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Nearly every member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program for vulnerable members voted Thursday for a Republican bill that would add bureaucratic security checks for Syrians and Iraqis hoping to enter the U.S. as refugees.
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Democratic strategists say the vote was good politics for those 13 Democratic incumbents, who represent competitive districts of varying degrees. The vote gave them an opportunity to appear tough on national security, an issue they often struggle with.
An Alabama judge has dismissed the suit former Rep. Artur Davis filed against the Yellowhammer State’s Democratic infrastructure, finding that party leaders are justified in keeping the Democrat-turned-Republican from rejoining the party.
“The Board is well within its discretion to conclude that allowing a prodigal son to run against a Democratic stalwart is not beneficial to the party,” Hobbs ruled Tuesday, denying Davis’ petition for relief from those who’ve blocked his return into the Democratic fold. Full story
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has tried to make his name in the Republican presidential field, in part by touting himself as prepared to deal with America’s security challenges.
But on Wednesday, his rivals smelled political blood in the water when the first-term lawmaker who has risen in Republican presidential polls missed another classified briefing for all senators — this time about the American role in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Full story
Democratic strategists say President Barack Obama’s pledge to fight for gun control in his last year in office is unlikely to make it No. 1 on voters’ minds in 2016.
But it could help Senate candidates in battleground states target both base and independent voters, who polling shows overwhelmingly favor expanded background checks.
Two days after endorsing Ted Cruz for president, Iowa Rep. Steve King stepped into the role of active surrogate Wednesday morning in a meeting with conservative House members.
“A group of especially House conservatives, but House Republicans of all stripes, met this morning and had an in-depth look at the Cruz campaign, and had an opportunity to ask any kind of questions they wanted to ask in a closed-door session with Sen. Cruz,” King said outside the Capitol Hill Club.
As national security becomes a bigger issue in the wake of the attacks in Paris, some Democratic strategists worry the issue could cause troubles for their Senate candidates in 2016 — and women candidates in particular.
Polling shows voters generally view Republicans stronger on national security issues than Democrats. But some Democratic strategists and pollsters add the issue is especially challenging for women, who do better at the ballot box when the economy and social issues are at the top of voters’ minds.
The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its “Young Guns” program, putting them “on the radar” in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.
“With working families still struggling in this weak economy and our national security under increasing threats, we must elect more Republicans to Congress who will work to strengthen our nation,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a news release. “I am confident that these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and build strong campaigns as we head into the election year.”
Days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court’s decision tossing out Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District boundaries, a special master appointed by the lower court released two proposals to remedy the state’s map Tuesday.
University of California, Irvine, political science professor Bernard Grofman, whom a federal three-judge panel appointed as the special master earlier this fall after the state’s General Assembly failed to agree upon a new map, rejected the eight existing map proposals.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced on national TV Tuesday his state will continue to welcome Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, even as fellow governors across the country call for a moratorium on their admission.
Days after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, a handful of American nonprofit organizations, most of them Christian-affiliated, have suddenly found their work at the center of America’s latest political fight.
There’s a growing list of politicians who have taken aim at the United States’ refugee vetting process, with more than half of the country’s governors speaking out about resettling Syrians in their states.
State Sen. Napoleon Harris, a former National Football League linebacker, on Tuesday announced his entry into the crowded Democratic primary to run against Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois.
The Illinois pol, who currently represents parts of Chicago as well as sections of Cook and Will counties, is the third Democrat to vie for the post held by the first term incumbent who is considered one of the most vulnerable in the Senate. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., was the first to mount a challenge to Kirk and was followed by former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp.
New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced Tuesday she will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the Republican primary next year, setting up a fight between the three-term tea party state legislator against a moderate incumbent.
Tenney, who challenged Hanna in the 2014 primary, framed the race as one against a “Washington incumbent who betrays Republican and conservative values.” Full story
Republicans see a tangible consequence of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the terror attacks in Paris and want to tie their likely opponent for the White House to it.
While former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has tried to distance herself from the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, Republicans are counting on the perception that Clinton shares blame, having served as the face of U.S. foreign policy from 2009 until 2013.
The latest American Values Survey paints a picture of a mistrustful, world-weary electorate that’s pretty much had it with political dynasties, monolingual immigrants and political correctness in general.
Aside from the logical divide on who the two parties’ official standard-bearers will be, both sides are far apart on the most critical issues facing the nation, the poll shows.