Latest U.S. Republican Party News

Five aides to party-switching House lawmaker resign

Dec. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office." The staffers wrote the letter on Sunday, a day after a Republican official said GOP House...

Democrats seek Bolton, Mulvaney for impeachment trial

Dec. 15, 2019 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a weekslong Senate impeachment trial seeking testimony from four new witnesses including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, according to a detailed outline released Sunday. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of...

Analysis: Another term of the Louisiana budget wars looms

Dec. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Welcome to deja vu, Louisiana state government-style. The latest meeting of Louisiana's income forecasting panel signaled a guaranteed repeat of budget strife, with one of the conservative House Republican leaders who regularly clashed with Gov. John Bel Edwards during his first...

Analysis: Defeated lawmaker questions validity of election

Dec. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A one-term state lawmaker in Mississippi is contesting her narrow loss in the general election, saying she believes voting irregularities raise questions about the fairness of the election process. Republican Ashley Henley has filed a petition asking the House of Representatives to...

AP source: NJ Dem lawmaker plans to become a Republican

Dec. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House freshman from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump will become a Republican, a GOP official said Saturday. Top House Republicans have been told of Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decision, according to a GOP official familiar...

Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era

Dec. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House...

Indiana resisting marijuana trend of neighboring states

Dec. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican Statehouse leaders are firmly against taking any steps toward following neighboring states in legalizing marijuana use during the upcoming legislative session. They might not be able to avoid talking about it during the 2020 election campaign. Indiana...

With O'Rourke not running for Senate, many don't know who is

Dec. 14, 2019 9:18 AM EST

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — It's finally official: Beto O'Rourke isn't running for Senate in Texas. The problem for Democrats is most voters don't know who is. Unusually high hopes among Democrats for Texas in 2020 are facing an unsettled post-Betomania landscape: a dozen Senate challengers and no clear...

Kentucky's new Democratic governor hits the ground running

Dec. 14, 2019 8:06 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Just days into his term as Kentucky's governor, Democrat Andy Beshear already has checked off some big priorities from his to-do list: a new state school board installed; the education commissioner gone; more than 140,000 nonviolent felons' voting rights restored. Now comes the hard...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Undecided but echoing GOP on impeachment

Dec. 13, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran said Friday that he hasn't decided how he would vote on removing President Donald Trump from office but followed those comments up by criticizing the Democratic-led House's impeachment process. Moran's statement declared that he does not support the...