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November 28, 2015

November 16, 2015

Following Paris Attacks, Syrian Refugees Emerge As Issue in Louisiana Governor’s Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race to replace outgoing Gov. Jindal is getting nasty, with both Vitter and Edwards trading angry punches. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While some have suggested the Paris attacks might have implications on the 2016 presidential race, voters in Louisiana are dealing with the issue in a much more immediate way.

As voters prepare to head to the polls in Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff, Republican Sen. David Vitter — who is trailing in the polls to state Rep. John Bel Edwards — released a new television commercial that attempted to capitalize off of fears about Syrian refugees following reports that one of the attackers in France may have gotten into the country along with others who were fleeing the war that is raving their home country. Full story

Two Senate Candidates Buck Parties on Syrian Refugees

Hassan joined with GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting "is as strong as possible." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hassan joined GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting “is as strong as possible.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan has the distinction of being the only Democratic governor so far to call on the federal government to stop accepting Syrian refugees.

At the same time, vulnerable Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is one of the few Republicans who is not calling for a halt on Syrian immigrants.

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O’Malley Finds Voice on Foreign Policy After Paris Attacks

(File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

O’Malley is taking Democrats and Republicans to task about their positions following the Paris attacks. (Scott Olson/Getty Images File Photo)

Running a distant third in what polls suggest is a two-person race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Martin O’Malley might have found a foreign policy challenge to his opponents.

During the Nov. 14 Democratic debate, the former Maryland governor clashed with front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton over whether Syria was the United States’ fight. On Monday, he accused a group of mostly Republican governors who were refusing to accept Syrian refugees of throwing “our values to the wind in the face of fear.” Full story

What the Presidential Candidates Are Saying About the Paris Attacks

The Paris attacks quickly changed the tone of the presidential debate. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Democratic presidential candidates observe a moment of silence for victims of the Paris attacks at the beginning of their debate on Saturday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 changed the debate in the presidential race from who is most against the political establishment to who would be the best commander in chief.

On Nov. 14, the Democratic presidential contenders spent more of their debate focused on foreign policy than the planned topics of economic issues, with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton getting criticized over the Obama administration policy she helped write. Republican candidates, particularly the embattled establishment types, used the weekend to tout their national security credentials and criticize the Obama administration’s national security policy.  Full story

Fattah Hires Campaign Manager, Vows He’s Running Despite Indictment

Fattah will stand for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fattah will stand for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Philadelphia Democrat indicted on more than two-dozen counts of corruption, hired a campaign manager over the weekend and vowed to run for re-election — denying rumors that the legal battle ahead of him would force him to step aside.

Fattah will bring on Joe Certaine — a one-time aide to former Gov. Ed Rendell — to manage his campaign. Fattah also told CQ Roll Call on Monday he plans to roll out endorsements later this week, a move to show strength ahead of what’s looking like a tough primary battle for his seat.

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Who’s on the House Retirement Watch List?

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., was one of three House members to retire in one day. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lummis was one of three House members to announce she’d retire on Nov. 12. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:55 a.m. | If this week was any indication, retirement season started early this year.

Three members of Congress announced they would retire in rapid succession on Nov. 12, bringing the number of retirements so far this cycle to 14 — a much faster rate than the nine members who had announced their retirement by this same point.

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Endorsements Reflect Upended GOP Presidential Race

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio (R) (R-FL) speaks while Jeb Bush looks on during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado.  Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the third set of Republican presidential debates.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

While most of Bush’s endorsements came early in the cycle, more than half of Rubio’s have come in the last month. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images File Photo)

With only a couple months to go before voters begin weighing in on their choice for president, just fewer than half of the members of Congress have made their favorite candidates known in the presidential race.

The presidential endorsement battle is one for institutional support, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear leader. According to an analysis by CQ Roll Call, Clinton has the support of two-thirds of congressional Democrats, while fewer than a third of congressional Republicans have made their choice.

Who’s Lining Up Behind Who? Roll Call Endorsement Tracker
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November 13, 2015

NRSC Relishes Making Russ Feingold Eat His Own Words

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Feingold supporters plan a fundraiser for him at 201 Bar on Tuesday.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Supporters of Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold’s Senate campaign plan to welcome their candidate back to D.C. next week with a fundraiser at 201 Bar — a spot the former lawmaker once cited as a key place where influence is bought and sold.

