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October 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

House Republicans’ Chaos Could Hurt GOP Fundraising

McCarthy's exit from the speaker's race and ensuing chaos could lead members to leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy’s exit from the speaker’s race and the chaos it caused could lead members to leave Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking decision to drop his bid for speaker Thursday could cause problems for House Republican fundraising, multiple Republican strategists told CQ Roll Call.

Speaker John A. Boehner said he will stay on until House Republicans choose his successor. But until that dust settles, some Republicans say they fear donors will keep their wallets closed until they know who will be helming the ship.

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Anti-Establishment Mood Doesn’t Stop ‘Invisible Primary’

Republican presidential hopefuls  Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican front-runners Carson, left, and Trump have zero congressional endorsements between them. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

With 83 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, one might expect presidential candidates and their savvy political teams to keep themselves at a distance.

But even in this year of the outsider — where, from the revolt in the House to the polls in the presidential race, it might appear the strength of the establishment is on the downturn — candidates seeking the highest office in the land are competing for their endorsements in what has been described as the “Invisible Primary.”  Full story

October 7, 2015

Three Races in Which Export-Import Bank Could Be an Issue

Walberg opposes reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and his Democratic opponent is ready to make it an issue in Michigan's  7th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walberg opposes reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and his Democratic opponent is ready to make it an issue in Michigan’s 7th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:20 a.m. | In a handful of competitive races around the country, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its recruits intend to make an issue of the Export-Import Bank charter’s lapse, especially now that large American corporations are blaming Congress for lost contracts and American jobs.

The jobs General Electric will create overseas either already exist or would have been created in Maine, New York, Texas and South Carolina.

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RNC Looks to Empower GOP Women to Run

Capito, right, speaks with Saba Ahmed during the "Empowering Leaders for the Future" Women's summit hosted by the RNC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capito, right, speaks with Saba Ahmed during the “Empowering Leaders for the Future” Women’s summit hosted by the RNC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sharon Day rose through the ranks of GOP politics, starting as a precinct captain in her native Florida and eventually co-chairing the Republican National Committee.

But Day said she’d never be in the position she’s in today if people hadn’t empowered her to run for those roles. And she’s made it her mission to pay it forward to encourage more Republican women to become activists in the party and to run for office — all in the hopes of making women a more integral part of the GOP.

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Potential Kyrsten Sinema Challenger to Meet With NRCC

Sinema represents a competitive Arizona House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sinema represents a competitive Arizona House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two years after an unsuccessful campaign for her party’s nomination for governor of Arizona, Republican Christine Jones is looking at giving electoral politics another try.

An official at the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday confirmed a report that Jones, a former executive and top lawyer at The Go Daddy Group, will meet with the organization this week in Washington about a possible campaign against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s 9th District. Full story

Little-Understood Export-Import Bank Becomes Politically Significant

Poliquin hasn't announced an official position on the bank. Above, he participates in the House Financial Services Committee on the bank in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Poliquin hasn’t announced an official position on the bank. Above, he participates in the House Financial Services Committee on the bank in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:30 a.m. | No politician wants to be accused of jeopardizing jobs in his or her state.

That’s the corner GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin found himself in this fall, when Democrats attacked him for being out of touch with his district on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

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October 6, 2015

Sanders to Talk Trade, Wall Street at Democratic Debate

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanders looks to go one-on-one with Clinton next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he is looking to engage with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on trade and financial issues at the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate.

Democrats vying for their party’s nomination will face off for the first time in Las Vegas, Nev., on Oct. 13. Though accusations of a fractured party are usually thrown at Republicans, the debate will likely highlight rifts within the Democratic party, and Sanders appears to be looking to utilize those divisions to garner support from the more progressive wings of the party.

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Democratic Poll: Ted Strickland Leads Rob Portman in Ohio Senate Race

Portman trails his likely Democratic opponent in a new poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Portman trails his likely Democratic opponent in a new poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, trailed his likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, by 3 points in a poll conducted for a Democratic super PAC and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Strickland was favored by 46 percent of those polled, while 43 percent favored Portman, according to the poll conducted for Senate Majority PAC by Harstad Strategic Research.

