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June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Key Parts of Voting Rights Law (Updated)

The Supreme Court has ruled key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, dealing a disappointing decision to minority voting rights activists and asking Congress to develop new guidelines for the landmark law.

The high court nixed Section 4 of the law, which established a formula for certain states to seek federal approval before making any changes to their voting requirements or laws under Section 5. Those covered jurisdictions had a history of racial discrimination when the law was first passed 5o years ago.

But on Monday, in a 5-4 ruling along ideological lines, the justices deemed that part of the law unconstitutional because the coverage formula is outdated. Full story

By Shira T. Center Posted at 10:25 a.m.
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June 14, 2013

Top House Republican Won’t Run for Senate #MISEN

Top House Republican Wont Run for Senate #MISEN

Rogers will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday that he will not run for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.

“After careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined that the best way for me to continue to have a direct impact for my constituents and the nation is to remain in the House of Representatives,” Rogers wrote in an emailed statement to his supporters. Full story

June 6, 2013

Democratic Super PAC Goes on TV for Markey #MASEN

Democratic Super PAC Goes on TV for Markey #MASEN

Markey is getting help from national Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority PAC, a top Democratic super PAC, announced plans for a “major statewide buy” Thursday in the special election in Massachusetts.

“We will not stand idly by while Mitch McConnell and national Republicans try to use backdoor dollars to buy this race for [GOP nominee Gabriel] Gomez,” said Craig Varoga, senior strategist for Senate Majority PAC, in a release.

Full story

June 3, 2013

Top Republican Won’t Run for Capito Seat #WV02

Updated 5:12 p.m. | State Del. Eric Nelson will not run for the GOP nomination to succeed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., in the state’s 2nd District, according to two sources.

Capito is running for Senate in 2014, leaving behind a district that favors Republicans.

But strategists from both parties envision scenarios in which the seat could flip to Democrats now that Capito will not be on the district ballot. Nelson was the favorite of top Republicans to run and had the potential to clear the GOP field.

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June 2, 2013

Chasing the White Whale Races

Chasing the White Whale Races

(Alex Muller/CQ Roll Call Illustration)

By most metrics, these House members probably should have lost already.

And yet, like the white whale in “Moby Dick,” these races have a habit of slipping away from the opposition.

The following handful of House members win re-election by defying the odds. They represent unfavorable districts and withstand millions in negative advertisements — yet they stay at the top of the opposition’s target list cycle after cycle.

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May 31, 2013

Democrat Drops Bid for Bachmann Seat #MN06

Democrat Drops Bid for Bachmann Seat #MN06

Both Graves and Bachmann dropped their campaigns this week. (CQ Roll Call File Photos)

Hotel magnate Jim Graves, a Democrat, dropped his bid for Minnesota’s 6th District on Friday — just a few days after his opponent, embattled Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced her retirement from Congress.

Graves portrayed his nascent effort as a success in an email to supporters, pointing to Bachmann’s departure from Congress.

“A year ago, we set out on a mission: To restore civility, functionality and honesty to Washington by removing Michele Bachmann from office,” Graves wrote to supporters. “Her hateful rhetoric and dangerous policies fueled an extremist movement unlike anything we’d seen in a long time.” Full story

May 30, 2013

Bachmann 2.0? The GOP’s Minnesota Problem

Bachmann 2.0? The GOP’s Minnesota Problem

Bachmann will not run for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans exhaled this week when vulnerable Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced her retirement from the otherwise reliable GOP district.

Their relief might not last long. In Minnesota, some Republican strategists fret that the state party’s quirky endorsement process could yield a “Bachmann 2.0” candidate — and put the seat in play again.

“The wrong candidate could lose this for Republicans,” said former Rep. Mark Kennedy, the Republican who preceded Bachmann in the 6th District. “And that would be a key concern for whether the endorsing process delivers the right candidate.” Full story

May 9, 2013

The Next Allen West Is … #FL18

The Next Allen West Is ... #FL18

Republicans are lining up to challenge Murphy. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are lining up to challenge freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., a top GOP target in 2014.

Murphy narrowly defeated then-Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., last year. West has ruled out a comeback bid, but Abby Livingston reports on a litany of potential candidates in this week’s Farm Team column: Full story

May 7, 2013

Democrats Land Top Recruit to Challenge Davis #IL13

Former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis formally launched her campaign Tuesday to challenge freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.

Callis is a top recruit of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Her entrance provides encouragement for a party that lost what it felt was a winnable seat in 2012.

“Like many of my friends and neighbors, I’m frustrated right now that Washington is not listening, and it’s not delivering for the middle class,” Callis said in a statement. “As Chief Judge, I’ve delivered reforms when Washington didn’t, and I’m running to deliver solutions for middle class families who are looking for good-paying jobs, and someone to protect Medicare and Social Security.” Full story

April 30, 2013

Remainders: Larry Flynt Backs Mark Sanford

Polls close for the special primary for Senate in Massachusetts at 8 p.m. EDT. Check Roll Call tonight for results.

