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Questions tagged [republican-party]

The Republican Party (sometimes called Grand Old Party, or GOP) is a major political party of the United States. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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Why the color red for the Republican Party

The US Republican Party's official color is Red yet in general political circles that color has been used by Socialist groups and movements. Since the party publicly condemns Socialism why would they ...
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Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel?

In my understanding, generally, right-wing politicians are hard on immigration and foreign people in general. This typically goes well with anti-semitism, too. (See Nazis / Neo-Nazis). At least in the ...
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Is the US Congress more divided now than early on?

The US Congress has been very divided and partisan for my whole adult life, 10 years. There seems to be this idea of how politicians used to work together to get things done, and the house and senate ...
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Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence?

The biggest question I've had about Trump's presidency is why so many members of the GOP are so loyal to him when the alternative is Pence (i.e. if Trump was removed from office). Pence is arguably ...
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Why do Republicans want tax cuts but also increase government spending and reduce deficit?

When I studied political economy in college, in the first lecture of one of my first courses, I was told that the entire duo-field of politics and economics essentially boils down to the distribution ...
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What are the Republicans' arguments for blaming the Democrats for the shutdown?

The President and other Republicans have been casting blame on the Democrats for being responsible for the current government shutdown. If Republicans had a majority in the House and the Senate at ...
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Why are Republicans (Trump, Graham) going all-in on border security funding when they most likely won't get it? [closed]

Trump was not able to get (enough) border security funding, and so due to that disagreement, the government shut down. In particular, the Senate approved a bill without that border-funding, but the ...
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How does Donald Trump define the word conservative?

Ronald Reagan's rise to prominence was built on the conservative intellectual movement and the thinking of figures like Russel Kirk, Frederick Hayek, Frank Meyer, Irving Kristol,and William F. Buckley ...
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Have congressional Republicans taken a position on whether they will give “consent” to the United States Climate Alliance as an interstate compact?

The United States Climate Alliance is an effort by state governments to support the Paris Climate Accord and help reduce emissions in the United States. There is however a constitutional problem with ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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What is the evidence for a top-down Southern Strategy?

According to Wikipedia, “In American politics, the Southern Strategy refers to a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to ...
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Is the Republican party obligated to renominate Trump for Presidency in 2020?

Presuming Donald Trump wants to become nominated for a second time, is the Republican party obligated to let him do so? Or can they put forward alternative candidates that would potentially defeat ...
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Is the Democratic Party actually a left wing party? [closed]

The terms left wing, centrist and right wing are all relative of course. The Democratic party is generally supportive of gender equality issues and LGBT rights, more sympathetic to immigrants. But the ...
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What about Ted Cruz appealed to Republicans who voted for him in 2016?

Among people who voted for Ted Cruz in 2016, what reasons did they have for preferring Cruz over other Republican presidential candidates?
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

K Dog commented: You should see what Baltimore has done to exclude GOP voters I dunno... What, if anything, has Baltimore done to exclude Republican voters? Bonus goalpost moving addendum: If ...
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Why is proportional representation a nonpartisan issue in the US?

In Western Europe for example, many legislatures have a party-list system and are structured with proportionality, but in the US supporters for a change of system are almost entirely nonpartisan. The ...
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In Massachusetts, can I vote third party if I register as a Republican?

I am currently working on registering to vote, however, I want to know if registering as a Republican will force me to vote for Charlie Baker for Massachusetts Governor. I do not like Charlie Baker ...
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What did the Republican leadership do (or call for) after the OPM breach?

The 2015 OPM data breach was a case of substantial theft of goverment records (according to Wikipedia): The final estimate of the number of stolen records is approximately 21.5 million. This ...
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Is 46 Republican House members retiring unusual?

I was listening to Pod Save America and they were talking about the upcoming mid-terms and the "fact" that 46 house Republicans are retiring. According to them, that is unusual. Are there 46 House ...
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Who voted for Arthur J. Jones the neo-Nazi Republican candidate for Illinois's 3rd congressional district?

In the Illinois 3rd district Republican primary, Arthur Jones got about 20 thousand votes, which is approximately the same the 2012 primary winner got. This number seems surprisingly high considering ...
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The reason behind the contradictory behavior of US political parties toward Islamic Republic of Iran

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, the behavior of two American political parties toward Iran has always been contradictory: From the beginning and after hostage-taking by revolutionaries, ...
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Understanding gerrymandering in the Maryland example?

I was reading an article in the NY Times explaining the math behind gerrymandering. They used the Maryland 6th District as an example, that had 26k wasted votes and all 133k republican wasted votes. ...
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What are the obligations/duties of “a Democrat” vs an independent? (US House/Senate)

Over the past two years we've heard media discussions regarding whether various political figures should "run as Democrats"/"Republicans"/"Green"/other parties, or "run as independents", for the US ...
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Turnout in U.S. midterms

What is the average voter turnout among Democrats in U.S. midterm elections? How does it compare to Republican turnout?
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How to run in the Republican primary against a Republican incumbent for US House?

