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  • State GOP postpones endorsement debate

    August 24, 2014 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's Republican Party has refused to consider a proposed change for endorsements. A proposal encouraging Republicans who lose in the federal primary to unite behind a Republican in the runoff also never got to the floor Saturday. The state GOP executive committee's early endorsement of Congressman... more »
  • Jindal to attend Family Leadership Summit in Iowa

    August 8, 2014 2:03 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for... more »
  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    August 1, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • GOP against shrinking Baton Rouge school board

    July 22, 2014 6:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's chapter of the Republican Party has come out against a proposal to reduce the number of members serving on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board from 11 to a smaller number. The local GOP's executive committee voted 13-1 to urge the school... more »
  • Former Senate race candidate endorses Cassidy

    July 21, 2014 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has picked up support for his U.S. Senate campaign from a former GOP competitor. Rep. Paul Hollis, the St. Tammany Parish state lawmaker who recently dropped out of the race, announced Monday that he is endorsing Cassidy in the Nov. 4 election,... more »
  • Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

    July 16, 2014 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds. The vote on Wednesday was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed. Democrats sponsored the... more »
  • GOP field crowded for 6th Congressional District

    July 8, 2014 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The eight Republicans vying for the open 6th District congressional seat are trying to highlight differences among their personal resumes, as they strike largely similar policy positions. In a debate Tuesday, held by the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, the contenders described themselves as conservatives... more »
  • Scalise finalist for congressional leadership

    June 18, 2014 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The contest for the No. 3 spot in the House GOP has turned into tea party conservatives' last, best shot at the congressional leadership after getting shut out of the top two jobs in the shakeup that followed Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprise primary defeat. It's becoming... more »
  • GOP governors: EPA carbon dioxide rules job killer

    June 16, 2014 1:52 PM

    HOUSTON - GOP governors from oil-and-gas rich states say new EPA rules designed to cut global warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 will kill jobs and growth. Texas Gov. Rick Perry hosted Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple... more »
  • Immigration a political quandary for Republicans

    June 13, 2014 2:39 AM

    DENVER, CO - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling primary loss illustrates how the GOP finds itself paralyzed by immigration reform. The policy most party leaders agree is best for the GOP's future is risky for most House Republicans seeking re-election in the fall. Almost all represent districts that are... more »
  • Cantor to resign as majority leader July 31

    June 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset... more »
  • Tea party challenger ousts Eric Cantor in primary

    June 10, 2014 7:11 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been defeated by a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary. Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area. Cantor is the second-most... more »
  • Texas GOP endorses 'reparative therapy' for gays

    June 7, 2014 5:19 PM

    FORT WORTH, Texas - The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention. Roughly 7,000 delegates Saturday ratified the platform without debating their party's stance on homosexuality on the convention floor. They instead argued for five hours... more »
  • GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    May 30, 2014 1:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The GOP-controlled House has come out in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote early Friday came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The amendment by conservative... more »
  • GOP pressing Obama to confront Russia over nukes

    May 27, 2014 2:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty. The Obama administration has acknowledged concerns over Russia's testing of a ground-launched cruise missile, which would violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed... more »
  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

    April 10, 2014 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a GOP budget blueprint that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years through sweeping cuts across the federal budget and eliminating health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the... more »
  • GOP derails gender pay gap bill in Senate

    April 9, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have derailed an election-year Democratic bill curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill's rejection was widely expected, yet Democrats hope the effort will pay political dividends in this November's congressional elections. They are trying to drive up turnout this fall by women, who historically lean more... more »
  • House GOP plan seeks health cuts to balance budget Play Video

    April 2, 2014 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are pressing ahead with a plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax hikes and Medicare cuts engineered by President Barack Obama. The GOP... more »
  • GOP state lawmaker running for US Senate seat

    January 2, 2014 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The field of Republican candidates for Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is getting crowded, with a state lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish adding his name to the list. State Rep. Paul Hollis, a Republican from Mandeville, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission before the holidays, declaring himself a... more »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    December 13, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
  • Officials: Boehner, top GOP to vote for deal

    October 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and other top House Republican leaders intend to vote for the bipartisan agreement worked out in the Senate to avoid a financial default and reopen the government. Officials said Wednesday that the leaders made their intentions clear at a closed-door meeting of rank and file... more »
  • House GOP, White House seek to end budget fight

