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House Republicans are expecting to oust Wyoming representative Liz Cheney from her ranking as number three in GOP leadership. As reported by NPR, the move could cause a major rift in the party over how far it should take its loyalty to former President Donald Trump. Cheney has been critical of Trump and has called out his misinformation about the 2020 election. What could it mean for the future of the party?

Last week, we talked with members of the Working Families Party about their desire to move Democrats further left. This hour, we talk with local conservatives about their hopes for the future of the Republican Party. Our guests:

A state judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Republican Party operatives in Monroe County that sought to keep 37 Democratic candidates from appearing on the Working Families Party line in upcoming primary and general elections.

GOP sues to keep Democrats off Working Families line

Apr 9, 2021

Republican Party operatives in Monroe County have sued to prevent 37 Democratic candidates for various offices from appearing on a second ballot line under the Working Families Party in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Monroe County's Republican Committee has a new leader. Bernie Iacovangelo has stepped in as acting chair, replacing Bill Napier. Napier held the position since June 2019.

Iacovangelo served as leader of Chili's Republican Committee since 2004. He joins us to share his goals for his new role, and his ideas for how Republicans can win more support in urban areas. Our guests:

  • Bernie Iacovangelo, acting chair of the Monroe County Republican Committee
  • David Dunning, secretary of the Monroe County Republican Committee

We've had many conversations with progressives about the direction they want Democrats to go in 2020. Today, we talk to conservatives about their views on a range of issues: President Trump's overall performance; his handling of the pandemic; conservatism as an ideological movement, and more.

Our guests:

  • Don Riley, former vice president of Mark IV Enterprises
  • Anna Garvey, former member of the University of Rochester Young Republicans
  • Tim Schieffen, small business owner

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New York's Republican Party met in a hotel outside Albany on Monday to choose its new chair.

Nick Langworthy replaces Ed Cox, the son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon. The 38-year-old promises to bring new energy to the fight against the state's dominant political party, the Democrats.  

How can Republicans win 2020? President Trump will seek reelection with low favorability numbers. More than 20 Democrats are seeking to challenge him.

We're joined by local conservatives who discuss the issues that they think are most important heading into 2020. In studio:

  • Bill Napier, chair of the Monroe County Republican Party
  • Paul Ciminelli, counsel to the Wolford Law Firm
  • Mark Assini, CAO at American Rock Salt, and former Gates Town Supervisor and Congressional candidate

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There’s going to be a change at the top in the state’s Republican Party.

Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy has gathered the support of the majority of county chairs and will be replacing Ed Cox in July. The two met with the media Tuesday to talk about the transition.

On the surface, it is an amicable change of leadership.

Cox, who oversaw the party for the past 10 years and is the son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon, said he’s pleased with his new position as part of a team to help finance President Donald Trump’s re-election effort.

In a piece for the National Review, writer Kevin Williamson says conservatives do not do well in America’s cities, and they themselves are to blame for some of that. He says conservatives should spend more time in urban areas -- rather than hunkering down in traditionally conservative regions -- in order to be heard by liberals.

We talk to local conservatives about what they think and how they can improve their numbers in cities. In studio:

  • Don Riley, vice president of Mark IV Enterprises and former supervisor for the Town of Greece
  • Tom Hebert, federal affairs associate for Americans for Tax Reform
  • Ayesha Kreutz, local activist and founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York

The failure of the American Health Care Act showed a sharp disconnect between the White House and the working class. Various polls showed the AHCA with anything from 17 to 30 percent approval, and it earned dismal marks from the conservative working class, too. But a number of liberal writers say that Democrats are missing an opportunity to learn from this episode. They argue that Democrats are obsessed with Russia, while Trump voters are concerned about health coverage and jobs.

So what can be done to win over the support of Trump voters, and what can we learn from the AHCA flop? Our guests:

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