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GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

Aug. 15, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump...

Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

Aug. 15, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall's midterm elections. Yet four days after the first public accusation of physical and emotional abuse emerged against Minnesota...

Expensive renovations lead to impeachment, political feud

Aug. 15, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A taste for blue suede sofas, inlaid wooden floor maps and glass countertops has led to the retirement of two West Virginia Supreme Court justices and the impeachment of three others. It also has created a political firestorm, as Democrats accuse the Republican-led legislature of...

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

Aug. 15, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy...

The Latest: Pearl Jam unapologetic for White House poster

Aug. 15, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a Pearl Jam concert poster that shows the White House in flames (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Pearl Jam's bassist is unapologetic for a concert poster that has Republicans crying foul. Jeff Ament said in a statement Wednesday that he was the "sole conceptualist" for the...

US House rivals in Ohio deadlocked, but regrouping for fall

Aug. 15, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's rare that two candidates for a coveted open congressional seat get a do-over. But for campaigns, party strategists and outside groups, that's what back-to-back contests for central Ohio's sprawling 12th District seem to make possible. The race for former Republican U.S. Rep. Pat...

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

Aug. 15, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof of...

Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

Aug. 15, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma of the GOP establishment or of calling President...

Trump to headline Republican state dinner in Ohio

Aug. 15, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump will return to Ohio later this month to headline the Ohio Republican Party's state dinner. The president's appearance at the Aug. 24 event in Columbus was announced Wednesday by Chairman Jane Timken. The visit is a coup for Timken, a Trump loyalist who ousted...

Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

Aug. 15, 2018 10:31 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount. Colyer accepted defeat Tuesday evening after...