    October 11, 2013 8:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of an economy-shaking federal default. Obama plans a White House meeting with GOP senators on Friday. Senate Republicans say they want... more »
  • GOP leaders revise strategy on stopgap funding

    September 17, 2013 4:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - House GOP leaders are looking to reverse course and agree to tea party demands to try to use a vote this week on a must-pass temporary government funding bill to block implementation of President Barack Obama's new health care law. A GOP aide says the latest strategy, to... more »
  • House GOP chiefs urge end to La. voucher challenge

    September 17, 2013 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican congressional leaders are urging the Justice Department to consider ending its move to block Louisiana from issuing new private school tuition vouchers in districts that remain under federal desegregation orders. Tuesday's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder says the department's... more »
  • Southern GOP leaders meeting in Alabama

    June 18, 2013 10:32 AM

    BIRMINGHAM - Republican leaders from 10 Southern states are meeting in Alabama to plan strategies for making new GOP inroads across the region. Alabama Republican Chairman Bill Armistead says the two-day meeting of state party chairs and executive directors concludes Tuesday in Birmingham. Party leaders hope to retain all their... more »
  • Opelousas senator switches to Republican Party

    May 31, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory has jumped to the Republican Party, becoming Louisiana's only black state senator in the GOP. Guillory announced Friday that he's leaving the Democratic Party. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office said Guillory filed paperwork on Wednesday registering as a Republican. The... more »
  • GOP continues to slam new Obama war approach

    May 26, 2013 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans keep slamming President Barack Obama's push to move away from a war footing and recalibrate his counter-terrorism strategy. Critics include Capitol Hill Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham says Obama is projecting weakness at a time when the United States ought to show resolve... more »
  • Republicans chafe over financial statement request Play Video

    May 23, 2013 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party is blasting the legislative auditor's office after both the GOP and the state Democratic Party were asked to turn over financial statements to comply with a long-overlooked law. Republican officials were angered by the request and accused the office of targeting conservatives. Democrats simply... more »
  • GOP rep wants asylum review in immigration bill

    April 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he want to overhaul the way the U.S. grants asylum to immigrants after the Boston Marathon bombing. Rep. Bob Goodlatte is a Virginia Republican. He says U.S. authorities should consider whether asylum applicants are, quote, "engaging in aggressive tactics" in... more »
  • GOP roadmap calls for immigration reform

    March 18, 2013 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee is endorsing comprehensive immigration reform as part of a multi-step roadmap designed to improve the GOP's brand among minority voters who overwhelmingly backed Democrats last fall. The committee releases a 100-page report Monday outlining dozens of recommendations. The report says Republicans - quote -... more »
  • Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

    February 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have, for now, blocked Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary. The Senate came up two votes short of the 60 needed to move Hagel's nomination forward as lawmakers prepare to leave town for a week's break. Democrats hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate. Republicans had... more »
  • GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review

    January 25, 2013 1:06 PM

    GOP turns to governors in post-2012 review Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. KEN THOMAS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Looking for a new direction, many Republicans are turning to the states for ideas on how to come back from their 2012 election defeat. Republicans are promoting the tax and... more »
  • Soul searching in focus as GOP gathers in NC

    January 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Republican soul searching begins in earnest this week as GOP officials from across the nation come together for the first time since their party's November shellacking. There is broad agreement that the Republican Party needs to undergo fundamental changes to remain competitive. But there is no clear... more »
  • GOP official: House to vote on delaying debt limit

    January 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican official says the GOP-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meets its obligations. Full details aren't settled yet, but the move is aimed at giving the government about three more months of borrowing authority beyond a deadline expected... more »
  • Boehner: GOP will pass 'responsible' debt bill

    January 14, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will "do its job" and pass legislation to lift the nation's borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls. Boehner acknowledged Monday that failing to lift the so-called debt ceiling would have bad... more »
  • Obama urges action on Sandy aid

    January 2, 2013 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for House Republicans to vote Wednesday on Hurricane Sandy aid "without delay for our fellow Americans." It comes as New York lawmakers are lashing out at a decision by House GOP leaders not to hold a vote in the current Congress. Obama says... more »
  • Boehner: Differences remain in fiscal cliff talks

    December 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Obama 'won't compromise,' but holds back on GOP criticism