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David Letterman, Al Franken to Headline Duckworth Fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24: David Letterman attends the Indy 500 on May 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Letterman is shown at the Indianapolis 500 shortly after his “Late Night.” (Michael Hickey/Getty Images File Photo)

Two retired comedians will take the stage in New York later this month at a fundraiser to benefit Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the leading Democrat running to challenge Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall.

David Letterman, who retired this year after three decades hosting the “The Late Show” on CBS, and Sen. Al Franken, who gained his own fame from his time as a writer and performer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” will headline the event to benefit the Duckworth Victory Fund. Full story

Kirk to Illinois Democrats: I Already Took Care of That

UNITED STATES - JULY 15: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., questions Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray during the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the CFPB's semi-annual report to Congress on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kirk says the investigation that Democrats highlighted last week has long been known. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk is in a dispute with Illinois Democrats — one of whom is running to replace him — over who has done more to prevent incidents such as the September 2014 fire at an air traffic control facility near Chicago.

Last week, members of the Illinois Democratic delegation announced the results of a Department of Transportation Inspector General audit report that made 42 recommendations to improve security and contingency plans as a result of the Sept. 26, 2014, fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill.

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October 5, 2015

New York Delegation to Appear at Fundraiser for John Faso

Eldridge won't run for a seat that's likely to be open next year if Gibson retires. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gibson, who won the seat in 2014, will not seek re-election, prompting campaigns by Faso and others. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As he seeks his party’s nod in New York’s open 19th District, Republican John Faso is getting a little help from his friends in Washington.

On Tuesday, three weeks after Faso launched his campaign, he is scheduled to be in the District of Columbia for a major fundraiser that will feature eight Republicans from the Empire State’s congressional delegation as “special guests,” according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 5:06 p.m.

Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Recruitment

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 26: Gov. Margaret "Maggie" Hassan, D-N.H., speaks with local mounted police as she arrives for a breakfast meeting with the State of New Hampshire Executive Council at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, N.H., on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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With New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s entrance into the Granite State Senate contest, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has secured nearly every top-tier recruit it sought for 2016 — when Democrats will attempt to net the five seats necessary to regain control of the Senate.

Aside from Hassan in New Hampshire, the DSCC secured strong candidates in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The DSCC also scored wins with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s decision to run for Senate in Arizona, as well as three Democratic senators from red states forgoing gubernatorial bids in 2016.

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Arizona Sheriff Babeu Enters Race for Kirkpatrick’s Seat

On the day of Babeu's announcement, the Republican field in Arizona's competitive 1st District doubled. (File Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

On the day of Babeu’s announcement, the Republican field in Arizona’s competitive 1st District doubled. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images File Photo)

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu said Monday he will run for Congress in the state’s open 1st District, just hours before state Speaker David Gowan announced he too would run.

The two join a field that could get crowded in this Republican-heavy district that is now represented by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat who is challenging Republican Sen. John McCain next year.  Full story

Maggie Hassan Will Run for Senate in New Hampshire (Video)

Hassan will run for Senate in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hassan will run for Senate in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats got the candidate they wanted in New Hampshire.

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday she is challenging GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte for Senate in the Granite State, rather than seek a third term as governor. It’s a move Democrats say gives the party its best shot at picking up a seat that will prove critical to Senate control.

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N.C. Is Lukewarm on Burr, But Lukewarm Might be Enough

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Burr says his re-election bid is in better shape than polls or news coverage would indicate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Richard M. Burr’s low-key, no-frills approach to politicking won him two Senate elections in North Carolina. Whether that carries him to a third term is up in the air.

The Republican heads into 2016 with an anemic 29 percent approval rating, according to recent polls. Still, that might be enough to hand the former businessman another six years — especially in a state rated Leans Republican by The Rothenberg-Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call and where Democrats can’t find a big-name opponent.

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