Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
December 2, 2015

November 18, 2015

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 32 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its “Young Guns” program, putting them “on the radar” in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.

“With working families still struggling in this weak economy and our national security under increasing threats, we must elect more Republicans to Congress who will work to strengthen our nation,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a news release. “I am confident that these candidates will continue to work hard for their communities and build strong campaigns as we head into the election year.”

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 5 a.m.
House 2016, NRCC

November 17, 2015

Special Master Offers Alternative Virginia Congressional Maps

The special master responsible for redrawing Scott's 3rd District released his report Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Scott’s 3rd District is being redrawn after a court ruled the state legislature had drawn the lines to dilute African-Americans’ influence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court’s decision tossing out Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District boundaries, a special master appointed by the lower court released two proposals to remedy the state’s map Tuesday.

University of California, Irvine, political science professor Bernard Grofman, whom a federal three-judge panel appointed as the special master earlier this fall after the state’s General Assembly failed to agree upon a new map, rejected the eight existing map proposals.

Full story

Bobby Jindal Drops Out of Presidential Race

UNITED STATES - JUNE 19- Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thanks the crowd after speaking during the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference which featured speeches by conservative politicians at the Washington D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel, June 19, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jindal dropped out of the presidential race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is ending his presidential bid, after failing to gain traction in the large GOP primary field.

“This is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President,” Jindal said in a statement.

Full story

Markell Opens Arms to Syrian Refugees as Others Pause

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25:  National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin listen as they speak to members of the press as NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks on after a State Dining Room meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House February 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Governors from across the nation were in Washington for the 2013 National Governors Association Winter Meeting.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Markell, center, speaks at the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced on national TV Tuesday his state will continue to welcome Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, even as fellow governors across the country call for a moratorium on their admission.

The Democrat touted his position in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and in an op-ed on, saying these “are families in desperate straits.” Full story

Refugee Groups Scramble to Defend Syrian Resettlement

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a press conference of interfaith activists appealing to the Obama administration to accept more Syrian refugees September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. Only "four or five" US-trained rebels are fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, a top general said Wednesday during a grueling hearing about the progress of America's fight against the jihadist group. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a press conference of interfaith activists appealing to the Obama administration to accept more Syrian refugees in September. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Days after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, a handful of American nonprofit organizations, most of them Christian-affiliated, have suddenly found their work at the center of America’s latest political fight.

There’s a growing list of politicians who have taken aim at the United States’ refugee vetting process, with more than half of the country’s governors speaking out about resettling Syrians in their states.

Full story

By Simone Pathé Posted at 3:42 p.m.

Former NFL Player Dives Into Illinois Senate Race

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 03:  Senator Napoleon Harris attends the 2014 Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala presented by Coca-Cola at the Hilton Chicago on May 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Harris, shown here at the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala in Chicago last year, is the third Democrat to challenge Kirk. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images file photo)

State Sen. Napoleon Harris, a former National Football League linebacker, on Tuesday announced his entry into the crowded Democratic primary to run against Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois.

The Illinois pol, who currently represents parts of Chicago as well as sections of Cook and Will counties, is the third Democrat to vie for the post held by the first term incumbent who is considered one of the most vulnerable in the Senate. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., was the first to mount a challenge to Kirk and was followed by former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp.

Full story

In New York, Richard Hanna Facing Rematch From His Right

A moderate Republican, Hanna has received a primary opponent from his right. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A moderate Republican, Hanna has received a primary opponent from his right. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced Tuesday she will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the Republican primary next year, setting up a fight between the three-term tea party state legislator against a moderate incumbent.

Tenney, who challenged Hanna in the 2014 primary, framed the race as one against a “Washington incumbent who betrays Republican and conservative values.” Full story

Republicans Hope Blame for Paris Attacks Sticks to Clinton

Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Clinton has tried to put distance between her Syria policies and Obama, but Republicans say that will be a tough task. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans see a tangible consequence of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the terror attacks in Paris and want to tie their likely opponent for the White House to it.

While former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has tried to distance herself from the Obama administration’s policy in  Syria, Republicans are counting on the perception that Clinton shares blame, having served as the face of U.S. foreign policy from 2009 until 2013.

Full story

Poll Shows GOP Focused on Terrorism, Democrats on the Economy

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16 - Capitol Police officers stand by an armored vehicle is seen on the east front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Monday, November 16, 2015. Security around Washington is ramped up after last week's shooting in Paris. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police officers stand by an armored vehicle in front of the east front of the Capitol on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The latest American Values Survey paints a picture of a mistrustful, world-weary electorate that’s pretty much had it with political dynasties, monolingual immigrants and political correctness in general.

Aside from the logical divide on who the two parties’ official standard-bearers will be, both sides are far apart on the most critical issues facing the nation, the poll shows.

Full story

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.

Full story

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.

Full story

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.

Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...