National Newswatch

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 […]

House GOP seeks women, fresh faces for 2020 challengers

May 13 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are searching district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and political newcomers in many cases — to help them recapture the House, six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control with the most diverse majority in history. Recruits include one of the few Republican women in the […]

GOP warnings about Democratic socialism tap voter unease

Apr 29 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — ALAMOSA, Colo. — In this scruffy, high-desert town encircled by prairies and potato farms, Sen. Cory Gardner drew shouts of approval last week for his message that Democrats are shoving the country toward socialism. "That's not what government is or what it should be," he told about 200 Alamosa County Republicans at a barbecue fundraiser […]

Are Dems pushing the US toward socialism? Citizens weigh in

Apr 29 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — ALAMOSA, Colo. — Republicans such as Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado are arguing the Senate must stay under GOP control in next year's elections to prevent Democrats from pushing the country toward socialism . A sampling of comments from Colorado residents and others on the subject: Terry Hammond, chairman of the Alamosa County Republican Party: […]

Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing ‘Medicare for All’

Apr 11 2019 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Democrat stopped short of throwing his weight behind Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan Thursday, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments to reporters a day after Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, rolled […]

Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

Dec 13 2018 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber's top post. Within moments of announcing Wednesday she would restrict her time in the job, seven […]

GOP support for Pelosi as speaker? Don’t hold your breath

Dec 7 2018 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Wondering if Republicans will push Nancy Pelosi over the top in her drive to become House speaker next year? Despite supportive words from President Donald Trump, it's implausible. Twice since Democrats won House control in last month's elections, Trump has said the California Democrat deserves to regain the post she held from 2007 […]

GOP exploring reasons for gender disparity in new Congress

Nov 22 2018 — Alan Fram, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — For congressional Republicans, this month's elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join what may be the chamber's smallest group of female GOP lawmakers since the early 1990s — as […]