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December 4, 2013

Republican Imitates Van Damme Truck Trick in New Ad

Talk about a wedge issue. Trucking company owner Mike Collins, one of six Republicans vying for Georgia’s open 10th District, has gone where no other House candidate has gone before by attempting to perform Jean-Claude Van Damme’s epic split between two Volvo trucks.

In a Web-only spot released Wednesday, Collins tries the stunt between two semi-trailer trucks to highlight the dangers of Obamacare.

“Starting a trucking business, I’ve had my ups and downs, my fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds,” says Collins. “That’s what’s made me what I am today. Now I stand here before you, what you see is a small businessman confronted with Obamacare. A disastrous government plan that defies the laws of the market and a mindset that government knows better. “

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December 2, 2013

Maine Republican Won’t Seek Competitive House Contest

Former state Sen. Richard Rosen, a Republican, announced this weekend that he will not seek the GOP nod in Maine’s 2nd District, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Rosen, who now directs the state’s Office of Policy and Management, said in August that he would run for the seat. But in an email to the Bangor Daily News, Rosen said he decided against a congressional bid.

“The opportunity to represent my fellow Mainers in Washington D.C. would be a great and solemn privilege, but I have come to recognize that my preference is to serve the state in a way that allows me to remain close to the people of Maine,”  Rosen wrote.

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November 20, 2013

GOP Operatives Pile Into Florida Special Election

State Rep. Kathleen Peters and lobbyist David Jolly have started the sprint toward the GOP primary in the special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

And their campaign teams have also joined the race. Jolly quickly moved into place a campaign team, and now Peters has done the same for her bid for the 13th District. Her band of operatives includes two Tallahassee-based consultants: Full story

November 19, 2013

Fourth Republican Announces Bid for Open Alabama House Seat

Fourth Republican Announces Bid for Open Alabama House Seat

Bachus is retiring. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP businessman Will Brooke announced a bid for Alabama’s 6th District on Tuesday, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the open-seat contest.

“We all know that things in Washington are not as they should be,” Brooke said in a release. “Whether they are on the shop floor, in the boardroom, or sitting around the kitchen table, Alabamians live with the intrusion of dysfunctional and detrimental government policies every day. Americans should insist on honest, competent, limited government that supports their efforts, rather than getting in the way. I want to do my part to bring common sense conservative solutions to Congress.”

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Republicans Face Primary in Florida Special Election

Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters will announce her candidacy Tuesday to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Congress.

She has started to inform sources on Capitol Hill of her intention and is expected to have local officials on hand supporting her bid at her 10 a.m. scheduled announcement.

The move sets up a mad dash of a Republican primary with GOP lobbyist David Jolly, lasting through the holiday season until Jan. 14. The winner will likely face off against Democrat Alex Sink on March 11.

Both Republicans candidates have strengths and weaknesses. Full story

November 18, 2013

Phil Berger Jr. to Announce Congressional Bid in North Carolina

Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., a Republican, will announce Wednesday that he will run for the open-seat contest in North Carolina’s 6th District, according to a source close to Berger’s campaign.

Berger will make the announcement at a local charter school, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the race to replace Rep. Howard Coble, the longtime Republican who announced his retirement earlier this month. Other Republicans also running for the seat include Baptist pastors Dan Collison and Bradley Walker, and veteran Don Webb.

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Pelosi, Democrats to Fundraise for Alex Sink in Washington

Pelosi, Democrats to Fundraise for Alex Sink in Washington

Pelosi is the House Minority Leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Democrats in House leadership and the Florida delegation are scheduled to host a Dec. 4 fundraiser in Washington, D.C., for former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, according to an invitation obtained by Roll Call.

Sink is running in the special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Lobbyist David Jolly is running for the GOP nomination and it remains unclear if he will have a primary rival, although state Sen. Kathleen Peters will announce on Tuesday whether she will run.

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November 15, 2013

Will Republicans Have a Primary to Replace C.W. Bill Young?

In the final days before the filing deadline, Republicans remain unsure whether lobbyist David Jolly has cleared the GOP field in the competitive special election to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

In recent days, state Rep. Kathleen Peters expressed interest in running for the St. Petersburg-based district, and she has yet to back off.

Democrats cleared the field early for former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who is all but certain to win the party’s nod on Jan. 14. Republicans rivals to Jolly have talked about running, but all of them have declined bids so far.

Except for Peters.

