Latest U.S. Republican Party News

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

Feb. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday, but the first session of a days-long hearing produced scant evidence that the GOP congressional candidate he worked for knew about it or even...

The Latest: Suspect won't testify in US House race hearing

Feb. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on an evidentiary hearing outlining a ballot fraud investigation in an undeclared North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized (all times local): 6 p.m. The political operative behind what North Carolina's elections director describes as an...

The Latest: Booker talks policy, plays Pac-Man at barcade

Feb. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EST

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times EST): 11:15 p.m. Amid music from video games and the ringing of pinball machines and the sound of cans of domestic and craft beers cracking open, Booker talked policy with local Democrats at a "barcade" in Manchester, New Hampshire. "I have done...

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

Feb. 17, 2019 11:06 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at...

Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Feb. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with reporters...

Analysis: Shutdown saga offers lesson in divided government

Feb. 16, 2019 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you want results in a polarized Washington, sometimes it pays to simply leave the professionals alone to do their jobs. That seems to especially be the case now in an era in which liberal House Democrats are sharing power in Washington with a GOP-led Senate and President Donald...

Trump's national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

Feb. 15, 2019 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump's decision to invoke executive power after...

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Feb. 15, 2019 9:33 PM EST

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday...

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border

Feb. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff...

Kentucky closer to banning most abortions if Roe overturned

Feb. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step closer toward preparing for a possible post-Roe v. Wade era on Friday. The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban most abortions in Kentucky if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark decision that legalized the procedure nationwide. The chamber's...