Pence Reemerges, Lays Groundwork for 2024 Run
Elections
Pence Reemerges, Lays Groundwork for 2024 Run

WASHINGTON (AP) — When former President Donald Trump was asked to list those he considers the future leaders of the Republican Party, he quickly rattled off names including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. Conspicuously... Read More

FEC Approves Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Security
Congress
FEC Approves Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Security
2021-03-26 15:23:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission granted a request from Republican lawmakers that they be allowed to use campaign funds to pay for personal security for themselves and their families. The National Republican Senate Committee and the National Republican Congressional... Read More

Lawmaker Arrested After Georgia GOP Passes Controversial Elections Bill
In The States
Lawmaker Arrested After Georgia GOP Passes Controversial Elections Bill
2021-03-26 14:12:56
by Dan McCue

A Georgia lawmaker was arrested and forcibly removed from the state Capitol Thursday night as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping overhaul of state election laws, including adding new restrictions on voting by mail. Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon,... Read More

House Republicans Endorse Bringing Back Earmarks
Congress
House Republicans Endorse Bringing Back Earmarks
2021-03-17 20:29:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Republicans passed a resolution during their weekly conference meeting on Wednesday in support of restoring earmarks. The 102-84 vote comes as Democrats continue to prepare to revive the practice. Earmarks – funding for specific projects usually inserted... Read More

All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
In The States
All Eyes on Iowa Governor Over Elections Bill
2021-02-26 19:02:22
by TWN Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents of Iowa will have to wait until next week to learn if dramatic changes are going to be made to how they participate in future elections.  Earlier this week, both houses of the State Legislature... Read More

Once the Mainstream Model, Michigan GOP Embraces Right Wing
In The States
Once the Mainstream Model, Michigan GOP Embraces Right Wing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josh Venable, a longtime Michigan GOP operative and chief of staff to former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, can trace the arc of the state's Republican Party clearly."This was the state where to be Republican was... Read More

GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package
Congress
GOP Rallies Solidly Against Democrats' Virus Relief Package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats' proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate's parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.  Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities,... Read More

Trump-McConnell Feud Threatens Republicans' Path to Power
Congress
Trump-McConnell Feud Threatens Republicans' Path to Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is escalating a political war within his own party that could undermine the Republican push to fight President Joe Biden's agenda and ultimately return the party to power.A day after blistering Mitch McConnell,... Read More

GOP Eyes Path to Power by Making Peace With the Far Right
Political News
GOP Eyes Path to Power by Making Peace With the Far Right

NEW YORK (AP) — Over the course of 24 hours this week, House Republicans voted to defend a freshman conspiracy theorist with a history of violent rhetoric and a mainstream party leader who backed Donald Trump's impeachment. The seemingly conflicting... Read More

House GOP Keeps Cheney as No. 3 Leader
Congress
House GOP Keeps Cheney as No. 3 Leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans decided Wednesday to stand by two GOP lawmakers who have polarized the party, voting to retain Rep. Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader and saying they’d fight a Democratic push to kick Rep. Marjorie... Read More

McCarthy Meets with Rep. Greene; GOP Faces Cheney Decision
Political News
McCarthy Meets with Rep. Greene; GOP Faces Cheney Decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met late Tuesday with hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as Republicans wrestled over how to handle a bipartisan outcry over her endorsement of outlandish conspiracy theories and of violent, racist views. Aides... Read More

House Democrats Lay Out Case for Conviction; Trump Calls Charge 'Irrelevant'
Impeachment
House Democrats Lay Out Case for Conviction; Trump Calls Charge 'Irrelevant'
2021-02-02 22:17:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump endangered the life of every member of Congress on Jan. 6 when he "summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them to a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats... Read More

Biden Meets Republicans on Virus Aid, but No Quick Deal
Political News
Biden Meets Republicans on Virus Aid, but No Quick Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Republican senators during a two-hour meeting he's unwilling to settle on an insufficient coronavirus aid package after they pitched their slimmed down $618 billion proposal that's a fraction of the $1.9 trillion he is... Read More

GOP Lawmakers Seek Tougher Voting Rules after Record Turnout
State News
GOP Lawmakers Seek Tougher Voting Rules after Record Turnout

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers in statehouses across the country are moving swiftly to attack some of the voting methods that fueled the highest turnout for a presidential election in 50 years. Although most legislative sessions are just getting underway, the Brennan... Read More

Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security
Congress
Republicans Ask FEC If Campaign Cash Can Be Spent on Personal Security
2021-01-30 19:31:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican fundraising arms for the House and Senate have asked the Federal Elections Commission whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to pay for personal security personnel for themselves or their families. In a letter dated... Read More

Republicans Condemned Trump. Now They're Seeking His Help
Political News
Republicans Condemned Trump. Now They're Seeking His Help

Just two weeks ago, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy declared Donald Trump culpable in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. By Thursday, he was seeking his political support. A private meeting between the two men at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort signaled a... Read More

'Just Move On': Republicans Grapple with Post-Trump Future
Congress
'Just Move On': Republicans Grapple with Post-Trump Future

For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority... Read More

GOP Senators in Spotlight as Second Impeachment Trial Looms
Impeachment
GOP Senators in Spotlight as Second Impeachment Trial Looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second time, Republican senators face the choice of whether to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial. While only one GOP senator, Utah's Mitt Romney, voted to convict Trump last year, that number could... Read More

Lawmakers Who Voted Against Biden are Denounced Back Home
State News
Lawmakers Who Voted Against Biden are Denounced Back Home

Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, even after a mob broke into the Capitol, are being denounced by critics in their home districts who demand that they resign or be ousted. Protesters, newspaper editorial... Read More

Republicans Condemn 'Scheme' to Undo Election for Trump
Political News
Republicans Condemn 'Scheme' to Undo Election for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unprecedented Republican effort to overturn the presidential election has been condemned by an outpouring of current and former GOP officials warning the effort to sow doubt in Joe Biden's win and keep President Donald Trump in office is undermining Americans’... Read More

Pence Seeks Dismissal of Suit Aiming to Overturn Election
Political News
Pence Seeks Dismissal of Suit Aiming to Overturn Election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a last-gasp lawsuit led by a House Republican that seeks to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the results of the presidential election won... Read More

Hawley Joins Challenge to Electoral College Results, Giving House Members Key Vote in Senate
Political News
Hawley Joins Challenge to Electoral College Results, Giving House Members Key Vote in Senate
2020-12-30 18:30:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -  Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. announced Wednesday that he will object to certifying the Electoral College vote during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, becoming the first GOP senator to back the effort by House conservatives. Hawley's... Read More

Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand
Congress
Republicans Block $2,000 Virus Checks Despite Trump Demand

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans shot down a Democratic bid on Thursday to pass President Donald Trump's longshot, end-of-session demand for $2,000 direct payments to most Americans as he ponders whether to sign a long-overdue COVID-19 relief bill. The made-for-TV... Read More

Ossoff Hammers Gingrich, Republicans Oppose Braves Name Change
State News
Ossoff Hammers Gingrich, Republicans Oppose Braves Name Change

ATLANTA — The first day of in-person early voting for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoffs started Monday, and with it came the final, frenzied effort by all four Senate campaigns to get their supporters to the polls. Jon Ossoff continued... Read More

Trump Allies File Emergency Petition at Supreme Court Over 2020 Election
Political News
Trump Allies File Emergency Petition at Supreme Court Over 2020 Election

WASHINGTON — Weeks after President Donald Trump said the Supreme Court should decide whether to throw out millions of ballots in what he dubbed a fraudulent election, and with state and federal courts rejecting nearly all his legal team's lawsuits in multiple states,... Read More

Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority
2020 Elections
Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority

WASHINGTON — Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov. 3 election, powered by their... Read More

Michigan GOP Backtracks After Blocking Vote Certification
State News
Michigan GOP Backtracks After Blocking Vote Certification

DETROIT (AP) — In an abrupt about-face, Michigan's largest county on Tuesday night unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters' intentions. The initial move was quickly... Read More

2 White House Aides and Guest of Giuliani Test Positive for Coronavirus
White House
2 White House Aides and Guest of Giuliani Test Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — At least three more people in President Donald Trump's orbit — including White House political director Brian Jack — have tested positive for coronavirus, widening the latest outbreak to ravage the West Wing. Jack, who attended Trump's election night event in the East Room of the White House,... Read More

How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'
2020 Elections
How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'

WASHINGTON — Unlike in 2018, this year's "green wave" of Democratic money didn't produce a "blue wave" of victories, thanks in part to a super PAC that helped Republicans close the spending gap. Congressional Leadership Fund, a group aligned with House GOP leadership, spent more... Read More

Republican AGs File Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Case
2020 Elections
Republican AGs File Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot Case
2020-11-10 20:04:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON -- Republican Attorneys General from 10 states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the latest legal action in the case to contend the counting of certain mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. In the brief, the AGs... Read More

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