Andrew Menezes

Texas Rep. Will Hurd announces retirement
Three-term congressman is third Texas Republican to opt against reelection this cycle

Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the only African American Republican in the House, announced Thursday evening that he will not run for reelection next year. The news is a blow to House Republicans looking to win back the majority, since Hurd is in one of the most competitive districts in the country and withstood the Democratic wave in 2018. 

The three-term congressman, whose 23rd District stretches from El Paso to San Antonio along the U.S.-Mexico border, said he made the decision “in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.” 

From Speaker on Down, Here’s Who’s in the Hill Leadership Hunt
House and Senate Republican conferences set to vote this week

Updated Tuesday, 3:44 p.m. | With the midterms — mostly — behind us, attention has shifted to the intraparty leadership elections on Capitol Hill for the House and Senate. 

Here’s a look at the various positions that members of both parties and chambers will be voting on in the coming weeks. 

Rohrabacher Loss Marks End of an Era in Orange County
Longtime Republican congressman loses to Democrat Harley Rouda

After 30 years representing the longtime conservative bastion of Orange County, California, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will not be returning to Congress next year. 

Democrat Harley Rouda led the 15-term Republican congressman by more than 8,500 votes in the 48th District, 52 percent to 48 percent, when The Associated Press called the race Saturday night. 

Meet the History-Makers of the 116th Congress
In a banner year for candidate diversity, election night witnesses a few firsts

Updated Sunday, 3:18 p.m. | Diversity has been a hallmark of the 2018 midterm elections, which have seen a record number of women, minorities and first-time candidates running for office. 

Here are some of the history-makers from election night. 

Meet More Likely New Members of Congress
For all of them, winning the primary was tantamount to winning the general election

With control of the House up for grabs and the number of competitive seats growing to 86, many congressional hopefuls have two more months of grueling politicking to look forward to as they barrel toward Election Day.

But not all of them.

Ed Case’s Comeback Bid Continues in Hawaii Race for Hanabusa’s Seat
Former congressman wins crowded Democratic primary in 1st District

Updated 7:52 a.m. | Former Rep. Ed Case won the Democratic nomination in Hawaii’s open 1st District on Saturday night, and is likely returning to Congress next year to represent the deep-blue seat. Case previously served two terms in the House from the 2nd District.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Case led a seven-way primary field with 40 percent of the vote, The Associated Press reported. Lt. Gov. Doug Chin and state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim trailed behind with 26 percent and 18 percent respectively.

2018 Congressional Calendar: Senators Plan More Work Days Than House
Both chambers have released their schedules for next year

Updated as of 6:02 p.m. on July 18, 2018 | Both the House and Senate have released their chambers’ plans for gaveling in during 2018. Roll Call combined those schedules into the calendar below.

The Senate will return for the second session of the 115th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The House updated its calendar on Friday, Dec. 22 to push back its arrival back in town from the Christmas break to Monday, Jan. 8. The House plans to be out of town for three full weeks ahead of Election Day on Nov. 6 (and four weeks total around the election), while the Senate plans to recess for two weeks around the midterm. 

Congress’ Compliance Watchdog: Settlement Payouts Highest in 10 Years
OOC handles harassment, discrimination and other workplace complaints


The Victims Behind the 'Mothers of the Movement'
A look at the children whose deaths inspired their mothers to action

Women who all lost children to gun violence or in confrontations with the police took the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic convention.  

The "Mothers of the Movement" have endorsed and campaigned for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who often introduces them at campaign events as “a group of mothers who belong to a club no one ever wants to join.”  

Poll: Convention Audience Set to Skew Older Amid Tight Race
About half of young voters "probably" won't watch convention coverage

While most American voters in a recent YouGov/Economist poll said they plan to catch at least some of the convention coverage, younger voters are less likely to tune in.  

Around half of voters under 30 said they “probably” won’t watch the action in Cleveland from July 18-21 or Philadelphia, where the Democrats meet July 25-28. Among older voters, more of them plan to watch the GOP convention than the Democratic one; the reverse was true among the under-30 crowd.  

Clinton Continues to Hit Trump on Business Practices
New video features testimony from former Trump vendor

Hillary Clinton released a campaign video Wednesday featuring a New York architect who says Donald Trump’s business practices almost put him out of business.  

It comes on the heels of her Wednesday appearance in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she slammed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for "multiple bankruptcies, stiffing contractors and spurring hundreds of job losses" during the period when he owned casinos there, CNN reported.