    December 10, 2012 3:26 PM

    REDFORD, Mich. - President Barack Obama says he "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay more in taxes. However, Obama held back from directly criticizing Republicans for opposing his tax plans, perhaps signaling that private negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" are showing progress. Obama and Boehner met... more »
  • Obama to paint Republicans as obstacles to a deal

    November 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - During his visit to the Philadelphia area today, President Barack Obama is planning on insisting on higher taxes for the top two percent of earners. That's according to White House officials, who say Obama will cast Republicans as an obstacle to a deal that would avoid the "fiscal... more »
  • GOP senators seek more answers after meeting with Rice

    November 27, 2012 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says talking points she relied on when publicly discussing the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya simply had it wrong, and there was "no intention to mislead the American people." Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell met today... more »
  • Bill Clinton: GOP taking away students' rights

    October 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    DURHAM, N.H. - Former President Bill Clinton is telling college students in the battleground state of New Hampshire that they have the right to vote either where they attend school or at home. Clinton took aim at the state's disputed new voter registration law while campaigning for President Barack Obama... more »
  • New player in presidential politics to run ads

    September 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - A new player in the presidential TV advertising campaign is set to go on the air next week in competitive states, according to several media trackers. The Republican-leaning Americans for Job Security will spend nearly $8.7 million across six states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio... more »
  • National debt hits $16T; GOP critical

    September 4, 2012 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The national debt has topped $16 trillion as chronic government deficits have piled more than $50,000 worth of debt onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States. Barack Obama's GOP rivals used the grim but expected news to blast the president for the... more »
  • Isaac stalling elected officials' GOP travel plans

    August 27, 2012 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican elected officials are scrapping or delaying Florida travel plans for the GOP's national convention. Some who had arrived in Tampa quickly turned around and headed home to wait for Tropical Storm Isaac. Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn't officially canceled his plans to speak at the convention,... more »
  • Jindal may skip GOP convention because of Isaac

    August 26, 2012 4:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's considering skipping his speaking engagement at Republican National Convention because of Tropical Storm Isaac. Jindal said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that he wouldn't leave his state while it's threatened by the storm. Around the time he spoke, a hurricane... more »
  • Arguments continue over GOP convention delegates

    August 1, 2012 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An ongoing dispute over Louisiana's delegates to next month's Republican National Convention has shifted to the national GOP level. State Republican Party leaders lining up behind presumed nominee Mitt Romney and supporters of libertarian Ron Paul couldn't reach an agreement over delegates. Dueling conventions elected separate... more »
  • George H.W. Bush, Barbara to miss GOP convention

    July 17, 2012 11:14 AM

    HOUSTON- A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, will skip the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Fla., because of health reasons. The spokesman, Jim McGrath, says it will be the first time since 1976, when Bush was director of... more »
  • GOP-controlled House votes to repeal health law

    July 11, 2012 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House has voted to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. But the election-year move stands no chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote Wednesday was 244-185. By the Republican count, it was the 33rd time in 18 months that the tea party-infused GOP majority has... more »
  • Jindal: GOP must push for health care law repeal

    June 28, 2012 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says the GOP must push for a full repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law, after it was upheld by the Supreme Court. The Republican Louisiana governor said Americans don't want the health care overhaul. He said it will decrease the quality of... more »
  • GOP, Holder open to talks before contempt vote

    June 21, 2012 5:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republican officials and Attorney General Eric Holder say they're willing to negotiate an end to a potential constitutional confrontation in a dispute related to the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. But that didn't stop House leaders from both parties from trading barbs over the issue again... more »
  • Ron Paul supporters sue GOP, claiming intimidation

    June 20, 2012 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul have filed a lawsuit against the Republican National Committee and nearly every state party claiming they improperly helped Mitt Romney during the primaries while using intimidation and threats of violence to thwart them. Paul's campaign says the Texas congressman doesn't support... more »
  • Jindal attends GOP fundraisers in West Virginia

    June 19, 2012 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is raising money for Republicans in West Virginia. The governor's office said Jindal was attending fundraisers Tuesday for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney and for the West Virginia Republican Party. Maloney is trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in the state. more »
  • Gov. Jindal travels to Virginia, Illinois

    June 7, 2012 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is back on the road for GOP causes, with scheduled stops including a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Chicago. The Republican governor's office said Thursday that Jindal is attending a Friday fundraiser for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee. Later that day, he's headed... more »
  • House approves GOP bill repealing medical tax

