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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 »
  • Ted Cruz set to announce 2016 presidential bid on Monday

    March 22, 2015 5:27 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - First-term Texas senator, Ted Cruz, will announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. He is the first candidate to do so in what is expected to be a competitive GOP primary. He is one in over a dozen other Republicans expressing interest in... 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 »
  • Lawmaker facing spending probe benefited from donor projects

    March 13, 2015 2:51 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Associated Press review finds that Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has built his personal wealth off extensive business dealings with campaign contributors. The Republican has been under scrutiny for lavishly redecorating his Capitol Hill office and flying aboard private planes owned by donors. Campaign contributors built, financed... 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 »
  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    February 27, 2015 2:28 AM

    PALM BEACH, FL - Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His... 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 »
  • U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

    February 26, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the U.S. will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Governors to meet with Obama at the White House Monday

    February 23, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown. They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning. The meeting comes days... more »
  • Angelle releases first TV ads in governor's race this year

    February 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate Scott Angelle has launched the first TV ads of the 2015 governor's race, introductions to voters who may know little about him so far. Angelle's campaign said it was spending $200,000 to run the spots in Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma and Alexandria. One commercial describes... more »
  • Landry outraises incumbent Caldwell in attorney general race

    February 12, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has fallen behind chief opponent Jeff Landry in fundraising for this fall's election. Both Republican candidates in the Oct. 24 election filed their campaign finance report this week with the Board of Ethics. Landry, a former congressman, has more than three times the... more »
  • Obama's war power plan seeks its first supporter

    February 12, 2015 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after sending Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum... 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 »
  • Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    February 5, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip... 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 »
  • Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    January 28, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get underway as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. If approved, Loretta Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the U.S. attorney for the... 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 »
  • Senate committee to examine testing in schools

    January 21, 2015 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law. It's focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren. The law mandated that states annually test in reading and math for grades three to... 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 »
  • Republicans try to chart path on immigration moves

    January 16, 2015 2:52 AM

    HERSHEY, PA - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's going to try to push a House-passed bill to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies through the Senate. But neither McConnell nor other members of his leadership - and not even senior House Republicans - predict success for the plan that... 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 »
  • House takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

    January 14, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are advancing sweeping legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. The votes will come Wednesday on legislation to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year. Republicans will... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • Under fire, House GOP lawmaker says he rejects bigotry

    January 7, 2015 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The No. 3 Republican in the House says he rejects all forms of bigotry after his admission last week that he addressed a white supremacist group in 2002. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Wednesday faced fresh questions about his speech at a 2002 Louisiana convention of the... more »
  • Boehner re-elected speaker over tea party opposition

    January 6, 2015 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions. The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year... 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 »
  • House whip Scalise once addressed white supremacists

    December 29, 2014 6:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top House Republican has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise served in the Louisiana Legislature when he appeared at a 2002 convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Now he is the third-highest ranking House Republican... more »
  • AP: Bill Cassidy wins La. Senate seat

    December 6, 2014 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, giving the GOP another victory in the final election of the 2014 midterms. Cassidy's win in Louisiana's Saturday runoff pushes the Republican's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and costs Democrats their last Senate seat in... 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 »
  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

    November 19, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. After the bill failed by one vote Tuesday, McConnell said the pipeline legislation... 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 »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch cuts TV ads for nephew

    October 27, 2014 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Phil Robertson, patriarch of TV's "Duck Dynasty" family, is the star of two new congressional campaign ads in Louisiana, hoping to boost support for his nephew, Republican Zach Dasher. Dasher's campaign says the pair of 15-second ads will begin airing Tuesday and run through election day next... more »
  • Many La. voters not registering with main parties

    October 23, 2014 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voter rolls jumped by nearly 36,000 in the last two months of the registration period leading up to the Nov. 4 election, with more than half of the new voters opting for neither Democrat nor Republican designation. That's according to registration statistics released Wednesday. Secretary... more »
  • 5 hopefuls in 6th District at Baton Rouge forum

    October 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy. Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel,... more »
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 17, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday will boost support for the three-term Democratic incumbent heading... more »
  • Republican gives final OK to $700M to fight Ebola

    October 10, 2014 10:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - A GOP senator has lifted his objections to a $750 million Pentagon request to fight Ebola in Africa, freeing up the money immediately. Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. Inhofe gave his OK to shift leftover Afghanistan war money to... more »
  • Felder drops out, endorses Claitor in 6th Dist.

