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March 20, 2015

Ted Cruz Plans ‘Important Speech’ in Virginia

Sen. Ted Cruz’s political operation appears to be strongly encouraging attendance by the media at an event in Lynchburg, Va., Monday for what’s being billed as “an important speech.”

Aides to the Texas Republican, who has been contemplating a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, were tight-lipped Friday about the details of the visit to the campus of Liberty University, but the timing of the speech would be right for getting somewhat ahead of the curve on announcing a White House run, at least among senators.

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March 17, 2015

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Brian Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brian Fallon, a former Capitol Hill aide, is expected to be named as a prominent spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fallon, now the director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, will be the “lead press secretary” on the quickly growing Clinton team. Full story

March 11, 2015

Webb Pitches Firefighters on Possible White House Bid

Webb teased firefighters about a possible presidential bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Webb teased firefighters about a possible presidential bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb hasn’t been seen much since announcing late last year he was exploring a bid for president, but he told a ballroom full of firefighters Tuesday they may be seeing a lot more of him soon.

Webb delivered remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters Conference just off Capitol Hill, one of eight prospective White House contenders to speak in person on the second day of the gathering. (Jeb Bush spoke in a recorded video.) Full story

February 27, 2015

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

Carson was the highlight of the CPAC campaign boot camp. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Carson was the highlight of the CPAC campaign boot camp after-party. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amethyst Archer probably wasn’t the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.

The Tulsa, Okla., resident is just 12 years old, and was the youngest of the few hundred activists and operatives — ranging from college students to senior citizens — who sat in for at least a portion of CPAC’s first-ever basic training for running effective, modern campaigns. Full story

February 26, 2015

Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

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Renteria ran for Congress in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.

Renteria, reached by phone, declined to comment on the gig Thursday afternoon, but she said, “I’m thinking a lot about what’s next.”

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February 12, 2015

Ron Johnson Supports Scott Walker in Presidential Primary

Johnson is a Wisconsin Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Johnson is a Wisconsin Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., would back his home state governor, Republican Scott Walker, if he runs for president in 2016.

“Listen I’m a big Scott Walker supporter,” he told CQ Roll Call Thursday in his office. “And he hasn’t announced anything, but you know I’ll be supporting Scott Walker.”

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DNC Picks Philadelphia for 2016 Convention

Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday its 2016 convention will be held in Philadelphia.

The convention is scheduled to start July 25, a week after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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February 9, 2015

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

 Jindal, R-La., speaks during Sen. Tim Scott's National School Choice Forum on "Choosing Excellence: A Forum on the Freedom to Choose Academic Excellence for Every Child" in the Hart Senate Office BUilding on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jindal, in Washington for a forum on school choice, is mulling an education-focused presidential run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Potential presidential contender Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Washington again Monday, burnishing his national education policy credentials at a Heritage Foundation forum on school choice.

The Louisiana Republican, who was a proponent of Common Core before very publicly reversing his thoughts on the schooling standards, has long focused on education policy as a way to distinguish himself from the bumper crop of would-be 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

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How Republicans Could Risk a Senate Seat to Win the White House

Portman, left, could be selected as the vice presidential nominee in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans might face a major dilemma next year: Will they sacrifice a Senate seat to pick a prime candidate for vice president?

GOP operatives have often mentioned Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Rob Portman of Ohio; and Marco Rubio of Florida, as potential running mates for the eventual GOP nominee in 2016. Here’s the problem: The trio is up for re-election in competitive states in 2016. If one of them is selected for the No. 2 spot, Republicans would risk losing the Senate seat — and possibly, control of that chamber. Full story

January 29, 2015

Tim Scott Lauds Possible Lindsey Graham 2016 Campaign

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Scott, right, complimented the possible presidential bid by Graham, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tim Scott lauded the possibility of fellow South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham vying for the Republican presidential nomination but stopped short of an endorsement.

Graham announced Thursday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, “Security Through Strength.” Full story

January 28, 2015

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

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Vitter has announced a bid for governor, leaving the future of his Senate seat in flux in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.

Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement. A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term.

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January 23, 2015

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

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Portman is a Republican from Ohio. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The 30-year-old Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would get into the race. Democrats describe him as a charismatic and a rising star within the party, but his early announcement speaks to the fact that this local office holder has hurdles to raise his name recognition and ample cash for a federal race. And other Democratic candidates won’t let him do that for too long without any competition. Full story

Democrats Set National Convention Date for 2016

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Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday.

Democrats have not yet chosen where the convention will take place, but DNC officials have narrowed the list down to three cities: Columbus, New York City or Philadelphia. Full story

January 22, 2015

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

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Amodei is a Nevada Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffers for Mitt Romney have reached out to a Nevada congressman about the 2012 presidential nominee’s potential third bid for national office.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told CQ Roll Call Thursday that Romney’s staffers talked to him last week. Nevada is typically one of the earliest states to host a nominating contest, and Amodei was one of Romney’s early supporters in 2012. 

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January 21, 2015

Grassley Preps 2016 Re-Election

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Grassley talks on the phone in his Hart Building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley doesn’t plan to be caught flat-footed if he faces a competitive, expensive re-election battle in 2016.

In a Wednesday interview with CQ Roll Call, the Iowa Republican said he began work on his campaign last year, and there will be more involvement from the national party than in his past efforts, given the exploding costs of campaigns. Full story

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