WASHINGTON – Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012.
Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday also proposed shortening the presidential nominating calendar in 2016 and limiting the number of primary-season debates to avoid the self-inflicted damage from inside-party squabbling on the eventual nominee.
Priebus’ top-to-bottom changes include picking the moderators for the debates and then crowning the nominee as early as June so he or she could begin a general election campaign as quickly as possible.
Top court to hear Arizona voter law
The Supreme Court will hear arguments today over the legality of Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship to use a registration form produced under the federal Motor Voter voter registration law that doesn’t require such documentation.
The case has broader implications because four other states – Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee – have similar requirements, and 12 more states are contemplating similar legislation, officials say. The Obama administration is supporting challenges to the law.
College mourns loss of pregnant coach
A small Catholic college outside Pittsburgh mourned the loss of a women’s lacrosse coach who died along with her unborn child when the team’s bus crashed on the way to a game, remembering her Sunday as warm, outgoing and a natural leader.
Students and staff filled Seton Hill University’s century-old St. Joseph’s Chapel before the start of a Sunday night memorial service for lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, 30. Earlier Sunday, fans at a Seton Hill baseball game observed a moment of silence for Quigley and bus driver Anthony Guaetta, 61.
Players and coaches from Seton Hill were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed into a tree Saturday morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Harrisburg. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania. Police are investigating the cause.
Air Force instructor gets 4 years for rape
A military judge has sentenced an Air Force instructor to four years in prison for raping a female trainee at the South Texas base where he worked. Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto on Saturday became the ninth instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland convicted in the scandal and sentenced to prison or hard labor.
Investigators say more than 40 women had inappropriate contact with instructors, were sexually harassed or were raped. Soto had pleaded guilty to five counts, including having had sex with a female trainee and with the wife of a male trainee.