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February 27, 2015

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

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 25, 2015

Vulnerable GOP Senators Steer Clear of CPAC

Vulnerable GOP Senators Steer Clear of CPAC

Toomey is a Pennsylvania Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As conservative operatives and activists gather this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a handful of notable GOP senators are absent from the speaking lineup.

Several vulnerable Senate Republicans seeking re-election in 2016 will skip the confab, which serves as a national stage for politicians and conservative media stars. Three of them addressed the conference in past years.

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February 24, 2015

Special Election Set for Mississippi Congressman’s District (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | A special election in Mississippi’s 1st District will take place on May 12, according to The Associated Press. The winner will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican who died on Feb. 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

Nearly a dozen Republican candidates are mulling bids in this safe Republican district, which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent in 2012.

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February 20, 2015

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in January, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC raised $6.4 million last month, while the National Republican Congressional Committee brought in $4.4 million over the same time period.

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February 19, 2015

Undeterred by Primary Threats, Walter Jones to Seek 12th Term

Undeterred by Primary Threats, Walter Jones to Seek 12th Term

Jones is a Republican from North Carolina. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., has no plans to retire in 2016, when Republicans are likely plotting another primary to oust the GOP gadfly.

“Absolutely,” Jones told CQ Roll Call earlier this month about his re-election plans. “We had a fundraiser last night. We have a fundraiser next Tuesday when I go to Farmville, [North Carolina].

“I like to be a thorn in people’s ass,” he added.

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February 17, 2015

Ron Johnson Talks Fundraising Strategy for 2016 Re-Election

Ron Johnson Talks Fundraising Strategy for 2016 Re Election

Johnson is up for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is looking for some fundraising help.

The senator is one of Democrats’ top targets in 2016. But while his colleagues in competitive seats have built up million-dollar war chests, Johnson had just $606,000 in his campaign account at the end of the year. Full story

February 12, 2015

Ron Johnson Supports Scott Walker in Presidential Primary

Ron Johnson Supports Scott Walker in Presidential Primary

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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February 11, 2015

Chris McDaniel Looks to Play in Mississippi Special Election

Chris McDaniel Looks to Play in Mississippi Special Election

McDaniel unsuccessfully ran for Senate in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Flashbacks to last year’s brutal Senate primary in Mississippi have The Magnolia State operatives fretting a special election to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

Nunnelee, 56, died on Feb. 6 after a short battle with brain cancer. Republicans will almost certainly retain his seat in a yet-to-be scheduled special election, but multiple Mississippi GOP operatives expressed concern the race could become a proxy battle between state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s tea party supporters and mainstream Republicans who supported Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election in 2014.

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Republicans Fear 2010 Redux in Nevada Senate Race

Republicans Fear 2010 Redux in Nevada Senate Race

Reid, left, is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Nevada Republicans worry their efforts to oust Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in 2016 could be thwarted again by a crowded GOP primary.

In 2010, Republicans nominated one of their weakest candidates in the primary, Sharron Angle, from a large field of challengers to face Reid. In a banner year for the GOP across the country, Reid won re-election by a handful of points — and now Republicans are anxious history could repeat itself in 2016.

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February 9, 2015

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

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) " width="445" height="281" /> 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

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

February 5, 2015

Congressman ‘Leaning Against’ John McCain Primary

Congressman Leaning Against John McCain Primary

Schweikert is leaning against a Senate bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., is “leaning against” mounting a primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2016, he told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.

“I would say I’m leaning against it. I think that’s fair,” Schweikert said outside the House chambers, when asked about his plans. Full story

February 2, 2015

RNC Adds Press Secretary From ‘Team Mitch’

RNC Adds Press Secretary From Team Mitch

Priebus hired Allison Moore as RNC national press secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee hired the former campaign spokeswoman to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as its national press secretary for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

With the presidential cycle getting underway, Allison Moore, a Kentucky native and longtime McConnell aide both in the political and Senate worlds, will succeed Kirsten Kukowski in the role. Full story

The First Test of GOP Dominance in Arkansas

The First Test of GOP Dominance in Arkansas

Boozman is seeking re-election next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Arkansas is emerging from a swift political power transfer, with Sen. John Boozman suddenly finding himself the new dean of an all-Republican congressional delegation.

Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett wrote, just before the new year, that 2014 was the year “old Arkansas died.” Republicans won the governorship and the six other statewide constitutional offices, they expanded their majorities in the state legislature and, for the first time, the GOP captured each of the state’s six seats in Congress — the last being that of Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, who received just 39 percent of the vote. Full story

January 31, 2015

DSCC, NRSC Release Final Fundraising, Debt From 2014

DSCC, NRSC Release Final Fundraising, Debt From 2014

Jon Tester from Montana is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2016 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will start the 2016 cycle with $5 million more in debt than Republicans, according to recently released fundraising figures from both organizations.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee starts the cycle $10 million in debt, the committee announced Saturday, while the DSCC starts the cycle $15 million in debt.

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