Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Trump endorses North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis

Jun. 25, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis on Tuesday, delivering a significant political asset for the first-term Republican senator already facing a primary challenge for his reelection next year in the closely divided state. Trump tweeted his "Full and Total...

Feds: Rep. Duncan Hunter paid for affairs with campaign cash

Jun. 25, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing late Monday detailed allegations...

Merrill in Alabama GOP Senate race; Sessions still a factor

Jun. 25, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Tuesday he's joining a growing field of Republican primary candidates competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones next year. "Let's take this Senate seat back and give it back to the people of Alabama," Merrill said...

Republicans unveil compromise budget without Cooper demands

Jun. 25, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans rolled out on Tuesday details of a compromise state government budget that's been essentially hammered out by GOP legislators, without much influence from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who is adamant in pushing for Medicaid expansion. After letter exchanges,...

The Latest: GOP wants assurance that climate bill is dead

Jun. 25, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a walkout by Republican state senators in Oregon over a proposed climate legislation (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Senate Republicans in Oregon say they need further assurances from Democrats about the fate of a landmark climate bill if they are going to put an end to their...

Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

Jun. 25, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and exacerbated tensions between urban and rural areas. All 11 Republican senators extended their...

County Republican leader enters Montana US House race

Jun. 25, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A third Republican has filed to run for Montana's U.S. House seat left open by Rep. Greg Gianforte's decision to run governor. Lewis and Clark County Republican chairman Joe Dooling filed his paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission. He joins State Auditor Matt Rosendale...

Bevin: Trump, Pence 'committed' to boost his reelection bid

Jun. 25, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin predicted Tuesday that his political kinship with Republican President Donald Trump will be in the campaign spotlight this year, and that Trump may visit Kentucky multiple times to help Bevin counter a tough Democratic challenge. During radio interviews with WKDZ and...

State GOP chair resigns after complaint by female candidate

Jun. 25, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party chairman stepped down Tuesday following a published report that he had traded sexually charged text messages with a Philadelphia City Council candidate and also sent her an explicit photo. Val DiGiorgio's resignation was announced by the state...

Whitmer blasts lawmakers for 'vacation' without budget deal

Jun. 25, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday criticized the Republican-led Legislature for starting a "vacation" without a spending deal that includes a major influx of new tax revenue to fix Michigan's deteriorating roads and bridges. The Democrat held a budget briefing with reporters as...