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November 5, 2015

Ex-Lawmakers Push for Campaign Finance Overhaul

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17: Former Senator Tom Daschle of the Daschle Group, is photographed in his downtown office, November 17, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Daschle, shown here in his Daschle Group office, is one of several senators on the group. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new caucus of former elected officials — now freed of chasing money to keep their seats — is pushing for a comprehensive campaign finance overhaul.

During an election cycle with an estimated multibillion-dollar price tag, the new “ReFormers Caucus,” launched by campaign finance nonprofit organization Issue One, includes more than 100 ex-lawmakers and other elected officials who are no longer running for office.

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October 27, 2015

Candidates All Face Challenges Heading Into Third GOP Debate

Republican presidential hopefuls  Ben Carson and Donald Trump participate in the Republican Presidential Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump stepped into a campaign hornet's nest as his rivals collectively turned their sights on the billionaire in the party's second debate of the 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Carson has surged past Trump in polls in the early voting state of Iowa. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The horse race that is the 2016 presidential campaign remains a long one. But Republican strategists maintain that several White House hopefuls have serious ground to cover in Wednesday’s third GOP debate lest they get left behind in the dust.

Virtually all the Republican strategists and consultants surveyed by CQ Roll Call had an opinion about what front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson could do to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Few seemed invested in what, if anything, those stuck at the “kids table” — that means you, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and one-time Iowa caucus-winner Rick Santorum — could do to salvage their campaigns.

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Ryan Is a Boehner ‘Mini-Me’ to Some Conservatives

Ryan and Boehner, seen here in 2012, are facing similar attacks from tea-party outlets that once tolerated them. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan, left, and Boehner are facing similar attacks from tea party outlets that once tolerated them. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Just weeks after Republicans won control of the House in 2010, John A. Boehner celebrated his 61st birthday with a cake with green frosting.

It was actually a double celebration. That same day, Nov. 17, 2010, he was elected speaker-designate by the Republican conference with unanimous support — a present he never enjoyed again.

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October 26, 2015

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013, after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment. Also pictured from left is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Maryland State Conference NAACP President Gerald Stansbury and Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County. The bill now goes to O'Malley, who is expected to sign it. Maryland would become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

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October 23, 2015

Vitter Expected to Reach Runoff in Louisiana Gubernatorial Race

Despite troubles, Vitter poised to emerge in run-off after Saturday's election.  (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite troubles, Vitter poised to emerge in run-off after Saturday’s election. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A week that began with the new allegations involving a former New Orleans escort against Sen. David Vitter will end with the Republican’s appearance on the ballot Saturday in Louisiana’s heated contest to replace the state’s term-limited governor, Republican Bobby Jindal.

But despite the intense focus on Vitter’s personal woes by his opponents and outside groups, he is on the cusp of weathering the storm yet again. At least until a runoff next month.

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Chamber’s Donohue ‘Doubling Down’ for 2016

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Donohue said the tea party started with principles of sound economics but has “lost sight of what the fundamental reality is.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pledged Friday to “double down” on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail against the ultra-conservative forces that threaten the business community’s agenda.

Those forces, which have helped buoy outsider presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, represent “an articulation of frustration” from the American people, Donohue said. Hard-line conservatives also helped wrest the gavel from chamber ally Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio.

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October 14, 2015

Analysts: Clinton Commanding in First Democratic Debate

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)

Clinton answers a question while Sanders, left, and O’Malley listen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showed that 2008 helped Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2015.

The experience the former first lady, senator and secretary of State gained debating Barack Obama in their race then gave her a command of the stage Tuesday her four opponents couldn’t match. Full story

October 6, 2015

Kirk to Illinois Democrats: I Already Took Care of That

UNITED STATES - JULY 15: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., questions Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray during the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the CFPB's semi-annual report to Congress on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kirk says the investigation that Democrats highlighted last week has long been known. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk is in a dispute with Illinois Democrats — one of whom is running to replace him — over who has done more to prevent incidents such as the September 2014 fire at an air traffic control facility near Chicago.

Last week, members of the Illinois Democratic delegation announced the results of a Department of Transportation Inspector General audit report that made 42 recommendations to improve security and contingency plans as a result of the Sept. 26, 2014, fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill.

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October 5, 2015

N.C. Is Lukewarm on Burr, But Lukewarm Might be Enough

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Burr says his re-election bid is in better shape than polls or news coverage would indicate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Richard M. Burr’s low-key, no-frills approach to politicking won him two Senate elections in North Carolina. Whether that carries him to a third term is up in the air.

The Republican heads into 2016 with an anemic 29 percent approval rating, according to recent polls. Still, that might be enough to hand the former businessman another six years — especially in a state rated Leans Republican by The Rothenberg-Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call and where Democrats can’t find a big-name opponent.

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September 30, 2015

GOP’s Preferred Candidate Passes on Colorado Senate Run

Bennet is still without a top GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bennet is still without a top GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a surprise announcement, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, the Republican whom Colorado and national party leaders had been counting on to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, said Wednesday that he will instead run for re-election, according to reports from Colorado’s 9News.

“There were serious family health issues that just recently came up,” a GOP operative told CQ Roll Call.

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September 10, 2015

LaHood Is a Link to a Bygone House

State Sen. Darin LaHood smiles after he won the GOP nod in the primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock on Tuesday, July 7, 2105, in Peoria, Ill. LaHood heads into the Sept. 10 special general election. (Ron Johnson/Journal Star via AP)

LaHood won a special election on Thursday to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned in March. (Ron Johnson/Journal Star File Photo via AP)

The newest member of the House, Illinois Republican Darin LaHood, who will succeed Aaron Schock, has connections to Congress that go back more than 25 years to when his father, Ray LaHood, was a staff member for Robert H. Michel, the House minority leader at the time.

When Michel retired, Ray LaHood won his Illinois district in 1994 which he represented until becoming Transportation secretary in 2009.

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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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