    June 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has shrugged off a veto threat and passed legislation repealing a tax on companies that produce many medical devices sold in the United States. Lawmakers approved the measure 270-146. Majority Republicans won support from three-dozen Democrats representing states where medical equipment makers have a heavy presence... more »
  • Romney wins GOP presidential primaries in 5 states

    June 6, 2012 3:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has won the California Republican presidential primary, completing a sweep of contests in five states. Romney also won presidential primaries Tuesday in New Jersey, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana. The victories add to a delegate total that already exceeds the number needed to... more »
  • Senate rejects GOP, Dem plans on student loans

    May 24, 2012 3:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected Democratic and Republican plans for averting a doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students. The election-season standoff means efforts to resolve the dispute will be delayed until next month. Beginning July 1, interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans for... more »
  • Senate Democrats reject House GOP budget plan

    May 16, 2012 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling the Senate have rejected for the second consecutive year a budget plan passed by House Republicans. The vote came after a daylong debate Wednesday in which Democrats blasted Republicans for refusing to consider tax increases as part of a solution to trillion-dollar deficits. Republicans in turn... more »
  • GOP blocks Senate debate on Dem student loan bill

    May 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republicans have blocked the Senate from debating a Democratic bill keeping interest rates on college loans from doubling this summer for 7.4 million students. Republicans say they support heading off higher rates on subsidized Stafford loans. They oppose how Democrats would pay for the measure - raising payroll taxes... more »
  • Gingrich calls on GOP to unite behind Romney

    April 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich all but conceded that his White House campaign is over. He said Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina that he expected Mitt Romney to be the GOP nominee. He also called on the party to unite behind the former Massachusetts governor. Gingrich did... more »
  • Gingrich says he still has a chance

    April 11, 2012 1:25 PM

    NEWARK - Newt Gingrich says he still has a chance. He says it's still possible to win the GOP presidential nomination.Campaigning today in Delaware, Gingrich said, "It's not over and he has not won it yet," referring to Mitt Romney. Yesterday, Romney moved closer to claiming the nomination after chief... more »
  • Message to Gingrich: stay in the race

    April 11, 2012 10:54 AM

    NEWARK- Newt Gingrich says supporters are encouraging him to stay in the GOP presidential race after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out. Gingrich campaigned at a senior center in Newark, Del., Wednesday, one day after Santorum's announcement and two weeks before the state's April 24 primary. Gingrich says he... more »
  • Romney halfway to clinching GOP nomination

    April 2, 2012 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney is halfway to clinching to the Republican nomination for president. Romney inched up to 572 delegates on Monday - exactly half the 1,144 needed - after the Tennessee Republican Party finalized delegate totals from its March 6 primary. Results in several congressional districts were too close... more »
  • Santorum on defensive as race turns to Louisiana Play Video

    March 23, 2012 5:28 PM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - Facing heightened pressure to revive his presidential bid, Rick Santorum was forced to explain another apparent misstep as he courted Louisiana voters Friday, the eve of a critical contest in a Republican nomination battle that increasingly favors Mitt Romney. Santorum said he would support the... more »
  • Jeb Bush backs Romney

    March 21, 2012 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is endorsing Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination. Bush said the nation faces huge challenges and needs a leader who understands the economy, favors less government regulation, believes in "entrepreneurial capitalism" and wants to help all Americans have a second chance. Bush... more »
  • Romney pushes GOP presidential race toward a close

    March 21, 2012 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney says he's "almost there" in his six-year pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination, having defeated Rick Santorum in the Illinois GOP primary. The GOP front-runner is urging Republicans in a campaign email sent after Tuesday's victory to fall in line behind his bid. Romney... more »
  • GOP candidates swing through Louisiana Play Video

    March 16, 2012 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidates for President are making their way through Louisiana, just one week before the March 24 primary. Secret Service agents spent all day at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church preparing for Rick Santorum's Sunday night visit. Terry plans to ask Santorum about issues of faith Sunday... more »
  • GOP nomination fight is Romney vs. Santorum

    March 14, 2012 7:33 AM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Republican presidential nomination fight is heading toward Puerto Rico as a two-man race, with Rick Santorum ascendant and Mitt Romney vanquished in the Deep South. Santorum urged conservatives to "pull together" to defeat Romney after winning Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Romney salvaged... more »
  • Pro-Romney mailer tells voters wrong primary day

