NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The top strategist for Sen. Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign is working for a likely Republican challenger to President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall (all times local):
A dozen defecting Republicans have joined Senate Democrats to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his...
Utah Republicans raise questions about national emergency
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republicans are questioning President Donald Trump's expected declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted Thursday he's reserving judgment but doesn't believe declaring a national emergency is the right approach.
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart says it would be a mistake and could set a precedent allowing a future Democratic president to make a similar declaration over gun violence or climate change.
Mitt Romney says shutdown not ‘way to get things done’
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney says he doesn't think using the government shutdown to push for funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is the right way "to get things done."
Mitt Romney to hold town hall in Utah Tuesday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney is set to hold his first town hall as a sitting senator for Utah as a government shutdown continues.
The event is set for Tuesday night in Farmington, at the Davis County Administration Building.
Romney also appeared in Ogden last week to meet with county commissioners about the impact of the shutdown on a community that's home to about 5,000 federal workers.
Romney urges deal on border wall amid shutdown
Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Romney also said he plans to keep working with other senators to find interim solutions, such as legislation that would make sure essential government employees still working get paid now.
Nevada’s Reid calls Trump ‘amoral,’ wants a Romney 2020 run
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday that he thinks President Donald Trump has no conscience and said he'd like to see Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney challenge Trump in 2020 for the GOP nomination for president.
"I've had dealings with the man," Reid said of Trump. "I think he's amoral. I don't think he has a conscience."
Wisconsin’s ousted Gov. Scott Walker says he may run again
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ousted Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that he would be interested in running for public office again, maybe even for governor in four years.
Walker spoke to The Associated Press from the vacated governor's mansion as he prepares to be replaced Monday by Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. Walker, a presidential candidate in the 2016 race, served two terms as governor before Evers narrowly defeated him in November.
Orrin Hatch ends 4-decade Senate run as unique GOP voice
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Orrin Hatch ended his tenure Thursday as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, capping a unique career that positioned him as one of the most prominent conservatives in the United States.
Republicans worry a primary challenge would hurt Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump declared himself "the most popular president in the history of the Republican Party" on Wednesday. Yet his allies fear a primary challenge from a high-profile Republican could doom his re-election.
New GOP rivalry? Romney bolts into Washington, blasts Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and incoming Utah senator, has quickly set himself apart from other Republicans in the new Congress with a blistering attack on President Donald Trump's leadership and character.
Trump: Mitt Romney could be more of a team player
The Latest: Trump says Romney ought to be ‘team player’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen.-elect Mitt Romney's criticism of President Donald Trump (all times local):
President Donald Trump is responding to blistering criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney. Trump says he would "much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful."
Senate votes to name Salt Lake City courthouse after Hatch
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The nameless federal courthouse in Salt Lake City could soon have a name.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday to name the building the Orrin G. Hatch Federal Courthouse in honor of the outgoing senator.
Hatch says he's "honored and overwhelmed" that the Senate voted to name the federal courthouse after him.
Iowa governor names consultant Sara Gongol chief of staff
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a new chief of staff as she assembles an administrative team to run the office after winning election in November.
A statement released from the governor's office on Tuesday says Sara Craig Gongol will begin work on Saturday.
Craig Gongol, a political consultant and fundraiser, has worked with Reynolds since 2014 and was a general consultant to Reynolds' successful campaign to win the governor's office in November.
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Mitt Romney spends $5.2M in route to US Senate victory
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney spent five times as much as his Democratic opponent in his campaign to win a U.S. Senate seat.
Ghorbani to run for mayoral post being vacated by McAdams
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Defeated Democratic congressional candidate Shireen Ghorbani is running to become the next mayor of Salt Lake County.
Ghorbani declared her candidacy Saturday for the mayoral post being vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Ben McAdams.
Ghorbani works in communications at the University of Utah. In her first run for public office, she lost to Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart in the midterm election.
Defeated Democrat seeks job as Salt Lake County Mayor
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Defeated Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson is setting her sights on becoming the next mayor of Salt Lake County.
