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December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Elizabeth Warren Reaffirms Outlier Status With Non-Endorsement

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., leave the Senate Democrats' policy luncheon on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Warren, a leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, is an outlier among others in her party. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to make news by not doing things.

The latest example? The Massachusetts Democrat is withholding a presidential endorsement, even as every other female Democratic senator threw their support behind Hillary Rodham Clinton. Warren was the notable omission when her 13 colleagues gathered Monday evening on Capitol Hill to raise money and show their support for Clinton’s campaign. Full story

Cruz Claims ‘Overwhelming Majority’ of Violent Criminals Are Democrats

Speaking to Hugh Hewitt on Monday, Cruz argued most felons are Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reacting to what he said was media bias in the wake of the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood, Cruz argued that most violent criminals are Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that most violent criminals are Democrats.

“Now listen, here’s the simple and undeniable fact. The overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats. The media doesn’t report that,” the Republican presidential candidate said.

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Iraq Vet Enters Delaware Race with Call to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Carney won't run for re-election to the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are now four Democrats vying to replace Carney, who isn’t seeking re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Iraq War veteran Sean Barney on Tuesday became the fourth Democrat to enter the race for Delaware’s open at-large congressional seat.

He announced his campaign with a call for the U.S. to accept 200,000 refugees, including 100,000 from Syria, this fiscal year.

“Times like this define the character of who we are as a nation,” Barney said in a statement.

“For the sake of our security, we should embrace these families and children fleeing violence and tyranny, rather than force them to languish in refugee camps that will destabilize our allies and become recruitment grounds for ISIS.”

Since the terrorist attacks on Paris on Nov. 13, more than half of America’s governors have called for halting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states. Also, nearly 50 House Democrats sided with Republicans in voting for a bill that would add an extra layer of security checks to Iraqis and Syrians hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.

Barney joined the Marines after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Fallujah, Iraq. He worked as policy director for Gov. Jack Markell after returning from Iraq and now is president of a Delaware venture capital firm.

In 2014, he ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer. VoteVets backed his candidacy and is expected to support his congressional campaign.

Barney joins Lisa Blunt Rochester, the state’s first African-American secretary of labor, state Sen. Bryan Townsend, and state Rep. Bryon Short, a small business owner and former aide to Sen. Thomas R. Carper, in the Democratic race to replace Rep. John Carney. In September, Carney announced he would run for governor rather than seek re-election.

The district has twice gone for President Barack Obama by double digits, so whoever wins the Democratic primary has a good shot at holding the seat.


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Kirk Hits Duckworth Over Syrian Refugees

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Incumbent Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk Tuesday is releasing an ad challenging Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s commitment to welcoming Syrian refugees into the country without additional government screening.

According to the Kirk campaign, the nascent spot, titled “Trust,” is expected to air statewide for the next three weeks. Full story

Evangelicals Make Environmental Issues About ‘Caring for God’s Creation’

The Evangelical Environmental Network encourage Kirk to vote against a measure to kill Obama's clean power plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Evangelical Environmental Network encourage Kirk to vote against a measure to kill Obama’s clean power plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Evangelical Environmental Network is just what it sounds like: a ministry of evangelicals, mostly Republicans, who believe climate change is dangerous and worth fighting.

“I’m a Republican, and our organization is designed to reach out to evangelicals who are, by and large, conservative politically as well,” Rev. Mitchell Hescox, president of EEN told CQ Roll Call last week.

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November 30, 2015

Gubernatorial Races to Watch in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23:  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory holds a news conference with fellow members of the Republican Governors Association at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce February 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Republican and  Democratic governors met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Monday during the last day of the National Governors Association winter meeting.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democrats in North Carolina are hoping McCrory has overplayed his hand. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Despite Democrats’ surprising victory last week in Louisiana — where state Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican Sen. David Vitter in the runoff –  they hold only 18 gubernatorial seats, compared to the 31 held by Republican governors.

Next year, Democrats will defend eight seats, including ones in targeted U.S. Senate battle grounds such as Missouri and New Hampshire, while Republicans will defend four.  Full story

November 25, 2015

Florida Republican Puts House Campaign on Hold Because ‘Health Issue’

UNITED STATES  APRIL 25: Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Fla., speaks during the House Republicans' news conference on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Republican Rep. Sandy Adams announced Wednesday she is suspending her campaign for Congress in Florida’s 6th District “due to health-related developments.”