In a video released by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Feingold tells audience members at the 2012 Chicago Humanities Festival how things really get done in Washington. Full story

Liz Cheney Would Have to Overcome Hard Feelings for 2016 Run

Cheney is considering another way to join Wyoming's delegation.  (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cheney is considering another way to join Wyoming’s delegation. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If Republican Liz Cheney decides to give a second run for office in Wyoming a try, she will have to overcome some hard feelings from her first bid two years ago.

As short as her first campaign was, it had serious implications, including emboldening Sen. Michael B. Enzi, who had considered retirement; splitting her family over her comments about gay marriage; and “ticking off” the state’s political leaders, a Republican operative who works with campaigns in Wyoming said.

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By Eli Yokley Posted at 4:05 p.m.
Primaries, Wyo.-AL

Supreme Court to Hear Virginia Redistricting Case


The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Virginia's congressional districts. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling invalidating Virginia’s congressional districts. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court’s ruling that Virginia’s GOP-controlled legislature illegally packed blacks into the 3rd Congressional District when they drew new lines in 2012.

Current and former members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation appealed the three-judge panel’s June decision, which found that the legislature had intentionally used race to draw the district lines.

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Federal Workers Get Political Guidelines for the Digital Age

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08:  A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump takes video on her Trump-branded phone during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on October 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During the rally, Trump said people were giving him credit for helping force House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to bow out of the race for Speaker of the House.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Federal workers will have to keep their political opinions to themselves while they’re on the clock. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images File Photo)

Federal workers wishing to blast their political views on the 2016 elections on social media are reminded that they are barred from engaging in that behavior at the workplace and during work hours, guidelines released Thursday by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

The guidance goes as far as to require federal employees to leave the premises of their workplace during break times to tweet or Facebook about campaign news, even from their personal cellphones and laptops.

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November 12, 2015

Cynthia Lummis Will Not Seek Fifth Term in House

Lummis, R-Wyo., won't seek re-election. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lummis, R-Wyo., won’t seek re-election. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7 a.m. Friday | Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, a Republican who has represented the entire state of Wyoming in the House since 2009, said she will not seek re-election in 2016.

In a statement, Lummis, said that representing the state “is a great honor and a serious responsibility,” but, “after much thought,” she has decided not to seek a fifth term.  Full story

Hinojosa Announces Retirement After Nine Terms

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1: CHC chairman Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, speaks during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on the child migrant humanitarian situation on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, as House Republicans work to come up with immigration legislation to pass before the August recess. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hinojosa was first elected to the House in 1996. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:25 p.m. Friday | Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, announced Friday that he will retire from Congress at the end of this term.


“I will finish my term for the people of my district when my term expires at the end of next year.  After that, I will pursue the possibility of serving as a distinguished visiting professor at a university, as a vice chancellor of a university system or working in the private sector,” Hinojosa said in a statement.

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Artur Davis Determined to Win Grudge Match With Democratic Leader

UNITED STATES - MARCH 16:  Former Rep. Artur Davis (R-Ala.) during the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center at National Harbor, Md., on Saturday, March 16, 2013.(Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Davis, shown here speaking to the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, is suing to get back into the Democratic Party.(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Artur Davis says there’s a very simple reason the Alabama Democratic Party won’t bend on letting him back into the fold: Power broker Joe Reed wants to clear a path for his son, Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven L. Reed, to run for mayor in 2019.

The four-term House lawmaker for weeks has been embroiled in a tug-of-war with party leaders after being denied the opportunity to rejoin the ranks. Davis defected to the GOP in 2012 but wants back in so he can challenge incumbent Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Harris for the District 1 seat.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 3:22 p.m.
Alabama, Democrats

Vitter’s Governor Race Raises Concerns Over His Senate Seat in 2016

Vitter's gubernatorial bid is proving to be a tough battle. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A narrative that had once defined Vitter as the inevitable leader in the Louisiana governor’s race has flipped, raising concerns about his Senate seat. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign won’t entertain questions about his future should he lose the Nov. 21 runoff.

But plenty of other Republicans are already looking past then to whether Vitter would run for re-election to the Senate in 2016 and the implications of what that means for keeping control of the Senate in their party’s hands.
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By Eli Yokley Posted at 1:16 p.m.
Louisiana, RGA

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