Wilson on Friday declared her candidacy for the mayoral post being vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Ben McAdams.
Wilson is a member of the Salt Lake County Council who lost her Senate bid to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the midterm election.
Not president, not yet a senator: Romney is starting over
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney is a man in-between.
He made it to Washington after all — but not as president of the United States, the office he sought twice and other men won. He's not yet a senator from Utah, either, until he's sworn in Jan. 3. Romney, lifelong executive in public and private life, doesn't have a permanent office, a place to live or a solid sense of what it will be like to shift from being the top leader to just one of 100 ambitious personalities.
AP Exclusive: Most Mormons back GOP, but fewer support Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — About two-thirds of Mormon voters nationwide favored Republicans in the midterm elections, but President Donald Trump's approval rating among members of the faith lagged behind, according to a nationwide survey of midterm voters.
Democrats will control Oakland County Board of Commissioners
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — For the first time in decades, Democrats are in the majority on the Board of Commissioners in Michigan's second-largest county.
Voters in Oakland County chose four Democrats in districts that usually go Republican. Democrats now will have a one-seat majority.
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a Republican, says he wasn't surprised by the election results Tuesday. He says he's always "reached across the aisle ... to pass a bipartisan, balanced" budget.
VoteCast: Utah voters say nation headed wrong way
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Utah said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 39 percent of Utah voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 61 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Mitt Romney handily wins US Senate seat from Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney easily won a U.S. Senate seat from Utah on Tuesday, securing a place in Washington for a sometime Donald Trump critic who called for greater dignity and respect in his victory speech.
Romney returns to elected office as the successor to longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 40 years.
Mitt Romney wins U.S. Senate bid
Mitt Romney, Mia Love and marijuana headline Utah election
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah voters on Tuesday will elect a new U.S. senator to replace Orrin Hatch, choose whether U.S. Rep. Mia Love earns a third term and decide if the state should make medical marijuana legal.
Romney hits Utah campaign trail, differs from Trump on media
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is stumping for fellow Republican candidates as he sails toward a likely victory Tuesday in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah and a return to public office.
Idaho billionaire VanderSloot likes Democrat to run schools
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot, a registered Republican, says he's endorsing the Democrat running for superintendent of public instruction.
Vandersloot in an announcement Monday says he's supporting Cindy Wilson because it's time to improve the state's education system with a strong, results-oriented leader.
Wilson is challenging Republican incumbent Sherri Ybarra in the Nov. 6 election.
Romney releases taxes, earned $83 million over 3 years
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns show he and his wife earned over $83 million from 2015 to 2017.
The couple's combined gross income was $22.3 million last year, slightly above their earnings in 2016 but less than the $41.5 million they reported in 2015.
MJ Henshaw, Romney's spokesman, said the former presidential nominee is fulfilling a campaign promise to release his taxes.
AP FACT CHECK: Romney oversimplifies Western water shortage
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney took up the question of water shortage this week in Utah, one of the driest states in the country, during a debate as he runs for a U.S. Senate seat in his adopted home state against Democrat Jenny Wilson. But federal water managers say he oversimplified a complex issue when he said Utah's unused water allotment goes to California.
McSally, Romney urge crowd to get out the vote in Arizona
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally had a boost from GOP stalwart Mitt Romney as the two urged energized supporters at an Arizona rally Friday to help her win a "dead heat" race.
"This is such a consequential election for us up and down the ballot," McSally said to a cheering crowd in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert. "This Senate race is literally the firewall to make sure we keep and grow the Senate majority."
The Latest: McSally urges people to vote in ‘dead heat’ race
GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a campaign rally for Senate candidate Martha McSally with Mitt Romney (all times local):
Republican candidate Martha McSally has called on supporters to get out and vote in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona that she says has become a dead heat.
McSally, along with former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, reminded a crowd at a rally in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert on Friday that a great deal was at stake in the Nov. 6 election.
