Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

Legislative panel debates Walz 70 percent gas tax hike plan

Mar. 21, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature began work in earnest Thursday on Gov. Tim Walz's transportation plan, including his hotly disputed proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax by 70 percent. A House transportation committee gave the Democratic governor's plan its first hearing. Supporters...

NTSB: Impaired truck driver likely cause of GOP train crash

Mar. 21, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A trash truck driver who had marijuana in his system likely caused a fatal collision last year with an Amtrak train that was carrying Republican lawmakers, federal investigators concluded Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board's final report said the crash in rural Virginia...

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...

Trump again knocks McCain as Republicans urge end to attacks

Mar. 21, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to halt his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain. But Trump is continuing to complain about the Arizona senator's health care vote seven months after McCain died of brain cancer. "I'm not a fan of John McCain," Trump said again Thursday...

Judge blocks laws limiting powers of Wisconsin governor

Mar. 21, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Wisconsin Republicans' contentious lame-duck laws limiting the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who immediately used his restored authority to pull the state out of a multistate challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Dane County Circuit...

The Latest: Democrats want to stop paying outside attorneys

Mar. 21, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a judge blocking Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Democratic lawmakers are asking their Republican counterparts to stop paying outside attorneys representing the Legislature after a judge blocked the GOP's lame-duck laws. Republican...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

Mar. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight...

GOP fundraiser pleads guilty to fraud, keeping donor money

Mar. 21, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law for using more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort services. H. Russell Taub pleaded guilty...