    March 13, 2012 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An independent group touting Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination has started sending out mailers to Louisiana voters in advance of the state's March 24 primary - but didn't quite the details right for advising voters. Restore Our Future, a super PAC helping to finance television ads,... more »
  • Voting in Alabama, Mississippi could clarify race

    March 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Deep South primaries today could answer questions for all three Republican presidential candidates. Polls are open in Alabama and Mississippi as Mitt Romney tries to make a southern breakthrough. At the same time, Newt Gingrich is seen as needing wins to stay in the race while Rick Santorum... more »
  • GOP candidates plan to visit Louisiana

    March 12, 2012 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will hold a rally tomorrow in Lafayette. GOP candidates are lining up visits to Louisiana before the state's presidential primary on March 24th. Santorum's Lafayette rally is a fundraiser. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are also expected to make campaign stops in... more »
  • GOP candidates make plans to visit Louisiana

    March 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is planning a Tuesday rally in Lafayette, as GOP candidates start lining up visits to Louisiana as the state's presidential primary draws near. Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere says Santorum is holding a fundraiser and the evening rally Tuesday. Villere says... more »
  • GOP hopefuls look South

    March 11, 2012 9:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Polls show a close race in the two Republican presidential primaries set for Tuesday. Alabama and Mississippi are seen as critical to Newt Gingrich's ability to stay in the race. A Gingrich aide has said the former House Speaker must win both primaries. Rick Santorum is looking to... more »
  • Romney, Santorum share Super Tuesday spoils

    March 7, 2012 9:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are trying to make the most of a mixed Super Tuesday, each claiming a measure of victory but unable to settle the most tumultuous race for the GOP presidential nomination in decades. Romney narrowly won in pivotal Ohio, seized a home-state victory in... more »
  • Roemer says GOP didn't give him a chance

    February 23, 2012 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer says he's running for president as an independent because the Republican Party didn't give him a chance to be a viable candidate. Roemer says he shouldn't have been shut out of the TV debates, and he says both the GOP and the Democratic... more »
  • Roemer goes Independent

    February 22, 2012 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is giving up his attempt to win the Republican nomination for president. But he's no giving up his bid for the White House. Roemer announced today that he is leaving the GOP after his dismal performances in the states that... more »
  • GOP 'super PACs' overtaking campaigns' fundraising

    February 21, 2012 7:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - An unmistakable dynamic is playing out in the money game among Republican presidential candidates: New "super" political action committees are growing more powerful than the campaigns they support. For two of the leading GOP front-runners, their supportive super PACs raised more money and have more cash left in... more »
  • Analysis: Obama sets up clash with GOP in budget

    February 13, 2012 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama's new federal budget showcases the major priorities of his presidency and sets up the top battles that will be waged on both sides in the presidential campaign. In its calls for hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending on job-creating programs and higher taxes on... more »
  • GOP candidates to woo conservatives at big event

    February 10, 2012 4:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Three of the four Republican presidential candidates are addressing a major conservative gathering in Washington, giving them a high-profile stage to reshape their messages at a moment of uncertainty in the contest. Former Sen. Rick Santorum rocked the Republican world this week by winning caucuses in Colorado and... more »
  • GOP presidential campaign moves west

    February 1, 2012 6:19 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he's "ready to lead this party and our nation." Romney won Tuesday's Florida GOP primary, taking 46 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich received 32 percent, Rick Santorum, 13 percent and Ron Paul, 7 percent. Gingrich lost to Romney by a... more »
  • Jindal: Honored to support Perry

    January 19, 2012 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal says it was an honor to support Texas Governor Rick Perry in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Perry dropped out of the race this morning. Lagging in the polls, Perry said he concluded there was no "viable path forward" for... more »
  • Perry abandoning presidential bid, backing Gingrich

    January 19, 2012 9:03 AM

    CHARLESTON - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is abandoning his presidential bid and endorsing Newt Gingrich. That's according to Republican officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the Republican presidential candidate's announcement. Perry plans a news conference at 11 a.m. in South Carolina, where he will announce... more »
  • Officials: Huntsman to drop out of GOP race

    January 16, 2012 5:40 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Jon Huntsman will withdraw Monday from the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Campaign officials tell The Associated Press Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney at an event in South Carolina on Monday morning. The former Utah governor placed third in last week's New Hampshire primary despite devoting... more »
  • Romney adds to lead in race for GOP delegates

