dominates In Nevada Caucuses

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 7:19am

At one caucus, "Just four people took the stage, including former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who drew a chorus of boos when he announced his support for Ted Cruz."

Senate Must Do Its Job; Consider Court Nominee, Klobuchar Says

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 6:40am

Senate Republicans agreed not to hold hearings for any Obama Supreme Court nominee. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, about what Democrats can do.

Trump Wins Nevada's GOP Caucuses; Rubio Narrowly Takes Second

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:12am

Republican caucus goers in Nevada overwhelming voted for Donald Trump Tuesday night to be the party's presidential nominee. It's Trump's third major victory in two weeks.

Arizona's Independent Voters Claim They're Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:12am

Voters who aren't part of any political party make up the biggest chunk of the electorate in Arizona. But they don't have many rights and they're trying to change that through grassroots pressure.

Voters In Florida's Puerto Rican Community Shy Away From Party Affiliation

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:12am

In Florida, the fastest growing group of independent voters are newly-arrived Puerto Ricans. And although they're American citizens, they're encountering an entirely new political system.

Young, Independent Voters Change Politics In Arizona

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:12am

Voters under the age of 35 have become a decisive force in Colorado but many of them choose not to affiliate with a political party. We examine why.

Senate Republicans Refuse To Consider Obama Supreme Court Nominee

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 4:12am

Every Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has signed a letter pledging they won't hold any hearings on any Supreme Court nominee President Obama names this year.

Risky Shadow Banks Become Campaign Fodder For Democrats

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:45am

Bernie Sanders says he wants to break up too-big-too-fail banks. But Hillary Clinton says the real risks to the financial system lie in lightly regulated corners of the economy known as shadow banks.

Nevada Caucuses: Will Republicans Go All In For Trump?

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 7:19pm

The real estate mogul is once again the favorite to win the Silver State's caucuses, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also battling for a strong finish.

Alabama Fast-Food Workers Rally To Defend City's Wage Hike

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 5:40pm

The Birmingham City Council approved a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, but some state legislators want to block it. A coalition representing low-wage workers is trying to defend the Birmingham bill.




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