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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Conservatives largely silent on CBS’s pick of Colbert

Some have even praised the pick.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Sheldon Adelson plans VIP dinner for Jeb Bush at GOP gathering in Vegas

The former Florida governor and other potential 2016 presidential candidates will attend the exclusive Republican gathering next week.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:48 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Rand Paul: GOP needs to ‘agree to disagree’ on social issues

The Kentucky senator says some Republicans don’t want to be “festooned” with such issues.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Perry: Nugent’s ‘subhuman mongrel’ comment wasn’t racist

Perry did say the comment was wrong and asked for Nugent to apologize.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Justice Department hits Jindal for George Wallace/Holder comparison

Jindal might not have recognized just how personal that comparison was.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:08 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Rand Paul: Don’t elect Republicans; elect ‘friends of liberty’

The Kentucky senator echoes other CPAC speakers who say it’s not good enough to have an (R) after your name.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:19 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Rick Perry gets a huge response at CPAC

The Texas governor gave a rousing speech that was one of the best-received of the conference so far.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:43 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Atheists group blocked from CPAC

The group is banned after conservative Christians cry fowl. CPAC says it misrepresented itself

By Scott Clement  |  04:26 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Club for Growth: Ted Cruz was perfect in 2013

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) trail just behind Cruz in the conservatives group’s annual rankings.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/22/2014

Romney to fundraise with Christie in Boston

The plan is a signal by Romney to the Republican establishment that he remains an ally of the embattled Garden State governor.

By Robert Costa  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republican Party

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Rand Paul: We need ‘a new Republican Party’ -- not small changes

“...it has to be a transformation -- not a little tweaking at the edges,” Paul said.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:20 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Republican Party

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/04/2014

NAACP leader: Tea party seeks minorities to use as ‘mouthpieces’

The Rev. William Barber recently compared the lone black Republican in Congress to a ventriloquist’s dummy.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Club for Growth hires firm blacklisted by national GOP

The group, Jamestown Associates, was blacklisted for backing primary challengers against GOP incumbents.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Priebus: GOP needs to be party of fairness, not equalizing outcomes

The Republican National Committee chairman says President Obama lied to pass his agenda.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Former Utah Rep. to lead search for GOP convention site

Enid Greene Mickelsen served one term in the mid-1990s.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Republicans growing more skeptical about evolution

The percentage of Republicans who believe in evolution has dropped 11 points in four years.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polls, Republican Party

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Podesta apologizes for calling GOP ‘a cult worthy of Jonestown’

The Jonestown massacre included the assassination of a member of Congress.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:38 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, White House

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Boehner: On women, some House Republicans ‘just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be’

Boehner also weighed in on another issue of GOP inclusiveness, saying that Republican campaign committees should support gay candidates

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Gay Rights, Republican Party

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013

NRSC takes on Senate Conservatives Fund

The conservative group has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2014, Republican Party

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/28/2013

RNC now focusing on year-round ground game rather than TV ads

The party says it will focus on building the party’s grassroots on a constant basis.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 10/27/2013

Jindal: GOP needs to stop being ‘Party of No’

Jindal, the head of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also sought distance from Republicans in Washington.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:56 AM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign 2016, Republican Party

Posted at 06:08 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Obama cancels part of Asia trip because of shutdown

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  06:08 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, President Obama, Republican Party, White House

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 08/26/2013

At RNC event, speaker says African Americans have taken a back seat to gays, immigrants

“We should not wait for a white face before we get outraged. Evil is evil, whether it wears a white face or not," said Bob Woodson.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:11 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Polk County GOP co-chairman resigns citing 'disappointment' with Republican Party

The GOP party chairman for the largest county in Iowa is re-identifying as an Independent

By Ruth Tam  |  02:26 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Senate Conservatives Fund targets Burr, Graham, Alexander

The SCF ad buy is about $40,000 and attacks Burr for labeling Defund Obamacare the "dumbest idea I've ever heard."

