Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics

| |Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well.

Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground

| |Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites.

Eyeing 2016, Clinton selective on policy issues

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise for President Barack Obama's executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats' favored presidential hopeful has been less forthcoming on other issues in these early days of the 2016 contest.

Nevada rules for immigrant benefits are gray area

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Immigrants covered by President Barack Obama's recent executive order will not qualify for certain federal benefits, including welfare and food stamps, according to the White House.

Minnesota voters turn in lowest turnout since 1986

|Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The fall election produced Minnesota's lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday.

Ed Dept. seek to improve teacher prep programs

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Obama administration, seeking to improve teaching even before teachers enter the classroom, is proposing new rules that would penalize teacher-training programs that turn out ill-prepared graduates.

Schumer to Dems: Make government help workers

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

The Senate Democrats' top message man is urging the party leftward in the wake of crushing midterm election losses, saying working Americans want a robust government that will promote education access, labor bargaining rights, progressive taxes and more.

Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising.

GOP works on voter interest in La. Senate race

| |Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.

Ex-Steelers player eyes Pennsylvania high court

| |Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

A Pittsburgh judge who spent more than a decade playing cornerback for the Steelers said Monday he will be a candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court next year.