Romney says Supreme Court confirmation process ‘awful’
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney said the bitter fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation shows the Supreme Court nominating process is "awful," a sentiment his Democratic Senate opponent largely shared even though they differed on how to fix it during a Tuesday debate.
Romney, who would have voted for Kavanaugh, called for more deadlines and private hearings.
Mitt Romney says he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's GOP U.S. Senate nominee Mitt Romney says he would have supported the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Friday had he been in office he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh based on his judicial record.
Romney candidacy adds urgency to Utah election security work
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney's Senate candidacy has added urgency to efforts to beef up election security and guard against the threat of voting interference from Russian hackers, Utah officials said Tuesday.
The presence of the onetime Republican presidential candidate and Russia critic on the ballot is among the reasons the state is taking additional steps to ensure the Nov. 6 election is secure, said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to face GOP’s Geoff Diehl
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will face off against Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl as she battles for a second term and gears up for what could be a possible run for president.
Diehl defeated two other GOP candidates in Tuesday's Massachusetts primary for the chance to unseat Warren in November, beating back business executive John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom, a Cabinet official under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.
3 Republicans vie for chance to deny Sen. Warren second term
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps popping up on short lists of possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, but three Republicans in her home state are hoping to short-circuit any White House dreams she might have.
State Rep. Geoff Diehl, business executive John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom — a cabinet official under former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney — are vying for the chance to go head-to-head with Warren in November as she seeks re-election to a second term.
Rep. Mia Love campaigns with Mitt Romney as she defends seat
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Facing a tight re-election race in a district Democrats hope to flip, U.S. Rep. Mia Love tapped Mitt Romney and other boldface Republican names at a rally Friday.
"We've got to make sure the Democrats don't get their hands on this seat," Sen. Mike Lee said. "We need Mia Love to get re-elected. We need her very, very badly."
The Latest: Politicians pay tribute to McCain; Trump silent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (all times local):
American political leaders of both parties are paying tribute and offering prayers for ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain, but President Donald Trump has so far been silent.
Neither the White House nor the president has yet spoken out after McCain's family announced Friday that the former prisoner of war and longtime public servant would no longer seek medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
NOT REAL: "Mitt Romney: 'Trump has some very serious emotional problems, he must resign before we...'
National Weather Service in Grand Forks apologizes for tweet
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks has apologized for a tweet that attacked former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Hatch Center launches $40M fundraising push for next chapter
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Orrin Hatch is stepping down, but he's not planning on fading away.
The long-serving Republican senator spoke Monday at an event kicking off a $40 million fundraising campaign to build the Hatch Center library and think tank in Salt Lake City.
"I may be leaving the Senate, but I am in no way leaving public life. I am simply taking the fight to another arena," he said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As wildfires ravage the U.S. West, Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney has called for more logging and a high-tech early detection system in a plan that was met with some skepticism.
Romney, a candidate in Utah, said in an essay that more logging would thin out forests and clear dead timber so fires have less fuel.
BOSTON (AP) — Three Republicans vying for their party's nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized the Democratic incumbent Tuesday as being too far to the left even in blue state Massachusetts, while offering varying degrees of support for President Donald Trump.
Democrat challenges Mitt Romney on immigration
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson is throwing down the gauntlet to Mitt Romney on immigration.
Wilson said in a news conference Thursday Romney is "out of touch" with Utah voters on the issue. She says Romney's policies are harsh, including ending so-called chain migration, a term critics use to describe family-based immigration. He's also supported a border wall backed by President Donald Trump.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney is vastly outraising his Democratic opponent in the Utah race to win the Senate seat left open by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Campaign-finance records show he raised $2.4 million this spring, a haul that dwarfs the $142,000 brought in by Democrat Jenny Wilson.
He spent nearly that same amount between April and June, a reporting period that included his Republican primary election. He easily bested state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the June 26 race.
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren raised more than $2.9 million during the past three months, just under the $3.1 million she pulled in during the first quarter of the year.
Warren's campaign said Tuesday she ended June with about $15.6 million on hand. The vast majority of those contributions, about 94 percent, came in $50 donations or less.