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House Republicans back state marijuana laws

House Republicans back state marijuana laws

The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came…

Trouble ahead for Republican Senate candidates?

Trouble ahead for Republican Senate candidates?

Concerned murmurs are rippling through Iowa’s Republican circles, worried that the ways U.S. Senate primary candidates are appealing to the base now could haunt the party come November, despite chipper…

Gay rights a positive election issue for Democrats

Gay rights a positive election issue for Democrats

It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts…

Vegas, Cincinnati out as potential sites for 2016 GOP convention

Vegas, Cincinnati out as potential sites for 2016 GOP convention

The odds of hosting the Republican Party’s next presidential convention have improved for Dallas, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri. Two other players, Las Vegas and Cincinnati, have folded. The…

Does anyone care who controls Congress?

Does anyone care who controls Congress?

Who cares which party controls Congress? Only about half of Americans. The other 46 percent, not so much, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Ask people whom they would rather…

Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Turn out the lights.  The tea party is over

Voters Tuesday sent a strong message to the once-formidable tea party:  We don’t like you and we don’t want you representing us in Congress. Tea party candidates lost big in…

Mainstream GOP candidates stomp tea party extremists

Mainstream GOP candidates stomp tea party extremists

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dispatched his tea party challenger with ease Tuesday night, and Democrats turned to two women, Alison Lundergan Grimes to oppose him in Kentucky and Michelle…

Republican House member pushes immigration vote

Republican House member pushes immigration vote

Defying House Republican leaders, a GOP congressman on moved toward forcing an election-year decision on his immigration legislation. Rep. Jeff Denham of California filed his bill, known as the ENLIST…

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Tea party fading but not out of the picture yet

Tuesday’s primary elections will give establishment Republicans another chance to defeat tea party-backed candidates, but some political activists are asking if it makes much difference. They see tea partyers losing…

California Republicans cite immigration reform support

California Republicans cite immigration reform support

Republican Rep. David Valadao says he’s not worried that Congress’ failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California’s agricultural heartland. Same goes…