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GOP electoral gains could give Obama more power to negotiate controversial trade pacts

American companies can expect progress on some critical U.S. trade initiatives if the Republican Party takes control of both houses of the U.S. Congress this November. A Republican victory in the Senate may prevent the chamber’s Democrats, backed by labor unions concerned about the impact of free trade on American…

Jerry Brown’s demolition of Republican contenders highlights GOP’s woes in California

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown, seeking an unprecedented fourth term, beat out his nearest Republican competitor by more than 35 percentage points in Tuesday’s primary in a race that highlights the shaky state of the Republican Party in the most populous U.S. state.…

Republican ‘establishment’ sinks cash into ads pushing back at Tea Party

BOISE, Idaho (Reuters) – On a recent Saturday, foot soldiers in the Republican Party’s civil war fanned out across a neighborhood of winding streets and manicured lawns to beat back the Tea Party. They did not meet much resistance. Over the course of two hours, dozens of residents said they…

Former Oklahoma GOP chairman busted for cocaine and pills

A prominent Oklahoma lobbyist and former head of the state’s Republican Party was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of cocaine and prescription pills. According to NewsOK.com, Chad Alexander was pulled over for a traffic stop around 7:30 on Tuesday evening when officers found the drugs in his car. Officers…

Charlie Crist: ‘Intolerable’ racism and hate for Obama is why I left the GOP

In an interview with Jorge Ramos of Fusion TV, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist explained that he left the Republican Party because the racism toward President Obama was “intolerable.” Huffington Post reported that the now-Democratic candidate for governor said, “I just couldn’t take it anymore” in the GOP. “I saw…

Rand Paul stokes ‘dystopian’ fears at Berkeley of intelligence agencies ‘drunk with power’

Anger over a covert U.S. surveillance program has united in common cause a libertarian Republican weighing a White House bid with students at a Californian university famed for its left-wing politics. Sen. Rand Paul, a favorite of the fiscally conservative Tea Party, told a largely welcoming, younger crowd of several…

Chicago Republican who blamed autism and tornadoes on LGBT rights wins her primary

Primary voters handed a narrow victory to an Illinois Republican candidate who blamed autism, dementia, and tornadoes on abortion and same-sex marriage. The state’s Republican Party severed ties with Susanne Atanus in January after she made the controversial remarks in a newspaper interview, but Atanus ignored party leaders’ call for…

Right-wing columnist urges GOP to abandon outreach: ‘Colorblind conservatism’ is futile

Disgraced conservative columnist John Derbyshire is urging the Republican Party to abandon its meager efforts to court voters who aren’t racist white men. Derbyshire, who lost his job with the National Review after publishing a “nasty and indefensible” 2012 column about his racial prejudices, told Communities Digital News on Friday…

Maddow befuddled that GOP continues to ‘shoot themselves in the foot’ on abortion

On Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow devoted a segment of her show to examining the Republican Party’s decision to double down on its anti-choice stance, in spite of the fact that it appears to be driving women away from the party and worsening Republicans’ gender gap. She began by explaining what…

Republicans tutored how not to offend women but sabotage gay GOP candidates

The Republican Party is pursuing women voters in its plans for the next election cycle, while one prominent social conservative is working behind-the-scenes to sabotage LGBT Republican candidates before they gain too much political traction. According to two articles in Politico, anonymous Republican staffers say that the party is trying…

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