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2 Republicans Make Unusual Request: Vote Democratic

Anti-Trump moderates say it's necessary for the good of the country

(Newser) - Not unusual: The New York Times is running an opinion piece urging people to vote Democratic in the upcoming midterms. The weird part: The piece is authored by two Republicans. Specifically, it's Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey who ran the EPA under George W. Bush,...

Trump, McConnell's Icy Relationship Just Got Icier

'WSJ' report says former president is seeking GOPers to challenge the ex-Senate majority leader

(Newser) - If you've been wondering about Sen. Mitch McConnell's standing in the eyes of former President Trump—well, it doesn't appear to be too high. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump has been gunning for the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, working behind the scenes to find...

GOP Official Mocked COVID. 5 Days Later, He Was Dead

45-year-old Scott Apley was a Dickinson City Council member in Texas

(Newser) - A 45-year-old Texas GOP official who openly mocked face masks, quarantining , and the coronavirus vaccine has died of COVID. Per a GoFundMe campaign, Dickinson City Council and State Republican Executive Committee member Scott Apley died early Wednesday. He'd been hospitalized in Galveston since Sunday after being admitted with "...

Okla. GOP Chief Not Backing Down on Holocaust Reference

John Bennett posted a Star of David on Facebook with 'unvaccinated' written on it

(Newser) - The new head of Oklahoma's GOP is comparing vaccine mandates by private companies to the Holocaust, and he's not backing down against the outcry about his remarks. The Oklahoman reports that John Bennett, a former state congressman, first put up a post Friday on the Oklahoma Republican Party'...

Stefanik Vote Is a Trump 'Loyalty Test'
Stefanik
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Stefanik Vote Is a Trump 'Loyalty Test'

Conservatives don't like her voting record, but Trump's endorsement may make that irrelevant

(Newser) - House Republicans are on track to boot Liz Cheney from her leadership position next week, and the leading candidate to replace her is 36-year-old Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. But Stefanik is now running into friction of her own from conservative groups who don't think she's conservative...

Liz Cheney's Possible Successor Weighs In
Liz Cheney's
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Liz Cheney's Possible Successor Weighs In

Rep. Elise Stefanik stresses her support of Trump amid GOP political drama

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik has emerged as a leading contender to replace Liz Cheney in the No. 3 spot among House Republicans, and on Thursday she helped strengthen that case on her own behalf during an interview with Steve Bannon. Coverage:
  • The 36-year-old New York congresswoman stressed her support for
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Liz Cheney's Anti-Trump Stance Is Coming to Head
Liz Cheney
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Liz Cheney Doubles Down on Stance Opposing Trump

High-ranking Republican may have to fend off another challenge to her leadership post

(Newser) - Earlier this year, Rep. Liz Cheney survived an attempt to oust her from her No. 3 position among House Republicans. It's beginning to look like the Wyoming congresswoman will have to fend off another challenge in the near future, again over her continued criticism of former President Trump. (Cheney...

GOP Chair Calls Top Dem. Elected Women 'Witches'

Michigan's Weiser also mentioned 'assassination' during a local Republican meeting

(Newser) - The leader of Michigan's Republican Party referred to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and two other top Democratic elected woman as “witches" that the GOP wants to “soften up” for a “burning at the stake” in the 2022 election, the AP reports. He also joked about assassination when...

Trump to Top GOP Fundraisers: Stop Using My Name

Ex-prez reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to the RNC and others

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump has reportedly told the largest GOP fundraising entities to stop using his name. Per CNN , lawyers for Trump recently sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, demanding that they stop using...

Lawmaker Votes for Police Reform, Immediately Regrets It

GOP's Lance Gooden says he pressed the wrong button

(Newser) - Rep. Lance Gooden voted for a police reform bill Wednesday night that bans chokeholds and certain no-knock warrants, among other measures—and he wants his constituents in Texas to know that he sincerely regrets the error. Gooden, the only Republican who voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing...

The Way Trump Called for Donations Raised Eyebrows

That's because on Sunday he encouraged loyalists to give directly to him

(Newser) - "Trump needs you," one fundraising email implored. "President Trump's Legacy is in your hands," another pleaded. While some Republicans grapple with how fiercely to embrace the former president, the organizations charged with raising money for the party are going all in. The Republican National Committee...

Romney, Liz Cheney Issue Warnings About the GOP

Romney says Trump would win 2024 GOP nom if he ran

(Newser) - In what the New York Times notes is "a clear sign of [Donald] Trump's enduring position in the Republican Party," Mitt Romney offered a prediction Thursday on the next presidential campaign season. Speaking Tuesday with the Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin at the DealBook DC Policy Project, the...

Expect Trump to Go Big in His Weekend Speech
Trump's Message:
I Still Run the GOP
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Trump's Message: I Still Run the GOP

In weekend speech, he will make the point and establish himself as top 2024 candidate: Axios

(Newser) - Former President Trump will re-enter the political spotlight Sunday when he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference. What to expect? If a report at Axios is any indication, the speech will be a "show of force" that makes clear Trump is still running the show within the GOP...

Report: Group Wants to Flee 'Extremist' GOP, Form 3rd Party

Evan McMullin tells outlets about anti-Trump idea

(Newser) - Just how divided is the Republican Party? Divided enough that some 50 former Republican officials are on board to form a third US political party to serve as a counter to a GOP under the thumb of a wannabe autocrat, according to Reuters . The outlet cites "four people involved...

House, Led By Democrats, Kicks Greene Off Committees

Lawmaker had said she 'absolutely' regretted her previous views

(Newser) - House Democrats on Thursday stripped controversial GOP lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. The nearly party-line vote was 230-199, the Washington Post reports, with 11 Republicans voting against her. The rare move came a day after House Republicans opted not to take action against the Georgia Republican. Coverage:...

Oregon GOP's 'False Flag' Theory Draws a Backlash

'Oregonian' editorial board wonders where state's 'mainstream Republicans' have gone

(Newser) - As the Senate gears up for Donald Trump's second impeachment trial , tied to the violent Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Oregon's Republican Party has its own take on what happened that day. To wit, per the Guardian : They insist that evidence is increasingly pointing to the DC attack...

Siblings of 2 Congressmen Call for Removal From Office

Ariz. Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar face family's blame for Capitol riot

(Newser) - Critics of lawmakers who backed President Trump's election challenges want them removed from office, and those critics sometimes include their own relatives. Two of Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs' four siblings are calling for the Republican's removal in a letter to the editor at the Arizona Republic . William Biggs...

The Blame Game Has Started
Let the Blame Game Begin
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Let the Blame Game Begin

Sens. Hawley, Cruz accused of spurring Wednesday's violence, along with Trump

(Newser) - Lots of people are laying blame for Wednesday's violence at the Capitol on President Trump. But the Kansas City Star editorial board points to another Republican: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. The 41-year-old senator elected in 2018 "deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that's...

Trump, Texas GOP Chair React to Supreme Court Ruling on Suit

Allen West floats new 'Union' of 'law-abiding states'; Trump blasts SCOTUS for 'no wisdom, no courage'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit trying to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, and the leader of the Texas Republican Party isn't happy with the decision. After the complaint brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and backed by 126 GOP House members and...

Newspaper Apologizes for Endorsement

'Orlando Sentinel' rips Fla. GOP Rep. Michael Waltz for signing on to Texas election suit

(Newser) - More than 100 House Republicans have signed on to a Texas lawsuit trying to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win, and a local paper that endorsed one of them is now offering a public mea culpa. "We apologize for endorsing US Rep. Michael Waltz, who wants to overturn the...

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