• GOP Sweep Heightens Anxiety for Many Transgender Americans

    (AP) Anxiety is high among many transgender Americans after the sweeping Republican election victory. They fear stronger resistance to their push for civil-rights protections, including broader access to public restrooms, and wonder if their newly won right to serve openly in the military is in jeopardy.

  • GOP Wants To Broaden Appeal, But Will Candidates Get In The Way?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone in America can grow up to be president, as the saying goes — unless you happen to be a Muslim, a leading Republican presidential candidate believes.

  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's Campus Challenge

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) -- Campus politics aren't always a clear winner for Rand Paul, as he discovered here this week during an appearance at the College of Charleston.

  • House GOP Boasts Diversity And New Conservatives

    There's Mia Love from Utah, the first black Republican woman to serve in the House.

  • Iowa Congressman Says Natural Family Is Man & Woman Together

    Iowa Rep. Steve King vigorously defended his views on marriage, telling CNN's Chris Cuomo that promoting "natural" families is the best thing for presidential candidates to do.

  • Kansas GOP Votes to Oppose Validating Transgender Identity

    (AP) The Kansas Republican Party has voted to oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity.

  • McCain Leads Field of Log Cabin Republicans Endorsements

    Despite a spotty record on LGBT rights that included co-sponsorship of the anti-gay First Amendment Defense Act, Sen. John McCain of Arizona picked up the endorsement of LGBT conservative group Log Cabin Republicans.

  • Michigan GOP Doesn't Address Anti-Gay Comments

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.

  • Michigan GOP Official Rejects Calls to Resign

    WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee rejected calls to resign Friday after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.

  • Missouri GOP Candidates for Governor Talk LGBT Issues

    (AP) Missouri's four Republican candidates for governor are weighing in on national and state policies that would affect LGBT people amid nationwide discussions that gained traction after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all states.

  • New GOP Bill Would Ban Flying Pride Flag at US Embassies

    A Republican lawmaker in the U.S. House has introduced legislation that appears to be aimed at barring U.S. embassies from flying the Pride flag in recognition of the LGBT community.

  • Official with Anti-Gay History in Hot Water Over Racist Facebook Posts

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A county elections official in North Carolina will have a chance to defend himself Thursday as he faces removal over racially tinged Facebook posts praising the Confederacy and suggesting that black citizens who participated in protests against state policies weren't "productive good citizens" with jobs.

  • OpEd: GOP Strategy Won't Fool Women

    (CNN) -- If they're going to pull out a victory in the midterm elections, Republicans need to win over women. But they're doing everything in their power to alienate them, from pushing extreme anti-abortion measures that even most Republican voters oppose to blocking equal-pay legislation to, well, just opening their mouths. A leading Republican congressional candidate in Georgia recently said, sure, a woman can run for office if she is "within the authority of her husband."

  • Opening Line, July 20 2016

    Trump Picks Pence As VP

    Rob Bullock: I lived in Indiana. He is a homophobic, anti-women's rights, slashed money from 4-year state colleges and ignored the states failing roads and infra-structure while bragging about building a $2 billion surplus. He and his cronies gave millions in tax-credits to companies for jobs that never materialized and have done everything than can to hide this fact.

    Barry Davis: Well Pence had to do something. He certainly wouldn't get reelected in IN...he's only got a 39% approval rating. Trump & the race is twice as creepy!

    James Smith: TP for your bunghole 2016!


    GOP Platform Most Anti-LGBT Ever

    Warren A. Baxter: Lincoln would never be a republican today. At least not this corrupt Republican Party.

    Joe Lagana: they are no longer the party of Lincoln. They haven't been for a while now.

    Steve Johnson: nothing new here.


    Letter Writer Takes Issue With Progress Bar Towing Cars

    Tommy Peek: I would almost agree with the letter...EXCEPT... The parking lot is clearly marked and as per the letter, already known that they will tow. So, bottom line.. The rules DO apply to you. As you obviously discovered. Sucks to get towed, but I'd bet you won't let it happen again. Sometimes life lessons can be quite expensive.

    Joel S. Slotnick: It stinks beyond stink. But in general days of the bars working in tandem are long gone. It has become so cut-throat. Everyone tows, there are meters everywhere. And from what I understand, one of the lots that is free during the day and charges you to park at night will be having meters or a pay machine installed in the not too distant future. Wilton Drive is going to put itself 6 ft under and wonder why..........The friendly is slowly going away. Sad.........

    Tz Terri: Rudest bar on the drive and I'm not referring about the towing issuer.

    Steven William Talbert: I've only been to Progress Bar twice. Both times it became obvious that their servers ignore patrons over the age of 40.

    Steven AlanAlan: Sad, crying, and memorizing does not justify parking in a private lot without consequences.

  • Opinion: Who Won The Republican Debate

    (CNN) -- The ancient Greeks established a path to winning a debate long ago. The effectiveness of an argument, or its persuasiveness, according to Aristotle in his "Art of Rhetoric", can be determined by analyzing three types of appeals: ethos (character), logos (reasoning) and pathos (emotion). All were on display in the first Republican primary debate Thursday in Cleveland.

  • Pataki Announces He's Ending White House Bid

    Former New York Gov. George Pataki has ended his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with just over a month to go before the first nominating contests begin.

  • Priebus Seeks To Make GOP History

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Reince Priebus says he has the votes to win another term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, an organization he successfully rebuilt following the 2010 midterm elections.

  • Rachel Hoff Won’t ‘Leave’ GOP Over Anti-LGBT Platform

    (WB) The first openly gay member of the Republican Party’s platform committee on Tuesday said she does not “plan to leave” the GOP.

  • Republican Debate: CNN's Reality Check Team Inspects the Claims

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Republican candidates for president gathered in Las Vegas for their fifth debate Tuesday, and CNN's Reality Check team spent the night putting their statements and assertions to the test.

  • Roem’s GOP Opponent ‘Extremely Hostile’ to LGBT Virginians

    (WB) The Democratic Caucus of the Virginia House of Delegates issued a strongly worded statement this week calling the Republican opponent of Democratic House of Delegates member Danica Roem “extremely hostile” to LGBT Virginians.