Bridget Bowman

At the Races: You Only Raised $1 Million?
Our weekly newsletter on the latest in congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. — Simone Pathé, Bridget Bowman and Stephanie Akin

At the Races: What Does All the Health Care Talk in Campaign Ads Mean?
Decoding Democratic and Republican messaging over health care topics

With less than a month before the midterms, Democrats and Republicans are blanketing the airwaves with ads about one of the most heated topics in American politics — health care.

Since health care can be confusing on its own, it gets even more confusing when roped into talking points for the two major parties. 

Democratic Activists Could Tip the Scale in Close Races — But Then What?
Grassroots groups have been organizing on the ground for nearly two years

UTICA, N.Y. — On this particular Friday, the protesters outside of Rep. Claudia Tenney’s office were having trouble holding onto their signs. 

The wind whipped around them as a dozen activists did what they had done every Friday for the last 18 months: stand on the grass between French Road and the small brick office building and hold signs in opposition to the first-term GOP congresswoman.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Health Care Ahead of the 2018 Midterms
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on 

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the core issues in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth? ...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: Pre-Existing Conditions
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on 

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of pre-existing conditions in the health care debate between Republicans and Democrats in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth?...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: The 'Age Tax'
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of the so-called age tax — where older people on a health plan can only be charged three times more than what the youngest people on a health plan can — in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth?...
Health Care and the 2018 Midterms: Single Payer vs. Medicare for All
At the Races, an inside analysis into 2018 House and Senate races that our political reporters — Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé — are keeping tabs on

Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman talks with CQ News health policy writer Mary Ellen McIntire to understand the issue of single payer insurance plans and "Medicare for all" in the health care debate between Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2018 campaign. When opposing ads say different things, where's the truth? ...
Key House Appropriators Face Tough Midterm Elections
CQ Budget Podcast, Episode 81

Three Republican House Appropriations subcommittee chairmen — Kevin Yoder of Kansas, John Culberson of Texas and John Carter of Texas — face tough re-elections, says Roll Call senior political reporter Bridget Bowman. A loss for Yoder and Culberson would mean that lame-duck lawmakers end up negotiating two vital spending bills — Homeland Security and Commerce-Justice-Science.

Could a Blue Wave Drown New York Republicans, Again?
Democrats are targeting all nine GOP-held seats in Empire State this cycle

POUGHQUAG, N.Y. — Rep. John J. Faso describes himself as a “pragmatic conservative” who can work across the aisle to get things done.

“I don’t want to go to Washington just to be part of some chorus appearing on TV, on cable news, talking about ideological divisions,” the New York Republican said in an interview here last month after meeting with seniors.

New Ad Knocks California Republican Diane Harkey on Offshore Drilling
League of Conservation Voters is targeting GOP nominee for Issa seat

The campaign arm of the League of Conservation Voters is launching a new television ad targeting Republican Diane Harkey on offshore drilling in an open-seat race in Southern California. 

Harkey, an elected member the California State Board of Equalization that oversees taxation, faces environmental lawyer Mike Levin for the 49th District seat that longtime GOP Rep. Darrell Issa is vacating.

Rosen Raises More Than $7 Million for Nevada Senate Race
Democratic congresswoman is challenging GOP Sen. Dean Heller

Nevada Democrat Jacky Rosen raised nearly $7.1 million in the third fundraising quarter in her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller, doubling her haul the previous quarter.

The freshman congresswoman ended Sept. 30 with $2.6 million on hand, according to fundraising numbers provided first to Roll Call. Her campaign noted that more than 95 percent of contributions have been donations of $100 or less with an average contribution of $54.  

GOP Super PAC Launches New Ad in Washington’s 8th District
Congressional Leadership Fund is attacking Democrat Kim Schrier

The super PAC tied to House Republican leadership is launching a new ad aimed at Democrat Kim Schrier in the competitive open-seat race in Washington’s 8th District. 

Congressional Leadership Fund’s latest ad, provided first to Roll Call, knocks Schrier’s support for a state income tax — citing a candidate questionnaire — and an energy tax. If elected to Congress, she would not have influence over taxes administered by the state government.

At the Races: The 10 Most Vulnerable Incumbents
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. — Simone Pathé, Bridget Bowman and Stephanie Akin

Heidi Heitkamp Will Vote No on Kavanaugh Nomination
North Dakota Democrat is in a tight re-election campaign

Updated 4:09 p.m. | Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat leading Roll Call’s list of most vulnerable senators on the ballot this fall, announced Thursday that she’ll vote against confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“The process has been bad, but at the end of the day you have to make a decision, and I’ve made that decision,” the North Dakota Democrat told WDAY, the ABC affiliate in Fargo, N.D. “I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh.”

The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators: Cruz, Menendez Make the List
One month before Election Day, Casey and Brown drop off

For the first time this cycle, the senators on the list of most vulnerable incumbents have changed.

Operatives in both parties agree Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania are favored to win re-election even though they are running in states that backed President Donald Trump in 2016. Texas Republican Ted Cruz and New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez replace them on the list.

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Incumbents: Blum’s Still the One
Erik Paulsen and Bruce Poliquin make the list for first time this cycle

With one month to go until Election Day, two new names are on our latest ranking of the most vulnerable House incumbents, but once again, the list remains all-Republican.

Despite widely over-performing President Donald Trump in his district in 2016, Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen looks to be in tougher shape this year in a seat Hillary Clinton comfortably carried. He has company — four of the most vulnerable incumbents are running in Clinton districts, with Colorado’s Mike Coffman and Kansas’ Kevin Yoder moving up on the list. 

What Surprised Roll Call's Politics Team This Midterm Season (So Far)

Roll Call’s senior political reporters Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé have new 10 Most Members Vulnerable lists out Thursday for the House and Senate with just over 30 days to go before Election Day. Watch as they recap the races that have surprised them as they've compiled these lists for the last year....
Rap, Race and Health Care Help Decide Upstate New York Fates
Political Theater, Episode 39

In Upstate New York, two Republican House freshmen are fighting for their political lives in districts that supported President Donald Trump in 2016. While health care is a dominant issue Democrats there hope to capitalize on, there is an underlying racial issue in one district, as the GOP tries to make the rap career of Democrat Antonio Delgado a part of the equation. Bridget Bowman explains how exactly AD the Voice became a part of the political calculus in 2018 on this week’s Political Theater Podcast. 

New York Race Spotlights National Clash Over Health Care
Issue has shaped 19th District race between Faso and Delgado

KINGSTON, N.Y. — When Republicans tried to repeal the 2010 health care law last year, Democrats knew they had an issue that would define this election cycle. A year and a half later, health care is still dominating Democratic messaging.

Take New York’s 19th District, which stretches  where GOP freshman John J. Faso faces Democratic lawyer Antonio Delgado. 

GOP Super PAC Knocks Kansas Democrat Paul Davis for Voting Record
Race to replace GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins in 2nd District is a Toss-up

The super PAC tied to House Republican leadership is continuing its attacks on Democrat Paul Davis in Kansas’ 2nd District, this time knocking him for his record in the state Legislature.

The 30-second ad is part of Congressional Leadership Fund’s $3.2 million ad reservation in the district, where Davis faces Republican Steve Watkins. It will run on broadcast and cable in the Topeka and Kansas City media markets.