Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Democratic candidates make pitches to party leaders

Feb. 23, 2019 6:19 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three prominent Democrats took turns Saturday pitching their credentials as the strongest challenger to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin as they appeared before party leaders hungry to win back the governor's mansion. Attorney General Andy Beshear recounted his record of beating Bevin in...

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly kicks off Arizona Senate bid

Feb. 23, 2019 6:18 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly kicked off a "mission for Arizona" Saturday as he launched his U.S. Senate campaign with a rally in Tucson, the city where his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, survived a shooting when she was a congresswoman. That attack in 2011 led Kelly to leave NASA and become...

Lathan re-elected as GOP party chairwoman

Feb. 23, 2019 2:53 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republicans have re-elected Terry Lathan of Mobile as state chairwoman. Lathan was re-elected Saturday as the leader of the Alabama Republican Party. Leadership elections occurred during the party's winter meeting in Birmingham. Lathan was first elected chairwoman in 2015....

Baker in no hurry to back 'mentor' Weld's presidential bid

Feb. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has described himself as a big fan of former Gov. William Weld, while making no secret that he isn't much of a fan of President Donald Trump. So Weld's announcement that he's officially exploring a run against Trump in the Republican primaries next year could potentially...

Michigan Republicans elect former lawmaker Cox state chair

Feb. 23, 2019 2:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former state Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will lead the Michigan Republican Party while it seeks to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020. Cox, who has been endorsed by Trump's campaign manager and top Michigan Republicans, also is a former Wayne County commissioner and customs agent....

Long odds for GOP push against left 'extremism' in schools

Feb. 23, 2019 12:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Republican's push to quash the "left-wing extremism" in Maine classrooms faces steep odds in the state's Democratic controlled Legislature. Rep. Lawrence Lockman seeks to prevent teachers in public schools from engaging in political, ideological, or religious advocacy in the...

AP FACT CHECK: Undocumented GOP, Dem rhetoric on immigration

Feb. 23, 2019 10:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political fallout from President Donald Trump's push for his border wall is giving rise to overwrought rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats alike. Trump, as he has so often done, claimed progress on the wall that isn't borne out by what's going on along the border. In the...

School construction brings together Gov. Cooper, GOP speaker

Feb. 23, 2019 9:45 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Political adversaries for the past two years, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and a top Republican legislative leader are now rare allies on whittling down North Carolina public schools' construction and repair needs. House Speaker Tim Moore and Cooper want to put a public education...

Trump vows veto as Democrats try to block emergency order

Feb. 22, 2019 11:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House have teed up a vote next week to block President Donald Trump from using a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, accelerating a showdown in Congress that could divide Republicans and lead to Trump's first veto. The...

Judge strikes down North Carolina voter ID OK'd by voters

Feb. 22, 2019 10:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Friday voided new state mandates requiring photo identification to vote and also limiting income tax rates. He ruled the GOP-controlled legislature lacked authority to put those constitutional amendments on the ballot because lawmakers had been elected from...