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February 27, 2015

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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Democrat Announces Bid to Challenge Roy Blunt

Democrat Announces Bid to Challenge Roy Blunt

Blunt is a Republican from Missouri. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, announced Thursday he will challenge GOP Sen. Roy Blunt in 2016.

“We can’t change Washington if we don’t change the people we send there,” Kander said in a video announcing his bid. “I believe it’s time for a new generation of leaders who’ve come of age at a time of unprecedented challenges and threats to our country, and who are committed to bringing people together and doing what’s right no matter what the personal cost.”

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February 18, 2015

Brendan Johnson Discusses His Future in South Dakota (Updated)

Brendan Johnson Discusses His Future in South Dakota  (Updated)

Thune, left, is a Republican from South Dakota. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:00 p.m. | U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson’s resignation could mean Democrats have found a potential candidate to challenge Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., in 2016.

Johnson, the son of former Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., announced Wednesday he will join a private law firm in Sioux Falls. As a U.S. Attorney, Johnson was prohibited from engaging in politics; as a private lawyer, he would be free to launch a campaign.

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Janice Hahn Endorses Successor in Congress

Janice Hahn Endorses Successor in Congress

Hahn is running for L.A. County supervisor in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California state Sen. Isadore Hall announced Wednesday he will run for the freshly open 44th District, and the Democrat is kicking off his campaign with a major congressional endorsement.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., who announced earlier Wednesday she is retiring next year and running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is throwing her support behind Hall to replace her in the L.A.-based congressional seat.

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Rep. Janice Hahn to Run for County Supervisor (Updated)

Rep. Janice Hahn to Run for County Supervisor (Updated)

Hahn is a Democrat from southern California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:16 a.m. | Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., will officially run for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, she announced Wednesday, leaving vacant her Los Angeles-based House district for the second time since 2010.

“My father, beloved County Supervisor Kenny Hahn, always stressed to me the importance of being a champion for the people. He instilled in me the values of courage, integrity, and public service — and most importantly the simple principle of always putting constituents and local neighborhoods first. With that philosophy in mind, I have decided not to run for re-election to Congress and instead enter the race for Los Angeles County Supervisor District 4,” Hahn said in a statement.

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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 13, 2015

Exclusive: NRCC Announces 12 Members in Patriot Program

Exclusive: NRCC Announces 12 Members in Patriot Program

Walden of Oregon is the NRCC chairman in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced 12 members will kick-start its Patriot Program for the House GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents, according to a news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Eleven of the members were elected in 2014, when Republicans made huge gains across the country. The 12 members represent districts where Democrats typically perform well in presidential cycles, making them top targets in 2016.

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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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GOP Operative Pleads Guilty to Coordination, Making False Statements to FBI

Tyler Harber, a GOP campaign operative, pleaded guilty Thursday to illegal coordination of federal campaign contributions in the Justice Department’s first criminal prosecution of that kind.

The 34-year-old admitted to starting a super PAC he later directed to spend $325,000 to support a candidate for whom he simultaneously served as a campaign manager. It’s an activity prohibited by federal campaign finance law.

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Exclusive: DCCC Announces 14 Incumbents in Frontline Program

Exclusive: DCCC Announces 14 Incumbents in Frontline Program

Luján, right, is a Democrat from New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will announce Thursday the first 14 members who will join its Frontline program for the party’s most vulnerable incumbents, according to an early copy of a news release obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The incumbents represent competitive districts, making them likely GOP targets in 2016. The Frontline program,which Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., is chairman of,  provides these members with fundraising and organizational support for their re-elections.

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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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DNC Picks Philadelphia for 2016 Convention

DNC Picks Philadelphia for 2016 Convention

Wasserman Schultz at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday its 2016 convention will be held in Philadelphia.

The convention is scheduled to start July 25, a week after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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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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