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May 30, 2012

Florida: John Mica Poll Shows Him Up Big Against Sandy Adams

Florida: John Mica Poll Shows Him Up Big Against Sandy Adams

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new poll of likely GOP primary voters commissioned by Rep. John Mica showed him leading fellow Republican Rep. Sandy Adams by more than 30 points in Florida’s newly configured 7th district.

In a horserace matchup between the two Members, Mica led 55 percent to 25 percent for Adams.

In a poll commissioned by Adams earlier this year, Mica led by 16 points. Full story

New Jersey: Bill Clinton Holds Rally for Bill Pascrell

New Jersey: Bill Clinton Holds Rally for Bill Pascrell

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Bill Clinton will headline a Friday rally for Rep. Bill Pascrell, whom he previously endorsed over a fellow Democratic Member.

“I know Bill Pascrell, and he is the fighter we need to support President [Barack] Obama,” Clinton said in a statement offered by Pascrell’s campaign.

Pascrell faces Rep. Steven Rothman in next week’s primary after the Garden State lost a House seat in redistricting. Full story

May 24, 2012

Ohio: CEO Talks FBI Investigation Into Josh Mandel, Jim Renacci Donors

A Republican donor implicated in a federal investigation over campaign contributions to Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and the Senate campaign of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is talking to the media about the probe.

“This is punishment because we’re Republican donors,” Benjamin Suarez said in an interview with the Canton Repository published today. Suarez is president of the North Canton, Ohio-based Suarez Corporation Industries.

The investigation has proved to be a major distraction this week for Renacci and Mandel, who are running competitive races in the Buckeye State, although neither candidate has been accused of improper actions.

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Iowa: Tom Latham Introduces Himself On Air

Rep. Tom Latham (R) went up with a biographical spot this week in his race against fellow Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) in southwestern Iowa.

The advertisement buy is for “six figures” on television and radio, according to a Latham aide.

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May 23, 2012

New Jersey: A Poll, Robocalls and Presidential Politics

New Jersey: A Poll, Robocalls and Presidential Politics

Rep. Bill Pascrell's campaign released a poll that showed his race with fellow Democratic Rep. Steven Rothman to be very close. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With less than two weeks until the primary, today was a big day in the Member-versus-Member race between Demcratic Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steven Rothman of New Jersey.

Before the close of business, political observers got their first glimpse of polling, the Pascrell camp released robocalls from President Bill Clinton and Obama senior adviser David Axelrod made news while campaigning for Rothman in the district.

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May 21, 2012

New Jersey: House Leaders, Reality Star Donate to Bill Pascrell

New Jersey: House Leaders, Reality Star Donate to Bill Pascrell

Rep. Bill Pascrell is facing off against a fellow Democrat in a primary next month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two members of House Democratic leadership have donated to Rep. Bill Pascrell in his Member-vs.-Member fight against fellow New Jersey Rep. Steven Rothman.

Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) and Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) have sent checks to Pascrell, although one of the donations was much more recent than the other.

Clyburn donated a total of $7,000 through his PAC and campaign committee Friday, according to Pascrell’s latest 48-hour fundraising report. Larson’s campaign committee donated $2,000 Dec. 31, just days after it became clear that a Member-vs.-Member race was shaping up between the two men. Full story

May 18, 2012

New Jersey: David Axelrod to Campaign for Steven Rothman

New Jersey: David Axelrod to Campaign for Steven Rothman

Rep. Steven Rothman (above) picked up support from senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 4:57 p.m. | Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod is set to campaign on behalf of Rep. Steven Rothman on Wednesday in his tough 9th district primary against fellow Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell. The Bergen County Record first reported the news.

President Bill Clinton endorsed Pascrell earlier this month, and Axelrod’s move to campaign for Rothman sets up a rematch of sorts of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. In that contest, Rothman was an early Obama backer; Pascrell endorsed then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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May 11, 2012

California: Howard Berman Greeted Obama in Brad Sherman’s District

Neither President Barack Obama nor former President Bill Clinton have officially picked sides in the clash of Democratic Congressmen from California’s San Fernando Valley. But Obama and Clinton have dropped strong hints regarding where they stand.

