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Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to make it harder for Republicans to avoid an embarrassing Senate rebuff of President Donald Trump’s effort to steer billions of extra federal dollars …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 12:38 a.m.

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he’s creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

Washington, Idaho lawmakers start formulating positions on immigration deal to avert shutdown

Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Trump urges America to ‘choose greatness’ in State of the Union address

Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that …


Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats

A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Trump stalks out of shutdown session with Dems – ‘Bye-bye’

President Donald Trump stalked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday – “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted soon after – as efforts to end the 19-day partial government …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Some Texas lawmakers see less appetite for divisive measures

Texas’ last legislative session ended with one lawmaker threatening to shoot another after reporting Hispanic protesters to immigration agents, and corporate giants from Amazon to the NFL issuing warnings over …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to …


State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Shelly Short offer GOP perspective for upcoming legislative session

The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …


Stuart Rothenberg: Where Republicans, Democrats stand heading into 2019

As we enter a two-year presidential cycle, the parties stand at very different places, but the one thing they have in common is voters’ skepticism.


Republicans face renewed pressure on Mueller protection bill

Senate Republicans are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, with a handful of GOP senators urging their leadership to hold a vote now that …


Washington state Sen. Joe Fain concedes to Democratic challenger Mona Das

In a tough campaign season for King County Republicans and with the cloud of a rape allegation hanging over him, Washington state Sen. Joe Fain on Friday night conceded the …


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


Braun defeats Donnelly in Indiana U.S. Senate race

Republican Mike Braun has defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, a blow to Democrats trying to maintain their hold on red states that backed President Donald Trump.


Democrat Wexton defeats Rep. Comstock, turning GOP stronghold in Virginia blue

Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., ending nearly four decades of Republican control of a key northern Virginia seat.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Trump revives fiery immigration talk for ‘caravan’ election

Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs. Now, in the final weeks before …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers reveal their most admired party leader in Rotary debate

Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. …


New York’s Cuomo blasts Trump, Republicans in protest clash

Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned Sunday why state Republicans would have invited the founder of a far-right group to speak in Manhattan, and he blamed them and President Donald Trump for …


GOP pins hopes for keeping Ryan’s Wisconsin seat on Ryan 2.0

Ironworker Randy Bryce spent months gearing up to try to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in November’s election, cleverly cultivating an “Iron Stache” persona for a candidacy that was as …


Congressional Republicans tentatively agree to raise federal worker pay, rebuffing Trump

Congressional Republicans have tentatively agreed to a 1.9 percent pay raise for the nation’s 2 million civilian federal workers, overruling President Donald Trump who sought to freeze their pay.


Trump urges supporters to vote in wake of Kavanaugh hearing

President Donald Trump on Saturday turned his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh into a rallying cry for Republicans to vote in November, saying they can help reject the “ruthless …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

Idaho governor, GOP leaders ask to join sage grouse suit

An Idaho ranch’s attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and other top state Republicans.


Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100,000 to help Republicans keep control of U.S. House

Billionaire Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen this year has made his largest-ever foray into congressional politics, donating $100,000 to a group aiming to keep Republicans in control of …


Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Donald Trump has dominated – and changed – the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the …


Trump says he ‘won’t let’ social media target conservatives

President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and says “we won’t let that happen.”


Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri

The steady march of new “right-to-work” laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Texas Republicans squelch ‘red flag’ gun law prospects

Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Conservative Jim Jordan’s speaker run boosts Trump allies

Hard-right Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said Thursday that he’s running to become House speaker next year, a long-shot bid underscoring conservatives’ frustration that party leaders haven’t aggressively pushed President Donald …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

GOP Senate candidate joins Gov. Walker in conga line

Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially endorsed anyone in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, but there are numerous signals that his preferred candidate is state Sen. Leah Vukmir.


Max Boot: I left the Republican Party, and now I want Democrats to take over

“Should I stay or should I go now?” That question, posed by the eminent political philosophers known as The Clash, is one that confronts any Republican with a glimmer of …