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May 22, 2014

What Amounts to Victory in November for House Democrats Still Unclear

What Amounts to Victory in November for House Democrats Still Unclear

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New York Rep. Steve Israel pushed back Wednesday on House Republicans’ newly revealed ambitious goals for the midterms, but what amounts to victory for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman remains unclear.

On Tuesday, Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, underscored the GOP’s offensive position this cycle by announcing it aims to expand the party’s House majority by 12 seats in November. A day later, Israel fired back, making public a massive DCCC polling project that promised to address the party’s turnout concerns.

The reality facing Democrats in this challenging midterm cycle is that any loss of seats will make it that much taller of a climb for the majority in a potentially favorable 2016 and beyond — while possibly even putting the party back where it started in the wake of the 2010 Republican wave.

“Let’s talk as we get deeper into the cycle,” Israel said Wednesday at a briefing with reporters. “I still believe it’s too early to say what a victory is.”

“Greg Walden can spend all his time looking into a crystal ball,” he added. “I’m spending all my time looking at polling data.” Full story

May 12, 2014

Capito Leaves Vacuum in Race to Replace Her

Capito Leaves Vacuum in Race to Replace Her

Republicans hope to find the right candidate Tuesday to replace Capito, who is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is a safe bet to win the Republican Senate nomination Tuesday in West Virginia, but what happens to her 2nd District seat is far more unsettled.

Capito’s reluctance to anoint a successor has unleashed a gold rush for Republicans in the district, where the president took just 38 percent of the vote in 2012. Seven GOP candidates are running for the party nod in a nasty, disorganized May 13 primary, which has left presumptive Democratic nominee Nick Casey free to spend the past year fundraising and quietly campaigning.

Even as the odds favor Capito’s Senate run on Tuesday and in November, the seven-term congresswoman leaves behind chaos and uncertainty — and even a Democratic opening — in the race to replace her. Observers from both parties agreed: This seat is in play for Democrats, and it shouldn’t be. Full story

Meet the NRCC’s New Young Guns

Meet the NRCCs New Young Guns

Dold, seen at the Capitol in 2012, was selected to be of the NRCC's Young Guns this cycle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden on Monday unveiled the first round of House GOP candidates elevated to “Young Gun” status.

The NRCC’s Young Guns program is the highest designation for recruits in either open-seat races or in districts where the GOP is on offense. The program allows the party to communicate to donors and the political world who are the most organized recruits of the cycle.

Candidates earn this status by demonstrating “their ability to build a formidable campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks,” according to a news release.

“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in a position to win on Election Day,” Walden said in a statement. “Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama Administration.”

The new Young Guns are:

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April 30, 2014

A Future NRCC Chairman: Aaron Schock?

A Future NRCC Chairman: Aaron Schock?

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s most likely a few years away, but the next race for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee is already on the minds of many House GOP conference members.

Each cycle, the House Republican Conference elects the NRCC chairman — different than House Democrats, whose leadership picks the party’s campaign honcho. After the 2012 elections, Greg Walden, R-Ore., ran uncontested for the position to oversee the committee this cycle, and Republicans expect that will be the case again for the 2016 elections.

After that, the race for his successor is wide open — and Republicans speculate about a handful of members already positioning themselves to succeed Walden eventually.

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April 29, 2014

House Republicans Push Members for Dues to Fund 2014 Campaigns

House Republicans Push Members for Dues to Fund 2014 Campaigns

Price is making a push among his colleagues for dues to the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has begun its full-court press on House GOP members to pay their dues to the campaign committee ahead of 2014.

On Tuesday morning, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden put Rep. Tom Price of Georgia in charge of the effort as dues chairman, according to an announcement from the committee obtained first by CQ Roll Call.

“The NRCC is a member-driven organization and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come in marshaling the resources needed to make sure Nancy Pelosi is never speaker again,” he said. “With Tom now leading the effort to encourage and grow member participation on the way to November, I’m confident we’ll be welcoming many new Republican colleagues to Congress.” Full story

April 28, 2014

House GOP’s Effort to Elect More Women Gets Mixed Results

House GOPs Effort to Elect More Women Gets Mixed Results

Love won the GOP nod for Congress in Utah over the weekend. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For the House GOP’s public efforts to elect more women to their conference, these past few months yielded mixed results.

Good news arrived on April 26, when state Del. Barbara Comstock and former Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love won GOP nominations for top House races in Virginia and Utah, respectively. But only five days earlier, another top female prospect, Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto lost her special election primary to a self-funding businessman. Her defeat came only a couple months after another high-ranking local female candidate lost her primary in a different special election in Florida.

This mixed record underscores the difficult task ahead for House Republicans, who want to increase the number of women in their ranks — currently just 8 percent of the conference. But the House GOP’s campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, does not take sides in primaries, complicating the party’s efforts.

