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September 9, 2015

Trump, Cruz, Palin, Conservatives Rally to Oppose Iran Deal

UNITED STATES - UNITED STATES - September 9: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Trump greets Cruz before the two speak at the rally on Wednesday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s Iran deal — led by Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz — rallied on Capitol Hill to show how they felt about the plan.

A veritable who’s who of conservative and tea party stars joined Trump and Cruz on stage to rail against the plan, and both Republican and Democratic leadership, who they say failed them. Here are highlights:

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September 4, 2015

Bennet Gets GOP Challenger After Iran Deal Decision

Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Robert Blaha is likely to launch a challenge to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet in the next couple of days, he told CQ Roll Call Friday.

When told that Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday morning, Blaha said, “OK, well then, I will be making an announcement based on his announcement.”

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September 3, 2015

DCCC Targets 18 House Republicans in Labor Day Digital Campaign

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin a digital ad campaign over the Labor Day weekend, hitting 18 GOP incumbents on labor issues such as increasing the minimum wage and overtime rules.

The paid digital ad campaign will run on Twitter, and are geo-targeted to voters in these 18 contests Democrats are hoping to pick up in 2016. They are designed like coupons “good for one sellout on issues that matter to working families.”

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September 2, 2015

Fifth Republican Joins Indiana GOP Primary to Succeed Stutzman


Stutzman is running for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stutzman is vacating his seat to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Agribusinessman Kip Tom filed Tuesday to run in Indiana’s 3rd District, joining four Republicans already vying for the nomination to succeed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who’s running for Senate.

Tom had been openly considering jumping in the race, posting a letter to that effect on his farm’s website this spring. In a subsequent letter sent to friends and supporters Tuesday, Tom said he stepped down from running his family’s business, Tom Farms LLC, one of the largest suppliers to Monsanto.

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August 18, 2015

Uncertainty Reigns as Court Takes Over Virginia Redistricting

Federal judges will now decide how to unpack blacks from Scott's 3rd District (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Federal judges will now decide how to unpack blacks from Scott’s 3rd District (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The same federal three-judge panel that has twice ruled that Virginia’s congressional map unconstitutionally packs blacks into the 3rd District will now be responsible for remedying the injustice it found.

How will the court arrive at a new map for the 2016 elections?

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August 7, 2015

Party Politics: Washington Watches GOP Candidates Debate

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06:  Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush participate in the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Donald Trump listen as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers a question at the FOX News-Facebook GOP debate on Thursday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

While the Republican presidential candidates were on stage in Cleveland, several Washington clubs took on the air of sports bars at debate-watch parties scattered across the city.

Roll Call did the bar crawl and hit those at the National Press Club, the Union Pub and Johnny Pistola’s.

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July 20, 2015

Colorado Candidate ‘Immediately Serious’ With $1M Loan

Coffman could run for Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Democrats looking to challenge Coffman may first have to win a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few House candidates post $1 million quarterly fundraising hauls.

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally did it in the 2nd quarter, but she has the advantage of incumbency and the establishment support that comes with it.

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July 17, 2015

Where Are They Now? 2010 Republican Senate Challengers

Despite losing two Senate bids, McMahon is still involved in GOP politics. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two years after her unsuccessful run in 2010, McMahon spent another $50 with similar results in 2012. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Flash back to 2010, when moderate New England Republican Linda McMahon was on the Connecticut ballot to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Dodd. A self-funder, McMahon was one of several candidates who Republicans hoped could help flip the Senate.

But the former WWE executive went on to lose to Sen. Richard Blumenthal by 12 points. McMahon wasn’t alone. Across the country, Republican Carly Fiorina fell well short of knocking off California Democrat Barbara Boxer.

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July 8, 2015

Pro-Israel Groups Divided Over Iran Going Into 2016


Kerry, shown here during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in March, said negotiations with Iran could “go either way.” (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With international negotiators in Vienna working to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, and the guarantee of a congressional vote on any accord, both hawks and doves among pro-Israel groups are mobilizing over an issue that’s growing in importance ahead of the 2016 elections.

“Next to the economy, nothing is more important to American voters than national security, and Iran is at the center of that debate,” Omri Ceren, managing director at The Israel Project, a D.C. educational organization, told CQ Roll Call in an email.

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July 7, 2015

Tech Consultant to Run Against Republican Sean Duffy

Duffy has received a new Democratic challenger. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Wisconsin tech consultant and who has appeared on stage says he will challenge Duffy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrat Kirk Bangstad, a Wisconsin entertainer and consultant who has worked with some of the country’s largest tech companies, announced Tuesday he will challenge Republican Rep. Sean P. Duffy in the state’s 7th District.

Like other candidates who have never held elected office, Bangstad said his message will be simple: “Washington is broken, and it will take someone who has not been there to fix it.”

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July 3, 2015

Academics Say Higher Education Prepared Them for Higher Office


Economics professor Brat said his 20-minute stump speeches played well with voters because they recognized his genuine concern. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When sociology professor John Trammell ran for Congress in 2014, he was “amazed” by how well prepared he was to be a politician.

Public speaking, prolific writing, research, the internal politics of higher education and the experience of being critiqued through peer review — all were skills applicable both in the ivory tower and in politics.

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June 29, 2015

State Senator Considering Run for Arizona Open House Seat


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 and Who’s Out: 2016 Presidential Candidates

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13:  (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Democratic candidates debated in Las Vegas on Oct. 13. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Five current senators are running for president in 2016. Along with a number of former governors, the field 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 that they’re in the race for the Democratic or Republican presidential nomination.

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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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