Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Analysis: Warren still growing into front-runner status

Oct. 16, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The question was inevitable. Elizabeth Warren's answer was the same. And her rivals seized on it. For the second consecutive debate, Warren refused to say whether middle-class Americans would pay higher taxes under her proposed Medicare for All plan. It was a glaring dodge for a...

Congresswoman Torres Small continues to outraise GOP foes

Oct. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl (ZOH'-cheel) Torres Small continues to outraise her Republican opponents in southern New Mexico's closely watched U.S. House race. Federal election records show the Las Cruces Democrat pulled in $556,453 from July 1 to September 30 after winning the...

George Conway donates to Trump's GOP primary challenger

Oct. 15, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has donated to one of President Donald Trump's Republican primary challengers. According to Federal Election Commission filings, George Conway donated $5,600 to former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh's 2020 run on Aug. 30. Conway,...

Connecticut Democrat chair criticizes GOP fundraiser guest

Oct. 15, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — The leader of the Connecticut Democratic Party is criticizing the state Republicans for hosting an upcoming fundraiser headlined by the founder of a conservative group that produces "sting" videos intended to embarrass liberal organizations and media outlets. Democratic Party Chair...

Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'

Oct. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also...

Edwards, Rispone launch attacks in Louisiana governor runoff

Oct. 15, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone are trading attacks in their first TV ads of the Louisiana governor's runoff election. In his 30-second spot released statewide Tuesday, the Deep South's only Democratic governor suggests that Rispone would...

Florida Republicans pick egg farmer to lead state Senate

Oct. 15, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have selected a 53-year-old egg farmer to be next in line to lead them in the state Senate. Sen. Wilton Simpson will assume leadership of the legislative body after its current president, Sen. Bill Galvano, steps down next year. Simpson was officially designated...

GOP starts push to curb Wisconsin governor's veto powers

Oct. 15, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans continued their push Tuesday to weaken Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' powers, holding a hearing on a constitutional amendment prohibiting him from using his veto pen to increase spending. GOP legislators have been working since Evers won election last November to...

State lawmaker running for western Kansas seat in Congress

Oct. 15, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) — A prominent Republican state legislator has launched a campaign for the western Kansas seat in Congress. State Rep. Troy Waymaster of Bunker Hill announced his candidacy Tuesday in the 1st Congressional District. Waymaster has been chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations committee...

Republican Nicholson won't run for Congress, eyeing 2022

Oct. 15, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Kevin Nicholson is passing on a chance to run for Congress next year and instead is laying the groundwork for a statewide run for either governor or U.S. Senate in 2022. Nicholson on Tuesday endorsed fellow Republican Scott Fitzgerald in the 5th Congressional District race....