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Some in GOP fed up with Maine’s bombastic governor

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage delivers his inauguration address after taking the oath of office for his second term at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine. The Republican governor’s bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats, and some in his own party said his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital. Spokesman Peter Steele said LePage has been forced to use unconventional tactics to bring change to a state that had long been under Democratic rule. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats. Now even some in his own party are fed up, saying his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital.


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Some Republican 2016 hopefuls condemn high court’s gay marriage ruling

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the Republican Party's presidential candidates reacted angrily to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, despite a shift in public opinion in recent years toward...

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GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Exeter, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.


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Lawmakers urge removal of top executives at computer-hacked agency

Archuleta testifies before a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee concerning a recently revealed data breach affecting millions of federal employees' personal data, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eighteen Republican lawmakers sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday requesting the removal of two Office of Personnel Management (OPM) executives after a data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Americans. "We have lost confidence in Director Archuleta's ability to secure OPM's networks and protect the data of millions of Americans," the letter read.


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Clinton says Supreme Court has a message for GOP: ‘Move on’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, responds to the cheer of supporters at a Jefferson Jackson event hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Va., Friday, June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday praised the Supreme Court's ruling declaring same-sex couples have a right to marry and suggested that her Republican opponents were being left behind by history.


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Jeb Bush to visit Charleston next week to meet with pastors

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush waves as he arrives to address a legislative luncheon held as part of the "Road to Majority" conference in WashingtonJeb Bush, a Republican contender for president, will sit down with pastors on a visit on Monday to Charleston, South Carolina, where nine African-Americans were shot to death at a historic black church, his campaign said on Friday. Bush, the former Florida governor who leads many polls of Republican voters in the race for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, had canceled a planned campaign stop in Charleston a week ago when the shootings took place. Instead of a campaign event, Bush will hold a private session with pastors from the Charleston community.


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Judge temporarily blocks Tennessee surgical center abortion law

The law signed in May by Republican Governor Bill Haslam applies to all clinics that perform 50 abortions or more annually and was due to take effect on July 1. A company that operates abortion clinics in Nashville and Bristol filed a lawsuit on Thursd...

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Colorado GOP committee backs chair in blackmail scandal

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Republican Party's executive committee on Friday voted overwhelmingly to support the party's chairman after he contended that the state attorney general and others tried to force him to resign his post by threatening to release details of an affair he denies.

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Ohio governor ‘pleased’ with budget but warns of some vetoes

Gov. John Kasich said he was pleased with the two-year, $71.2 billion state operating budget that lawmakers sent him on Friday, but he noted some items would get vetoed. The Republican governor, who appeared ...

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Gov. Chris Christie slashes tax hikes, signs $34 billion budget

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used his veto pen Friday to strip more than $1.6 billion from the 2016 budget approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed a roughly $34 billion budget into law.

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