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GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court... More »

Indicted GOP Rep Changes His Plans

Chris Collins suspends his re-election campaign

(Newser) - In an about-face, US Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading. Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying he will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term, the AP reports. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges... More »

GOP Rep Resigns After Ex Says He Used Nude Pics to Catfish

Former girlfriend says Ill. state Rep. Nick Sauer posted 'sexually explicit' pics of her online

(Newser) - Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer is out of a job after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting her nude photos on a fake Instagram account, then impersonating her in "graphic" conversations when men corresponded with who they believed was Kate Kelly, Politico reports. "As a result of the... More »

State Lawmaker Earns Dubious Honor With a #MeToo Burn

Arizona Rep. Don Shooter may be first state lawmaker to be voted out for sex misconduct

(Newser) - The Arizona House voted Thursday to expel a Republican lawmaker after a report ordered by legislative leaders of his own party showed he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment toward women. Rep. Don Shooter of Yuma is believed to be the first state lawmaker in the US to be... More »

Republican Leader Attacks Lies From 'Deepest Pit of Hell'

Jeff Hoover resigned as the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives following sexual harassment allegations

(Newser) - The Republican speaker of Kentucky's House of Representatives resigned from his leadership position Monday, more than two months after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim and paid to keep it quiet. Jeff Hoover offered Monday to resign, but only if the House would accept. Moments later Speaker... More »

After Slew of Complaints, Congressman Calls It Quits

Blake Farenthold will not run for re-election after sexual harassment allegations

(Newser) - The drumbeat of negative headlines has apparently become too much for Blake Farenthold: The Texas GOP congressman is withdrawing from his run for re-election and will not participate in the Republican primary on March 6, reports USA Today . Farenthold's office has not officially announced the move, but news is... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Might Run for Senate

She's debating a Republican run in California

(Newser) - From Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner to ... Senator Jenner? The transgender activist said during an interview on New York's AM 970 over the weekend that she's considering a run for the Senate in California, reports the Hill . The former Olympian is a lifelong Republican and supporter of President... More »

GOP Pundit Matalin: I'm Now a Registered Libertarian

She swears it has nothing to do with Trump

(Newser) - One of the staunchest longtime Republicans, known for her party strategizing and punditry, has switched teams, the New York Times reports. Mary Matalin turned in her Republican registration for a Libertarian one, she announced Thursday, though she insisted to a skeptical Bloomberg Politics panel in an interview that her seemingly... More »

Guy's Obit: Don't Vote for Hillary

Larry Upright's views receive a little unexpected attention

(Newser) - Larry Upright may be dead, but he's still Republican and he still doesn't want you voting for Hillary Clinton—at least according to his obituary. "The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016," reads his obit in the Independent Tribune... More »

Rand Paul 'Walks Out' on Interview

GOP presidential contender disagrees and leaves

(Newser) - Rand Paul cut a media interview short yesterday and walked off when pressed over a specific issue—but it's not clear whether Paul was miffed or just out of time. Interviewing him over the app Periscope, Guardian reporter Paul Lewis asked whether the GOP presidential contender's passion for... More »

Senate Passes GOP Budget at 3:28am

50-plus amendments passed in all-night 'vote-a-rama'

(Newser) - The Senate powered through an 18-hour session that ended at 3:28am this morning, giving a yea or nay to more than 50 amendments in a "vote-a-rama" marathon and, in a 52-46 vote, approving a budget that looks to pave the way for dumping ObamaCare, Reuters reports. Not one... More »

Little Girl to Ted Cruz: 'The World Is on Fire?'

Texas senator's remarks surprise child in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Ted Cruz sure got a little girl's attention in New Hampshire yesterday when he claimed that the world was on fire—and repeated his point when she asked about it, the Concord Monitor reports. Speaking to more than 100 people at a turbomachinery company, the Texas Republican was typically... More »

WVa. Elects Youngest State Lawmaker in US

College freshman defeated her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%

(Newser) - What were you doing when you turned 18? One young woman in West Virginia ran for public office out of her dorm room, and as of Tuesday, the West Virginia University freshman is the youngest state lawmaker in the country, reports the Wall Street Journal . Defeating her Democratic opponent 63%... More »

US Senator Takes Heat for Bloody Fundraiser: Pigeon Shoot

Animal rights groups come down on Jim Inhofe's 'slaughter-fest'

(Newser) - Coming up with a creative way to raise money for your Senate re-election campaign: great idea. Shooting live pigeons out of the sky for said fundraiser: not terribly popular. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is taking more than a little flak from animal rights groups over a moneymaking event he held... More »

Jeb Bush Might Defy Mom for 2016 Run

Former Fla. governor sending mixed signals

(Newser) - Jeb Bush could be fundraising, taking part in debates, and traveling around the country just for the heck of it—or the former Florida governor could actually be planning a 2016 presidential run. There have been increasing whispers about that long-anticipated 2016 Bush-Hillary Clinton battle as Jeb's advisers are... More »

FCC's Lone Republican Fights for Life of AM Radio

Just 15% of radio listeners tune in

(Newser) - AM radio doesn't have it easy these days. It's not just that FM, satellite radio, and online listening services keep eating away at its audience: AM also faces interference from all kinds of consumer electronics. But the New York Times reports that the radio format has found a... More »

Lawmaker Sued Over Months of Taser Attacks

Tasings at Houston office were posted online: lawsuit

(Newser) - Most people can accept being the victim of an office prank—but Tasing seems a little much. In that spirit, a Texas man has filed suit against a GOP state lawmaker and her husband over months of alleged Taser attacks while working at their Houston car dealership, KHOU.com reports.... More »

Ariz. Rep: My Son Is Gay, But I Oppose Gay Marriage

Meanwhile, Bob Casey comes out in favor

(Newser) - Matt Salmon is no Rob Portman. The Arizona congressman made some waves this weekend, when he told AZ Family that he doesn't support "the gay marriage," even though his son is openly gay. "I’m just not there as far as believing in my heart that... More »

Wisconsin Republican: 'Some Girls Rape Easy'

State Rep. Roger Rivard defends dad's advice

(Newser) - A Wisconsin state representative is under fire after relaying his father's advice to a local newspaper: "Some girls rape easy." Republican Roger Rivard is now offering context for the December comments in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel : His father, he says, was warning him against premarital sex—because "... More »

YouTube Misfire Embarrasses Senate Hopeful

Richard Mourdock posts reactions to health care ruling, before it's happened

(Newser) - The GOP Senate candidate who knocked Dick Lugar out of the running last month got a bit too, er, efficient, with YouTube last week. Indiana hopeful Richard Mourdock's team accidentally posted four different reactions to an event that hasn't occurred yet: the Supreme Court's health law decision.... More »

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