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NRCC Chairman Promises Competitive Special Election in Florida

NRCC Chairman Promises Competitive Special Election in Florida

Walden is chairman of the NRCC. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District will be a challenging race for the party, but vowed that Republicans will make it a competitive contest.

Last month, GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s death forced a special election in the Tampa Bay-area seat, making it one of the most competitive House contests in 2014. Operatives from both sides have characterized the March 11 special election as a bellwether contest for the 2014 cycle.

“We all knew that Bill had a special relationship with his constituents in that district, and that district had changed over the years and that when he no longer was serving, that that district would be a competitive district,” Walden, an Oregon Republican, told reporters Friday morning at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

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GOP Front-Runner Emerges in Targeted Open House Seat in Maine

GOP Front Runner Emerges in Targeted Open House Seat in Maine

Raye is running for Congress in the 2nd District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Senate President Kevin Raye, a Republican, is solidifying his support as the GOP front-runner in Maine’s competitive 2nd District — a strong pick-up opportunity for the GOP in 2014.

An internal poll from Raye’s campaign released last week showed him far ahead of the two other GOP candidates — thanks in large part to his high name recognition in the district. Meanwhile, Maine Office of Policy and Management Director Richard Rosen, a top Republican who had been eyeing a bid, appears poised to stay out of the GOP primary, according to local sources.

“The fact is that Kevin Raye looks like he is the presumptive front-runner of the seat, and that’s a big deal for Republicans up here,” said one Maine GOP operative unaffiliated with any candidates in the race. “It’s been a long time since we’ve held that seat.” Full story

November 14, 2013

Ex-S.D. Senator: Comeback Bid Based on ‘Idealistic Concept’

If he runs at all, former Sen. Larry Pressler’s, R-S.D., bid for Senate as an independent won’t look like your traditional campaign.

He said his campaign is running on an “idealistic concept” in a Wednesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call. Pressler, 71, referred to a famous line by William F. Buckley about his third-party bid for New York mayor in 1965.

“If I win, I might demand a recount,” Pressler told CQ Roll Call.

Pressler wasn’t even his own first choice to run, but everyone he’s spoken with about it has declined to step forward. Asked if he would be hiring a campaign manager or consulting team, Pressler said no. Full story

November 13, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Cuts Ad for Louisiana House Hopeful

Willie Robertson, a reality television show celebrity on the popular “Duck Dynasty” series, will star in a new kind of program starting Thursday: a campaign television spot for Louisiana’s 5th District special election.

In the advertisement, Robertson proclaims his support for GOP businessman Vance McAllister, the underdog in Saturday’s contest.

“Hey this is Willie Robertson, reminding you to get out Saturday, Nov. 16 and vote for my good buddy Vance McAllister. Let’s send somebody from the 5th District who speaks for us to help turn Washington around,” Robertson says in the ad, produced by RedPrint Strategy.

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November 12, 2013

Iowa’s GOP Senate Field Grows Again

Iowa Businessman Mark Jacobs will enter the open-seat Iowa Senate race next week, according to a local news outlet, making him the seventh Republican to join a crowded GOP field.

Jacobs, who has been exploring a bid for the seat since June, will make the announcement Nov. 19 at a series of events across the state.

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Gingrey Vows to Repeal Obamacare in First Term or ‘Go Home’

Gingrey Vows to Repeal Obamacare in First Term or Go Home

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Phil Gingrey, one of more than a half-dozen Republicans running for Georgia’s open Senate seat in 2014, vowed to repeal Obamacare in his first term as a senator or “go home.”

The six-term Georgia Republican made the promise in a television advertisement released Tuesday. Gingrey, a physician, is backing the 30-second spot with a six-figure buy to run for 10 days in Georgia’s four largest media markets, according to his spokesman.

“As a doctor, I took an oath to do no harm. And Obamacare is so harmful, I voted to repeal or defund it over 40 times,” Gingrey, wearing his white doctor’s coat, says in the ad. “But our efforts die in the Senate. I’ll help repeal Obamacare in my first term, or go home.”

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November 11, 2013

Conservative Groups Divided in Nebraska Senate Race

Conservative Groups Divided in Nebraska Senate Race

Osborn got an endorsement today. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a display of the unpredictability of the race, conservative groups are falling on opposite sides of the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska.

FreedomWorks, a tea-party-affiliated group that has backed candidates like Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced Monday that it has endorsed former state Treasurer Shane Osborn. Full story

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