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Acting White House Chief of Staff coming to Nevada

Aug. 16, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is the latest high-profile conservative to commit to a big Republican fundraiser in rural northern Nevada next month. Morning Nevada PAC announced Friday Mulvaney will attend its fifth annual Basque Fry Sept. 14 at a ranch near...

GOP Senate candidate is expert witness, tiny-home enthusiast

Aug. 16, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gavin Clarkson works as an expert legal witness on Native American economic issues and lives in an experimental tiny home that is 15 feet (4.5 meters) long and wide, according to new financial disclosure filings disclosed Friday. Clarkson is one of two...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

GOP Twitter block will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $200,000

Aug. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin taxpayers will pay a liberal group's attorneys $200,000 because Republican lawmakers blocked them on Twitter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports state officials agreed Thursday to pay the legal bills for One Wisconsin Now's attorneys. A federal judge ruled in January that...

Trump ties US success to 2nd term: 'You have to vote for me'

Aug. 16, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection. "Whether you love...

Even as some cringe, Rep. Steve King's support may endure

Aug. 15, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by reinforcing...

Scalise tells Illinois GOP it can recover by rebuilding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House brought a hopeful message to the beleaguered Illinois GOP Thursday. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House minority whip, told the faithful at the Illinois State Fair's Republican Day that grassroots organizing and better ideas flipped his...

Hickenlooper ends White House bid, mulls Senate run in 2020

Aug. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may instead challenge one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020. In a video message , Hickenlooper said he had heard from many in his state urging him...

Trump throws support behind possible Lewandowski Senate run

Aug. 15, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

MANCHSTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday threw his support behind his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is considering a run for Senate in his home state of New Hampshire. Trump praised Lewandowski as "a very outstanding guy" in an interview on the "New Hampshire Today" radio...

Evers, Wisconsin Democrats propose gun background check bill

Aug. 15, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday proposed an expansion of background checks for gun sales in the state and called on Republicans who control the Legislature to pass the measure, even though GOP leaders have said they don't support such a move. "It's time...