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    Chris McDaniel's campaign to investigate 'irregularities' in Mississippi runoff

    State Sen. Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that his campaign team plans to investigate "irregularities" in the primary race, as it considers whether to pursue some sort of legal challenge after his razor-thin loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican runoff a day earlier.

  • Chip Paul, chairman Oklahomans for Health, speaks with the media during a medical marijuana rally at the State Capitol on May 28, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The rally is formal launch of a signature drive to get a medical marijuana measure on a statewide ballot.  (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

    GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    Libertarian-minded and moderate Republicans joined forces early Friday morning with Democrats in an early morning House vote to block the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

  • Tea party-affiliate Fisher rejects GOP offer

    Tea party-affiliate Mark Fisher is rejecting an offer from the Massachusetts Republican Party to certify him as a candidate for governor in exchange for delaying any additional legal proceedings in his lawsuit against the party until after the election.

  • Republican activists push party on gay marriage

    As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.

  • Defeated GOP sought redrawn Connecticut districts

    While Republicans nationally have maintained their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives aided by redrawn districts, the GOP in Connecticut has lost every congressional race in the past three elections and failed to win a redistricting plan in 2012 aimed at reversing its fortunes.

  • Panel conducts Nevada redistricting process

    Unlike some other states where Republicans used their gains in statewide elections to seize control of the redistricting process after the 2010 census, the re-drawing of Nevada's voting districts was done by a court-appointed panel and overseen by a judge.

  • SC districts about party, in this case the GOP

    The decade-long Republican control of South Carolina government has resulted in congressional districts increasingly safe for the GOP and has marginalized conservative white Democrats who for decades ran the state where the Civil War began.

  • Oregon congressional map pleases both parties

    The 2010 election gave Oregon an evenly divided House of Representatives and a power-sharing agreement between Republicans and Democrats, and the result was a redistricting process that left both parties relatively happy.

  • Shane Osborn (left) has won the support of Concerned Women for America in his bid for Senate in the Nebraska Republican primary. One of his opponents, Ben Sasse (right), a former Bush administration health official, has been called "the clear cut conservative choice" by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. (Associated Press photographs)

    Freedomworks rescinds Neb. endorsement for GOP Senate primary hopeful Osborn

    FreedomWorks on Friday withdrew its endorsement of Shane Osborn in Nebraska's Republican Senate primary, saying he has turned his back on grassroots Republicans and is now tied to the GOP establishment, and announced they were instead backing Ben Sasse.

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and GOP leaders face reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, after a weekly House Republican Conference meeting. The Republicans tied the recent stagnant employment reports to the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    PHILLIPS: Dave Brat and the conservative battle plan for 2014

    A funny thing always seems to happen to the Republican Establishment. Its track record for winning isn't all what it's cracked up to be.

  • Dairy magnate Jim Oberweis wins Illinois GOP Senate primary, will challenge Democrat Durbin

    Dairy magnate Jim Oberweis wins Illinois GOP Senate primary, will challenge Democrat Durbin .

  • Kansas state Sen. Jake LaTurner, left, a Pittsburg Republican, talks to state GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold, center, and Heath Kohl, right, the state GOP's political director, during the Senate's debate on a bill making it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The state GOP backs the measure, which has gone to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas close to limiting pre-primary party changes

    Kansas legislators gave final approval Wednesday to a state Republican Party proposal to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections, a move designed to block organized efforts by Democrats or their allies to either help pick weak GOP nominees or to defeat conservative candidates.

  • Mo. GOP stresses unity as potential primary looms

    A potential Republican primary for Missouri governor was stirring concern among some party activists Saturday as hundreds of Republicans gathered for an annual conference - unity being its unofficial theme.

  • The White House is promoting "enhanced livestream" viewing of President Obama's State of the Union address and a follow-up "Big Block of Cheese Day" as a symbol of the administration's transparency. (WHITE HOUSE)

    Inside the Beltway: White House culture gets even odder

    Gravitas and serious-minded strategies at the White House appear to be giving way to entertainment as the State of the Union approaches. Though the American public is eager for straight answers on many topics, behind-the-scenes creative folk on President Obama's staff have crafted jaunty promotions for the annual primetime speech on Tuesday night.

  • SD lawmakers hope to avoid partisan fights in 2014

    When South Dakota's legislative leaders unveiled a new economic development program near the end of last year's session, Republicans and Democrats went out of their way to brag that they had cooperated to avoid the kind of partisan fighting that caused gridlock in Congress.

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