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June 29, 2015

State Senator Considering Run for Arizona Open House Seat

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Kirkpatrick is giving up her House seat to run for McCain’s Senate seat. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona State Sen. Barbara McGuire, a Democrat, said Monday she is considering a run for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

In a statement, McGuire stopped short of declaring her candidacy. Instead, she said she plans to “take the next few weeks to discuss the possibility” with people she knows and her constituents.

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June 25, 2015

Michigan’s Benishek Gets a Democratic Challenger — or Two

Johnson's entrance into the 1st District race puts Benishek on defensive. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benishek now has a credible Democratic challenger. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a new defensive responsibility in their quest to maintain their House majority.

Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who has represented the 1st District for three terms, not only faces potential primary threats for breaking his term-limit pledge, but now also has a credible Democratic challenger.

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June 22, 2015

Who’s in the Running: 2016 Declared Presidential Candidates

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Rubio passes by Paul, left, as the two took turns speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference on June 18, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

At least four current senators have announced their intention to run for president in 2016. And a couple more are considering getting into the race. Along with a number of former governors, the field so far includes two candidates with medical degrees, one former tech CEO and a billionaire real estate mogul/TV host.

Here’s a look at the major candidates who have declared they’re in the race.

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June 19, 2015

DCCC Outpaces NRCC in May Fundraising (Updated)

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

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

Updated 4:32 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $700,000 more than the National Republican Congressional Committee in May, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The DCCC brought in $4.4 million last month, while its Republican counterpart raised $3.7 million over the same period.

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June 8, 2015

Outside Groups Wage Ad War for Votes on Export-Import Bank

The Club for Growth cancelled its in Stewart's district after he came out against the Export-Import Bank (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Club for Growth canceled its ad in Stewart’s district after he came out against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Chris Stewart represents Utah’s solidly red 2nd District. And he sounds like it.

“Oh yeah, duh,” he told CQ Roll Call when asked whether he thought the free market could do a better job than the government promoting U.S. exports overseas. “I’m a conservative Republican.” Full story

June 4, 2015

Sean Eldridge Passes on Another House Bid in New York

Eldridge won't run for a seat that's likely to be open next year if Gibson retires. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Eldridge won’t run for the seat Gibson, above, is vacating. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Sean Eldridge, who failed to unseat Rep. Chris Gibson in 2014, told Vanity Fair that he will not mount another bid to represent New York’s 19th District.

The district, which President Barack Obama carried twice, is a top Democratic target, and with Gibson retiring at the end of this term, and Hillary Rodham Clinton likely topping the ticket, Democrats are looking at the open seat as one of their best pickup opportunities. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Tossup.

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June 2, 2015

DNC’s Mo Elleithee Leaving Politics for Georgetown

Elleithee is leaving politics. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Elleithee said he is leaving politics “to learn how to do it better.” (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, announced in a post on Medium Tuesday that he’s leaving the DNC to serve as executive director of the newly created Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Service.

“I’m leaving politics to learn how to do it better,” Elleithee wrote. “And I’m counting on young people to show me how.” Full story

June 1, 2015

Mike Coffman Rules Out Colorado Senate Bid

Coffman will seek re-election to the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Coffman will seek re-election to the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Colorado 6th District Rep. Mike Coffman will not challenge Sen. Michael Bennet for Senate, The Denver Post reported Monday afternoon.

“I have decided to seek re-election in the House so that I may continue my mission to clean up the VA, where my position as Chairman of the House Veterans Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee has allowed me to shine a light on the culture of bureaucratic incompetence and corruption,” Coffman said in a prepared statement obtained by the Post.

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May 8, 2015

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they're still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are hoping to target Murray, but they’re still looking for candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might be Sen. Patty Murray’s best friend in 2016.

A Republican operative confirmed to CQ Roll Call the party is looking to target Murray this cycle, but with many of the state’s most eligible Republicans expressing more interest in challenging the Democratic governor, a formidable candidate remains elusive.

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May 1, 2015

Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

Castro, D-Texas, speaks to a reporter after a press conference at the House Triangle on many democrat's desire to bring an immigration reform bill up for a vote in the House. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservatives are making a bid for Hispanic voters, but Democrats such as Castro are skeptical. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Koch brothers-backed group is making a new push to persuade Hispanics to vote for conservative candidates in the 2016 elections.

As reported by The Washington Post, the LIBRE Initiative, started in 2011 and is based in Texas, is now active in nine states, and, after having a modest presence in the 2014 elections, aims to make a big play for the Latino vote next year. Full story

February 25, 2015

Congressional Republicans All Over CPAC Lineup

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Zinke is a freshman in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., has only been in Congress for six weeks, but he is already preparing a talk at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

Zinke is one of five House GOP freshman slated to speak at the annual conservative confab, according to an agenda distributed by organizers. All told, there are at least 25 current and former members of Congress currently scheduled to speak during the Feb. 25-28 event.

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February 20, 2015

Roll Call’s Guide to the Most Clever Leadership PAC Names

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Coons is a Delaware Democrat who has a Blue Hen leadership PAC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

What’s in a leadership PAC name? Plenty of dough, as the members who run these personal political action committees have learned. Leadership PACs run by lawmakers pulled in roughly $400 million in the 2014 election cycle, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of data.

Such PACs compete not only for dollars, but for clever names, often concocting elaborate acronyms or catchy regional references to woo potential donors. From the Penguin PAC run by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, to the Blue Hen PAC run by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., leadership PACs are named for animals, plants, landmarks, colors and the campaign platforms of the politicians who run them. Full story

February 12, 2015

RNC Media Aide Moves to RSLC for 2016 Cycle

The Republican State Leadership Committee will announce Ellie Wallace as the group’s new communications director, according to information provided first to CQ Roll Call.

“We are excited to welcome Ellie to the RSLC as we prepare for a new election cycle dedicated to electing Republicans at the state level,” said RSLC President Matt Walter in a news release scheduled for wide distribution on Friday morning. “Following the RSLC’s record-breaking 2014 election victories, I am confident Ellie’s communications experience with campaigns around the country will be a valuable contribution to help lead our organization into its next chapter.”

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January 9, 2015

Scramble Starts for Barbara Boxer’s Senate Seat

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Boxer, center, is a California Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Thursday announcement she will not seek re-election kicked off what will likely be one of the most competitive — and expensive — Senate races of 2016.

Democrats have a deep bench of potential candidates, some of whom are salivating at the opportunity to run for California’s first open Senate seat in 24 years. But with 10 media markets, including four massive ones, seeking statewide office in California is an expensive proposition. Full story

November 24, 2014

Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again

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Cassidy gave the weekly Republican address again last weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate.

Just as in his first address in June, the doctor by trade recalled interactions with patients as a prominent forum to hear constituent concerns on the direction of the country.

“When my patients tell me about their health concerns,” Cassidy said, “they also tell me they are worried about the economy, their jobs, the direction of our country.” Full story

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