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April 25, 2015

April 24, 2015

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Grimm resigned from Congress in disgrace. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan walloped his Democratic opponent in fundraising for the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Donovan reported raising $615,000 between Jan. 1 and April 15 and had $462,000 in cash on hand for the final weeks of the May 5 special. New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile brought in $196,000 over the same time period and reported $116,000 in the bank.

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April 23, 2015

Freshman’s Campaign Issue Gets D.C. Attention

Freshmans Campaign Issue Gets D.C. Attention

McSally, a former A-10 fighter pilot who championed the issue, is considered a vulnerable Republican in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally’s top local campaign issue will get legislative play on Capitol Hill, just a few months into the vulnerable Republican’s first term in Congress.

McSally wants to preserve funding in the defense budget for the Air Force’s A-10 Warthog fleet, the very planes she commanded as the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, a primary training facility for A-10s, sits squarely in the borders of Arizona’s 2nd District and is a crucial part of her community’s economy.

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April 22, 2015

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

Knight is a freshman Republican from California. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A possible Democratic challenger is emerging in California’s Simi Valley to take on freshman Republican Rep. Steve Knight.

Maria Gutzeit, a member of the Santa Clarita Water Board, told CQ Roll Call Tuesday she’s spoken to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, EMILY’s List and others about the race. She said her decision will come down to whether she sees a path to victory.

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April 21, 2015

Special-Election Candidate Gets Unlikely Donation

Special Election Candidate Gets Unlikely Donation

More than a dozen candidates are vying in the Mississippi special election to succeed the late Republican congressman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the candidates running for the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s Mississippi seat got some help from beyond the grave last month.

Trent Kelly, the district attorney for the First Circuit Court District, received a $4,000 donation from Nunnelee for Congress. Consultants for the late congressman — including one now working for Kelly — told CQ Roll Call the March 27 donation was made at the behest of Nunnelee’s widow, Tori.

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Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Ex NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Harris greets fans at a 2004 Oakland Raiders home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

Illinois state Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Chicago-area Democrat and former National Football League linebacker, is mulling a bid for Senate, according to multiple sources in the state.

His candidacy would set up a primary in a top Senate contest, with national Democrats squarely behind Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk.

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Democrats Bank on Peterson Sticking Around

Democrats Bank on Peterson Sticking Around

Minnesota’s 7th District is wondering if Peterson will retire. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Everyone’s happy.”

Do those sound like the words of a congressman on his way out the door? Coming from Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, it’s hard to tell.

When CQ Roll Call asked Peterson if he was planning to run for re-election, he said, “Yeah, everything’s good,” followed by, “Everyone’s happy.” It might have sounded vague, but a Democratic source confirmed Peterson’s positivity means he’s running.

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Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

Candidates Look to Make Family Legacies in Congress

Murkowski, right, and her father are among those who claim a family legacy in Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11 a.m. | When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter.

A nonprofit consultant and community activist who has never run for office, Laura Burton Capps has long been seen as a possible successor to her mother. (Her father Walter Capps first held the seat, but died after just nine months in office. Lois Capps won a special election to succeed him.)

The congresswoman’s daughter recently confirmed she is seriously considering a bid for the now-open Santa Barbara-based 24th District. If she opts to run, she would join the many politicians who have sought to follow in their parents’ footsteps and ascend to Congress — and she might be one of a handful who could attempt the feat this cycle.

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April 20, 2015

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

DSCC Topped $5 Million in March

Tester chairs the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised nearly $5.3 million in March, slightly edging its Republican counterpart.

The DSCC ended the month with $7.1 million in cash on hand. It had $13.7 million in operational debt, paid down from $15 million at the end of February.

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NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

NRSC Raised $4.9 Million in March

Wicker is the NRSC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced Monday it raised $4.9 million in March and ended the month with $5.3 million on hand.

The NRSC also continues to pay down its debt from the previous cycle, which now stands at $6 million.

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NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt-Free

NRCC Outraises DCCC in March, Is Now Debt Free

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised more than its Democratic counterpart in March, bringing in $10.3 million, according to an NRCC aide.

The March haul brings the NRCC’s cash on hand to $6.9 million, and allowed the committee to pay off the $7 million in debt it carried from the 2014 midterms. It’s a rare feat for a party committee this early in the cycle. At the same point last cycle, the NRCC had $8.25 million in debt.

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April 19, 2015

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

Manchin, right, said he would stay put in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joe Manchin III will not be taking any country roads home to West Virginia any time soon.

The Democratic senator announced Sunday he’s decided against seeking a return to the Mountaineer State’s governor’s mansion in 2016.

That’s good news for Manchin’s fellow Democrats as an open Senate seat could prove difficult to hold in a special election. His term is not up until the 2018 cycle. Manchin came to the Senate from the governorship after winning the special election following the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. He conceded Sunday the change of scenery has proven frustrating.

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April 17, 2015

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Democrat Announces Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

Toomey is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced a bid for Senate in Pennsylvania on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary in a must-win Senate contest for a party looking to win back the majority in 2016.

Pawlowski faces former Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democrat who lost to GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey in 2010.

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April 16, 2015

The 7 Most Interesting First-Quarter Fundraising Facts

The 7 Most Interesting First Quarter Fundraising Facts

Burr stepped up his fundraising game in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated April 17, 10:30 a.m. | With roughly a year to go before the first primaries of 2016, fundraising numbers are among the few benchmarks to assess candidate strength.

A look at first-quarter reports — which were due to the Federal Election Commission Wednesday — shows which members are taking re-election bids seriously and also reveals weaknesses.

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Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Republican Launches Bid to Succeed Lois Capps in California

Capps will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have landed a top recruit for a competitive open-seat House race in California.

State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian will launch his campaign Friday in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Lois Capps in the coastal Santa Barbara-based 24th District. Full story

April 15, 2015

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Democratic Candidates Are Ready for Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s candidacy is a boon to Democratic recruiting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for president became official Sunday, but Democrats already see the down-ballot benefits she brings as the presumptive nominee.

Staring down Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats have secured recruits in five top Senate contests. At the House level, where the process gets cranking later in the cycle, the party has landed its preferred candidates in a handful of targeted races. Full story

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