- Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC Updated: May-22-15 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi.
- Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq Updated: May-22-15 3:45 pm
HAMPTON, New Hampshire - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants.
- Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol Updated: May-22-15 10:29 am
WASHINGTON - Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.
- GOP's NC budget proposal gets lots of Democratic votes Updated: May-22-15 4:36 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - House Republicans experienced the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a budget bill since before the Great Recession as the chamber passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall.
- More NC budget changes made before House gives initial OK Updated: May-22-15 12:50 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A solid bipartisan majority in the House gave initial approval Thursday night to the chamber's state budget proposal for the next two years that was buoyed by additional expected funds from a recovering economy for pay raises, reserves and Medicaid.
- Nevada lawmakers comb through Sandoval's revised tax plan Updated: May-21-15 10:03 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Gov. Brian Sandoval lined up an army of supporters when he presented a tax plan aimed at modernizing Nevada's last-in-the-nation school system in March, and he pulled off a substantial feat a month later when the bill passed the Republican-controlled Senate 17-4. But Republican allies in the Assembly who favored a different type of tax later presented a plan of their own, and even senators who voted in favor of the bill said their decision was more about the general idea of raising money for schools and toward Sandoval's proposed $7.4 billion, two-year budget than the governor's specific tax policy.
- Senate panel keeps domestic budgets frozen for now Updated: May-21-15 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON - Ignoring veto threats, Republicans on a key Senate panel Wednesday approved an overall freeze on the annual operating budgets for domestic agencies while padding overseas military accounts to raise Pentagon budget limits by $36 billion.
- Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show. Is event in jeopardy? Updated: May-21-15 4:28 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing - fewer candidates.
- GOP senators advance bill to ease rules on smaller banks Updated: May-21-15 4:26 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican senators advanced legislation Thursday that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis.
- GOP presidential prospect Kasich heads to Georgia, SC Updated: May-21-15 4:11 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) plans to appear at a couple Republican events in Georgia next week as he continues to weigh a 2016 bid for president.
- 2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change Updated: May-21-15 2:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African-Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform.
- Wisconsin Republicans mulling possible bike tax Updated: May-21-15 2:14 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - One of the leaders of the Legislature's finance committee says his colleagues are pondering imposing a new tax on new bike sales.
- Oklahoma GOP roiled by infighting as conference looms Updated: May-20-15 8:04 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - As Republicans prepare for some of the party's biggest names to descend on Oklahoma for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the state party is being rocked by infighting over its new chairman's decision to retain a staffer who pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge.
- Republican lawyer lodges new complaints against Sorrell Updated: May-20-15 7:11 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A Republican lawyer who has led the charge of criticisms about alleged campaign finance abuses by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell added to his list of complaints Wednesday.
- New Mexico GOP lodges records complaint against auditor Updated: May-20-15 6:37 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The Republican Party of New Mexico has lodged a complaint saying the state auditor violated the public records act by ignoring a request for his emails and other information.
- Democrats decry police video hearing as political hit Updated: May-20-15 5:59 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers got no closer Wednesday to figuring out how the Milwaukee Police Department's data storage system crashed after most city leaders skipped a hearing on the matter.
- Dayton stands by remark about GOP, schools Updated: May-20-15 5:35 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - House Speaker Kurt Daudt says Gov. Mark Dayton should apologize for saying some Republicans hate public schools, but the governor isn't backing down.
- New GOP lawmakers push for term limits, rail on 'status quo' Updated: May-20-15 1:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A group of freshmen Republican legislators is pushing for term limits, saying gridlock in the Illinois Legislature is a sign the status quo isn't working.
- GOP call for special connector prosecutor rejected Updated: May-20-15 1:28 pm
BOSTON - The state Senate has rejected a Republican-backed proposal for a special prosecutor to investigate the failure of the state's health connector website.
- McConnell said he will endorse GOP nominee for governor Updated: May-20-15 12:28 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said he will endorse Kentucky's Republican nominee for governor once the results are official.
- Parties pick 5 endorsed candidates for state's highest court Updated: May-19-15 11:25 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans demonstrated Tuesday that party endorsements count as they nominated five party-backed candidates for the state Supreme Court.
- GOP primary for governor in Kentucky too close to call Updated: May-19-15 10:19 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky's volatile Republican primary for governor ended in a virtual tie Tuesday night as only a handful of votes separated Matt Bevin and James Comer.
- Former state GOP chairman elected Jacksonville mayor Updated: May-19-15 10:04 pm
UNDATED - Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry defeated Democratic incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown on Tuesday with help from powerful friends like Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
- State Sen. Westerfield wins Republican nomination for AG Updated: May-19-15 9:28 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - State Sen. Whitney Westerfield has won the Republican nomination for Kentucky attorney general.
- Obama, Senate GOP work together on trade bill Updated: May-19-15 7:46 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress.