Latest U.S. Republican Party News

'School choice' is culture-war focus for Kansas lawmakers

Jan. 31, 2023 01:34 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas are focusing on helping conservative parents remove their children from public schools over what's taught about gender and sexuality rather than pursuing a version of what critics call Florida's “Don't Say Gay” law. A...

In Iowa, potential 2024 GOP Trump challengers quiet for now

Jan. 31, 2023 00:41 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — By this time four years ago, at least a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls eager to make their case against Donald Trump had either visited Iowa or announced plans to soon visit the leadoff voting state ahead of the 2020 election. Iowa’s campaign...

West Virginia lawmakers advance ban on gender-affirming care

Jan. 30, 2023 19:21 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee voted Monday to add a ban on hormone therapy to a bill prohibiting gender-affirming surgery for minors before advancing the legislation to the full House of Delegates. The bill was greenlit after...

South Dakota lawmakers advance Medicaid work requirement

Jan. 30, 2023 19:03 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Monday advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to try and force people on Medicaid to work despite federal policy prohibiting such requirements. The proposal would change the state...

Democrats in Washington state choose Conrad as new leader

Jan. 30, 2023 16:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Democratic Party has chosen Shasti Conrad, the former leader of King County Democrats, as its new chair. Conrad, 38, is a political consultant who ran for the post unopposed with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee, both of Washington’s Democratic...

Florida GOP leaders want to get rid of gun permits

Jan. 30, 2023 15:51 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Saying gun owners don't need a government permission slip to protect their God-given rights, Florida's House speaker proposed legislation Monday to eliminate concealed weapons permits, a move Democrats argue would make a state with a history of horrific mass shootings...

Ex-Twitter execs to testify on block of Hunter Biden story

Jan. 30, 2023 13:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Twitter employees are expected to testify next week before the House Oversight Committee about the social media platform’s handling of reporting on President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden. The scheduled testimony, confirmed by the committee Monday, will...

GOP changes leadership in Maine after poor election showing

Jan. 30, 2023 08:56 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Assistant House Minority Leader Joel Stetkis was elected to serve as Maine Republican Party chair, marking a change in direction after a disappointing midterm election for the GOP. Former chair Demi Kouzounas was ousted during a closed-door meeting over...

Registration grows among voters not tied to major parties

Jan. 30, 2023 05:04 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The percentage of Kentucky's registered voters who aren't affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties reached a new high at the end of 2022, Secretary of State Michael Adams said. Voter registration under the category of “other” political...

Arizona Republicans pick former Trump official to lead party

Jan. 28, 2023 21:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans on Saturday selected former state treasurer and Donald Trump aide Jeff DeWit to be the party’s next chairman, turning to a familiar face with relationships across the fractured party after its worst election in decades. DeWit replaces firebrand...