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March 28, 2015

March 19, 2015

EMILY’s List Names VP of Independent Expenditures

EMILYs List Names VP of Independent Expenditures

Stephanie Schriock is president of EMILY’s List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List named Lucinda Guinn vice president of independent expenditures for the 2016 cycle, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

In this role, Guinn will be tasked with running the Women Vote! program, which spends millions of dollars in support of the group’s endorsed gubernatorial, Senate and House candidates. An EMILY’s List aide said Guinn will also oversee potential spending in targeted state-level races that could impact redistricting in 2020.

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Democrats’ Maryland Senate Circus

Democrats Maryland Senate Circus

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski’s seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — When Barbara A. Mikulski announced her retirement last month, she instructed fellow Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin to brace himself.

“She said it would take about 10 minutes before things would get really interesting in Maryland,” Cardin recounted at a March 12 event on the Chesapeake Bay. “It took about 30 seconds until things got very interesting.” Full story

March 18, 2015

With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

Horsford won’t run in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated March 19, 10:40 p.m. | Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford’s decision not to seek his old House seat next year has set off jockeying on the Democratic side for one of the party’s top pickup opportunities.

Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy defeated Horsford in 2014, but party leaders hoped to convince the former lawmaker to run again this cycle, which should have favorable presidential-level turnout. Full story

Staff Decamp Vulnerable Democrat’s Office Over Fundraising Concerns (Updated)

Staff Decamp Vulnerable Democrats Office Over Fundraising Concerns (Updated)

Ashford is a Democrat from Nebraska. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:26 p.m. | One of the House’s most vulnerable members is shedding staff at a rapid clip, just months after he arrived in Congress.

Three top-level staffers in Rep. Brad Ashford’s office have left since his swearing-in on Jan. 6. The exits include Ashford’s chief of staff and two communications directors, who departed over the past few weeks. All are frustrated with what was described as the Nebraska Democrat’s unwillingness to fundraise for an ultra-competitive re-election campaign.

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Familiar Name Launches Bid to Succeed Aaron Schock (Updated)

Familiar Name Launches Bid to Succeed Aaron Schock (Updated)

Schock will resign effective March 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:31 a.m. | State Sen. Darin LaHood, 46, announced Wednesday he will run in the special election to replace disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican dogged by ethics investigations who announced plans Tuesday to resign.

LaHood, who made the announcement on a local radio show, is the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood — the moderate Republican who represented the district from 1995 until 2009. And while Illinois Republican operatives say other candidates could announce for the seat, LaHood looks like the prohibitive favorite.

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Potential Thune Challenger Bows Out

Potential Thune Challenger Bows Out

Thune is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The son of a former senator who was considered one of Democrats’ best chances to challenge Sen. John Thune told CQ Roll Call he has no plans to run for political office in 2016.

“It’s certainly something that I would consider in the future,” former U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said. “But it’s not anything that I have any sort of plan or interest in doing at the moment.”

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March 17, 2015

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Former Schumer Aide Expected to Join Clinton Camp

Fallon is reportedly joining the likely Clinton presidential campaign. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brian Fallon, a former Capitol Hill aide, is expected to be named as a prominent spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Fallon, now the director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, will be the “lead press secretary” on the quickly growing Clinton team. Full story

Schock Resignation Will Trigger Special Election in Illinois

Schock Resignation Will Trigger Special Election in Illinois

Schock, right, is resigning from Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A forthcoming special election to replace resigning Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is unlikely to alter the partisan control of his Peoria-based 18th District.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner must call a special within five days after Schock’s resignation becomes official on March 31, according to state law, and must be held no later than 115 days from the call. Full story

Wasserman Schultz Won’t Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz Wont Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will seek re-election to her House seat and will not run for Senate, she confirmed to Roll Call Tuesday in the halls of Congress.

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman had been considering a bid for the potentially open seat, thanks to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio looking at a run for president. Full story

Thune Hires Campaign Manager

Thune Hires Campaign Manager

Thune hired a campaign manager. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has hired Joshua Shields to be his campaign manager, the aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call Tuesday.

Shields is a South Dakota native who worked on Thune’s 2002 and 2004 races and in his Senate office.

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Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Dold is an Illinois Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:00 a.m. | Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering announced a bid in Illinois’ 10th District Tuesday, putting Democrats on a likely primary collision course in a must-win seat for the party.

Rotering hopes to face GOP Rep. Robert Dold, a moderate Republican who won his second, non-consecutive term in this suburban Chicago-based district in 2014. But she is likely to face a primary against former Rep. Brad Schneider, the Democrat who lost to Dold in November.

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March 16, 2015

Potential Scott Peters Challenger Surfaces (Updated)

Potential Scott Peters Challenger Surfaces (Updated)

Peters is a California Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:41 p.m. | National Republicans are in talks with a potential challenger to California Rep. Scott Peters, whose tossup district makes him a perennial target.

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is slated to have a phone conversation soon with Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., recruitment chairman at the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to a source with knowledge of the discussion.

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March 13, 2015

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

Democrats Prep North Carolina Contingency Plan

Hagan lost re-election in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Democrats want ex-Sen. Kay Hagan to mount another bid for Senate in the Tar Heel State. But in case the former senator declines, party officials have started to key in on other potential recruits.

Hagan did not rule out running in a Wednesday interview with a radio station in Boston, where she’s serving as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

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March 12, 2015

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Democrat Rules Out Maryland Senate Run

Perez, left, talks to Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., in his Senate Hart office. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will not run for Senate in Maryland, he told CQ Roll Call Thursday.

Several Maryland Democrats have mentioned Perez, a Maryland resident who held public office there, as a possible Senate candidate following Sen. Barbara A Mikulski’s recent announcement that she will not seek another term. Full story

Ben Cardin Weighs in on Maryland Senate Race

Ben Cardin Weighs in on Maryland Senate Race

Cardin, center, is a Democrat from Maryland. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., pledged to remain “neutral” in the Democratic primary to succeed his retiring colleague, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

“I’m using Sen. Mikulski’s words: I plan to be neutral but not passive,” Cardin said Thursday in a C-SPAN “Newsmakers” interview scheduled to run this weekend. “We’ll be very active to make sure that Maryland maintains a Democratic seat in the United States Senate. And we will have some interesting primaries in the House of Representatives as well.” Full story

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