Republican Party

The Republican Party, commonly referred to as the GOP (abbreviation for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other being its historic rival, the Democratic Party. The party is named after republicanism, a major ideology of the American Revolution.
  • Letters: Our authority over those who govern
    Twin Cities

    Letters: Our authority over those who govern

    OUR AUTHORITY OVER THOSE WHO GOVERN After a near lifetime (more than 70 years) of growing up, being educated and living in Minnesota, I still fail to understand the Minnesota voter. Every couple of years we turn our government over to a Republican Party that seems to have no vision beyond its personal pocketbook. The idea that less and cheaper government is automatically better for our citizens has been disproven over and over. Today, once again, we are experiencing a Republican-dominated Legislature that adjourned after ignoring the rational pleas of senior citizens, the educational community and the farmers and ranchers and small business owners all across the state. They can't manage to find

  • Washington Post

    Opinion | The Republican Party has punked out in D.C.

    If, as the nonprofit, nonpartisan National Democratic Institute preaches around the globe, “political parties are essential institutions of democracy,” then the one-party District of Columbia may well be the cradle of autocracy. Power in the District rests in the hands of a relatively small group of like-minded Democratic politicians. There is no viable opposition party to hold the D.C. government accountable. Alternative policies and choices in governance are missing when one party controls all the action. That's the case whether the scene is dominated solely by Democrats or by Republicans. But, in the District, lopsided governance carries the day. Look no further than next month's primary election

  • Republicans: Why they are leaving Congress?

    Republicans: Why they are leaving Congress?

    (CNN) - A lot of Republicans are running away from Congress. Since the beginning of the 115th Congress, more than 40 Republicans have left or announced they plan to leave the House by the end of the year. A handful of members have resigned amid scandal. Another group is leaving to run for higher office -- for seats in the Senate or to become governors of their home states. Still, the majority of Republicans leaving Congress this cycle are leaving politics altogether -- a side effect, they say, of the political climate and President Donald Trump, a commander in chief who hails from their own party. CNN sat down with three outgoing Republicans -- all of whom left for different reasons -- about

  • Concord Monitor

    Letter: GOP election fraud

    New Hampshire Republicans have repeatedly joined President Donald Trump in alleging widespread voter fraud. We do have election fraud, found in the state Republican Party and in Belknap County. Rep. Michael Sylvia first ran as a write-in candidate in the 2012 Republican primary for the N.H. House. Following his primary win, he swore under oath that he had been a resident of New Hampshire for at least two years prior to the election as required by the N.H. Constitution. When sworn into office after winning the 2012 general election, Sylvia also swore to uphold the N.H. Constitution, which he had just knowingly violated. Sylvia purchased his claimed residence in Belmont (a property consisting of

  • Republicans explain in their own words why they are leaving Congress

    Republicans explain in their own words why they are leaving Congress

    Ryan Costello: The reluctant retirement Elected in 2014, the lanky, laid-back congressman is a rare brand in the House GOP conference: a young moderate willing to break with his leadership and his President on everything from gun control bills to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Representing the Philadelphia suburbs, Costello has remained left of many of his colleagues. However, in the Trump era, the congressman is reluctantly moving on, fed up with the polarization of not only Washington but also the country at large. "No matter what I say or do, I feel all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump rather than health insurance or tax policy," Costello said. "I think it's a

  • A 'futile and stupid gesture' by NC Republicans

    A 'futile and stupid gesture' by NC Republicans

    Toward the end of Animal House, the Delta House fraternity brothers make a decision. They are in so much hot water that, as Otter puts it, “this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.” Bluto adds, “We're just the guys to do it.” In Raleigh, Republican legislative leaders are poised this week to launch their own futile and stupid gesture, and they're just the guys to do it. The Deltas, about to be kicked out of college, figured they had nothing to lose. The Republicans, ensconced in safe gerrymandered districts, figure they have nothing to lose. So far, they've been right. The Republicans are upending generations of history with a maneuver

  • Dean on Cohen meeting Russian: Trump “infected” GOP with “swamp”
    NBC News

    Dean on Cohen meeting Russian: Trump “infected” GOP with “swamp”

    Reporting reveals Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg secretly met with Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen at Trump Tower, 11 days before Trump's inauguration, as a new filing from Special Counsel Mueller shows a hunt for evidence on Trump Tower meeting records. Former Governor Howard Dean tells Ari Melber he thinks the RNC is at risk of being charged with obstruction of justice for hiring Michael Cohen.

  • Francis Wilkinson: GOP assault on law enforcement was inevitable

    Francis Wilkinson: GOP assault on law enforcement was inevitable

    The war on U.S. law enforcement has kicked up a notch. President Donald Trump demanded that the Justice Department share sensitive intelligence with Republicans who, like the president they seek to protect, have undermined the department's investigation of possible Trump campaign links to crime and foreign subterfuge. The president's goal of subjugating law enforcement to his personal political needs is advancing. But Trump didn't start this war; it was well under way before he got to Washington. Indeed, Trump's assault is an inevitable consequence of Republican decisions going back many years. After Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in January 2011, they claimed that

  • Where are small-government Republicans when Donald Trump attacks Amazon and Jeff Bezos?

    Where are small-government Republicans when Donald Trump attacks Amazon and Jeff Bezos?

    President Trump has urged the US Postmaster general to double shipping rates for Amazon and other companies, the Hill reports. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story. The GOP now condones large, intrusive government and presidential attacks on job creators — Jeff Bezos and Amazon today, anyone's guess tomorrow. How many times have we heard Republicans talk about the need for a limited, decentralized government that stays out of the way of large and small businesses? In 2009, Larry Kudlow, now director of President Trump's National Economic Council, warned that President Obama was “declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital

  • Flock of candidates — from three parties — want to beat U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa's 4th District
    Des Moines Register

    Flock of candidates — from three parties — want to beat U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa's 4th District

    U.S. Rep. Steve King has won eight straight terms to represent Iowa in the U.S. House. But there's still plenty of interest by candidates who want to defeat the outspoken Republican lawmaker. King, who is known for controversial and sometimes inflammatory statements, is often described as unbeatable by his supporters in the state's 4th Congressional District. Despite what appear to be long odds, his opponents continue to launch campaigns with a goal of unseating him. The primary election on June 5 includes three Democrats, including former independent-league baseball pitcher J.D. Scholten of Sioux City; city council member and businesswoman Leann Jacobsen of Spencer; and pediatrician John Paschen

  • Michael Cohen Got $500,000 After Trump Tower Meeting With Russian Oligarch

    Michael Cohen Got $500,000 After Trump Tower Meeting With Russian Oligarch

    Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, met with a Russian oligarch and discussed U.S.-Russia relations 11 days before Trump was inaugurated

  • The Seattle Times

    NRA endorses Nevada Republicans Laxalt, Roberson, Duncan

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The National Rifle Association has endorsed Adam Laxalt for Nevada governor and other Republicans seeking statewide seats. The NRA's political action committee announced Friday that Laxalt has earned an “A+” rating from the organization, the highest grade it bestows on elected officials to rank their pro-gun voting records, statements and positions. The Republican attorney general spoke at the organization's annual meeting last year and was invited to attend this year but skipped the event amid a renewed push by gun-control advocates following a February school shooting. The NRA also gave “A+” ratings to Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Michael Roberson and GOP attorney