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Bradley Byrne tops in Alabama in hosting town halls while other lawmakers spurn them

"I don't think Alabama lends itself either less or more to town halls than other states; it's more of a matter of a congressman's personal...

Labor leader: Australia's election outcome may clear in days

But he sounded an optimistic tone for his party, while accusing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition government of failing to deliver the economic reform...

A gay boss for Alabama House? Patricia Todd says it's worth a try

"Let's pray Patricia becomes speaker of the House," said James Robinson, executive director of the Free2Be resource center in Huntsville. "It would be amazing." Todd's...

The Latest: Democratic Rep. Adams wins 12th District primary

Charlotte ObserverHarris didn't immediately return a phone call Tuesday night but his campaign manager told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1TYcas3 ) Harris would seek one. Pittenger...

Special interests pour record $24M into lawmakers' races

... big advantage in getting outside interests to benefit their campaigns." Traditional Democratic allies like labor unions, consumer attorneys and environmental advocates are now dumping...

Wow, it really is crazy in Alabama

Alabama has the Big Three Scandals now – House Speaker Mike Hubbard is on trial, Governor Robert Bentley is under investigation for his actions and...

Gear up for Memorial Day by watching these wartime flicks

Based on a true story, this all-star effort plays as much as a caper thriller (with liberal doses of comedy) as a POW escape flick.

PM Trudeau apologizes again in Parliament after elbow

Conservative lawmaker Peter Kent went so far as to suggest that Trudeau's actions were in contempt of Parliament. Conservative Candice Marie Bergen said Trudeau, a...

Ex-US Sen. Bob Bennett laid to rest in Salt Lake City

"That's no exaggeration, that's really the man," said attorney and business partner John Knapp Baird. "He was ... Bennett also became a vocal critic of...

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win West Virginia primaries

Though Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the state, some conservative Democrats said they left the tops of their ballots blank in Tuesday's primary, rebuking...

Alabama GOP Chair is wrong about party's image, success

Talk of impeachment among some Republican lawmakers has actually made things worse by highlighting the level of corruption in our state's government–mainly that of current...

Canada extends grain transportation rules one year

Canada's new Liberal government on Friday extended by one year rules put in place in 2014 to speed movement of grain by rail, after an...

How pot helps 'Real Time' host Bill Maher hit the high notes

He has wisecracked that the conservative magazine The National Review coming out against Donald Trump "is like High Times coming out against me." This is...

Text of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address

Justice O'Connor is here and also Justice French. Let's have them be recognized. (Applause). And I hope you'll join me in ... One of the...

VA scandal: 'Drastic' proposal stirs fears of privatizing veterans' care

Gilford Anderson, a Vietnam War veteran, had died earlier that month after what his wife described as poor care from the Phoenix VA. Tom Tingle/The...

Alabama Supreme Court dismisses petitions opposing gay marriage

While dismissing the petitions Alabama justices, particularly Chief Justice Roy Moore, still expressed their strong disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Moore called it...

New York Times opinion piece asks how to be a liberal in 'Lower Alabama ...

"Roy is a good writer but I do not think he will change many minds," opined Alabama Auditor Jim Ziegler on his Facebook page. Added...

NC politics in 2016: The future is hazy

Tyler, Laura and I all ran right to 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, who is facing four Republican primary opponents and a conservative electorate that...

Eyeing growing primary field, Ellmers burnishes credentials

All four challengers say they're truer conservatives than Ellmers, who defeated incumbent Democrat Bob Etheridge in 2010 with tea party support but later became closely...

Arizona leaders welcome 'Leave No Child Behind' successor, less federal control

John McCain voted for the compromise bill worked out by a Senate-House conference committee, while Sen. Jeff Flake voted against it. Flake said the ...

Marco Rubio visiting Alabama: Surging GOP presidential candidate expected to ...

Mike Huckabee at $43,000. But Rubio's sum is going to skyrocket now that he's visiting the state, with donors committing at least $200,000 to the...

REVIEW: ASU 35, Cal Poly 21, updates, analysis

... night's game at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. (Photo: David Wallace/azcentral sports) ... QB Mike Bercovici threw to White, whose spin move helped him...

What you get when you ask folks to re-brand Arizona

(Photo: Michael Schennum/The Republic). 121 CONNECT 64 TWEETLINKEDIN 23 COMMENTEMAIL ... Others said it's known as a hot-as-hell state that's home to a lot of...

Valdez: Trump is GOP's designated dehumanizer

Some are astute enough to know this stuff won't play well later when the GOP has to appeal to voters who are not predominantly conservative,...

Democrats undeclared on Iran deal heed voters, not ads

Bob Casey, D-Pa., Coons and Cory Booker, D-N.J. "Sen. Coons is paying closer attention to the calls, emails and letters the office is receiving from...

Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment: :: WRAL.com

He's 63. Kasich embraces conservative ideals but bucks his party on occasion and disdains the Republican sport of bashing Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. GOP 2016-TRUMP-MCCAIN-DEMS.

Michele Reagan's disappointing trip to the dark side

The group claimed its ad was "issues advocacy" rather than an election hit piece, a sweet maneuver that allowed it to duck what few disclosure...

McCain in no hurry to hire 2016 campaign staff

Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City is exploring a possible campaign for McCain's seat and "tea party" radio personality Clair Van Steenwyk has said he's...

From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona

Grand Canyon: This is the Grand Canyon State, and we have the license plates to prove it. Mention "Grand Canyon" in any corner of the...

Tea party, Baldwin County School Board weigh the prioritization of Bay Minette ...

"We can't look at it as my area versus your area," School Board President Norm Moore said. "I would say ... Gulf Shores Mayor Robert...

Canada's Conservatives worried after Alberta election

Alberta is the base of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative party but Deepak Obhrai, a federal Conservative lawmaker, said that so-called safe seats can't be...

Soundoff: How much money is in West Valley cities' savings accounts

The Arizona Republic regularly asks West Valley leaders to share their thoughts on issues. This week's Soundoff question: Six years after the official end of...

Ducey support of gay adoption surprises critics, allies

... allies alike. (Photo: David Kadlubowski/The Republic) ... Doug Ducey, who won office with significant help from some of the state's most socially conservative leaders,...

Mark Killian: From Ducey critic to Cabinet member

Paul Boyer about his fellow Republican and seat mate (but not sweet mate), Sen. Kimberly Yee. Yee voiced frustration at a District 20 meeting in...

George Washington was not a Christian? Read this theory and more in AL.com ...

What would you say if someone told you that George Washington, the first president of the United States, was not a Christian? That's what Homero...

John Meredith looks at father's courageous, 'maverick' life as activist and icon

Imagine it is your father, face contorted in anguish, anger and fear, blood already seeping through a short-sleeved plaid shirt. Imagine it is your father...

Gov. Bentley: 'Somebody has got to pay taxes. I'm not trying to sugar coat it ...

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley kicked off his $700 million tax and revenue package tour at the Harbert Center in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, March 23, 2015.

Finance Committee suggests government to begin fiscal year in mid-June

Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement the "number one priority is to protect Canadians." Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Alexander said the government...

The Himalayan waters: complex challenges and regional solutions

It is difficult to think of a resource more essential to the wellbeing of people and their economies than water, yet managing water resources is...

An open letter to GOP 'leaders' in Washington, DC: guest opinion

By David W. Anderson. In the 2010 elections, and again in the 2014 elections, the populace placed a Republican majority solidly in control of the...

Leaders Discuss Wind Energy's Role in a Sustainable Electricity Future for Canada

MONTREAL, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Keynote speaker Ms. Megan Leslie, NDP Deputy Leader and Environment Critic joined Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) President, Robert...

Lobbyists aid campaigns of Doug Ducey, Fred DuVal

Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Rob O'Dell | The Republic | 2:53 a.m. MST October 26, 2014. 090920140537yws ... Russell Smoldon, who has lobbied for...

Mesa Public Schools pushes for $31.8M budget override

... in Mesa on Thursday, February 6, 2014. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic) ... In addition, Mesa Citizens for Responsible Public Policy, a pro-public education group,...

Ukraine pins hopes on a new-look parliament

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press. KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's parliament is ... Yulia Tymoshenko, whose magnetic charisma and trademark blond braids made her the emblem...

5 questions for Michelle Thomason and Ginger Poynter in Baldwin judicial race

She said Robert Vance was the only Democrat she has voted for in 28 years, a decision prompted by her belief that Moore's violation of...

McCain to huddle with supporters on 2016 re-election

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., shown here at an Oct. 16 appearance in Goldsboro, N.C., has scheduled a breakfast meeting with longtime supporters during which he...

Op-Ed: Harper government to give spy agency more powers

Ottawa - The Canadian Conservative government of Stephen Harper has announced that it will increase the powers of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service(CSIS) the main...

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies ...

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment...

Supreme Court stays 9th Circuit ruling on gay-marriage ban

Arizona Republic columnist Ed Montini and reporter Richard Ruelas discuss the same sex marriage ruling. Alia Beard ... "It would be appropriate for Tom Horne...

Review: Blood on the jazz drums, in 'Whiplash'

He longs to play in the jazz ensemble led by Terence Fletcher (Simmons), a brilliant conductor who isn't averse to hurling out sexist and homophobic...