In the meantime, here’s what you might have missed “At the Races” on Tuesday …

#SC01: Larry Flynt — the publisher of Hustler — endorsed former Gov. Mark Sanford’s special election bid. He’s said he’ll donate the maximum to the struggling Republican’s campaign.

And in what will likely come as more welcome support, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and FreedomWorks PAC backed Sanford over the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Meanwhile, House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, targeted female Republicans in its final ad before Election Day.

#PAgov: GOP Gov. Tom Corbett’s terrible polling makes Republicans nervous about four suburban Philadelphia seats.

#GAsen: Republican Rep. Jack Kingston will hold two news conferences on Thursday — and all signs point to him announcing a bid for Senate.

#2016: Libertarian Gary Johnson sounded like “he’s up for another run” in a speech at George Washington University on Monday night.

What we’re mulling on Tuesday… Full story

Gary Johnson: I’m More Conservative and More Liberal Than Both Parties

Gary Johnson might not be running for president in 2016 yet, but last year’s Libertarian Party candidate certainly sounds like he’s up for another run.

In an appearance at George Washington University on Monday night, Johnson not only sought to distinguish himself from his old affiliation — the Republican Party — but also took on what he believes are the failures of the Democratic Party.

Johnson received about 1 percent of the popular vote in the 2012 election, and he has not announced any intention to run for president in 2016. On Monday night, he said it’s just too early.

“Who’s got a voice that’s fiscally more conservative than any Republican, and who’s got a voice that’s more liberal than any Democrat? Me,” he said in an interview after the speech.

Full story

By Julie Ershadi Posted at 11:37 a.m.
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April 25, 2013

Daylin Leach Talks Marijuana, Progressive Politics and Rock #PA13 | The Candidate

Daylin Leach Talks Marijuana, Progressive Politics and Rock #PA13 | The Candidate

Leach is running for Congress in Pennsylvania's 13th. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Editor’s note: Every year, scores of congressional candidates visit the CQ Roll Call offices to meet with reporters and Contributing Writer Stuart Rothenberg. This new blog feature, “The Candidate,” will ask these congressional hopefuls five questions about their campaigns. Responses have been edited and condensed.

Have a question for a candidate? We’ll announce their visits via Twitter, and you can tweet your inquiry to @RollCall or email politics@cqrollcall.com.

The candidate: State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat.
The other candidates: State Rep. Brendan Boyle and Valerie A. Arkoosh, a medical professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, who represented part of that district two decades ago, is also considering a campaign.
The member: Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, a Democrat running for governor.
The district: Solidly Democratic 13th District in southeastern Pennsylvania.
The candidate’s team: Senior Adviser Aren Platt, Vanessa Gervasi DeRose (fundraising), Dan Fee of The Echo Group (mail), Devine Mulvey Longabaugh (media) and Marc Silverman of Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies (polling).

1. You live in a part of Upper Merion that is just outside the 13th District’s boundaries. Will you move into the district?

Leach: We’re discussing that. This is the issue: I told you I went to eight elementary schools and I lived in 14 residences. I always wanted my children to have a house that they grew up in. We live like six houses from the district. I have to consult with my family about this. Full story

April 11, 2013

Hawaii: Schatz’s Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes

Hawaii: Schatzs Fundraising Sends Message to Potential Primary Foes

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is trying to ward off potential primary challengers with hefty first-quarter fundraising and a veteran campaign team already in place for 2014.

The Democrat, appointed Dec. 26 to replace the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, announced on Thursday he raised more than $1.1 million in the first three months of this year.

A news release states that 79 percent of the money came from Hawaii donors. But he also received a boost from some Senate colleagues. Full story

Louisiana: Landrieu Raises $1.2 Million in First Quarter

Louisiana: Landrieu Raises $1.2 Million in First Quarter

Landrieu is a top GOP target in 2014. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced on Thursday that she raised more than $1.2 million  in the first quarter of this year, more than double what her new opponent hauled.

Her GOP challenger, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, raised $500,000 in the same time period. He officially entered the race last week.

(See also on Roll Call: Cassidy Blasts Obama, Landrieu as He Officially Enters Senate Race) Full story

April 4, 2013

Pennsylvania: Fitzpatrick Gets Democratic Challenger

Democrat Kevin Strouse, a former Army Ranger, announced on Thursday that he will challenge GOP Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 8th District.

The district, which almost evenly split its vote in the 2012 presidential contest, is one of the Democrats’ best pickup opportunities. Democrats need to net 17 seats in 2014 to win back the House, and they’ll likely need districts like this one in suburban Philadelphia to get there.

Full story

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