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September 18, 2015

New Names Surface as Republicans Pass on Race to Succeed Kline

The list of potential GOP successors to Kline has changed in the past week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The list of potential GOP successors to Kline has changed in the past week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a district that’s been in Republican hands for seven terms, Democrats have at least two candidates lined up to contest the newly open race for retiring Minnesota Rep. John Kline’s seat.

Republicans, not so much.

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Government Shutdown Could Help Democrats, Van Hollen Says

Van Hollen is running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Van Hollen is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top Democrat on the House Budget Committee said Friday that another government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood could help his party win seats back from Republicans who dominate the Congress next November.

“It’s something that would be bad for the country, putting politics aside,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told reporters at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast. For House Republicans, “In this case, what happens to be bad policy happens to be bad politics,” he said. Full story

September 17, 2015

Neugebauer Looking for ‘New Challenge’ After Congress

Neugebauer, R-Texas, will not seek reelection.  (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Neugebauer said it was the “right time for my family and me to have more time together.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:00 p.m. | Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer said Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2016 – opening the state’s 19th District for another Republican’s taking.

During an interview with CQ Roll Call, Neugebauer said he made his decision public now in order to give potential replacements time to file for the seat before Texas’ December 14 deadline to get in the primary.
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Poll: Democrats Lead in Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Races

Kirk trails his Democratic opponent in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kirk trails his Democratic opponent in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Sens. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin both trail their likely Democratic opponents a little more than a year out from Election Day, according to polling conducted for End Citizens United PAC.

Kirk trails Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, 41-45 percent, while Johnson trails his likely Democratic opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, 39-47 percent, according to the poll.

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GOP Debate: Fiorina’s Breakout Performance at Trump’s Expense

SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (L) looks on as Carly Fiorina speaks during the presidential debates at the Reagan Library on September 16, 2015 in Simi Valley, California. Fifteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the second set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Fiorina followed a strong performance in the early debate last month with a stronger one on Wednesday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

After bullying his way through the first Republican presidential debate a month ago, front-runner Donald Trump was clearly the target in Wednesday’s second debate, and most of his opponents tried to take shots at him.

By all accounts, Carly Fiorina followed a strong performance in last month’s undercard debate and made the most of her elevation to the prime-time stage, taking on Trump and scoring a couple mic-dropping moments.

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September 16, 2015

South Carolina’s Duncan to Host Event in D.C. With Carly Fiorina

Duncan will host a roundtable with Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the GOP presidential field. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Duncan said the event is not an endorsement of Fiorina. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican from the crucial early primary state of South Carolina, will host a round table later this month at the Capitol Hill Club with Carly Fiorina — the only woman out of the 16-candidate Republican presidential primary field.

While Capitol Hill endorsements are coveted among the crowded GOP field, Duncan’s office said the event is not an endorsement of Fiorina — the former Hewlett Packard CEO. Rather, it’s an opportunity for the Republican Conference to get to know one of the candidates in the presidential field.

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Delaware Rep. John Carney Running for Governor

Carney won't run for re-election to the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Carney won’t run for a fourth term in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three-term Delaware Rep. John Carney has filed paperwork to run for governor.

In a statement Wednesday, Carney said he had planned to back the state’s late attorney general, Beau Biden, for governor and stay in the House. But after Biden passed away in May from brain cancer, Carney reconsidered.

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Predictive Markets Still Bullish on Bush

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Despite lower poll numbers, Bush holds a significant lead in predictive markets. (Scott Olson/Getty Images File Photo)

Seasoned political operatives are dismayed at Donald Trump’s staying power in the Republican presidential primary.

But for those Republicans waiting for Trump’s surge to crest and more establishment candidates to rise to challenge him, there’s reason not to dump their Jeb Bush stock.

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Poll: Pope Influences Politics, Policy Among U.S. Catholics

Pope Francis blesses a boy as arrives in Saint Peter's square for his weekly audience at the Vatican on September 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis blesses a boy as arrives in Saint Peter’s square for his weekly audience at the Vatican on September 2. (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. | Support for Pope Francis’ message and the direction in which he is leading the church among American Catholic voters — especially Latinos — should make everyone “pause for a moment of awe,” an expert said of poll results released Wednesday.

The survey — from Faith In Public Life and The Catholic University of America in advance of Francis’ first visit to the U.S. next week — found that Latino Catholic voters are the most responsive to the pope’s messages that the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and poor, as well as a bigger government that provides more services.

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Mia Love Looks to Put Up Bigger Numbers in 2016

Love is facing a rematch against the Democrat she beat in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Love is facing a rematch against the Democrat she beat in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Utah’s 4th District appears to be as red as they come. Mitt Romney carried it by 37 points in 2012.

But last cycle, in a blowout year for Republicans around the country, GOP Rep. Mia Love carried it by only 5 points.

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September 15, 2015

California Democrats Welcome Trump to the Golden State

Passerby's photograph Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category.   AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Passersby photograph Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty File Photo)

Getting attention for a House race in Los Angeles in a presidential year is hard.

So two Democrats running against one another in an open-seat primary in a California House race are seeking to drum up attention for their candidacies by staging events to protest the one candidate sucking up all the oxygen in 2016: Donald Trump.

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John Faso Enters Race to Replace Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson is a New York Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chris Gibson is a New York Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican John Faso launched his campaign for Congress in New York’s 19th District on Tuesday –  joining Andrew Heaney in an upstate primary race that precedes what could be a close election to replace outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson.

In recent years, Faso, a former Republican leader in the New York State Assembly from Kinderhook, has only served as a political donor, avoiding electoral politics, himself, since his 2006 loss to Democrat Eliot Spitzer in the governor’s race. Full story

Sessions Feels Vindicated by Trump’s Nativist Surge

Trump met with Sessions and adopted many of this immigration proposals. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trump met with Sessions and adopted many of his immigration proposals. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After a summer dominated by Donald Trump, one senator is finding himself and his ideas increasingly in the spotlight: Jeff Sessions.

With a high-profile appearance next to Trump at his stadium rally in Alabama and months of glowing coverage from conservative sites such as Breitbart, Sessions’ brand of Republican politics has resonated on the campaign trail in a way that directly threatens the GOP establishment.

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Dan Benishek to Retire in 2016 (Updated)

Benishek will retire in 2016.

Benishek will retire in 2016.

Updated 10:10 a.m. | Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., will not seek a fourth term in the House, he announced Tuesday, choosing to stick to a three-term limit he set for himself when he first ran in 2010.

“Today I’m announcing that I won’t seek re-election next year, which will allow me to focus my time and attention on helping our veterans and working to make things better for the families and workers throughout Northern Michigan, and devote more time to my family,” Benishek said in a statement.

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September 14, 2015

Democrats Prepare for the Unlikely in Senate Races

Democrats recruited a candidate to take on Boozman in 2016 — a tough task in a normal political environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats recruited a candidate to take on Boozman in 2016 — a tough task in a normal political environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona, Arkansas and Missouri look like unlikely pickups for Democratic Senate candidates to win in 2016. But Democrats are preparing for the unlikely.

You don’t need to look any further back than 2012, when despite a favorable GOP climate, mistakes by two favored Republican candidates kept the party from winning control of the Senate.

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