Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Democrats won Pennsylvania House, but bipartisan gap remains

Feb. 08, 2023 16:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters who kept three Pittsburgh-area state House seats in Democratic hands this week effectively also flipped control away from the Republican majority that has run the chamber for more than a decade, one of a handful of legislative bodies across the United States where...

Ex-Twitter execs deny pressure to block Hunter Biden story

Feb. 08, 2023 15:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Twitter executives conceded Wednesday they made a mistake by blocking a story about Hunter Biden, the president’s son, from the social media platform in the run-up to the 2020 election, but adamantly denied Republican assertions they were pressured by Democrats and law...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Feb. 08, 2023 14:42 PM EST

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. February 2, 2023. Editorial: Mixed results from student speech survey There’s reason to be concerned about some of the responses in the UW System’s survey of student views on free speech, but we’re not convinced the results are as...

Bill raising riot penalties in North Carolina clears House

Feb. 08, 2023 14:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill increasing punishments for violent protests following the 2020 demonstrations over George Floyd's murder passed the North Carolina House on Wednesday despite harsh criticism from social justice advocates. Some bipartisan support signals a potential override of any veto...

Tennessee House speaker mulls rejecting US education money

Feb. 08, 2023 14:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee's most influential Republican lawmakers says the state should stop accepting the nearly $1.8 billion of federal K-12 education dollars that help provide support for low-income students, English learners and students with disabilities. House...

In new role, Sanders demands answers from Starbucks' Schultz

Feb. 08, 2023 14:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders settles into his new role as chairman of the Senate committee that oversees health and labor issues, he says some corporations “should be nervous.” And the longtime liberal crusader’s first target is Howard Schultz, the interim CEO of...

'Invasion' language continues after El Paso Walmart shooting

Feb. 08, 2023 12:37 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — From inside a Texas Walmart in 2019 during one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Adria Gonzalez heard the gunman shout epithets against Mexicans as she helped panicked shoppers toward the store exits. She won't be there Wednesday when Patrick...

Evers calls for smoother approval of stewardship projects

Feb. 08, 2023 12:20 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers wants to make it harder for Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature to stop conservationists and the state from buying land, proposing Wednesday to increase the thresholds for stopping stewardship projects. Evers said his executive budget...

Biden speech takeaways: More conciliation than conflict

Feb. 08, 2023 09:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State of the Union address tends to have a ritual rhythm. Grand entrance. Applause. Platitudes. Policies. Appeals for Unity, real or imagined. President Joe Biden checked those boxes, and a few more, during his speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 08, 2023 07:12 AM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. February 6, 2023. Editorial: Florida’s high court censors fairness, diversity Words matter for what they represent. When Lincoln described a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” it magnificently...