    January 11, 2012 6:32 AM

    (AP) - His victories in last night's New Hampshire primary and last week's Iowa caucuses mean Mitt Romney has a strong lead in the scramble for Republican presidential delegates. But with 1,144 needed for the nomination, there's still a long road ahead. Romney picked up seven delegates in New Hampshire... more »
  • Jindal stands by Rick Perry for GOP nomination

    January 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's not giving up on Rick Perry as a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, despite Perry's poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. Jindal said Wednesday that he still believes in the Texas governor's viability and stands by his endorsement. The Louisiana governor... more »
  • Bachmann ends her campaign for GOP nomination

    January 4, 2012 9:38 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Michele Bachmann has ended her presidential campaign - leaving her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to become the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race. She said Wednesday she has "decided to stand aside" but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President... more »
  • Herman Cain: No endorsement before Iowa caucus

    December 30, 2011 4:14 PM

    DES MOINES - Don't expect Herman Cain to endorse any of the Republican presidential candidates before Tuesday's Iowa caucuses Cain's campaign manager Mark Block told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Friday that the former GOP candidate is not prepared to endorse anyone. He did not elaborate. Cain enjoyed... more »
  • Romney casts Ron Paul as fringe candidate

    December 30, 2011 3:17 PM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The polls suggest that Ron Paul could be the only Republican who could cost Mitt Romney a victory in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. And Romney is setting out to make sure that doesn't happen. During TV interviews today, Romney said he doesn't think that Paul "represents... more »
  • La. Democrats look to rebuild grassroots base

    December 1, 2011 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - After a string of losses and the inability to field a slate of statewide candidates this fall, Louisiana's Democratic Party is retrenching. Party leaders say they are focused on rebuilding grass-roots support, re-establishing local leadership committees and attracting candidates with an eye to the 2012... more »
  • New Jersey governor fundraising for La. GOP

    September 29, 2011 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a rising national GOP star, is helping Louisiana's Republican Party fundraise for the fall elections. Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will hold a rally Thursday afternoon before heading to the private cash-generating event for the state GOP, where tickets range... more »
  • White House, GOP discuss potential debt limit pact

    July 31, 2011 10:01 AM

    WASHINGTON- White House officials and congressional Republicans are discussing a potential agreement that could end their bitter debt limit showdown. The hope is that a deal can be completed by Tuesday to avert a possible government default. Officials speaking on condition of anonymity say the White House and GOP... more »
  • Senate to stay in session until debt hike passes

    July 18, 2011 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The leader of the Senate says the chamber will meet every day - including weekends - until Congress sends President Barack Obama legislation to make sure the government doesn't default on its obligations. Nevada Democrat Harry Reid said there's no more important task than ensuring the U.S.... more »
  • Finance reports offer insight into GOP field

    July 15, 2011 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- With six months to go before the first votes are cast, Republican presidential contenders are disclosing how much cash they have available - and how much debt they have to overcome - to win the GOP's nomination. Federal election reports are due today and are expected to offer an... more »
  • Perry may "Shake Up" Republican field

    July 11, 2011 7:20 PM

    Texas Governor Rick Perry is calling influential members of the GOP in the early voting states of New Hampshire and Iowa in another indication he's seriously considering a run for President. He called New Hampshire Senate President Peter Bragdon over the weekend to gauge support and get feedback on what... more »
  • GOP hopefuls descend on La.

    June 17, 2011 3:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- As Republicans gather in this conservative bastion to hear from the party's presidential candidates, they'll also be sending a not-so-subtle message to President Barack Obama - the South is GOP territory. No less than five GOP hopefuls were appearing at the four-day Republican Leadership Conference, planning to introduce... more »
  • Mitt Romney, Ron Paul clash on Afghanistan pullout

    June 14, 2011 3:30 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul are disagreeing on how quickly to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Romney said at a Republican presidential debate Monday that generals in Afghanistan should guide the pullout schedule based to conditions on the ground. He said the troops... more »
  • Romney to face rivals in his first 2012 debate

    June 13, 2011 5:22 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Republicans eyeing their party's presidential nomination in 2012 are preparing for the first debate to include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney and six of his rivals are scheduled to meet Monday night at St. Anselm's College in Manchester. It will be the first time Romney will share... more »

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