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January 28, 2016

New Candidate Already Spending Big in Maryland Race for Van Hollen Seat

Van Hollen secured endorsements in an area ripe for primary vote picking. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The race for the Maryland congressional seat currently held by Van Hollen got a last-minute candidate. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 3:22 p.m. | With only a few days before the door closes on candidate filing in Maryland, one surprise candidate is on his way through – and he brought a big checkbook with him.

David J. Trone, a 60-year-old businessman who made a fortune from his retail chain, Total Wine & More, announced his candidacy late Wednesday in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s open 8th District – potentially shaking it up with the millions he said he would be willing to spend ahead of the April primary.  Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:43 p.m.
Democrats, Md.-8, Primaries

January 17, 2016

Matthews, Raskin Take Different Paths in Maryland’s 8th District Primary

Matthews campaigned door-to-door with aides Samantha Seto and Tristin Ralph, in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews campaigned door-to-door with aides Samantha Seto and Tristin Ralph, in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For about four days a week, from now until April 11, a major obstacle will be out of Democrat Kathleen Matthews’ way as she runs for her party’s nomination in Maryland’s 8th District, a primary contest that could well decide the successor to outgoing Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

That is because state Sen. Jamie Raskin – the Democrat who polling and Maryland Democratic operatives say is her chief rival among six others running for this open seat – will be spending more and more time in Annapolis during the 90-day legislative session that ends only two weeks before election day.  Full story

October 29, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Scores EMILY’s List Endorsement

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Matthews is running for Van Hollen’s open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Democrat Kathleen Matthews on Thursday received an endorsement from EMILY’s List, a national group which has made it its mission to support Democratic women candidates.

In a statement, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said that in Matthews the group sees an opportunity to elect the first woman to Congress from Maryland’s 8th District, which is being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen as he seeks the state’s open Senate seat.    Full story

October 26, 2015

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013, after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment. Also pictured from left is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Maryland State Conference NAACP President Gerald Stansbury and Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County. The bill now goes to O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

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September 28, 2015

Six Female Representatives Endorse Matthews in Maryland

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kathleen Matthews on Monday announced support from a half dozen Democratic congresswomen for her campaign in Maryland’s open 8th District seat.

The lawmakers – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass.; Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif.; Lois Frankel, D-Fla.; and Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. – will headline a fundraiser for Matthews on Tuesday evening, her campaign said.   Full story

August 6, 2015

Democrats Seek to Turn Republican Debate Pain Into Their Gain

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the commercial time between jabs at Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, viewers watching in the Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C., media market will hear from a familiar Democrat.

Kathleen Matthews, the former television anchor turned Democratic candidate to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen as he runs for Senate, purchased ad time on Fox News and other cable networks for an ad she hopes will contrast herself and other Democrats with the mammoth GOP field.

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July 17, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews introduced herself to voters when she kicked off her campaign in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.

Matthews, a former Marriot executive and a longtime D.C.-area TV news anchor, contributed $2,600 to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in 2014. During an appearance Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, Matthews was asked about the contribution.

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June 3, 2015

Kathleen Matthews Joins Race for Van Hollen’s Seat

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Maryland’s 8th District became even more crowded Wednesday, when former Marriott executive and news anchor Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy.

“I have spent a lifetime shattering the glass ceiling, advocating for women and children in all of my career work as well as being a strong fighter for human dignity, opportunity, as well as equality,” Matthews said outside the Silver Spring Metro station. “And those are the values that I want to bring to the U.S. Congress.” Full story

March 5, 2015

Democratic Floodgates Open for Maryland House Seat

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

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

Updated 7:55 p.m. | Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s decision to run for Senate in Maryland marks the likely start of a crowded Democratic primary for Senate — and for his newly open House seat too.

Van Hollen represents Maryland’s 8th District, a reliably Democratic district bordering Washington, D.C. With its affluent population and proximity to the Capitol, Democrats will have no shortage of candidates who could run. Van Hollen has held the seat since 2002, and for many ambitious Democrats, this is their shot. Full story

October 1, 2014

Democratic Super PAC Cuts More Ad Time in House Races (Updated)

Sinema is a freshman Democrat form Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Thursday, 2:03 p.m. | House Majority PAC, a super PAC that aids House Democrats, has recently canceled around $1 million in ad reservations in races throughout the Midwest and Northeast.

The shifts indicate Democrats are more optimistic about winning some House races — and have given up hope on others.

These changes were spotted by sources who track media buys and confirmed by a House Majority PAC spokesman, who declined to specify the super PAC’s reasons for moving funds to or from particular House races:

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