Republican Party

4-term Indiana GOP Rep. Susan Brooks won't seek reelection

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks announced Friday that she won't seek reelection next year because she wants to spend more time with her family after four terms in Congress — a pending retirement that follows Democrats' plans to target her suburban Indianapolis district in 2020.

Jun. 14, 2019 2:19 PM EDT
Lots of surprises but no clear message from Virginia primary

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's off-year elections later this year — when 140 legislative seats and partisan control of the Legislature is up for grabs — may signal what the rest of the country's mood will be in 2020.

Jun. 12, 2019 2:57 AM EDT
Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans.

Jun. 10, 2019 9:13 PM EDT
Amash at town hall: 'My job is to protect the Constitution'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct faced voters in his Michigan district Tuesday, receiving standing ovations from many who saluted his "courage" while sparring with some former supporters who faulted him for embracing a Democratic "smear attack" against Trump.

May. 28, 2019 10:40 PM EDT
State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say.

May. 25, 2019 3:52 PM EDT
Rivals for Kentucky governor both have work to do

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The winning candidates for Kentucky governor drew just a fraction of the state's voters in party primaries this week, a signal that both have lots of work to do in what will likely be a brutal general election campaign.

May. 23, 2019 12:38 PM EDT
GOP's Weld says he's most pro-choice candidate in 2020 race

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump's only major Republican primary challenger said Saturday that the recent spate of abortion laws being passed in states like Alabama has him feeling "terrible," and declared that abortion is a decision the government should not come anywhere near.

May. 18, 2019 8:59 PM EDT
NC 'bathroom bill' sponsor wins GOP redo of tainted election

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state's "bathroom bill" against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent's campaign.

May. 15, 2019 9:51 AM EDT
'Bathroom bill' sponsor Bishop wins N. Carolina GOP primary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state senator best known as the sponsor of a headline-grabbing "bathroom bill" that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people won Tuesday's Republican primary in a special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year's race was deemed tainted by fraud.

May. 14, 2019 9:45 PM EDT
House GOP seeks women, fresh faces for 2020 challengers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are searching district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and political newcomers in many cases — to help them recapture the House, six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control with the most diverse majority in history.

May. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EDT
Suddenly starless Wisconsin GOP plots rebuild for 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans determined to deliver Wisconsin for President Donald Trump next year will be doing it with a party working to rebuild after the departure of its two biggest stars and a rough midterm election that sent it reeling.

May. 12, 2019 9:35 AM EDT
Risky politics? Trump wields his tariffs as a weapon at home

NEW YORK (AP) — His trade war already raging worldwide, President Donald Trump on Friday brandished his aggressive actions as a political weapon at home, too, casting himself as a fighter for American workers and scorning his chief Democratic rivals as weak.

May. 10, 2019 5:43 PM EDT
Biden: Trump, Republicans allowing Jim Crow to return

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden charged Saturday that Jim Crow is "sneaking back in" as he emphasized voting rights at his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, where black voters play a key role in the South's first presidential primary.

May. 4, 2019 8:48 PM EDT
2020 campaign staffers being trained to handle cyber threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks continuing well into Donald Trump's presidency.

May. 3, 2019 11:56 AM EDT
Biden's rise tests Trump plan of casting foes as socialists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may want to cast his potential Democratic rivals as a band of angry socialists, but Joe Biden is not cooperating with Trump's reelection strategy, and that's giving the president growing unease.

May. 1, 2019 9:49 PM EDT
Democrats face setbacks in recruiting top Senate candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.

May. 1, 2019 11:30 AM EDT
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won't run for Senate in 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020, dimming her party's hopes of a Senate majority and renewing speculation about her political future after last year's unsuccessful run for governor catapulted her to national acclaim.

Apr. 30, 2019 1:20 PM EDT
Biden says Trump abused his office, ignored most Americans

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump of abusing the powers of his office and ignoring everyone but his political base Monday in his first public rally as presidential candidate, arguing in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania that strengthening unions and promoting social and economic unity can restore Democrats to the White House.

Apr. 29, 2019 7:42 PM EDT
Biden enters Democratic race with strong anti-Trump theme

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake, former Vice President Joe Biden pushed into the crowded 2020 presidential contest and quickly sparked a fierce debate over the direction of the modern-day Democratic Party.

Apr. 26, 2019 6:11 AM EDT
2020 Democrats clash over impeachment, felons' right to vote

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency.

Apr. 23, 2019 10:15 AM EDT
National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Apr. 18, 2019 8:24 PM EDT
Full text of Mueller's questions and Trump's answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller's written questions and Donald Trump's written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel's office and the president.

Apr. 18, 2019 4:10 PM EDT
Warren, in Utah, pledges changes in national-monument policy

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Backed by dramatic mountain peaks, Elizabeth Warren stopped in Utah on Wednesday to discuss her public-lands plan, including a promise to restore broader protections for two of the state's high-profile national monuments if elected president.

Apr. 17, 2019 10:20 PM EDT
Correction: Election 2020-Bill Weld story

BOSTON (AP) — In a story April 15 about former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former Sen.

Apr. 16, 2019 10:54 AM EDT
Liberal's concession in Wisconsin race boosts GOP confidence

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The liberal candidate's concession Wednesday in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race gave Republicans a boost of confidence following a string of losses heading into the 2020 presidential campaign.

Apr. 10, 2019 3:51 PM EDT
Schultz launches Midwest tour, says he'd win with GOP votes

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz launched a heartland tour in reliably GOP Kansas on Tuesday, saying he can win the presidential race as an independent candidate by drawing much of his support from disaffected Republicans.

Apr. 9, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

Pages