“I recently discovered a significant health issue that demands my focus and attention,” she said in in a statement. “Over the next several weeks, I will be focusing on my health and will reassess my campaign to determine if I can give it a 100% commitment. I owe that to my family, and to the residents of the 6th District.” Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 2:56 p.m.

Santorum, Gohmert Stop by ‘Roske on Politics’

Brent Roske points the mic this weekend at former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, as well as radio host Montel Williams and The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich, on the Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics” airing on Sunday, Nov. 29. Full story

Poll: Wide Divide Over Allowing Muslim Refugees Into the U.S.

A Syrian family cheers after  arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey with other refugees and migrants on November 19, 2015. European leaders tried to focus on joint action with Africa to tackle the migration crisis, as Slovenia became the latest EU member to act on its own by barricading its border. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

A Syrian family arrives on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

A new poll shows six in 10 Americans don’t want the U.S. to allow Muslim refugees from Syria into the country but are more inviting to Christian refugees.

An Economist Group/YouGov poll released Tuesday shows a wide ideological split on the question of whether Syrian Muslim refugees should be allowed into the country, with 83 percent of those who identify as conservative opposed and 70 percent of liberals saying they favor allowing them entry.

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November 24, 2015

Kentucky Governor Restores Thousands of Ex-Felons’ Right to Vote

 (File Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

As Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear, a Democrat, prepares to leave office, he is attempting to leave his mark on an issue that has made his state an outlier.

On Tuesday, he issued an executive order that put in place an automatic process to restore voting rights to nonviolent, ex-felons once they have completed their sentence — a move that might allow 170,000 more Kentuckians the right to register to vote.  Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 4:22 p.m.

Should Vitter’s Loss Worry Scandal-Plagued Lawmakers?

Vitter suffered his first political loss this past weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vitter suffered his first political loss this past weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

David Vitter thought he was a survivor.

He won re-election by 20 points in 2010, 3 1/2 years after his prostitution scandal came to light. It was hard to imagine the scandal coming back to bite him. But six years later, it ended his political career.

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November 23, 2015

Leading Democrat Drops Campaign For Patrick Murphy’s House Seat

Murphy is a Florida Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McKinlay was the leading Democrat to replace Murphy, above, in Florida’s 18th District race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Melissa McKinlay, the Democrat who was viewed as the party’s front-runner in the highly contested race to replace Rep. Patrick Murphy, said Monday she will end her six-month-old campaign.

In an email to supporters, McKinlay said the entrance of millionaire businessman Randy Perkins into the race would make the cost for her to win “immense” and further distract from her day job as a Palm Beach County commissioner.  Full story

Kentucky Sports Radio Host Decides Against a Campaign for Congress

(AP File Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

In Kentucky sports radio host Matt Jones, D.C. Democrats thought they had a dream candidate to challenge Rep. Andy Barr. (AP File Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

In Kentucky Sports Radio Host Matt Jones, Democrats in Washington thought they might have found it all in a possible candidate to run in Kentucky’s 6th District: A moderate who was not ashamed to admit he voted for President Barack Obama; a well-educated lawyer who knows how to speak to the district’s working-class voters; and a man who has spent years building his name identification by hosting one of the top sports talk shows in a state that loves its sports.

But on Monday, it turned out their notion of a Jones candidacy was too good to be true. After months of courting by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Jones announced he would not challenge Republican Rep. Andy Barr. Full story

Two Lawmakers Say Campaigns for Vitter’s Seat Are Coming Soon

Boustany is the first Republican to publicly reveal his plan to seek Vitter's Senate seat.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boustany, above, and Fleming say they’ll soon make announcements on their plans for Vitter’s Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 5 p.m. | Two days after Republican Sen. David Vitter’s defeat in the Louisiana governor’s race and his announcement that he would not seek re-election, two Republicans said they were readying campaigns for the seat next year.

In a statement Monday morning, Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., a six-term Republican from southwest Louisiana who had considered a run for Senate in 2014, said a “formal announcement” for 2016 will take place soon near his hometown of Lafayette.  Full story

Syrian Activist Warns ‘Disgusting Ideas’ About Refugees Will Backfire

Eid  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Eid fears the American response to Syrian refugees will energize terrorists. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Kassem Eid, a Syrian opposition activist, has Washington’s ear.

Since he came to the United States on a tourist visa in March 2014, he’s met with administration and State Department officials. He’s been in touch with Democratic and Republican members of Congress. And he’s appeared before the United Nations Security Council with U.N. ambassador Samantha Power.

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