    October 9, 2014 10:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The field of Republicans hoping to take over the congressional seat being vacated by Bill Cassidy has narrowed. Attorney Cassie Felder dropped out of the race Thursday and endorsed state Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge. Felder announced her decision on her campaign website and in an... more »
  • Obama's midterm campaign effort getting off to late start

    October 7, 2014 3:00 AM

    WASHINTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start, with midterm elections less than a month away. Obama is raising money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, but he is steering clear of any public campaign events with Democrats, which would hand... more »
  • RNC chair releases GOP goals as elections approach

    October 2, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is outlining a series of "unifying goals" for the GOP that include an improved immigration system, a strong national defense and conservative family values. He delivered a speech at Georgetown University on Thursday outlining priorities should Republicans win the Senate majority and... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • GOP-led House approves lawsuit against Obama

    July 30, 2014 5:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - A sharply divided House has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama. The suit will contend that Obama has exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law. The vote was 225 to 201. Democrats... 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 »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... 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 »
  • McDaniel to discuss campaign challenge

    July 16, 2014 3:59 AM

    JACKSON, MS - Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel says he'll announce Wednesday whether he will file a formal challenge of his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff. State law specifies that McDaniel's first challenge would be filed with the state Republican Party executive... more »
  • Cassidy edges closer to Landrieu in campaign cash

    July 15, 2014 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continues to outraise her chief Republican competitor, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, but she's spending more money as well. The Democratic incumbent is heading into the most heated portion of the Senate race with a narrowing advantage in her cash on hand. Landrieu's campaign... more »
  • Maness seeks position as most conservative in race

    July 14, 2014 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Senate candidate and tea party favorite Rob Maness is pledging a two-term limit, a home base in Louisiana and a reduced budget for his congressional office if elected in November. Maness is waging a long-shot campaign against the better-funded Republican contender, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy,... more »
  • State lawmaker drops out of Louisiana Senate race

    July 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis says he's ending his bid to unseat Mary Landrieu and become Louisiana's next U.S. senator. Hollis announced his decision Monday, saying it came after "prayer and thoughtful consideration." The first-term lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish gave no reason for dropping out of... more »
  • Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

    July 13, 2014 1:28 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Facing opposition from staunch conservatives, the Common Core education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors. They cite concern about the federal government's role in the classroom. The educational standards were not on the formal agenda during a three-day... more »
  • Republican governors soften gay marriage rhetoric

    July 12, 2014 12:19 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There are new signs Republican governors are softening their positions on gay marriage. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight same-sex unions, some governors are backing off - at least in what they have to say. Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker says the GOP isn't... more »
  • IRS head says no laws broken in loss of emails

    June 24, 2014 2:21 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The head of the IRS says he's seen no evidence anyone committed a crime when the agency lost emails that might shed light on the agency's targeting of political groups. Republicans in Congress aren't buying it. On Tuesday, they will hear from a White House official who... more »
  • Republican EPA chiefs to Congress: Act on climate

    June 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Top environmental officials for four Republican presidents are telling Congress what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming. EPA administrators for Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan said Wednesday they hoped to inject reason into a debate that is increasingly... 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 »
  • Christie says he can beat Clinton

    June 13, 2014 2:13 AM

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie appears confident in his presidential prospects despite the ongoing bridge scandal that has tarnished his national reputation. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that aired late Thursday night, Christie was asked whether, "hypothetically," he thinks he could beat Democrat... more »
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    June 12, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway... more »
  • Senate Republicans block student loan bill

    June 11, 2014 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year attempt by Democrats to let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates. The 56-38 vote Wednesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on the measure. The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would... more »
  • Tea party rejoicing at Cantor's defeat

    June 11, 2014 2:56 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican tea party forces are rejoicing and the party establishment is somber or altogether silent in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat at the hands of political neophyte David Brat. House Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as "a good friend and a great... more »
  • Robertson to speak at Republican Leadership Conference

    May 28, 2014 6:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The patriarch of Louisiana's Duck Dynasty family will take his talking points to the Republican Party tomorrow. Phil Robertson will join Governor Bobby Jindal at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. It comes a week after comments he made during a Easter Sunday church sermon... more »
  • First lady set to respond to school meal critics

    May 27, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards. She is holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • GOP Senate leader endorses change in VA leadership

    May 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Republican says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the tenure of Veterans Affairs... more »
  • GOP sharpens focus on Benghazi as midterms loom

