- After focus on social issues, Pence facing tough re-election Updated: May-26-16 9:38 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence smiled for the TV cameras this month as a technology company announced plans to hire hundreds of new workers and add its name to the tallest tower in the Indianapolis skyline. Then the celebratory news conference took an awkward turn.
- Nevada political consultant accused of extorting lawmaker Updated: May-26-16 9:19 pm
LAS VEGAS - A Nevada political consultant was indicted in Las Vegas on a variety of charges that include extortion, perjury and filing a false document.
- Missouri Senate begins scrutinizing Planned Parenthood files Updated: May-26-16 7:46 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Senate Republicans started examining a regional Planned Parenthood affiliate's internal records on Thursday, reprising lawmakers' investigation of the abortion provider after a month of little action.
- Republican hopes to unseat Senate's longest-serving member Updated: May-26-16 6:13 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Republican Scott Milne made it official Thursday: He's looking to unseat the U.S. Senate's longest-serving member, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy.
- GOP targets Democrats who voted 'yes' on Illinois budget Updated: May-26-16 5:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois House Republicans are launching automated phone calls blasting Democrats who voted for a state spending plan they say would lead to a $7 billion budget deficit.
- Missouri GOP attorney general candidate sued over emails Updated: May-26-16 5:07 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A former Republican state lawmaker has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the University of Missouri to release more emails from associate law professor Josh Hawley, who is facing a tough GOP primary in the campaign for attorney general.
- GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over gay rights Updated: May-26-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Angry House conservatives voted down a routine spending bill Thursday in a fight over gay rights, underscoring the passions surrounding a social issue that is dividing the Republican Party and the nation in this election year.
- GOP leader seeks Kansas Senate vote condemning LGBT order Updated: May-26-16 2:48 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Senate's top leader wants her chamber to vote next week to condemn the federal government's recent directive to public schools to allow transgender students to use facilities associated with their gender identities.
- New Virginia map causes GOP candidate shuffle Updated: May-26-16 1:45 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A new court-ordered congressional map in Virginia is causing a candidate shuffle.
- Illinois House Democrats defy governor, push own budget Updated: May-25-16 9:50 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Amid howls of protest from Republicans, the Democratic-led Illinois House passed a spending plan for next year Wednesday without considering any of the pro-business legislation GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner wants as part of a deal to end an historic budget stalemate.
- Rhode Island GOP files complaint against state lawmaker Updated: May-25-16 7:21 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint against a state representative for failing to disclose her employment with the city of Providence on mandatory fiscal disclosure forms.
- Ryan Frazier makes Colorado GOP US Senate primary Updated: May-25-16 7:03 pm
DENVER - It's official. Colorado Republicans will choose among five U.S. Senate hopefuls next month.
- Trump backed by US Rep. Zinke on eve of Montana rally Updated: May-25-16 6:26 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Rep. Ryan Zinke on Wednesday became the most prominent Montana Republican to endorse Donald Trump - one day before the presumptive nominee for the Republican presidential nomination arrives to rally supporters in the Treasure State.
- Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote Updated: May-25-16 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee.
- Kasich: Substitute courage for 'stupidity,' fear in politics Updated: May-25-16 5:58 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) lamented "the stupidity of politics" at his first public appearance since suspending his 2016 presidential campaign.
- The Latest: Groups oppose GOP convention protest area Updated: May-25-16 5:50 pm
CLEVELAND - The Latest on the designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention (all times local):
- With few exceptions, incumbents survive Georgia primary Updated: May-25-16 5:32 pm
ATLANTA - Georgia incumbents of both parties largely survived Tuesday's primary elections, temporarily debunking theories that political experience has become a fatal trait.
- Congressional panel releases critical Cover Oregon report Updated: May-25-16 5:27 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Republicans on a U.S. House committee have found former Gov. John Kitzhaber and a federal agency mishandled the creation of Oregon's health insurance enrollment website, with the Democratic governor's political advisers making decisions based on his re-election campaign.
- GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense bill delay Updated: May-25-16 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON - A Republican senator angrily denounced the Senate's top Democrat Wednesday for delaying debate on defense policy legislation, calling Minority Leader Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."
- Senate GOP would pay teachers more than House, McCrory Updated: May-25-16 3:28 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina Senate Republicans on Wednesday previewed their plan to pay teachers more than what Gov. Pat McCrory and House members have offered, but didn't provide many details about how they would pay for it.
- The Latest: Contractor feels 'vindicated' by health report Updated: May-25-16 1:25 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Latest on congressional reports about the problems surrounding Oregon's health insurance website (all times local):
- Protest march route set for Republican National Convention Updated: May-25-16 12:32 pm
CLEVELAND - Cleveland has designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention while leaving open the possibility that marches would be allowed outside the event zone surrounding the arena where it's being held.
- Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally Updated: May-25-16 7:40 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.
- Protesters overrun barricades as Trump rallies thousands Updated: May-25-16 12:31 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Despite the violent outbursts of protesters who overran barricades and charged police officers outside his rally, Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday told thousands of supporters he was glad he stopped in New Mexico and he vowed to be back before the general election in November.
- Trump, Clinton win Washington's presidential primaries Updated: May-25-16 12:14 am
OLYMPIA, Washington - Donald Trump handily won Washington state's Republican presidential primary Tuesday, even as he shared the ballot with three other candidates who had already dropped out of the contest.