Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying

Apr. 22, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea, of...

Republicans aim to limit Democratic Attorney General's power

Apr. 22, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Iowa want to limit the powers of the state's attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump. Tom Miller, the longest-serving sitting state attorney general in the U.S., joined six lawsuits...

Montana Republican invites chicken chain after LGBT flap

Apr. 22, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Montana governor is looking to take a fast-food chicken restaurant chain under his wing after the owners' anti-gay rights stance cost it new locations in Texas and New York state. Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter on Monday inviting Chick-fil-A CEO Dan...

Republicans trump Evers' charging station plan

Apr. 22, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans worked Monday to trump Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to spend $10 million on electric vehicle charging stations in the state budget, announcing their own bill to set up the stations. Republicans and Evers have been stealing each other's ideas for months in a...

Congressman's death triggers election, glut of candidates

Apr. 22, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.'s long-held congressional seat in North Carolina was expected to be up for grabs soon, but it happened more quickly than most people anticipated. Months after the Republican announced his 2018 campaign would be his last, Jones' health faded. He died in...

Editor, ex-publisher of the Republican-American dies at 87

Apr. 21, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The longtime editor and former publisher of Waterbury's Republican-American newspaper has died, the newspaper's managing editor Anne Karolyi said Sunday. Karolyi said William J. Pape II died Saturday. He was 87. Pape began working at the newspaper in 1959 after he graduated from...

Arizona Republican Party's fundraising plummets this year

Apr. 21, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Contributions to the Arizona Republican Party have fallen this year to their lowest level in nearly two decades, according to campaign finance records. The organization has burned through most of its cash as it prepares for the 2020 U.S. Senate race and rebuilds following the series of...

School money, gambling decisions near for Indiana lawmakers

Apr. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Just how much additional money will go toward Indiana schools is a top unanswered question as the General Assembly nears the end of this year's legislative session. Lawmakers could wrap up the session as early as Wednesday but negotiations on the new two-year state budget and other...

Whitmer nets GOP, business support for tuition-free programs

Apr. 20, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is netting key support from the business community and some Republican lawmakers for her large-scale plans to provide debt-free tuition to high school graduates and older adults who want to learn new job skills. The development is a boost for one of the...

Bevin looks to overcome battles to win another term

Apr. 20, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Never one to duck controversy, Kentucky's Republican governor has feuded with teachers and insulted judges. He stunned GOP lawmakers recently by vetoing a pension bill counted on by an array of state-funded agencies, provoking a spat with the state Senate's top leader. Just weeks away...