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February 12, 2016

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February 11, 2016

DCCC Names First 16 Candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ Program

Cain will have to win a primary before facing off in a rematch against Poliquin. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maine’s Emily Cain is in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday its first round of 2016 candidates in the “Red to Blue” program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates running in open seats and districts held by Republicans that the DCCC hopes to flip.

“Not only have these individuals proven themselves ready to win by building smart campaigns and through strong fundraising, they have also proven themselves ready to fight on behalf of all the people in their districts, keep them safe and ensure the economy works for everyone,” DCCC Chairman Chairman Ben Ray Luján said in a statement Thursday. Full story

February 5, 2016

Pelosi, DCCC Use Tea Party to Fire Up Dem Voters

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks with Melinda Henneberger, off camera, Roll Call editor-in-chief, after an interview in the Capitol on Jan. 8 (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 Pelosi cites “tea party extremism” in blast mailer to Democratic voters. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic leaders are urging their voting base to fill the party’s campaign coffers as part of an election-year battle against a “tide of tea party extremism.”

Some political observers believe the tea party — specifically, the House Freedom Caucus — will keep its powder dry this year in favor of a number of policy and spending battles in 2017. But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi see the conservative movement as a way to fire up their base.

“In the coming months, the DCCC will engage the American people in our urgent campaign to fight back the tide of tea party extremism and keep our nation moving forward,” the California Democrat wrote this week in a blast mailer to Democratic voters. Full story

Obamacare Repeal Votes Motivate Democratic Donors

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC, which has been raising money off Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If there’s a silver lining for Democrats in Republicans’ repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s that they’ve made good money off of it.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised more than $627,000 since early December in digital grassroots fundraising off Affordable Care Act repeal votes in the House and Senate. It has been the committee’s best grassroots fundraising off of a specific topic this year.

Republicans have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for years. But the DCCC, the campaign arm of the House Democratic caucus, is using this year’s milestone — a repeal bill landing on the president’s desk — to excite its Democratic base ahead of congressional elections in November. Full story

January 28, 2016

Democratic Recruit Challenges Minnesota’s Erik Paulsen

Tollefson is challenging Paulsen, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Tollefson is challenging Paulsen, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former U.S. diplomat Jon Tollefson announced a challenge to Minnesota 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen on Thursday.

“I’m running to bring the true values of Minnesotans to Washington: real fiscal responsibility, investments in education and transportation that lead to jobs and economic growth, and affordable access to health care for all,” the Democrat said in a statement.

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January 26, 2016

Democrats Land Reid Recruit in Competitive Nevada District

UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., speaks during the House GOP leadership media availability following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Heck, a Republican, is vacating the 3rd District to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nevada Republican Rep. Joe Heck’s decision to run for Senate last summer gave Democrats an opening to compete for his 3rd District seat. But up until Tuesday, the national party had taken heat for its struggles to recruit in the district and wasn’t excited about the candidates already in the race.

That changed when Jacky Rosen, the leader of a Henderson synagogue, announced her candidacy for the 3rd District Tuesday.

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January 25, 2016

Zephyr Teachout Announces Run for Congress in New York

Chris Gibson is a New York Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Teachout announced her candidacy for the seat held by outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson (above). (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former New York gubernatorial candidate and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout announced her candidacy Monday for New York’s 19th Congressional District.

The Democrat enjoys progressive support, but she may still be dogged by “carpetbagging” attacks in this rural Hudson Valley district.

Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who occupies the seat, is not running for re-election. Teachout served as CEO of Mayday PAC, which supports candidates who want to end super PACs. Teachout won 34 percent of the vote in her 2014 primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014. Teachout said she resigned from the Mayday board.

“The next several months are going to be really spending a lot of time in the corners of the district and really hearing stories,” Teachout said. “Eighty percent of the job is representing the district,” as opposed to partisan politics, she added.

Teachout emerged as the consensus candidate among Democratic county chairs in the district at their Jan. 16 meeting, according to some reports, but there has been no official county endorsement of her candidacy and none of the other Democratic candidates have yet pulled out of the race.

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January 22, 2016

DCCC Raised More Money in 2015 Than Republican Rival

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The DCCC, chaired by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, ended 2015 having raised $68.2 million. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It was close, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee edged out their Republican rivals in 2015 – raising $68.2 million last year to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $62.3 million, according to a DCCC official.

But, the committee that helps elect and defend House Democrats ended 2015 with $29.3 million in the bank, about $1 million less than than the NRCC. Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 11:57 a.m.
DCCC, House 2016, NRCC

January 20, 2016

Democrats Might ‘Roll the Dice’ Hoping Trump or Cruz is on Ballot

A popular Kentucky sports radio host is considering whether he can turn Rep. Andy Barr's seat blue again. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats think a Trump or Cruz nomination could help them turn Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr’s seat blue again. But time is running out. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are optimistic that a Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz nomination will expand the map in their favor. But because of how long the GOP nominating contest could take, and how early some congressional filing deadlines are, Democrats may need to take a leap of faith on candidates before they know whether the GOP nominee will put certain states in play.

