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May 29, 2015

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May 4, 2015

DSCC Endorses Murphy in Florida

The DSCC endorsed Murphy for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The DSCC endorsed Murphy for Senate in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy for Senate Monday, perhaps trying to head off a primary as a second candidate prepares to enter the race.

Murphy announced his candidacy last month for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. With his fundraising prowess and proven ability to win in a swing district, he has long been perceived as the favorite of national Democrats. Full story

May 3, 2015

Van Hollen, Edwards Square Off in First Maryland Senate Race Debate

Van Hollen, second from left, and Edwards, third from right, appeared with Pelosi at the Capitol on April 22. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen faced off for the first time Sunday, showcasing sharply different styles as they vie for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Speaking here in an office park at a forum hosted by the National Organization for Women, the two candidates running to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski touched on issues of women’s health, economic inequality, trade and violence. Full story

May 1, 2015

Robin Kelly Met With DSCC on Possible Illinois Senate Bid

Kelly has spoken with the DSCC about an Illinois Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kelly has spoken with the DSCC about an Illinois Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible Senate bid, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Kelly’s office declined to comment about the discussion but said the Chicago Democrat “continues to weigh a Senate bid” against Republican Mark S. Kirk, possibly the most vulnerable senator in 2016.

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Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

Castro, D-Texas, speaks to a reporter after a press conference at the House Triangle on many democrat's desire to bring an immigration reform bill up for a vote in the House. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservatives are making a bid for Hispanic voters, but Democrats such as Castro are skeptical. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Koch brothers-backed group is making a new push to persuade Hispanics to vote for conservative candidates in the 2016 elections.

As reported by The Washington Post, the LIBRE Initiative, started in 2011 and is based in Texas, is now active in nine states, and, after having a modest presence in the 2014 elections, aims to make a big play for the Latino vote next year. Full story

April 30, 2015

Sanders Lays Out Blueprint for Presidential Bid

Sanders leaves a news conference at the Senate Swamp where he spoke about his agenda for the country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders leaves a news conference at the Senate Swamp where he spoke about his agenda for the country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Railing against the influence of money in politics, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders laid out a blueprint for a presidential campaign in his first press conference since announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Just steps outside the Capitol, with a wisp of white hair atop his head waving in the wind, Sanders delivered brief remarks to the assembled crowd of reporters, cameramen and a few supporters or bystanders. He took a handful of questions before rushing back inside, just more than 10 minutes after he’d arrived. Full story

Sanders Presser May Flout Ethics Rules (Updated)

The Sanders press conference walks a fine line when it comes to Senate ethics rules. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Sanders Radio/TV Gallery press conference seems to skirt a fine line when it comes to Senate ethics rules. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:55 a.m. | Running for president is hard. But it’s even harder to do while balancing the ethics rules of your day job on Capitol Hill.

It’s a lesson Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., is learning the day after he told The Associated Press he’s running for president in 2016.

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April 29, 2015

Matchup Rouses Missouri’s Sleepy Senate Race

Blunt, right, chats with McCaskill in the Senate basement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri’s 2016 Senate contest may never rival the drama of the 2012 campaign, but operatives from both parties expect the Show-Me State to show their respective candidates a good time.

Sen. Roy Blunt’s re-election has been dismissed as a sleeper race compared to this cycle’s more competitive contests in other states. But the Republican is preparing for battle anyway.

Blunt told CQ Roll Call it’s “a little early” to worry about rumblings from the Club for Growth or a potential primary challenge from his right ahead of a bid for a second term.

“I’m just doing everything I normally do,” Blunt said. “It’s just being all over the state, and this year a little more fundraising than I would normally do.”

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April 27, 2015

Laura Capps Won’t Seek Mother’s Seat in California

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

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

Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

The younger Capps, a Democratic political operative and nonprofit consultant, had long been viewed as a potential successor in the Santa Barbara-based 24th District.

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April 22, 2015

Potential Democratic Challenger Emerges in California

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

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

Ex-NFL Linebacker Considering Illinois Senate Bid

Harris, No. 58 of the Oakland Raiders, greets fans at a 2004 home game. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images File Photo)

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

Once again, the fate of Minnesota's 7th District depends on if Peterson retires. File Photo by photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly.

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

Murkowski and her father are just some who claim a family legacy in Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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 19, 2015

Manchin Is Staying in the Senate

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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

Pennsylvania Senate race 2016

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 15, 2015

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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