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Trump Has a Strategy to Keep Influence on GOP

Save America PAC would give him money to back candidates whenever he leaves office

(Newser) - President Trump has settled on one way he'll try to keep a grip on Republican Party politics whenever he's out of office: He'll form a leadership political action committee. Controlling a PAC will provide money for Trump to use to influence candidates and issues, the Hill reports.... More »

Hackers Steal $2.3M Earmarked for MAGA Hat Vendors

State GOP chairman says thieves 'had a level of familiarity' with party operations

(Newser) - Some $2.3 million in campaign cash was stolen from the Wisconsin Republican Party by hackers who "exhibited a level of familiarity with state party operations," says state GOP chairman Andrew Hitt. Officials say the hackers siphoned the money from the state party's federal account, which supports... More »

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 »

Ballot Requests Show Democrats Way Ahead

Republicans trail by plenty in early figures from battleground states

(Newser) - No one knows how President Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden will do in the battleground states in November. But we know which party has more voters asking for absentee ballots so far, and it's not close. Democrats lead Republicans 3-to-1 or so in absentee ballot requests from... More »

Biden Outraised Trump by $154M Last Month

Trump, GOP raised $210M in August

(Newser) - President Trump and his Republican Party jointly raised $210 million in August, a robust sum but one dwarfed by the record $364.5 million raised by Democrats and their nominee, Joe Biden. Trump's campaign released its figure Wednesday, several days later than usual and nearly a week after the... More »

Dems to Delegates: Don't Go to the Convention

Democrats go virtual; Republicans not so much

(Newser) - Senate and House Democrats are being urged not to attend next month's Democratic National Convention in Wisconsin, where Joe Biden will be officially named as nominee. Senior adviser for Congressional affairs Chasseny Lewis sent an email to congressional chiefs of staff Thursday, saying members "should not plan to... More »

Texas Supreme Court Rules on GOP Convention

7-1 majority said state party can't force Houston to host in-person convention

(Newser) - The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Texas Republican Party, which was seeking a ruling allowing it to hold its in-person convention in Houston this week. The move "effectively kills" the party's plans to hold the gathering as planned, reports the Houston Chronicle . Last... More »

Houston Mayor Scraps Texas GOP Convention

'The public health concerns outweigh anything else'

(Newser) - Houston officials on Wednesday canceled the Texas Republican Party's in-person convention, saying the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled. Mayor Sylvester Turner said that the city's lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas GOP signed to rent the downtown... 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 »

GOP Still 'Fully Committed' to Convention

Alternatives have not been discussed, RNC says

(Newser) - Major summer events including the Olympics have been canceled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic—but it's full steam ahead for the Republican National Convention, according to organizers. The North Carolina Republican Party says they are still planning to hold their statewide convention in May and the Republican National... More »

Voter Cries Foul Over 'Soviet-Style' GOP Primary

Jim Martin wants to see more names on the ballot

(Newser) - A Minnesota voter frustrated because President Trump would be the only name on the state Republican primary ballot in March is challenging the move and muddying the launch of the state's first presidential primary in decades, the AP reports. Jim Martin, of Lake Elmo, a small business operator and... 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 »

'Powerful' GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Run in 2020

He's retiring after 28 years in the House

(Newser) - The number of Republican congressmen who have decided not to seek re-election now stands at 22, and the newest name on the list is drawing some surprise. New York Rep. Peter King on Monday announced he won't be vying for a 15th term in 2020. Fox News reports the... More »

Trump: GOP 'Never Trumpers' Are 'Human Scum'

He says they're more dangerous than Democrats

(Newser) - President Trump turned his fire on members of his own party Wednesday—and they did not take kindly to being called "human scum." "The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the... 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 »

Surprise in Georgia: Both Senate Seats Up for Grabs

GOP Sen. Isakson's retirement changes the 2020 election

(Newser) - Facing health challenges, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year's end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both of the state's Senate seats will be on the ballot. The 74-year-old lawmaker said he is leaving the... More »

GOP Group Sorry for 'Jihad Squad' Post

'Political jihad is their game,' Illinois group said of Democratic lawmakers

(Newser) - An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad." The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County Chairman's Association... More »

Trump Responds to Surprise From Justin Amash

President happy to see 'dumbest' and 'most disloyal' member of GOP leave party

(Newser) - Justin Amash is leaving the GOP , and President Trump is happy to see him go. After the conservative Michigan congressman—the only member of his party to have supported the idea of impeaching Trump—made his big announcement Thursday, the president responded on Twitter. "Great news for the Republican... 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 »

Justin Amash Could Be a Huge Problem for Trump

He's rumored to be planning a run as a Libertarian

(Newser) - Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan isn't likely to win any popularity contests among his fellow Republicans after saying President Trump engaged in "impeachable conduct" —and he may struggle to win the GOP nomination in his district this year. State Rep. Jim Lower says he plans to challenge... More »

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