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  • Rubio to announce next campaign on April 13

    March 30, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio is set to kick off his next campaign April 13. The first-term Republican from Florida did not explicitly declare himself a presidential candidate during an interview Monday on Fox News Channel, but instead suggested his 2016 plans would be announced in Miami in two weeks.... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

    March 23, 2015 10:31 AM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives. One of several Republican hopefuls to rise from the tea party movement, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry... more »
  • Bush says all students must be held to high expectations

    March 19, 2015 11:13 AM

    ATLANTA - Jeb Bush says the nation's education system must hold all schoolchildren to high expectations or they won't succeed. The former Florida governor addressed Georgia lawmakers Thursday after a swing through the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In his remarks, Bush made only indirect... more »
  • Trump in New Hampshire as he eyes presidential bid again

    March 19, 2015 2:05 AM

    AMHERST, N.H. - Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run. Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek. The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to... more »
  • GOP to offer budget blueprint with Medicare, food stamp cuts

    March 16, 2015 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week. They're pledging to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. More pressing an issue for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set... more »
  • Cotton: author of Iran letter, Army vet, rookie GOP senator

    March 10, 2015 1:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The rookie Republican senator leading the effort to torpedo an agreement with Iran is an Army veteran with a Harvard law degree who has a long record of tough rhetoric against President Barack Obama's foreign policy. None of Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton's previous forays into foreign policy raised... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • GOP: Our plan would help people losing health subsidies

    March 2, 2015 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans are sending a message that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: The country's health care system won't crumble if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. Three top senators said Monday that if the court invalidates federal... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • Gov. Jindal speaks tonight at CPAC

    February 26, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Conservative Political Action Conference begins today in Washington, D.C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a featured speaker on the first day of the weekend-long event. Jindal has spoken at the event in the past. The Straw Poll at CPAC is often an indicator of potential... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

    February 24, 2015 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency. The move puts... more »
  • GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

    February 24, 2015 2:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency's budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he... more »
  • GOP govs with 2016 aspirations love to bash Washington

    February 5, 2015 1:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - As they begin to shape their prospective bids for president, a group of ambitious Republican governors are eager to seize on voters' contempt for that most dirty of political words: "Washington." Yet even as they profess to loathe the nation's capital, those same governors have become regular Washington... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Obama-GOP overlap? Public works, corporate taxes, defense

    February 3, 2015 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the proposals in President Barack Obama's new budget address major concerns of the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Republicans could find common ground on proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. Full agreement on any one of... more »
  • Romney will not run for president in '16

    January 30, 2015 10:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.... more »
  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    January 29, 2015 11:27 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They include Chicago investor Craig Duchossois, who is among several former Romney supporters who plan to... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

    January 21, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A freshman senator from Iowa says Republicans are willing to work with President Barack Obama on some issues but that it will also reject failed policies. Sen. Joni Ernst offered her party's response to the State of the Union Address. She said her party wants to simplify... more »
  • In South Carolina, Cruz blisters Obama, GOP establishment

    January 18, 2015 6:15 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is urging South Carolina conservatives to help nominate a Republican president from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The Texan spoke Sunday in Myrtle Beach at the Tea Party Coalition Convention. His remarks reflect the... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. ... more »
  • White House: Scalise as No. 3 says a lot about who GOP is

    January 5, 2015 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says whether Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise keeps his House Republican leadership position "says a lot about who they are." Scalise has been under fire over revelations that he gave a speech to a white supremacist group 12 years ago. Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in... more »
  • GOP lawmakers back Scalise in supremacist flap check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 4, 2015 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers are defending the No. 3 House GOP leader over a speech have gave 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana says the speech was a mistake he now regrets. Party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him. Several... more »
  • GOP focus for Congress: Cut deficit, don't stumble

    January 3, 2015 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama. GOP leaders plan to focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget. And avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make Americans wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run... more »
  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    December 29, 2014 4:05 AM

    HONOLULU, HI - President Barack Obama is putting congressional Republicans on notice that he expects to use his veto pen far more often next year. Obama says he hasn't vetoed many bills since taking office in 2009. In fact, he's only done it twice. But with Republicans set to control... more »
  • Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

    December 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush is stepping down from an advisory role with British banking giant Barclays. A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would resign his senior advisor position at the end of the year. Bush has been with the banking and financial services firm since 2009.... more »
  • Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

    December 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds 86 percent of Americans lack confidence that Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the nation's problems. Approval ratings for the president and Congress are about the same as before the election, with 41 percent approval for... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • GOP works to keep voters' interest for Senate race

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has cast his ballot early, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen away from people's minds as they focus on the holidays. Cassidy is the front-runner in the race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. He's hoping to maintain... more »
  • Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone

    November 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats' rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu's failure to get the vote needed... more »
  • New GOP senators show moderated, cooperative tone

    November 12, 2014 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican Party's new freshmen senators who sometimes sounded big tea-party themes during their campaign are adopting a more moderate tone as they prepare to enter Congress. A few of the 11 incoming GOP senators may still opt to battle party leaders, as some tea party-backed House Republicans... more »
  • Incoming GOP Senate chairman plans border bill

    November 10, 2014 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal... more »
  • Republicans unite to support Cassidy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 10, 2014 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is getting some help in his seat from both local and national GOP leaders in his quest to unseat Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. One of the noteworthy guests at today's Republican Unity Rally: Former Senatorial candidate Rob Maness. The Tea Party favorite... more »
  • GOP to control Senate

    November 4, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have captured their sixth Senate seat that had been held by Democrats - and that's enough to give Republicans control of the Senate next year. The GOP will now have full control of Congress during the final two years of President Barack Obama's second term. And their... more »
  • GOP candidates in La. not embracing Bobby Jindal

    October 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While Democrats in Louisiana are largely dodging ties to President Barack Obama this election season, Republicans aren't necessarily embracing Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked to grade the Republican governor's performance, GOP congressional contenders have answered with middling marks to outright avoidance of the question as support for Jindal... more »
  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    October 20, 2014 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away. Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and... more »
  • Landrieu raising and spending more in Senate race

    October 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Sen Mary Landrieu continues to draw in more campaign cash than her GOP competitors, but she's also spending at a faster clip. That gives her chief opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, more money in the bank as the Nov. 4 election draws near and erases any fundraising advantage for... more »
  • McCain campaigning with Cassidy in La. Senate race

    October 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain is campaigning across Louisiana at veterans rallies in support of GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy. In Baton Rouge on Monday, McCain described the Republican congressman as someone who will help improve veterans care and fight Obama administration policies. Cassidy is locked in... more »
  • GOP seizes on Obama comment about his policies

    October 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - President Barack Obama is giving Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours of Obama's remarks, GOP candidates across the political landscape sought to capitalize on his words with ads tying... more »
  • State GOP files ethics complaint against Landrieu

    September 2, 2014 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes. The complaint, filed Tuesday by party executive director Jason Dore, accuses Landrieu of violating federal law by billing her taxpayer-funded Senate office... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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