How can I register as a candidate to run in the Republican primary against a sitting Republican congressman? Is it in the State's Election Board jurisdiction or does the Republican Party decide who ...
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Is there a country that leans far to the right [closed]

I am curious to know which countries leans far to the right similar to American republicans. I am trying to get an idea of what USA would be like with very few democrats in power.
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Does the Republican party have any means to prevent Arthur Jones from running as a Republican in the Illinois election?

Arthur Jones will almost certainly become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat. This friendly chap is the former leader of the American Nazi Party, calls the holocaust a hoax, and ...
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Why did the House Intelligence Committee vote against releasing the Democratic memo?

The House Intelligence Committee just voted to release a memo drafted by Chairman Devin Nunes and other Republicans which discusses alleged misconduct by the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. ...
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What exactly did the Republicans win from ending the shutdown?

I was listening to 538 podcast about shutdown end, and they made it sound like their opinion is that on balance, Democrats didn't really win anything meaningful (compared to not having started ...
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Why did Trump fire all members of the PACHA?

Recently, Trump fired all members of his AIDS/HIV council (PACHA). Why would anyone actively choose to shut down a council on an important health issue?
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Who is the GOP establishment? And do they support Trump?

Who would you say (as specific as possible) consists of the GOP establishment. And more importantly, as of now (post-election), where do they stand on Trump? edit: Changed elite to establishment, ...
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If Roy Moore is elected, would this hurt the Republican party? [closed]

Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in the state of Alabama, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday did not rule out trying to ...
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Do Republican tax reform historically favor the wealthy and corporations?

The recent Republican tax reform bill has been criticized as being a "tax cut for the wealthy." U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a tax plan on Thursday that differed from the House of ...
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Do any Republicans oppose banning bump fire stocks?

A bump fire stock, also known as a bump stock, is a device that effectively turns a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon, also known as a machine gun. Automatic weapons are banned in the ...
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Did Rand Paul discuss why he changed his mind on Repeal and Delay?

Shortly after President Trump took office, Congressional Republicans were planning to pass a "repeal and delay" bill, i.e. a bill which would repeal as much of Obamacare as can be done through budget ...
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Have any Republican senators announced they'll oppose the motion to proceed on 2017-07-26?

This Axios article describes what the Senate is planning to do tomorrow on Healthcare. First they'll vote on a motion to proceed on the House Republican Healthcare bill, the AHCA. Assuming it passes,...
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Does the Senate Healthcare bill alter Obamacare's pre-existing conditions provisions?

Liberal political blogger Kevin Drum just said this, based on his initial read of the Senate Healthcare bill proposed by Republicans: This is tentative, but…. I’ve just taken a quick look at ...
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Republicans and the Dodd-Frank Act

Why do Republican lawmakers oppose the Dodd-Frank Act?
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Do any Republicans support impeachment of the president, or said what it would take for them to support it?

Impeaching the president is a popular topic among Democrats these days. But Republicans control both houses of Congress, so it seems like a futile endeavor without significant Republican support. ...
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What would make a Democratic Libertarian and a Republican Libertarian different?

In the context of the USA; what ideas would make a Libertarian go Democrat, and what ideas would make them go Republican? As Libertarianism fits more or less in this strange middle ground of ideas ...
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Why couldn't Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare so many times under Obama do it under a Republican president?

I seem to recall that Republicans voted to amend or repeal Obamacare dozens of times when Obama was president. It was a meme that they had so many better ideas about health care. They seemed to be ...
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What are the differences between the proposed Republican health care plan and the Affordable Health Care Act?

Most media websites have been focusing on certain points due to their bias so I have been unable to find a list of actual differences between the Affordable Health Care Act and the new proposed ...
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Being “registered” as Democratic/Republican/Independent vs being a party member

I was following online media during last year's primaries, and noticed anchors and commentators discussing people's "registration" as Democrats, Republicans or Independents (never for other parties ...
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Attitudes of the two parties towards the central bank

The article on Economist Making Fed Great Again says: That matters because Republicans have long sought to overhaul the central bank by subjecting its monetary policy decisions to review by the ...
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Have Republicans ever complained about gerrymandering in the United States?

I have heard a lot of outcry about gerrymandering voting districts. I know there was a book by David Daley as well as the pending case in Wisconsin declaring the voting districts unconstitutional. ...
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Why did the GOP change their strategy regarding the Affordable Care Act from ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’?

The repair language was discussed by Republicans during their closed-door policy retreat in Philadelphia last week as a better way to brand their strategy. Some of that discussion flowed from views ...
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Why are republicans so eager to repeal Obamacare without having a replacement?

With an estimated 22.8 million newly insured people since the launch of the ACA, why are Republican law makers so eager to repeal it without a backup plan? Trump's comments were basically "We're going ...
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Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? [closed]

Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? Similar to how, in the years since the WW2 post-war period, the main political parties ...
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Are there Democratic politicians or groups that support Trump's positions, and if so why?

I was wondering if a Democrat, politician, voters, or special interest groups have found common cause with Trump ideas or policy positions as having some positive outcomes?
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What caused the Rep. party members' dramatic shift on views on Russia?

The recent data published by The Economist/YouGov (PDF, ##26, 28) taken on December 10-13 2016, clearly indicate a dramatic change on Republican party members' view on Russia and Putin: The surveys ...