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Maryland Gov. Votes for a Dead President

Larry Hogan says he knows it's 'simply symbolic'

(Newser) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has already cast his ballot in the 2020 election. His choice for president: Ronald Reagan. "I know it's simply symbolic," he tells the Washington Post . "It's not going to change the outcome in my state. But I thought it... More »

Dems Slam GOP Senator for 'Racist Tactic' at Rally

Ga.'s David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally

(Newser) - Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on Friday by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Trump. Perdue was wrapping up his remarks at an event in Macon when he referred to Harris as "KAH'-mah-lah?... More »

State's GOP Accused of Setting Up Illegal Ballot Drop Boxes

Calif.'s Republican Party is trying to claim it's legal 'ballot harvesting,' but SecState is pushing back

(Newser) - Ballot drop boxes are popping up at churches, gun shops, candidate HQs, and local GOP party offices in three California counties, which would seem on the surface to offer voters lots of options for getting their vote counted. The problem is, these ballot boxes aren't official, and California's... More »

Pelosi's New House Rule: No Face Mask, No Entry

Several GOP congressmen, including one who got the virus, have been resistant to wearing them

(Newser) - Members of the US House of Representatives trying to get into a committee meeting had better have a face mask on—or they'll now be turned away by the on-duty sergeant-at-arms. That's according to a new order issued Tuesday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a senior Democratic aide tells... More »

Landslide for Trump? Local GOP Officials Feel It

Politico finds plenty of confidence outside DC

(Newser) - The latest polls have suggested President Trump's chances of re-election are in trouble. In fact, one CNN survey was so bad that Trump even threatened to sic his lawyers on the network. But a story in Politico offers a counterpoint to all that. Interviews with more than 50 GOP... More »

GOP Women Make History

More Republican woman are seeking House seats than ever

(Newser) - More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest, the AP reports. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in... More »

Some Upset by Michigan Governor's Tough Stance

GOP blasts governor's moves

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to toughen one of the nation's strictest stay-home orders in response to the coronavirus is hitting opposition in her home state, where Republicans who backed her moves initially are now ratcheting up their criticism. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey took to Facebook to... More »

Congressman: We'll Preserve 'Way of Life' Over Lives

It's an 'insult' to Americans to do otherwise: Trey Hollingsworth

(Newser) - A GOP congressman said Tuesday that it's better to let Americans die than deal with a tanking economy, and to do otherwise "is to insult" Americans. "Both of these decisions will lead to harm for individuals, whether that’s dramatic economic harm or whether it's loss... More »

Kansas Governor Gets Pushback on Her Virus Move

Republicans in Kansas seek to limit Laura Kelly's emergency powers amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - As most of the US raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor’s emergency powers, including the ability to establish quarantine zones if the need arises. Conservatives are angry with Gov. Laura Kelly's order to close... More »

As a Congressman, He Fought LGBT Rights. Now, a Big Reveal

'I am gay,' announced ex-GOP Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois

(Newser) - A GOP congressman from Illinois who resigned in 2015 amid charges of defrauding the government voted against same-sex marriage and other LGBT-positive laws during his four-term tenure. Which is why Aaron Schock's Thursday announcement on social media was shocking. "I am gay," he wrote on Instagram and... More »

Obama, Biden Have Same Word for GOP Super PAC Ad

'Despicable'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet on the political scene in the years since he left the Oval Office—but he's voicing his displeasure with an ad attacking his former VP. CNN reports that the law office representing Obama sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to a GOP super PAC... More »

Rand Paul to Fellow GOPers: Careful on Vote in Trump Trial

Warns Republican senators their vote on witnesses could threaten their reelection runs

(Newser) - President Trump's impeachment trial officially begins Thursday in the Senate, and at least four Republican senators will need to vote with Democrats to introduce new evidence and call witnesses such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, per the Washington Post . And Kentucky's Rand Paul has a warning for... More »

Pol's Alleged Words After Arrest: 'You Know How Women Drive'

Tow truck driver says lawmaker Brian Kolb tried to blame crash on wife

(Newser) - A New York state lawmaker arrested after a New Year's Eve car accident and accused of driving while intoxicated tried to pin the blame on his wife, according to the tow truck driver who came to assist. The AAA driver, who the New York Post notes didn't ID... More »

Congressman Unapologetic Over Fake Obama Picture

GOP's Paul Gosar defiant after posting doctored photo of ex-president, Iranian President Rouhani

(Newser) - A GOP congressman circulated a fake photo of former President Obama on Monday, showing him shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted the photo, adding the caption, "The world is a better place without these guys in power." The photo has long been... More »

Duncan Hunter: 'I Will Resign From Congress'

California Republican says he'll step down 'shortly after the holidays' amid campaign finance scandal

(Newser) - He'd hinted earlier in the week he might step down from his congressional post, and on Friday, Rep. Duncan Hunter made it official. "Shortly after the holidays, I will resign from Congress," the Republican said in a statement, per the Hill . "It has been an honor... More »

Trump's Wild Polling Boast Just Came True

The GOP likes him better than Abe Lincoln

(Newser) - President Trump's polling dream has become a reality. A new Economist/YouGov weekly survey says 53% of Republicans consider Trump a better president than Abraham Lincoln, compared to 47% for Honest Abe, the Hill reports. But across parties and independents, Lincoln still wins by a firm 75% to 25%. Maybe... More »

Man Trump Called 'My African American' Is Ditching GOP

Gregory Cheadle is fed up with the party's 'pro-white agenda,' Trump's 'white superiority complex'

(Newser) - Gregory Cheadle didn't cringe in 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump called him "my African American" at a rally in Northern California. But the 62-year-old is now backing away from not only President Trump, but the entire Republican party, too—which is why he's defecting from the GOP... More »

5th Texas Republican Says He's Leaving the House

Rep. Bill Flores won't run for re-election in 2020

(Newser) - Five-term Texas Rep. Bill Flores won't run for re-election in 2020, becoming the state's fifth Republican congressman to say he's leaving. The announcement Wednesday brings the number of House Republicans retiring next year to 15. One-third of them are from Texas, where a generation of GOP dominance... More »

Trump Critic in the GOP Makes Surprise July 4 Announcement

Rep. Justin Amash is leaving his party

(Newser) - He'd already quit a Republican caucus ; now Justin Amash is abandoning the GOP altogether. In a Fourth of July surprise, the Michigan congressman, who's made recent headlines for being the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic," made a big announcement in the Washington Post : "Today, I am... More »

Lawmaker's Use of This Term Drew Hisses, Outrage

Barry Hovis brought up 'consensual rape' on Mo. House floor during arguments on new abortion bill

(Newser) - As pushback continues against strict abortion laws showing up in states around the country, including Georgia and Alabama , news out of the Show-Me State offers fresh controversy. On Friday, Missouri passed a ban against abortion at eight weeks, and during arguments on the state House floor about the measure, which... More »

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