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CQ Roll Call April 23, 2014
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Self-Funding Republican Wins Primary in Race to Replace Trey Radel

Businessman Curt Clawson won the Republican nomination Tuesday night in the Florida special-election race to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., and he is now likely to be the district’s next member of Congress.

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Ethics Office: Unnamed House Member Under Investigation

The Office of Congressional Ethics reported Tuesday an unnamed House member is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

Hill Blotter

38 House, Senate Republicans Back Johnson's Lawsuit Against Staff Health Care Contributions

Thirty-eight Republican members of Congress are backing Sen. Ron Johnson’s lawsuit against the Obama administration over employee contributions to staff health care.


Politics

Americans for Prosperity Targets N.H. Senate Race (Video)

Americans for Prosperity is scheduled to air a new ad Wednesday attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., for supporting the president’s health care overhaul law.

Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul

Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul

An immigration overhaul may seem like a toxic issue to most in the GOP, but, in Illinois, it’s a battle cry.

Boozman 'Responding Well' After Emergency Heart Surgery, Doctors Say

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is recovering from emergency heart surgery he underwent Tuesday.

Brain Drain: Self-Imposed Term Limits Shuffle Committees, House GOP Leadership

Brain Drain: Self-Imposed Term Limits Shuffle Committees, House GOP Leadership

House Republicans are facing a brain drain of historic proportions atop their committees — as many as half of their chairmen could be forced to step down next year, thanks to a 20-year-old rule.

Politics

Front-runner Emerges in GOP Special Election for Trey Radel Seat

Florida Republicans head to the polls for a special election Tuesday to pick a nominee to succeed former Rep. Trey Radel, who exited Congress earlier this year following his arrest for cocaine possession that culminated in a national scandal for Republicans.

Black Caucus Open to Working With 'Nice Guy' Ryan

Black Caucus Open to Working With 'Nice Guy' Ryan

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., said Tuesday the Congressional Black Caucus is open to working with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., on bipartisan legislative action on reducing poverty.

Politics

Clay Aiken Releases First TV Ad in North Carolina House Race

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, who is running for a North Carolina House seat as a Democrat, launched his first TV ad Tuesday — a bio spot highlighting his difficult childhood and his recent help for children with Autism.

Politics Senator Rides Snowmachine Across Arctic in Latest Ad

Senator Rides Snowmachine Across Arctic in Latest Ad

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich hops back on a snowmachine in his latest TV ad, cruising across a frozen Arctic Ocean to highlight his efforts over the last five years to win approval for oil drilling.

Politics

Republican, Democrat Enter Wide-Open Wisconsin Race for Congress

Two more candidates have entered the race to fill retiring GOP Rep. Tom Petri’s House seat in Wisconsin.

Menendez Not Staying Quiet at Foreign Relations

Menendez Not Staying Quiet at Foreign Relations

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s much-maligned Twitter-esque program in Cuba had a quick defender on Capitol Hill — Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez.

Hill Life

Boston Marathon Debrief: Staffers, Members Reflect

“[We] are reminded that no act of violence, no matter how senseless, can ever take away from the world-class athletic event that the Boston Marathon is and always will be.” — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

White House, Perez Continue Unemployment Extension Push (Updated)

White House, Perez Continue Unemployment Extension Push (Updated)

The White House and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continue to press the House to pass an unemployment benefits extension — but so far there’s no word of a new offer to sweeten the pot for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Politics

GOP Senate Hopeful Rebuts 'War on Women' in First TV Ad

Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land, a Republican, is up with her first ad of the cycle in Michigan, making fun of the idea that she — a woman — is waging a war on women.

Politics Leach, Boyle Go On Air in Philly-Area House Race (Updated)

Leach, Boyle Go On Air in Philly-Area House Race (Updated)

Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, two of the four Democrats vying for a Philadelphia-area House seat, launched the first TV ads of the race on Tuesday — one month out from the hotly contested primary.

Obama’s Foreign Policy Impacts 2014 Elections — Really

Foreign policy could have an indirect yet significant impact on the midterm elections, making the issue more relevant than you otherwise might assume.

Ranking Member Fundraising Battle: Pallone Gets Cash From Tech, Health Care Industries

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. received donations from health care groups and technology giants, and gave money to more than a dozen fellow Democrats, including some in vulnerable seats, a new filing for his leadership political action committee shows.

Politics Internal Poll: GOP Primary Wide Open in Alabama Race

Internal Poll: GOP Primary Wide Open in Alabama Race

A new internal poll shows the crowded primary in Alabama’s open 6th District is wide open less than two months before the primary, according to information provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Miriam’s Kitchen Carves Out New Award for Chris Murphy

Miriam’s Kitchen is so impressed with Sen. Christopher S. Murphy’s humanitarian work that the homeless aid group plans to honor the freshman lawmaker with the inaugural “Mission Possible Champion of the Year” award on May 3.

Policy President Pressured to Use Pen for LGBT Workers

President Pressured to Use Pen for LGBT Workers

It could be dubbed the federal contractor trifecta.

Hill Life

Calendar: 10 Years of Sixth & I, Poetic Justice at Hill Center

Happy “Sixth and I Day” Washington! To celebrate 10 years since the synagogue at 600 I St. NW was re-dedicated as the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, not just as a center of worship but a venue for music and other cultural and community events, the District has proclaimed Tuesday as “Sixth & I Day.”

Politics Georgia Republicans Brawl for Conservative Mantle in Senate Debate

Georgia Republicans Brawl for Conservative Mantle in Senate Debate

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Seven Republican Senate hopefuls stood before a mammoth American flag Saturday afternoon for the sixth of seven debates hosted by the state GOP.

Politics

Mitt Romney Endorses in Targeted Arizona House Race

Mitt Romney threw his support behind Arizona state Speaker Andy Tobin on Monday, marking the latest candidate Romney has endorsed in the midterm elections.

Politics Retirements Open Door for New Virginia Candidates

Retirements Open Door for New Virginia Candidates

Virginia’s proximity to Capitol Hill makes a seat in Congress a desirable landing spot for politicians in the Old Dominion State. As a result, many of Virginia’s members of Congress stick around for a long time.

Hill Life

Secret Service, D.C. Officials Talk Traffic

The stern letter Mayor Vincent Gray sent to the Secret Service following a series of early March street closures earned the city’s law enforcement leaders a sit-down with the agency.

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