Republicans

GOP leaders kowtow to right-wing Bible thumpers

GOP leaders kowtow to right-wing Bible thumpers

Some of the Republican Party’s most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical officials claim new momentum in their fight for the GOP’s soul. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, led by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, launches its annual conference Thursday with appearances by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. […]

Three GOP presidential wannabes talk unity

Three GOP presidential wannabes talk unity

Three possible Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential race were in Iowa on Saturday to offer their prescriptions for uniting the GOP and rally party faithful in the early primary state. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and former U.S. Sen Rick Santorum offered a mix of vision for Republican leadership and criticism […]

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

Obama waiting on House for immigration action

To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the issue to House Republicans instead, despite mounting evidence they won’t address the millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. This week, lawmakers from both parties summarily […]

Paul backing Raul Labrador for Majority Leader

Paul backing Raul Labrador for Majority Leader

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is offering words of support for Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who has announced a longshot bid to become U.S. House majority leader. Paul was the keynote speaker at Idaho’s Republican Convention on Friday. The 2016 GOP presidential prospect was joined by Labrador and said, “I think Labrador would be a great […]

Eric Cantor stepping down as House majority leader on July 31

Eric Cantor stepping down as House majority leader on July 31

Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset in a primary election by economics professor […]

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who […]

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

Time for an overdue reality check for political parties

With most of this year’s Senate primary elections complete, Democrats talk boldly about their chances in Kentucky and Mississippi, while Republicans gaze hungrily at Oregon and Colorado. Time for a reality check. Both parties face big hurdles in achieving such against-the-grain triumphs. Studies show it’s increasingly difficult for Senate candidates to win in states their […]

Texas GOP homophobia: ‘Reparative therapy’

Texas GOP homophobia: ‘Reparative therapy’

The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called “reparative therapy” for gays, under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention Saturday. The new anti-gay language never came up for debate before roughly 7,000 delegates ratified a Texas GOP platform that tea party groups succeeded in pushing further to the right, including winning a […]

It’s official: Runoff in Mississippi GOP primary

It’s official: Runoff in Mississippi GOP primary

Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel on Wednesday formally headed to a Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, launching what is expected to be an expensive and bitter three-week campaign sprint. With all precincts counted in Tuesday’s primary, both candidates fell just short of the 50 percent needed for victory. McDaniel had […]