Latest U.S. Republican Party News

The Latest: Romney calls Trump's tweets 'destructive'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four lawmakers of color (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump "failed badly" with tweets and remarks about four liberal House Democrats who are women of color. The Utah senator is one...

Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Jul. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

Jul. 15, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Several GOP senators, and some House Republicans, said Trump had...

Trump digs in against Dem congresswomen; they're firing back

Jul. 15, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to get out if they don't like things going on in America. They fired back at what they called his "xenophobic bigoted remarks"...

Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is 'very close'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and...

GOP governor: Trump's tweets "shameful and racist"

Jul. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday condemned President Donald Trump's attack on Twitter aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color. The Massachusetts governor, a frequent Trump critic, told reporters that Trump's tweets were "shameful and racist," adding that they "send a horrid,...

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for Common Cause,...

The Latest: Walz: Lourey didn't think he had right skills

Jul. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Department of Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey's resignation (all times local): 11:50 Gov. Tim Walz says Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey resigned because he felt he didn't have the right skill set to continue leading Minnesota's largest state agency. Walz...

Utah GOP hires former top Mia Love aide

Jul. 15, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah GOP has named a former top aide to former Congresswoman Mia Love as its new executive director. The Deseret News reports Laurel Price is the first major hire by new State Republican Party Chairman Derek Brown, and he says she will be key to the Republican effort to take back...

GOP Sen. Cornyn reports $9M on hand for re-election bid

Jul. 15, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says he's now sitting on $9 million for his re-election bid that's likely to be among the closest-watched Senate races of 2020. Cornyn announced Monday he raised more than $2.5 million during the latest fundraising quarter. Air Force veteran MJ...