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March 5, 2015

February 25, 2015

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run in Ohio

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run in Ohio

Strickland, left, is running for Senate. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, announced Wednesday morning he will challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016.

“I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because I am determined to restore the American Dream for working people in this country,” Strickland said in a statement emailed to reporters.

Democrats need to gain five seats in 2016 to secure a majority, and in a presidential year that path could run through Ohio. Full story

Matt Canter Joins Global Strategy Group

Matt Canter, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

After two cycles at the DSCC, first as communications director and then deputy executive director, Canter is replacing Bill Burton, who left GSG last month to open a California office for SKDKnickerbocker.  Full story

February 24, 2015

Antonio Villaraigosa Won’t Seek Senate in California

Antonio Villaraigosa Wont Seek Senate in California

Boxer is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not run for California’s open Senate seat, he announced in a Tuesday Facebook post.

Villaraigosa’s decision surprised California and Washington, D.C. operatives, who until recently said he was leaning toward running to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

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Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Strickland previously served in the House. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:48 p.m. | Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who is expected to announce a bid against Republican Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday, may get a clear shot at the nomination.

The only Democrat in the race until now, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, is raking in donations from high-profile donors, announcing endorsements and putting out policy proposals. The Democrat recently told CQ Roll Call he is “running to win.”

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Special Election Set for Mississippi Congressman’s District (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | A special election in Mississippi’s 1st District will take place on May 12, according to The Associated Press. The winner will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican who died on Feb. 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

Nearly a dozen Republican candidates are mulling bids in this safe Republican district, which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent in 2012.

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Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Feingold could run for his former Senate seat in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., hinted at a possible comeback bid in his final speech as an U.S. envoy to Africa for the State Department.

As Feingold, who lost to GOP Sen. Ron Johnson in 2010, concluded his remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace, he thanked, “My once, current, and I hope, future Chief of Staff Mary Irvine.”

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February 20, 2015

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

DCCC Raises More Than NRCC in January

Luján is the chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in January, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

The DCCC raised $6.4 million last month, while the National Republican Congressional Committee brought in $4.4 million over the same time period.

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DSCC Raised More Than NRSC in January

DSCC Raised More Than NRSC in January

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is the Chairman of the DSCC (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised more than its Republican counterpart in January, bringing in $4.5 million as it begins its efforts to take control of the Senate in 2016.

Despite being in the minority, the DSCC said this haul is its best ever in the January of a non-election year. The committee had more than $2.6 million in cash on hand and had $15 million in operating debt at the end of the month. Full story

Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Grimm resigned from Congress last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 10:30 a.m. | Voters in New York’s 11th District will head to the polls on May 5 to elect a successor for former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the Republican who resigned after pleading guilty to tax fraud last year.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially declared Grimm’s seat vacant on Friday, setting off a roughly two-month scramble in this Staten Island-based district.

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NRSC Raised $2.5 Million to Kick Off 2016

NRSC Raised $2.5 Million to Kick Off 2016

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is the chairman of the NRSC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee kicked off the 2016 cycle by raising $2.5 million during January, according to information from a committee aide.

The NRSC has just more than $4 million in cash on hand, and the committee will report $10 million in debt.

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Roll Call’s Guide to the Most Clever Leadership PAC Names

Roll Calls Guide to the Most Clever Leadership PAC Names

Coons is a Delaware Democrat who has a Blue Hen leadership PAC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

What’s in a leadership PAC name? Plenty of dough, as the members who run these personal political action committees have learned. Leadership PACs run by lawmakers pulled in roughly $400 million in the 2014 election cycle, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of data.

Such PACs compete not only for dollars, but for clever names, often concocting elaborate acronyms or catchy regional references to woo potential donors. From the Penguin PAC run by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, to the Blue Hen PAC run by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., leadership PACs are named for animals, plants, landmarks, colors and the campaign platforms of the politicians who run them. Full story

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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