By Aaron Blake  |  01:35 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 08/18/2013

Priebus defends debate decision, dings Fehrnstrom

The RNC chairman defends the committee's decision to shut out NBC and CNN.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:43 AM ET, 08/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 08/14/2013

RNC, black Republicans to commemorate March on Washington

Honorary co-hosts include Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and former congressman Allen West (R-Fla.).

By Aaron Blake  |  08:43 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Centrist GOP group: Club for Growth a 'cancer' on Republican Party

The group, which has to this point played a minimal role in elections, will now combat the Club "dollar for dollar."

By Aaron Blake  |  11:46 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/10/2013

LGBT non-discrimination act clears Senate committee

The bill prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

By Ruth Tam  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Republican Party, Senate

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/28/2013

GOP launches programs to recruit more women

The programs are part of the Republican National Committee's just-announced "Women on the Right Unite" campaign.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Black Louisiana state senator explains switch to GOP (VIDEO)

A state senator in Louisiana explains in a new video why he switched to the Republican Party, arguing that the GOP should be the new home for African-Americans like him.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:32 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Top Republican: GOP 'old boy network' doesn't value women as much

Republicans continue to struggle with electing women to office because of the remnants of the party's "old boy network," says the man who leads the party's effort to win state and local elections.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Rand Paul adviser signs on with American Crossroads

A top adviser to Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has signed on with the American Crossroads super PAC -- a move designed to increase input from the conservative grassroots at a time when some have expressed concern about the super PAC's actions.

By Aaron Blake  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Republican National Committee reaffirms opposition to gay marriage

The RNC reaffirmed its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

By Sean Sullivan  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Marriage, Republican Party

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/01/2013

The GOP's biggest sin: 'unwilling to compromise'

A new poll from Gallup shows that Americans's biggest problem with today's Republican Party is that it's unwilling to compromise.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Rep. Don Young apologizes for racial slur

"There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words," Young says.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:06 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Republican Party

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 03/29/2013

GOP leaders denounce Rep. Don Young's use of slur

"The comments used by Rep. Young do nothing to elevate our party, political discourse or the millions who come here looking for economic opportunity," Cornyn said.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:32 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Republican Rep. Don Young refers to Latinos using racial slur

Alaska Republican refers to Latinos working on a ranch as "wetbacks" in radio interview.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:04 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2013

RNC official not backing down from posting on 'filthy' gay lifestyle

Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema emphasizes that the words weren't his own.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Immigration reform speeding up? Not so fast.

Six Republican senators want more time for Judiciary Committee hearings on a comprehensive immigration bill before scheduling a committee vote.

By David Nakamura  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  immigration, Republican Party

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Priebus vs. Steele battle intensifies

"I won, and he didn't," Steele says, calling Priebus "silly."

By Aaron Blake  |  03:18 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Conservatives balk at RNC's ideas on immigration, presidential primary

While party leaders praised the report, Rush Limbaugh says the party is "bamboozled."

By Aaron Blake  |  12:46 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/18/2013

The full RNC Growth and Opportunity Project report

The full 100-page Growth and Opportunity Project report from the Republican National Committee can be found here.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Reince Priebus gives GOP prescription for future

In scathing review of Republican problems in 2012, RNC calls for reinvention of the Republican Party

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:40 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reince Priebus, Republican Party

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Chris Christie will not be invited to CPAC

The New Jersey governor has fallen out of favor with some conservatives in recent months.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:05 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Va. GOP chair: Obama ‘calculating Chicago political operator’ — no disrespect meant to city

Under questioning from a Chicago reporter, Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins emphasized that he meant no insult to Chicagoans.

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Tags:  Mitt Romney, Chicago, Republican National Committee, Virginia Republican Party

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Army reprimands reservist who appeared onstage at Ron Paul Iowa rally

The soldier appeared onstage in uniform at Rep. Ron Paul’s January caucus-night rally in Iowa.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jess Thorsen, Iowa, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/28/2012

George H.W. Bush to endorse Romney on Thursday

The former president becomes the latest establishment Republican to rally behind the GOP frontrunner.

By Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, George H.S. Bush, Republican Party, presidential election

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Santorum on potential 2016 bid: Are you kidding me?

Former senator Rick Santorum dismissed the notion that he may run for president again in 2016 if his current bid doesn’t pan out.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:23 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Illinois election officials: Ballot problem will likely delay GOP primary results

The problem in some counties: the ballots are too wide to fit in the optical scanning machines, which tally the votes.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Illinois, presidential election, Illinois primary, Republican Party

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Chris Christie to campaign for Romney in Illinois on Friday

The New Jersey governor will stump for the GOP frontrunner in a key primary state.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, Illinois, Illinois primary, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Santorum blasts Romney: ‘Who do you trust?’

Rick Santorum wants a one-on-one battle against Mitt Romney for the GOP nod -- and he’s stepping up his attacks on the Republican frontrunner.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:35 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney: Kansas, Kansas politics, presidential election, Republican party

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Who’s winning the women’s vote? (Thursday’s Trail Mix)

TRAIL MIX | There wasn’t a big gender gap in Tuesday’s primaries, but if you dig a little deeper, there’s some bad news for Rick Santorum.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  08:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Super Tuesday, polls, Republican Party, Mitt Romney, presidentail election

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Santorum: Romney thinks he’s ‘ordained by God’ to win Republican nod

“If the governor thinks he’s now ordained by God to win, then let’s just have it out,” Rick Santorum said of Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:44 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Kansas, Kansas politics, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Newt Gingrich intensifies Deep South strategy, shifting resources to Alabama, Mississippi

Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas at the end of the week to shore up support in Alabama and Mississippi.

By Krissah Thompson  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Super Tuesday, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Super Tuesday: Ohio voters passionate about Obama, if not the GOP field

But when it comes to the GOP field, voters in North Canton are a little less than enthusiastic.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ohio, Ohio primary, Super Tuesday, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Gingrich, at Space Camp in Huntsville: ‘America has a destiny in space’

Speaking at Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., Gingrich says, “America has a destiny in space. That’s who we are.”

By Amy Gardner  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Space exploration, presidential campaign, Super Tuesday, Republican Party

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Romney focuses on Obama in Washington state caucus campaign

Buoyed by fresh polling results, Mitt Romney today looked past his GOP opponents and focused on President Obama.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:34 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, presidential campaign, Washington caucuses, Republican Party

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Michigan, Arizona primary day: Is Rick Santorum gaining on Mitt Romney?

It’s the final countdown.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  09:08 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  presidential election, Michigan primary, Arizona primary, Republican Party, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Lamar Alexander endorses Mitt Romney

Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), one of the top Senate Republicans, has endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lamar Alexander, Mitt Romney, presidential election, Election 2012, Republican Party

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Mitt Romney: Wife Ann drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs’

During a Friday speech in Detroit, Mitt Romney made another statement that could draw him some unwanted attention.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  02:14 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Ann Romney, Michigan, Michigan primary, Detroit, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Is Republican primary leaning too far away from economic issues?

The recent emphasis on social issues has some voters concerned.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:24 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican Party, presidential election, Election 2012, Arizona, Arizona primary

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Rick Santorum: It’s the authenticity, stupid

Yes, Rick Santorum’s recent headline-making comments are about religion. But they’re also part of Santorum’s contention that he’s more authentic than Mitt Romney.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  01:03 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  presidential election, republican party, Election 2012

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Mitt Romney mixes up Solyndra and Keystone pipeline

Mitt Romney had an “oops” moment in Atlanta.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Solyndra, Keystone pipeline, Mitt Romney, presidential election, Republican Party

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Minnesota Republican caucuses: How to follow them

Minnesota’s caucuses today are non-binding. But there are still some interesting things to watch.

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Minnesota, Minnesota caucus, president election, Republican Party