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CQ Roll Call April 18, 2014

Reid, Heller Hold Out Hope for House Action on Unemployment Extension

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., remain hopeful that an agreement can be worked out with House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to pass legislation extending unemployment insurance benefits.

Politics

8 House Race Ratings Changes Boost GOP, Democrats

This week Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call made ratings changes in eight congressional districts and confirmed our rating in a ninth — Wisconsin’s 6th District — after GOP Rep. Tom Petri announced his retirement.

Hill Life

Senators Might Seize D.C. Lawsuit As Opportunity to Act on Budget Autonomy

Attorneys preparing to sue Mayor Vincent Gray and his administration to force compliance with the District’s budget autonomy law informed all relevant members of Congress before heading to D.C. Superior Court on Thursday.


Hill Life

Shunned Superheroes at Capitol Reflecting Pool

Awesome Con made a valiant effort to break the world record for assembled superheroes on Friday at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, but fell short.

Politics Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel.

Hill Life

Citing Ukraine Crisis, GOP Looks to Cut Open World Leadership Center

In response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, House Republicans want to slash funding for the Open World Leadership Center, an international exchange program established nearly 15 years ago to build relationships with post-Soviet countries.

Cantor Leads CODEL to Asia

Cantor Leads CODEL to Asia

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Friday began a congressional delegation trip to Asia, where he will meet with the prime minister of Japan and the president of South Korea as well as key U.S. ambassadors in the region.

Senate Approps Wants You! (To Talk About Research)

The Senate Appropriations Committee took to Twitter to solicit ideas for an upcoming hearing on federal investments in innovation.

Pelosi: Republican Inaction on Unemployment Extension 'Immoral'

Pelosi: Republican Inaction on Unemployment Extension 'Immoral'

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on extending unemployment benefits “unconscionable” and “immoral.”

Policy

Fears of Israeli Spying Underlie Reluctance on Visa Waiver Program

Lawmakers and staffers on two House committees are concerned that admitting Israel to a program that eases entry of foreigners into the United States would increase the risk of Israeli espionage, congressional aides say.

Politics Michelle Nunn Hits Bipartisan Tone in Georgia Senate Stump Speech

Michelle Nunn Hits Bipartisan Tone in Georgia Senate Stump Speech

SHELLMAN, Ga. — Michelle Nunn strolled along train tracks stretching past a depleted downtown lined with empty storefronts and toward a crowd of supporters hoping to meet the state’s next senator.

Staffer Accused of Leaking 'Kissing Congressman' Video Resigns, Report Says

The staffer accused of leaking video of Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., passionately kissing another staff member at his office has resigned, according to the Monroe News Star.

Politics Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad

Republican Whacks Harry Reid in New North Carolina Senate Ad

Earlier this week, Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group, went up with an ad attacking Republican state Speaker Thom Tillis for his connection to former aides who had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists.

From the Archives: McConnell's Role in Packwood Probe

Former Sen. Bob Packwood’s sexual harassment scandal has resurfaced as a campaign issue — nearly two decades later.

Politics Republican Super PAC Ad Attacks Club for Growth

Republican Super PAC Ad Attacks Club for Growth

A super PAC that defends Republican incumbents went up on air Thursday with an ad that both touts Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson’s conservative credentials and attacks the outside groups seeking to oust him in an upcoming primary.

Policy

'Lying in Politics' Plaintiffs Go on Offense in Several New States

The lead plaintiff in the “Can you lie in politics?” case going before the Supreme Court next week, anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, says Ohio’s law against false campaign assertions will stifle that state’s midterm congressional debates.

Politics Republican Hits Vulnerable West Virginia Democrat in First TV Spot

Republican Hits Vulnerable West Virginia Democrat in First TV Spot

State Sen. Evan Jenkins, a Republican challenging Rep. Nick J. Rahall II in West Virginia, is up with his first ad — an attack on Democrats’ attack on Jenkins.

Politics

Runoff Likely in Crowded N.C. Open-Seat Race

The Republican nominee in the crowded race to replace retiring GOP Rep. Howard Coble likely won’t be known until mid-summer.

