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March 30, 2015

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March 30, 2015

Titus Senate Bid Could Shake Up Nevada Races

Titus Senate Bid Could Shake Up Nevada Races

Titus is considering a bid for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Nevada’s lone Democratic House member decides to run for Senate, she could scramble the state’s Democratic field up and down the ballot.

Rep. Dina Titus is considering a bid to replace Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who made a surprise announcement Friday he is not seeking re-election.

“This is a decision I will make carefully after talking with family and close friends to ensure it is in the best interest of District One and the people of Nevada,” she said in a statement.  Full story

March 27, 2015

Reid Plans Senate Exit: Not Running for Re-Election (Video)

Reid Plans Senate Exit: Not Running for Re Election (Video)

Reid is retiring. He’s been in the Senate since 1987. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Longtime Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election, he said Friday.

Reid, who sustained face and rib injuries earlier this year in an exercise accident, made the announcement in a video to supporters.

Full story

March 26, 2015

Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)

Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)

Toomey voted in favor of a fund for paid sick leave. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually.

A “no” vote on the amendment would have likely drawn criticism from Democrats, who have, in the past, attacked Republicans as being unconcerned about pocketbook issues such as paid leave, minimum wage and equal pay.

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Vote-a-Rama Presents Political Peril for Vulnerable Incumbents

Vote a Rama Presents Political Peril for Vulnerable Incumbents

Burr is among the senators up for re-election facing a gauntlet of politically charged votes in the vote-a-rama. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senators aren’t making law as they complete work on the budget resolution, but for those facing the voters in 2016, the affair is riddled with political landmines, often set deliberately by the other party.

Of the 34 senators up for re-election in 2016, 24 are Republicans, several in highly competitive swing states. Just two Democratic incumbents are running in competitive states. Democrats need a net gain of five seats to secure the majority.

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March 24, 2015

Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free-for-All

Coats Retirement Sparks Hoosier State Free for All

Coats chats with Sen. Lamar Alexander not long after announcing his retirement plans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An open Senate seat in Indiana could lead to a GOP free-for-all in 2016, with nearly every Republican member of the Hoosier State’s congressional delegation showing interest.

Of the seven Republicans in the House delegation, five are at least giving a bid consideration.

GOP Sen. Dan Coats’ Tuesday retirement announcement sparked a behind-the-scenes frenzy, as Reps. Jackie Walorski, Marlin Stutzman, Todd Young, Todd Rokita and Susan W. Brooks all contemplated jumping in the race to succeed him. Eric Holcomb, Coats’ chief of staff in the state, and state Speaker Brian Bosma also are weighing runs, according to Indiana GOP operatives.

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March 23, 2015

Democrats’ Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Democrats Florida Senate Hopes Could Cost House Seat

Murphy’s Senate bid is opening up his competitive House district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate recruitment victory for Democrats in Florida could, in turn, jeopardize the party’s quest for the House majority.

Rep. Patrick Murphy, a favorite of national Democrats for the state’s potentially open-seat Senate race, is announcing his statewide campaign Monday. That opens up the Treasure Coast-based House seat Murphy held for the past two cycles — one of just five Democrat-controlled House districts Mitt Romney carried in 2012.

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March 20, 2015

NRSC Raised $3.8 Million in February

NRSC Raised $3.8 Million in February

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

The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $3.8 million in February, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The committee closed out last month with $4.3 million in cash on hand. It also began paying off its debt, which is down to $8 million from the $10 million it owed following the 2014 elections. Full story

March 19, 2015

Democrats’ Maryland Senate Circus

Democrats Maryland Senate Circus

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski’s seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — When Barbara A. Mikulski announced her retirement last month, she instructed fellow Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin to brace himself.

“She said it would take about 10 minutes before things would get really interesting in Maryland,” Cardin recounted at a March 12 event on the Chesapeake Bay. “It took about 30 seconds until things got very interesting.” Full story

March 18, 2015

With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

Horsford won’t run in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated March 19, 10:40 p.m. | Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford’s decision not to seek his old House seat next year has set off jockeying on the Democratic side for one of the party’s top pickup opportunities.

Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy defeated Horsford in 2014, but party leaders hoped to convince the former lawmaker to run again this cycle, which should have favorable presidential-level turnout. Full story

Potential Thune Challenger Bows Out

Potential Thune Challenger Bows Out

Thune is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The son of a former senator who was considered one of Democrats’ best chances to challenge Sen. John Thune told CQ Roll Call he has no plans to run for political office in 2016.

“It’s certainly something that I would consider in the future,” former U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said. “But it’s not anything that I have any sort of plan or interest in doing at the moment.”

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March 17, 2015

Wasserman Schultz Won’t Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz Wont Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will seek re-election to her House seat and will not run for Senate, she confirmed to Roll Call Tuesday in the halls of Congress.

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman had been considering a bid for the potentially open seat, thanks to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio looking at a run for president. Full story

Thune Hires Campaign Manager

Thune Hires Campaign Manager

Thune hired a campaign manager. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has hired Joshua Shields to be his campaign manager, the aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call Tuesday.

Shields is a South Dakota native who worked on Thune’s 2002 and 2004 races and in his Senate office.

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March 12, 2015

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Perez, left, talks to Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in his Senate Hart office. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will not run for Senate in Maryland, he told CQ Roll Call Thursday.

Several Maryland Democrats have mentioned Perez, a Maryland resident who held public office there, as a possible Senate candidate following Sen. Barbara A Mikulski’s recent announcement that she will not seek another term. Full story

Ben Cardin Weighs in on Maryland Senate Race

Ben Cardin Weighs in on Maryland Senate Race

Cardin, center, is a Democrat from Maryland. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., pledged to remain “neutral” in the Democratic primary to succeed his retiring colleague, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

“I’m using Sen. Mikulski’s words: I plan to be neutral but not passive,” Cardin said Thursday in a C-SPAN “Newsmakers” interview scheduled to run this weekend. “We’ll be very active to make sure that Maryland maintains a Democratic seat in the United States Senate. And we will have some interesting primaries in the House of Representatives as well.” Full story

March 10, 2015

Donna Edwards Replacements Start Lining Up (Updated)

Donna Edwards Replacements Start Lining Up (Updated)

Edwards is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated March 11, 4:04 p.m. | Rep. Donna Edwards’ Senate bid sounded the starting bell Tuesday for a competitive primary for her House Seat.

“I think it’s very likely that you could have a very crowded field,” said former Democratic Rep. Albert Wynn, who represented the Maryland district for more than a decade until 2008, when Edwards ousted him. “It’s a window of opportunity for another generation.” Full story

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