Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Evers calls for smoother approval of stewardship projects

Feb. 08, 2023 17:30 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...

Walmart shooting suspect pleads guilty to federal charges

Feb. 08, 2023 17:15 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of killing nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at an El Paso Walmart, changing his plea weeks after the U.S. government said it wouldn’t seek the death penalty for the hate crimes and firearms...

Biden warns of GOP plans for Medicare, Social Security cuts

Feb. 08, 2023 17:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden suggested that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security, the GOP howls of protest during his State of the Union address showcased a striking apparent turnaround for the party that built a brand for years trying to do just that. ...

Biden's fentanyl position sparks criticism from 2 sides

Feb. 08, 2023 16:42 PM EST

President Joe Biden’s calls in his State of the Union speech for strong criminal penalties in response to soaring deaths linked to the potent opioid fentanyl are being rebuked by harm reduction advocates who say that approach could make the problem worse, even as some in Congress jeered the...

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...