Politics Ratings Change: Florida’s 18th District

Ratings Change: Florida’s 18th District

The way things are going this cycle, Democrats could use a piece of good news — and Rep. Patrick Murphy’s re-election might be just that for party strategists.

Hill Life

D.C. Council to Mayor: See You in Court

With Capitol Hill failing to either stop the District’s local budget autonomy act from becoming law, or pass legislation freeing the city’s locally raised funds from the appropriations process, the issue is headed to court and pitting D.C.’s elected officials against one another.

Politics Sebelius to the Senate? Maybe in the Land of Oz, But Not in Kansas

Sebelius to the Senate? Maybe in the Land of Oz, But Not in Kansas

When I read the New York Times piece this week, “Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat,” I had two very different reactions.

'Kissing Congressman' McAllister Plans House Return After Recess

Rep. Vance McAllister will return to the House after the Easter/Passover recess, his communications director told the New Orleans Times Picayune Thursday.

Obama Calls Cantor After Day of Immigration Sparring

Obama Calls Cantor After Day of Immigration Sparring

President Barack Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday to implore House Republicans to hold a vote on the Senate-passed immigration overhaul, prompting Cantor to say the president hasn’t learned how to work with Congress.

Politics

House Republicans Promote Seven Candidates

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated seven more candidates to the second-level “Contender” status of its Young Guns program for top House GOP prospects.

Politics A Low-Key Paul Broun Campaigns for Senate in Georgia

A Low-Key Paul Broun Campaigns for Senate in Georgia

MARIETTA, Ga. — If one knew of Rep. Paul Broun only from a 90-minute Senate candidate forum Tuesday, it wouldn’t be obvious he is the cause of so much heartburn among Republican strategists from Capitol Hill to Atlanta — all hoping to hold the party’s most vulnerable open seat.

Eshoo Raises Money From Tech Industry Ahead of Ranking-Member Battle With Pallone

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo’s leadership political action committee raised $203,000 — mostly from high-tech and telecommunication firms — as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the California Democrat’s nearly 22-year congressional career. First-quarter numbers for Eshoo’s main rival for the post, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., were not yet available.

Politics Ted Cruz Endorses Candidate in Oklahoma Senate Race

Ted Cruz Endorses Candidate in Oklahoma Senate Race

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, endorsed former state Speaker T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma’s Senate special election, marking the latest tea party leader to back his candidacy in the Sooner State.

Politics

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Wednesday two more members to the ranks of its incumbent protection program: Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Tim Walberg of Michigan.

Republican Governor Makes Unemployment Extension Push (Updated)

Republican Governor Makes Unemployment Extension Push (Updated)

The governors of the two states with the highest unemployment rates — including a Republican — are urging Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio to take up the Senate’s unemployment extension bill.

Filibuster Unconstitutional? D.C. Circuit Denies Appeal, Cites 'Speech or Debate' Flaw

Advocates asking the judiciary to declare the filibuster unconstitutional were dealt a major setback Tuesday by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hill Life Notes on 'Boston Bound' — Hill Navigator Heads North

Notes on 'Boston Bound' — Hill Navigator Heads North

Capitol Hill staffers, by job design, are dedicated. The boss’ needs are elevated above their own, a staffer’s actions — good and bad — reflect back on the member. The job is all-consuming, sometimes exhausting and overwhelming, but Hill Navigator would not have a column in Roll Call if working on Capitol Hill was not as rewarding as it is.

Politics

Bentivolio's Republican Rival Goes On the Air

The Republican challenger to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., is on the air with a positive spot and is putting big money behind it.

Politics Tisei Gaining Steam on Tierney in Massachusetts | Ratings Change

Tisei Gaining Steam on Tierney in Massachusetts | Ratings Change

Massachusetts voters haven’t sent a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives from any district in nearly 20 years. Republican Richard Tisei nearly broke that streak in 2012 and is challenging Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., once again in 2014.

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