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July 4, 2015

June 23, 2015

Kay Hagan Won’t Challenge Richard Burr in 2016

Hagan is a North Carolina Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hagan is telling donors she will not make another run for the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr.

Hagan, who was defeated by Thom Tillis in 2014, has been making calls to inform donors she will not be running for the seat that comes up in 2016, two sources familiar with the calls told Roll Call.

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Army Vet to Run Against Pennsylvania Congressman (Updated)

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee joint hearing

Costello is a Pennsylvania Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

Updated, 12:45 p.m. | A Republican-turned-Democrat announced Tuesday he’s making a second run for the Pennsylvania 6th District House seat currently held by Republican Rep. Ryan A. Costello.

Malvern businessman and Chester County Democrats executive committee member Mike Parrish, a West Point graduate, former Army aviator and current Army Reserve colonel, is the first Democrat to announce his entry into the race, which is rated as Favored Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

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Parties Gear Up for Crucial Test in Only Competitive Texas District

 

Hurd is one of two African American Republicans in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hurd, left, is one of two African-American Republicans in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The districts that are expected to provide true, edge-of-your-seat general election excitement this cycle are few and far between. One of the biggest — in size and importance — is Texas’ 23rd.

Aside from being Texas’ only competitive race, the district is “also important because it signals an ability for each party to compete,” said Progress Texas Executive Director Ed Espinoza.

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June 22, 2015

Who’s in the Running: 2016 Declared Presidential Candidates

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Webb, shown here at the International Association of Fire Fighters’ Presidential Forum, is the latest entry into the 2016 race. (File 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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Kentucky Congressman Yarmuth Will Seek Re-Election

Yarmuth, center, unexpectedly announced he will resign his Kentucky House seat Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Yarmuth, center, announced Monday he will seek to retain his Kentucky House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., announced Monday he will seek a sixth term in Congress, ending speculation that he would not run for re-election.

“I decided to run again because as the lone progressive voice on federal issues in Kentucky, particularly within the federal delegation, I think I have a responsibility to battle for the values that I think this community shares and I certainly champion, and those are things that help the average working family get additional opportunity and get ahead,” Yarmuth told Kentucky media outlet cjn2’s Pure Politics at his campaign headquarters in Louisville.

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June 19, 2015

GOP Pollster to Christian Group: Balance Ideology With Electability

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Bolger said Republicans will have to quickly rally around their presidential candidate if the nominating process stretches into the summer. (File Photo by Tom Williams/Roll Call).

A top Republican pollster on Friday stressed to a gathering of the Christian right the need for an electable Republican presidential nominee, saying a nominee who can beat Hillary Rodham Clinton is a top priority among Republican voters.

With a wide open Republican field, Glen Bolger told the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference his research shows that for GOP voters, electability might outweigh how close a candidate aligns to their values.

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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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NRSC Bests DSCC in May Fundraising (Updated)

Ron Johnson is among the Republican senators facing competitive re-elections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There are several Republican senators running in states the president carried in 2008 and 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised nearly $1 million more than its Democratic counterpart in May, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

The NRSC raised $4.5 million last month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee brought in $3.6 million.

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By Emily Cahn Posted at 10:27 a.m.
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June 18, 2015

Cruz, Paul and Rubio Make Their Case to the Faithful

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz greets guests at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Of the three presidential candidates who spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday, there was no question whom the audience was waiting for.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz walked on and offstage to raucous applause. The 300 or so lunching faithful erupted into cheers even before his introduction was complete.

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Democrats Court MMA Fighter for Heck’s House Seat

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Miller, right, appears with Bill Clinton and other Democratic candidates during his 2014 campaign. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images File Photo)

Staff from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were in Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with former Secretary of State Ross Miller, hoping to recruit him to run for Nevada’s 3rd District, according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting.

Incumbent Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., is expected to enter the open-seat Senate contest to replace retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid — leaving vacant this competitive Clark County-based seat. And Democrats say Miller would be a top recruit.

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Fleischmann Prepares for Fighting Off Another Primary Challenge

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

Fleischmann, speaking Wednesday as he arrives at the Capitol for votes, said he is more involved in fundraising this cycle. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

 

Tennessee Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann knows a thing or two — or three — about tough primaries; and he’s stockpiling money for a fourth.

Fleischmann’s primaries have never really been about ideology. His district went for Mitt Romney by 28 points in 2012, and he’s dished out plenty of red meat rhetoric to them. Earlier this month at a GOP gathering in Chattanooga, he said of his guest, conservative South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, “Whether you are Hillary Clinton or any other lefty out there, you better beware because Trey Gowdy is out there and he is going to get you.”

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Takano, Takai, Takei and a Takaucus

Takai. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takai. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Takano and Takai, who know Takei, are teaming up on the Takaucus, a project titled by Tonko.

“I hope you’re not getting confused,” Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, said with a laugh. Full story

June 17, 2015

Colorado GOP Squabbles Complicate Bennet Challenge

Republicans hope to target Bennet in Colorado in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans hope to target Bennet in Colorado in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A war between the Colorado Republican Party’s top brass is raising questions about whether the party can recruit a top-tier challenger needed to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the state’s must-win U.S. Senate seat.

State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, along with former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., tried to oust state Republican Party Chairman Steve House, according to multiple local reports. The two reportedly threatened to reveal — what House said were false claims — that he cheated on his wife if he didn’t step down.

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Unions Target California Democrat Over Vote on Trade

Unions are searching for a primary opponent to Costa over his trade stance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Unions are searching for a primary opponent to Costa over his trade stance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:40 p.m. | Updated to better define Rob England’s job title.

The Democrats’ battle over trade is not yet over, but unions are already zeroing in on a scapegoat: California Rep. Jim Costa.

Costa is one of 28 Democrats who voted for Trade Promotion Authority last week — a vote that would give President Barack Obama the power to negotiate a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations. Unions, which say Obama’s plan will cost jobs in the U.S., have frozen campaign contributions to Democrats and threatened to put up candidates in primaries against those who support Obama’s trade agenda.

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June 15, 2015

Outside Conservative Groups Playing Defense This Cycle

Lee, who rose to power in an anti-incubment wave, now benefits from the same protections as other incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lee, who rose to power in an anti-incumbent wave, now benefits from the same protections as other incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Five years ago, Mike Lee rode the anti-establishment wave and unseated Utah Sen. Robert F. Bennett, one of the first casualties of the tea party revolution.

This cycle, with Lee in the Senate, conservative outside groups — known in the past for provoking GOP primaries against incumbents — share a common goal with the National Republican Senatorial Committee in deflating primary challenges from Lee’s left and defending him in the general election.

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