    May 6, 2014 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are sharpening their focus on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, as midterm elections loom closer, with a likely vote this week on establishing a select House committee to investigate the Obama administration's response. Wrangling over a subpoena of Secretary of State John Kerry will... more »
  • Kissing Congressman to visit our area this month

    May 2, 2014 11:39 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - The "Kissing Congressman" will meet with voters in the southernmost areas of his district in two weeks. Friday, GOP Congressman Vance McAllister announced a series of meetings throughout the 5th Congressional District. He'll be in the Felicianas and Tangipahoa on Wednesday, May 14th. It will be... more »
  • Majority Leader says McAllister should resign

    April 29, 2014 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Louisiana congressman Vance McAllister responded to a call from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for him to resign, saying he will not step down from his position. Cantor said Monday that Republicans should hold themselves to a high moral standard, which McAllister's conduct does not meet and... more »
  • Voters disappointed but forgiving of congressman

    April 12, 2014 10:19 AM

    MONROE, La. - Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing Republican congressman Vance McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide. Several of the congressman's constituents say he should not resign, though Gov. Bobby Jindal and some other Republican Party leaders suggest he should step... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded... more »
  • GOP senators say details needed on Syria strategy

    September 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican foreign policy hawks say President Barack Obama must make a strong case for attacking Bashar Assad's Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. Sen. John McCain tells reporters at the White House that Obama's intervention now will be more difficult because Assad... more »
  • Monroe lawmaker says he's running for 5th District

    August 13, 2013 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Republican state lawmaker from Monroe says he will run in the October special election for a congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Rep. Jay Morris says he thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal and Congressman Rodney Alexander tried to orchestrate Alexander's resignation to benefit GOP state Sen.... more »
  • Jindal to speak at Mich. GOP meeting

    August 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will attend a big Republican conference in Michigan in September. The Michigan Republican Party says Jindal will speak at the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was previously announced as a speaker, and additional speakers... more »
  • Obama: House GOP budget is 'bad bargain'

    July 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Barack Obama says the House Republican budget is a "bad bargain" for the middle class. Obama says the House GOP wants to cut spending on education, science and clean energy when the country should be investing in those sectors. He says cutting back in those areas... more »
  • Port Allen state senator switches parties to GOP

    July 16, 2013 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party has a new member in the Louisiana State Senate: Rick Ward, a first term lawmaker from Port Allen. Ward's defection from the Democratic Party was announced Tuesday by the state Republican Party. The secretary of state's office confirmed Ward filed party change paperwork in... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • Top Republican won't delay Senate vote on EPA pick

    July 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON- Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter says he won't delay a Senate vote on President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency after securing a deal to boost transparency at the agency. Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate environment panel, has been one of the biggest obstacles... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy report latest fundraising number

    July 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has outpaced her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the latest fundraising cycle for the 2014 Senate race. But both candidates raised more than $1 million in the fundraising period from April through June 30, according to information released Tuesday by... more »
  • Senator draws attention with party switch video

    July 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By jumping to the GOP, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory made history, becoming Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction. With a four-minute video explaining why he left the Democratic Party, Guillory's become a darling of national conservatives. The YouTube video had attracted nearly 700,000 viewers by... more »
  • Ag commissioner says he won't run for governor

    July 1, 2013 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says he'll seek re-election to his current position in 2015, rather than running for governor. Strain, a Republican former lawmaker and veterinarian, announced his plans Sunday on his Facebook page. He says friends and supporters asked him to run again to lead the... 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 »
  • Immigration splits GOP's national, House interests

    June 17, 2013 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican establishment hopes an overhaul of immigration laws will help the party run stronger presidential races. But that goal is about to hit big hurdles in the form of House Republicans. Many House Republicans are hostile to the bipartisan immigration bill before the Senate. Even substantial changes... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'

    May 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
  • GOP demands more despite Benghazi email release

    May 16, 2013 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House's release of nearly 100 pages of emails and notes about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, has failed to satisfy congressional Republicans demanding more information. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner says that Republicans hoped the limited release of... more »
  • Budget debate delayed as Republicans negotiate

    May 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has delayed its budget debate, as Republicans continue to haggle over an alternative to Gov. Bobby Jindal's spending proposal. The compromise plan drafted by a block of conservative House Republicans and Democrats includes $329 million in cuts to tax break programs that largely benefit... more »

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