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Representative Andy Harris has drawn national attention with his effort to overturn results of the electoral college and the storming of the Capitol building. Salisbury City Council Vice President Muir Boda, who quit the GOP to rejoin the Libertarian Party, is now considering a challenge to the Eastern Shore Republican. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about Harris and what may lie ahead. (Part 2)

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Abraham Lincoln's presidency freed the slaves and ushered in a new political party. Host Don Rush talks with David S. Reynolds, author of a new biography "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in his Times," to explore the character of the man who changed America. Then, he continues the conversation with Salisbury University Political Science professor Michael O'Loughlin to look at what has become of the modern Republican Party since Goldwater.

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Superior Court Judge Jane Brady has become the new chair of the Delaware Republican Party.

She was chosen over the weekend at the party’s annual convention.

Brady replaces Mike Herrington who declined to continue with another term because of personal commitments.

WBOC reports that she will attempt to revamp the party after the 2018 elections that saw the Democrats take every statewide office.

In addition, Democrats also saw a boost to their majorities in both the Delaware House and Senate.

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The Republican nominee for Delaware’s lone House seat Scott Walker has accused the state’s Democratic congressional delegation and its governor of being racist.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he took aim at Delaware’s first African American congressional member Lisa Blunt-Rochester calling her an “Aunt Tom”.

During a long rant he called the state’s senior Senator Tom Carper who is running for reelection a “redneck” and described former Vice President Joe Biden as a “racist loser.”

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans hoping to upset Hillary Clinton's former running mate in a U.S. Senate race are clashing over who is more loyal to President Donald Trump.

Corey Stewart accused opponent Nick Freitas at a debate Thursday at Liberty University of being insufficiently supportive of the president and too-thin skinned to survive a tough general election against Democrat Tim Kaine.

Kaine is viewed as the favorite to win a second term to the Senate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Even with new support from key GOP leaders, Medicaid expansion in Virginia still faces serious roadblocks. That includes a fierce intraparty squabble among Republicans and strong disagreement among expansion supporters on how to pay for it.

Those divisions were on display Thursday as both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly debated whether Medicaid expansion should be included in the state budget. The House favors Medicaid expansion and the new hospital tax, which the Senate opposes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia GOP House caucus has named its leadership team in an important election year.

The Republicans officially named House Majority Leader Kirk Cox as speaker designee, the de facto replacement for retiring Speaker William J. Howell. Cox would be named speaker in January if Republicans hold on to a majority.

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Republican lawmakers in Delaware want the governor the secretary of Homeland Security to be notified when refugees from Syria, Iran or Sudan come to the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Representative Deborah Hudson said that she does not trust the federal government to prevent potential terrorists from coming to this country.

The paper reports that the Republicans zeroed in on countries which the State Department says has supported terrorism within the last five years.

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SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in Maryland, a day ahead of the start of early voting for the state's primary.
 
The Republican candidate will host a town hall Wednesday afternoon at historic Savage Mill in Howard County.
 
Early voting in Maryland runs from Thursday through April 21.
 
Maryland will hold its primary April 26, along with Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel says she's running to become Virginia's next lieutenant governor.

Vogel told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that running for the office in 2017 is "awesome opportunity." She says the Republican party needs to get its "mojo back" and that she would bring a fresh perspective as a working mother.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians who aren't registered to vote but want to cast ballots in the March 1 presidential primary need to act fast.

Monday is the deadline to register.

In Virginia, voters don't register by party. Any registered voter may choose to cast a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House GOP plans to roll out their agenda on education-related issues.

Republican delegates have planned a news conference Tuesday to present their legislation related on education.

In a speech earlier this month, House GOP Speaker William J. Howell said he supports a "major amendment" to the Virginia Constitution aimed at promoting charter schools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun groups are squaring off at the Virginia General Assembly.

Pro-gun rights groups held a morning rally at the Capitol Monday, and gun control advocates held one a few hours later.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are suing Virginia election officials over a state GOP requirement that 2016 primary voters sign a statement affirming they are Republicans.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, three black pastors said such a "loyalty oath" would violate their civil rights and would discriminate against African-American and Hispanic voters.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Rob Bell is set to announce his candidacy for Virginia attorney general.
 
Bell is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday to make the announcement, which has been widely expected.
 
Bell represents an area just outside Charlottesville and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001. A former prosecutor who now works in private practice, Bell unsuccessfully pursued the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2013.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - On the first day Virginia state lawmakers can file bills for the 2016 General Assembly session, Republicans in the GOP-majority House of Delegates have introduced legislation focused on tolls inside the Washington beltway and the federal Clean Power Plan.

The party announced in a news release Monday that Republicans are seeking to ban tolls on Interstate 66 inside the District's beltway. The other second bill introduced would require the state to get approval from the legislature before implementing the Clean Power Plan.

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Republican lawmakers have refused to interview a Virginia Supreme Court justice appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Members of a judicial selection subcommittee turned away Justice Jane Marum Roush on Monday before interviewing a Republican-backed candidate for the job: Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers and Democratic elected officials are asking Virginia's legislative Republican leaders to reconsider plans to replace a newly seated Virginia Supreme Court justice.
 
But GOP leaders say they're unmoved by those pleas. They say they still plan to replace Justice Jane Marum Roush with Rossie D. Alston Jr. during a special session that starts Aug. 17.
 
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Roush late last month, to the displeasure of GOP leaders who said they were not properly consulted about the pick.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

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Forty years after President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office, his Republican party is now struggling with  its future. In many ways, he can be seen as a transitional figure getting the backing of the more liberal GOP of the Northeast and the beginnings of the Republican Solid South. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Roger Stone, a political operative who worked for Nixon and who has authored a new book, "Nixon's Secrets", about the former president's role in his party and where the GOP is headed amidst the changing demographics of the 21st century.

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Delaware Republican leaders in the state legislature are demanding spending cuts to meet $41 million in red ink under Governor Jack Markell’s $3.5 billion budget.

Senate Minority leader Gary Simpson said his party was calling for a 2 percent across the board reduction for all state agencies.

And Republicans threatened to withhold their votes on the state’s annual capital budget unless cuts are made.