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February 27, 2015

February 9, 2015

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

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Potential presidential contender Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Washington again Monday, burnishing his national education policy credentials at a Heritage Foundation forum on school choice.

The Louisiana Republican, who was a proponent of Common Core before very publicly reversing his thoughts on the schooling standards, has long focused on education policy as a way to distinguish himself from the bumper crop of would-be 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

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How Republicans Could Risk a Senate Seat to Win the White House

How Republicans Could Risk a Senate Seat to Win the White House

Portman, left, could be selected as the vice presidential nominee in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans might face a major dilemma next year: Will they sacrifice a Senate seat to pick a prime candidate for vice president?

GOP operatives have often mentioned Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Rob Portman of Ohio; and Marco Rubio of Florida, as potential running mates for the eventual GOP nominee in 2016. Here’s the problem: The trio is up for re-election in competitive states in 2016. If one of them is selected for the No. 2 spot, Republicans would risk losing the Senate seat — and possibly, control of that chamber. Full story

February 5, 2015

Democrats Start Maneuvering to Succeed SoCal Congresswoman (Updated)

Democrats Start Maneuvering to Succeed SoCal Congresswoman (Updated)

Hahn is a Democrat from southern California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:15 p.m. | Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., hasn’t even announced a bid for Los Angeles County supervisor, but the jockeying to replace her in California’s 44th District has begun.

State Sen. Isadore Hall III told CQ Roll Call exclusively that if Hahn runs for supervisor, he will unequivocally seek her seat.

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Congressman ‘Leaning Against’ John McCain Primary

Congressman Leaning Against John McCain Primary

Schweikert is leaning against a Senate bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., is “leaning against” mounting a primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2016, he told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.

“I would say I’m leaning against it. I think that’s fair,” Schweikert said outside the House chambers, when asked about his plans. Full story

February 4, 2015

House Democrat Ponders L.A. County Supervisor Bid (Updated)

House Democrat Ponders L.A. County Supervisor Bid (Updated)

Hahn is considering a bid for L.A. County supervisor in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:14 p.m. | Rep. Janice Hahn, a two-term Democrat from Los Angeles, is mulling a run for a seat on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016, a move that would prohibit her from running for re-election in California’s 44th District.

Hahn declined to comment on her re-election plans to CQ Roll Call on Wednesday. But a Hahn consultant said the congresswoman is pondering a run in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

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Kyrsten Sinema Plays Coy on John McCain Challenge

Kyrsten Sinema Plays Coy on John McCain Challenge

Sinema, left, is an Arizona Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., brushed off speculation Tuesday she would challenge Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2016.

Democrats and Republicans have mentioned Sinema might run against the five-term Republican. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday she formed a leadership PAC, stoking speculation about a statewide bid.  Full story

February 3, 2015

DCCC Picks Frontline Chairman to Protect Vulnerables

DCCC Picks Frontline Chairman to Protect Vulnerables

Kildee will work to protect vulnerable Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is naming Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee to be chairman of its Frontline program to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Dan Kildee has been helping his fellow Democrats since before he even got to Congress and we’re thrilled to have him leading our Frontline program,” DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján will say in a news release Tuesday. “You don’t add by subtracting, that’s why having Dan Kildee join our team and work to protect our Democratic incumbents is such an important piece of our strategy to make gains this cycle.”

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Illinois Democrat Hesitant on House Race

Illinois Democrat Hesitant on House Race

Bost is a freshman Republican from Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a potential Democratic recruit in a top pick-up opportunity for House Democrats in Illinois this cycle, demurred on the possibility of a bid next year.

Land of Lincoln Democrats are reportedly asking Simon to consider challenging freshman Rep. Mike Bost, the Republican swept into the 12th District in November. But fresh off a defeat for state comptroller last cycle, Simon said she is not yet ready to jump into a congressional race.

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February 2, 2015

RNC Adds Press Secretary From ‘Team Mitch’

RNC Adds Press Secretary From Team Mitch

Priebus hired Allison Moore as RNC national press secretary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican National Committee hired the former campaign spokeswoman to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as its national press secretary for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

With the presidential cycle getting underway, Allison Moore, a Kentucky native and longtime McConnell aide both in the political and Senate worlds, will succeed Kirsten Kukowski in the role. Full story

The First Test of GOP Dominance in Arkansas

The First Test of GOP Dominance in Arkansas

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Arkansas is emerging from a swift political power transfer, with Sen. John Boozman suddenly finding himself the new dean of an all-Republican congressional delegation.

Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett wrote, just before the new year, that 2014 was the year “old Arkansas died.” Republicans won the governorship and the six other statewide constitutional offices, they expanded their majorities in the state legislature and, for the first time, the GOP captured each of the state’s six seats in Congress — the last being that of Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, who received just 39 percent of the vote. Full story

January 31, 2015

DSCC, NRSC Release Final Fundraising, Debt From 2014

DSCC, NRSC Release Final Fundraising, Debt From 2014

Jon Tester from Montana is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the 2016 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will start the 2016 cycle with $5 million more in debt than Republicans, according to recently released fundraising figures from both organizations.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee starts the cycle $10 million in debt, the committee announced Saturday, while the DSCC starts the cycle $15 million in debt.

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January 29, 2015

Tim Scott Lauds Possible Lindsey Graham 2016 Campaign

Tim Scott Lauds Possible Lindsey Graham 2016 Campaign

Scott, right, complimented the possible presidential bid by Graham, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tim Scott lauded the possibility of fellow South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham vying for the Republican presidential nomination but stopped short of an endorsement.

Graham announced Thursday the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, “Security Through Strength.” Full story

Top GOP Ad-Maker Recovering From Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell, a top Republican ad-maker, is being treated in an intensive care unit in Texas after going into sudden cardiac arrest on Monday.

Howell is making progress, according to Dan Allen, a principal with Howell’s firm. Full story

Democrats Court Ex-Congressman for Rematch

Democrats Court Ex Congressman for Rematch

Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., visited Capitol Hill this week to meet with party leaders about a potential rematch in 2016, according to a House Democratic official.

Schneider was on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable members in 2014. He ultimately lost re-election to Rep. Robert Dold, R-Ill., by a 2.5-point margin in November. But Democrats hope Schneider will run again in suburban Chicago’s 10th District — a prime pickup opportunity for the party in 2016.

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January 28, 2015

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

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Vitter has announced a bid for governor, leaving the future of his Senate seat in flux in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.

Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement. A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term.

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