“I’m telling potential candidates, ‘There’s a chance that our party is going to win the lottery. … It might be worth rolling the dice because it turns out the Democratic nominee in some of these states that are not competitive right now may be worth a lot,'” one Democratic consultant said.

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January 15, 2016

Democrats Look to Narrow Field in District They Can’t Afford to Lose

Gibson's retirement sets off a competitive open-seat race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats think Gibson’s retirement gives them a good shot at picking up the 19th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic county chairs in New York’s 19th District are meeting Saturday to select their candidate of choice in a must-win seat for the party to make gains in the House.

Democrats have no shortage of interested people in this Hudson Valley district that President Barack Obama carried twice. But the 19th isn’t classically blue. It’s rural and agricultural, and Democrats are anxious about landing a candidate who fits the turf — someone who will allow them to capitalize on presidential-year turnout and GOP Rep. Chris Gibson finally being off the ballot.

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January 4, 2016

Top Races to Watch in 2016

WILTON, NH - JANUARY 09: A voter leaves Town Hall on January 10, 2012 in Wilton, New Hampshire. Voters in the Granite State are heading to the poll in the nation's first primary election to pick their choice for the U.S. presidential candidates.   (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

A voter leaves Town Hall in Wilton, N.H. on primary day in 2012. (MatthewCavanaugh/Getty Images File Photo)

Technically, there are 469 races for the House and Senate this year, but we’ve boiled down that list to a trio of races to watch in each of eight regions across the country.

From vulnerable incumbents to competitive open seats to intra-party squabbles, the batch of races has a little of everything and can be a useful guide to track the trajectory of the election cycle in the months ahead.

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Jim McDermott Announces Retirement

McDermott has served since 1989. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McDermott has served since 1989. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fourteen-term Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., announced Monday he’ll retire from Congress at the end of this session.

First elected to Congress in 1988, the 79-year-old has been a liberal leader in the House for 26 years, championing single payer health insurance and voting against the Iraq War.

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December 17, 2015

Democrats Look to Expand Map in Indiana — Just in Case

Democrats are hoping that the presidential race could grant them more openings at the congressional level, including in Walorski's district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are hoping that the presidential race could grant them more openings at the congressional level, including in Walorski’s district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Apart from the 7th District in the middle and the 1st District in the northwest, Indiana’s congressional map is entirely red.

But several Democrats are mounting challenges to GOP incumbents or going after an open seat currently held by a Republican — a sign that Democrats are looking to keep their options open should the presidential race make the state’s map more competitive.

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December 11, 2015

DCCC Names Ty Matsdorf IE Director

BUTTE, MT - NOVEMBER 05:  Democratic U.S. senate candidate Jon Tester (L) talks with campaign worker Ty Matsdorf while visiting a friends house November 5, 2006 in Butte, Montana. With only a few days before mid-term elections, Tester, a third generation Montana farmer who grows organic crops, a former school teacher, and president of the Montana state Senate, is in a tight race with incumbent U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT). (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Matsdorf, right, talks with then-Senate candidate Jon Tester in this November 2006 photo. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Ty Matsdorf, currently its deputy executive director and director of strategic messaging, to lead its independent expenditure arm for 2016.

“The DCCC is in a great position heading into 2016, and having a strong Independent Expenditure will be critical to House Democrats’ success,” DCCC Executive Director Kelly Ward said in a Friday evening release.

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By Simone Pathé Posted at 6:22 p.m.
DCCC

December 10, 2015

Democrats Tie Vulnerable Members to Donald Trump

Coffman could run for Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Democrats are trying to tie Coffman to Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donald Trump’s call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” has intensified Democratic attempts to tie vulnerable members of the House and Senate — even those who have already criticized Trump’s comments — to the GOP presidential front-runner.

“You can denounce his comments but that only means so much if you would still vote for him,” a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said Wednesday.

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November 19, 2015

Vulnerable House Democrats Side With GOP on Refugee Bill

Ashford voted against the  Republican bill to add an extra layer of bureaucratic certification to security checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ashford voted against the Republican bill to add an extra layer of bureaucratic certification to security checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Nearly every member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program for vulnerable members voted Thursday for a Republican bill that would add bureaucratic security checks for Syrians and Iraqis hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Democratic strategists say the vote was good politics for those 13 Democratic incumbents, who represent competitive districts of varying degrees. The vote gave them an opportunity to appear tough on national security, an issue they often struggle with.

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