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Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs

Jan 18 2020 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll probably support a motion to call witnesses, aligning herself with Democrats. But she […]

House vote locks in impeachment as issue in ’20 Hill races

Dec 21 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The day after nearly every House Democrat voted to impeach President Donald Trump, the chief of the House Republican campaign committee said the political fallout was clear. “Last night their obsession with impeachment finally came to a head, and they basically ended their majority,” Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer said Thursday. "Max Rose is […]

GOP embraces Trump as never before with anti-impeachment

Dec 19 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — One day after House Republicans stood in unanimous opposition to impeachment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell positioned his GOP-controlled chamber to second the party's unapologetic embrace of President Donald Trump, putting the president's effective takeover of the party on stark display. McConnell signalled his confidence in Senate acquittal from the “most unfair" charges […]

Party-swapping congressman gets Trump praise, Democratic ire

Dec 17 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — A party-switching congressman drew praise Tuesday from President Donald Trump and condemnation from Democrats, underscoring how his political fate could hinge on how forcefully he is backed by the president whose impeachment he is refusing to support. A day before the House was set to cast party-line votes impeaching Trump, New Jersey Rep. […]

Five aides to party-switching House lawmaker resign

Dec 15 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office." The staffers wrote the letter on Sunday, a day after a Republican official said GOP House leaders had been […]

AP source: NJ Dem lawmaker plans to become a Republican

Dec 15 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — A House freshman from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump will become a Republican, a GOP official said Saturday. Top House Republicans have been told of Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decision, according to a GOP official familiar with the conversations. The lawmaker […]

Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era

Dec 14 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House approved two impeachment articles against Democrat Clinton. While that battle was bitterly partisan, it was blurrier […]

Democrats move toward impeaching Trump, with scant grumbling

Dec 5 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — House Democrats are charging toward impeaching President Donald Trump but not without pockets of division, as lawmakers who began the summer divided largely rallied Thursday behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi's cry that his actions leave them “no choice but to act.” The California Democrat's announcement that she was asking committee chairs to begin crafting […]

NC lawmaker may challenge Sen. Tillis after district redrawn

Dec 4 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker may challenge GOP Sen. Thom Tillis for the party's Senate nomination next year or might run against either of two GOP House colleagues in their primaries, a spokesman for Walker said Wednesday. Walker was faced with the decision after the North Carolina legislature redrew the state's congressional […]

Impeachment’s influence hazy as issue in congressional races

Nov 30 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Republicans aim to use the House drive toward impeaching President Donald Trump to whittle down Democrats’ majority by dislodging vulnerable incumbents from swing districts loaded with moderate voters. It could work, especially in Democratic-held districts Trump carried in 2016 with throngs of independent voters who polls shows are closely divided over his removal. […]

GOP holds N Carolina House seat but shows frailty in suburbs

Sep 11 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — RALEIGH, N.C. — Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades. But his narrow victory didn't erase questions about whether President Donald Trump and his party's congressional candidates face troubling headwinds […]

Competing with football, marathon House election nears end

Sep 9 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — MONROE, N.C. — National Democratic and Republican leaders are breathlessly watching Tuesday's special election for an empty House seat from North Carolina for early clues about next year's presidential and congressional races. But for the two candidates, the race is less glamour than grind. Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Dan Bishop are labouring to capture […]

Progressives out to oust ’20 House Dems try to focus fervour

Jun 10 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year's primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . Ocasio-Cortez, of course, is the 29-year-old bartender who last year upset the No. […]

House OKs Dems’ immigration bill, despite veto threat

Jun 4 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Democrats shunned a White House veto threat and muscled legislation through the House Tuesday that would bestow a chance for citizenship on an estimated 2 million-plus migrants, a bill that stands virtually no chance of enactment but lets them showcase their efforts on one of their highest-profile priorities. The measure is just one […]

State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May 25 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The Alabama law outlawing virtually all abortions, even in […]