That puts the onus to win in a primary on the individual, female candidate. Full story

April 20, 2014

House Democrats Raise More Money Than GOP in March

House Democrats Raise More Money Than GOP in March

Steve Israel of New York is the chairman of the DCCC. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Democrats’ political arm raised about $400,000 more than its GOP counterpart in March — although both committees posted strong fundraising last month.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will report raising $9.9 million in March and had $31.2 million in cash on hand at the end of the month. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.3 million during the same month and had $40.2 million in the bank. Full story

April 17, 2014

House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level “Contender” status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects.

All GOP House candidates are eligible to apply for the Young Guns program. According to the NRCC, “Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.” The NRCC does not release any specifics on those benchmarks.

These seven additions are either running against Democratic incumbents or in open-seat races that the NRCC has deemed “favorable to the GOP candidate.”

The seven candidates are:

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:30 a.m.
House 2014, NRCC

April 16, 2014

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

Jolly recently won a special election in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Wednesday two more members to the ranks of its incumbent protection program: Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Tim Walberg of Michigan.

The “Patriot Program” supports the House GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents — a total of 17 members including the two new names. Full story

April 13, 2014

Israel: Elements of Republican Base ‘Animated By Racism’

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday “not all” of his Republican colleagues are racist.

In a joint appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union“ with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon, the New York Democrat was asked by host Candy Crowley whether he agreed with recent comments by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that race played a factor in an immigration overhaul not being brought up for a vote in the House and whether he thought his GOP colleagues are racist.

“Not all of them, no, of course not,” Israel said. “But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that’s unfortunate.”

Asked if comments about race by Pelosi and Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as the “war on women” rhetoric from Democrats last week, were about getting the base out to vote in November, Israel said, “We don’t need to get our base out, because frankly, we’re ready to pass an immigration bill. We’d rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election.”

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:10 p.m.
DCCC, House 2014, La.-5, NRCC

March 27, 2014

NRCC Chairman to Fundraise for Illinois House Hopefuls

NRCC Chairman to Fundraise for Illinois House Hopefuls

NRCC Chairman Walden is making a fundraising swing through Illinois (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden is making a campaign swing through Illinois on Friday, headlining fundraisers benefiting four Republican challengers and one of the party’s most vulnerable members.

Walden will host separate fundraising events for all five Republicans in a state the party views as an opportunity to add to its House majority. That includes helping two former members ousted by Democrats in 2012 make it back to Capitol Hill in 2015.

“Chairman Walden is looking forward to highlighting our offensive opportunities in Illinois,” NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. “Illinois is a competitive battleground state where Democrats will be forced to spend big money to defend their members.”

The fundraising beneficiaries are:

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March 26, 2014

House GOP Names 17 Promising Candidates as ‘Contenders’

The National Republican Congressional Committee elevated 17 GOP candidates to “contenders” in its Young Guns program on Wednesday, identifying them as top candidates to oust vulnerable Democrats in November.

The “contender” designation is the second level in the Young Guns program, which seeks to provide organizational support to Republican House candidates.

“Contender candidates have completed stringent program metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation,” according to an NRCC news release. “They are in congressional seats that appear favorable to the GOP candidate.”

Any Republican House candidate can participate in the program, but only those who meet certain benchmarks are elevated through the ranks. The NRCC doesn’t publicly list the criteria for advancement in the program.

The 17 “contenders” come from an initial pool of 36 candidates the NRCC identified in November. The NRCC says the other candidates from the initial pool still have the opportunity to advance through the program, and notes that these 17 contenders are part of the first wave of candidates to advance.

The 17 contenders are: Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 9:34 a.m.
NRCC, Republicans

March 20, 2014

House Democrats Outraise Republicans in February (Updated)

House Democrats Outraise Republicans in February (Updated)

Israel is the DCCC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Updated 4:01 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.3 million more than its GOP counterpart in February, according to committee aides.

The DCCC will report raising $6.4 million in February, compared to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s $5.1 million haul. The Democratic committee will report $34.4 million cash on hand, while the House GOP’s political arm had $24.8 in the bank at the end of last month.

Both committees eliminated their debt earlier in the cycle. Full story

By Abby Livingston Posted at 1:41 p.m.
DCCC, House 2014, NRCC

March 6, 2014

Lessons and Regrets Precede Florida Special Election

With just days to go in the smash-mouth special election on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both parties are managing expectations ahead of what could be a narrow margin of victory.

The race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., is the most competitive special election of the 2014 cycle. Neither party is exuding confidence about the contest for the swingy 13th District, and nearly anyone who claims to have seen an internal poll says this tossup race will go down to the wire. Full story

February 24, 2014

Alex Sink Hit With New Ad From NRCC

The National Republican Congressional Committee released a new TV ad Monday against Alex Sink, the Democrat running in the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District.

The ad seeks to highlight differences between Sink, the Sunshine State’s former chief financial officer, and lobbyist David Jolly, the GOP nominee.

“David Jolly: Cut spending, stop Obamacare. Alex Sink: More spending, defend Obamacare,” an announcer says in the 30-secont spot. “She’s fighting for them, not for us.”

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