It was Rep. Howard Berman — not Rep. Brad Sherman — who greeted Obama on Thursday at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, which is in Sherman’s current district. Berman then rode with Obama in the motorcade to a campaign fundraiser at the Studio City home of actor George Clooney, which is in the Congressman’s district. Full story

May 7, 2012

California: Sherman Files FEC Complaint Against Berman

California: Sherman Files FEC Complaint Against Berman

Rep. Brad Sherman (above) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against his Democratic opponent, Rep. Howard Berman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California Rep. Brad Sherman filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Rep. Howard Berman, the latest shot between the two Democratic colleagues and fierce opponents in the June 5 all-party primary.

The complaint, dated Thursday and released to the media today, alleges improper coordination between the Berman campaign and a pro-Berman super PAC, Committee to Elect an Effective Valley Congressman.

It specifically argues that consultant Jerry Seedborg was paid more than $130,000 in the first quarter by the Berman campaign while Seedborg’s firm Voter Guide Slate Cards is owed nearly $24,000 for work performed for the super PAC in the same three-month period. Full story

May 4, 2012

New Jersey: Bill Clinton Endorses Bill Pascrell

New Jersey: Bill Clinton Endorses Bill Pascrell

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:36 p.m. | President Bill Clinton has done it again.

Today he announced he is backing Rep. Bill Pascrell (D) over fellow Democratic Rep. Steven Rothman in their New Jersey primary. This is the third Member-vs.-Member race the former president has waded into — and in each case he has backed the lawmaker who supported his wife in the 2008 presidential race.

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May 1, 2012

Missouri: Gov. Jay Nixon Endorses William Lacy Clay

Missouri: Gov. Jay Nixon Endorses William Lacy Clay

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) today endorsed Rep. William Lacy Clay in his Democratic primary fight against Rep. Russ Carnahan.

The endorsement was a significant boost for Clay. Full story

April 30, 2012

California: New Howard Berman Ad Features Betty White

Betty White, the 90-year-old actress starring in the hit TV show “Hot in Cleveland,” just waded into the hottest Congressional race in the San Fernando Valley.

White’s endorsement is featured prominently in an ad for Rep. Howard Berman, who is facing off against fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman after redistricting. The spot stars White and her “Hot in Cleveland” co-star Wendie Malick, both of whom attest to Berman’s effectiveness in Congress — specifically citing his support for the humane treatment of animals and community safety.

“Thanks to Howard we have hundreds more police officers patrolling Valley streets,” Malick says. “And he has very nice blue eyes,” White adds.

Full story

California: Super PAC Drops $500,000 on TV for Howard Berman

California: Super PAC Drops $500,000 on TV for Howard Berman

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The San Fernando Valley cable systems are reaping the benefits of what’s expected to be one of the most expensive House races ever.

A super PAC reportedly supporting California Rep. Howard Berman has purchased a half-million dollars in cable TV time for the next month, according to the campaign of Berman’s opponent, fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman. The ad buy runs from May 2 to June 4. Full story

April 18, 2012

Pennsylvania: New Poll Shows Altmire-Critz Race Close

Pennsylvania: New Poll Shows Altmire Critz Race Close

Reps. Jason Altmire (left) and Mark Critz prepare to shake hands before a debate at the WPXI studio in Pittsburgh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Jason Altmire led Rep. Mark Critz by a mere 4 points in a test of Tuesday’s Democratic primary matchup, according to a poll released today.

The Tribune-Review/WPXI-TV poll showed Altmire ahead of Critz 43 percent to 39 percent in the finals days of their increasingly competitive contest.

The two Democrats are facing off in southwestern Pennsylvania’s 12 district after GOP-led redistricting combined their current territory. Full story

April 13, 2012

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmire’s Finances Still Ahead of Mark Critz in Primary

Pennsylvania: Jason Altmires Finances Still Ahead of Mark Critz in Primary

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Rep. Jason Altmire maintained his strong financial position over fellow Democratic Rep. Mark Critz in the weeks leading up to their April 24 primary, new fundraising reports show.

While Altmire continued to raise funds at a fast clip, the records show Critz dipped into his own pocket last month for $50,000 to fuel his campaign in the southwestern Pennsylvania 12th district. The two Democrats are locked in the competitive primary for the seat north of Pittsburgh, although Altmire has the geographical and financial edge. Full story

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