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January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

Top GOP Ad-Maker Recovering From Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell, a top Republican ad-maker, is being treated in an intensive care unit in Texas after going into sudden cardiac arrest on Monday.

Howell is making progress, according to Dan Allen, a principal with Howell’s firm. Full story

Democrats Court Ex-Congressman for Rematch

Democrats Court Ex Congressman for Rematch

Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., visited Capitol Hill this week to meet with party leaders about a potential rematch in 2016, according to a House Democratic official.

Schneider was on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable members in 2014. He ultimately lost re-election to Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., by a 2.5-point margin in November. But Democrats hope Schneider will run again in suburban Chicago’s 10th District — a prime pickup opportunity for the party in 2016.

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January 28, 2015

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

Senators Confirm Re Election Bids for 2016

Vitter has announced a bid for governor, leaving the future of his Senate seat in flux in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.

Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement. A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term.

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Jerry Moran Kicks Off 2016 Cycle With $1.4 Million War Chest

Jerry Moran Kicks Off 2016 Cycle With $1.4 Million War Chest

Moran is up for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has more than $1 million in his war chest heading into the 2016 campaign cycle, when he faces re-election.

According to fundraising numbers provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call, Moran raised $484,000 in the 4th quarter of 2014. He has $1.4 million cash on hand. Full story

January 27, 2015

Exclusive: DSCC Hires National Political Director, Press Secretary

Exclusive: DSCC Hires National Political Director, Press Secretary

Tester is the chairman of the DSCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will add Simone Ward and Sadie Weiner to its senior staff roster, according to a Tuesday news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Ward will serve as the committee’s national political director, and Weiner will take the role of national press secretary.

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January 26, 2015

DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

Rep. Steve Israel of New York served as chairman of the DCCC in the 2012 and 2014 cycles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will report raising more than $206 million during the 2014 cycle — a record total, according to a committee aide.

The DCCC will start the 2016 cycle $10 million in debt. Also per the aide, that’s less than the $13.5 million in arrears the committee posted following the 2012 cycle.

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January 23, 2015

Renee Ellmers May Face Primary Challenge

Renee Ellmers May Face Primary Challenge

Ellmers is a Republican from North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina Republican who led the charge to pull the House GOP’s 20-week abortion ban bill this week, could have a bruising primary from the conservative wing of her party in 2016.

Jim Duncan, the chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, is mulling a bid against Ellmers, according to multiple GOP sources in the Tar Heel State.

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Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Portman is a Republican from Ohio. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The 30-year-old Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would get into the race. Democrats describe him as a charismatic and a rising star within the party, but his early announcement speaks to the fact that this local office holder has hurdles to raise his name recognition and ample cash for a federal race. And other Democratic candidates won’t let him do that for too long without any competition. Full story

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday.

Democrats have not yet chosen where the convention will take place, but DNC officials have narrowed the list down to three cities: Columbus, New York City or Philadelphia. Full story

Democrats Could Face Primary Mess in Illinois Senate Race

Democrats Could Face Primary Mess in Illinois Senate Race

Kirk is a Republican from Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are driving toward a primary collision course in Illinois, where the party could endure a multimillion-dollar slugfest in a race essential to capturing Senate control in 2016.

A fourth House Democrat, Rep. Robin Kelly, told CQ Roll Call she is weighing a bid against GOP Sen. Mark S. Kirk. She joins the growing list of members considering bids, including Democratic Reps. Cheri Bustos, Tammy Duckworth and Bill Foster.

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Exclusive: NRSC Announces 3 Vice Chairmen

Exclusive: NRSC Announces 3 Vice Chairmen

Ernst is a senator from Iowa. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will name Sens. Dean Heller, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton as its vice chairmen for the 2016 cycle, according to a news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

All three will work alongside NRSC Chairman Roger Wicker of Mississippi as Republicans seek to defend their new newly acquired majority.

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January 22, 2015

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Amodei is a Nevada Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffers for Mitt Romney have reached out to a Nevada congressman about the 2012 presidential nominee’s potential third bid for national office.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told CQ Roll Call Thursday that Romney’s staffers talked to him last week. Nevada is typically one of the earliest states to host a nominating contest, and Amodei was one of Romney’s early supporters in 2012. 

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Billionaire Passes on California Senate Race

Billionaire Passes on California Senate Race

Boxer is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democrat who has spent considerable cash on environmental causes and candidates, will not run for Senate in California, he announced Thursday.

Steyer openly mulled entering the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., but he passed on it, saying he decided he could have the most impact on environmental issues not in the Senate, but back home in California.

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January 21, 2015

Grassley Preps 2016 Re-Election

Grassley Preps 2016 Re Election

Grassley talks on the phone in his Hart Building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley doesn’t plan to be caught flat-footed if he faces a competitive, expensive re-election battle in 2016.

In a Wednesday interview with CQ Roll Call, the Iowa Republican said he began work on his campaign last year, and there will be more involvement from the national party than in his past efforts, given the exploding costs of campaigns. Full story

Marco Rubio Names Potential Florida Senate Candidates (Updated)

Marco Rubio Names Potential Florida Senate Candidates (Updated)

Rubio is considering running for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Updated 12:23 p.m. | If Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., chooses to seek the presidency instead of re-election in 2016, he believes there will be “no shortage of quality” Republican candidates to take his place on the ballot.

“Obviously we have a number of Republican statewide elected officials,” Rubio told reporters at a Wednesday breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “We have talented people like former speaker of the [state] House Will Weatherford, we’ve got the Lieutenant Governor [Carlos Lopez-Cantera] in Florida, who’s a close friend and very talented as well. … And there could be someone out there now that we haven’t even mentioned — I certainly was not viewed as a top-tier candidate early in the race.” Full story

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