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Rand Paul Neighbor Sentenced to 30 Days
Will also pay $10,000 fine for assaulting the senator

Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor Rene Boucher will serve 30 days in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for assaulting the Kentucky Republican.

Boucher pled guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. He is also not allowed any intentional contact with Paul’s family and will also have to perform 100 hours of community service, WKYT reported.

Grimm and Donovan Go Nasty at Second Debate
Donovan hits Grimm for criminal record; Grimm hits Donovan for office dorm

Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael Grimm’s second debate led to intense attacks and barbs not dissimilar from their first debate.

Grimm is challenging Donovan in the Republican primary to win back the seat for New York’s 11th District.

Pittenger Sues Would-Be Neighbors
Says house next door to his is too big

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger has filed a lawsuit against a would-be neighbor over the size of the home he’s building next door to Pittenger’s.

The outgoing congressman, who lost in his re-election primary last month,  and his wife are suing Doug Lebda, CEO of Lending Tree, who is building a home near the Quail Hollow golf course, WSOC TV reported.

Bank Seizes Valadao’s Family Farm
California congressman blames ‘burdensome government regulations’

A bank seized a farm owned by California Rep. David Valadao and his family after they failed to repay $8.3 million in loans.

Court documents show that in November, agriculture lender Rabobank sued Triple V Dairy in Fresno Superior Court for failing to repay the loans, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Corker Unloads on Republicans for Being Afraid of Trump
Tennessee Republican said Republicans fear upsetting POTUS before midterms

Watch: Corker Chastises Fellow Republicans for Blocking His Tariff Amendment

 Sen. Bob Corker unloaded on his fellow Republicans for cowering from President Donald Trump.

Rep. Estes Gets to Be ‘Rep. Estes’ on Kansas Primary Ballot
Estes faces a GOP primary challenger also named Ron Estes

Kansas Rep. Ron Estes will get to use his representative title on the ballot for the state’s Republican primary in August.

But if the congressman wins, he will not be allowed to use “Rep.” on the general election ballot, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Scalise to Release Memoir in November
‘Back in the Game’ will be released the week after Election Day

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is set to release a memoir discussing his shooting last year.

“Back in the Game” will be released Nov. 13 through Center Street publishing.

Warren Says Democrats Lack Guts to Take on ‘Billionaire Class’
Comes after she criticized other Democrats during Dodd-Frank fight

Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized fellow Democrats who voted for interests of the “billionaire class” over those of most Americans.

“Until we have all of the Democrats who are willing to take on the billionaire class, until we have all of the Democrats who are willing to fight for the American people and not for a handful of billionaires and giant corporations, then it’s going to stay an uphill fight,” she said on The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan’s “Deconstructed” podcast released Friday.

Intelligence Committee Staffer Indicted
James Wolfe, former director of staff security, is accused of lying to investigators about contact with reporters

The Justice Department indicted and arrested a longtime staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee for lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters.

The department announced on Thursday evening that James Wolfe, who served as director of staff security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts.

Cruz Opens Line of Attack on O’Rourke’s Mother
Texas senator criticizes Democratic challenger over tax penalties for mother’s furniture store

The race between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke got intensely personal as the Republican incumbent criticized his Democratic challenger’s mother’s business.

Cruz’s campaign released a press statement with the headline “Hypocrite Alert: Beto O’Rourke Pushes for More Taxes but Ignores Mom’s Tax Fraud,” which refers to Melissa O’Rourke’s furniture store being fined for manipulating records to avoid paying taxes.

Bipartisan Bill Would Require Oversight of Any Deal With North Korea
Members have expressed concerns about Trump’s zeal to make a deal

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants President Donald Trump’s administration to brief Congress on its negotiations with North Korea.

The bill, titled the “North Korea Nuclear Baseline Act,” was obtained by Reuters before its public release.

Lujan Grisham and Pearce Will Face Off in N.M. Governor’s Race
Lujan Grisham easily wins Democratic nomination; Pearce ran unopposed

New Mexico’s governor’s race will have two members of Congress competing against each other after Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham won the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday.

With nearly all the vote counted, Lujan Grisham was projected to win the three-way Democratic primary on Tuesday with 66 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press.

Noem Wins South Dakota Gubernatorial Primary
Congresswoman becomes the first woman to win GOP nomination for governor

Rep. Kristi Noem won the Republican primary to become her party’s nominee for governor of South Dakota.

Noem beat state Attorney General Marty Jackley by 14 points, according to results from The Associated Press. The congresswoman pulled ahead of Jackley in the polls in the final days of the primary  by presenting herself as a break from the “status quo,” the Argus Leader reported.

Poll: Grimm Leads Donovan by Double Digits
Trump endorsed Donovan last week, saying he had a better chance to win against a Democrat

A new poll shows former Rep. Michael Grimm with a 10-point lead over incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in the Republican primary for New York’s 11th District.

The NY1 and Siena College poll asked if the congressional primary were held today, who would voters support. Grimm received 47 percent of likely voters’ support compared to Donovan’s 37 percent while 16 percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

Keith Ellison Files to Run for Minnesota Attorney General
Democrat’s decision opens up Minneapolis-based 5th District seat

Updated 5:35 p.m. | Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison filed to run for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday.

The congressman tweeted a photo of himself filing, saying he was running “to be the People’s Lawyer, and to protect and defend all Minnesotans as your next Attorney General.”

Manchin Slams ‘West Virginia Wilder’ Reality Show
Show’s producer says senator is ‘just looking for attention’

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III is not only in the fight of his political life, but he is also fighting with producers of a reality TV show he thinks is demeaning to his state.

Rep. Ron Estes Faces Primary Challenge From Ron Estes
Incumbent’s campaign says challenger with same name is making an ‘attempt to deceive Kansas voters’

One of Republican Rep. Ron Estes’ primary opponent in Kansas’ 4th District is Ron Estes, and that doesn’t mean he’s running against himself.

The non-congressman Ron M. Estes announced Thursday he would challenge the elected Estes, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Appeals Court Declines to Toss Out Schock Charges
Former Illinois congressman faces July 10 trial date

A federal appeals court declined Wednesday to dismiss criminal charges against former Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause does not help him.

Poll: Cruz Holds Comfortable Lead Against O’Rourke
Cruz saw a surge in support among white men since last poll

A new poll shows a big shift in Texas’ Senate race, with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz building a comfortable lead over Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke over the last month.

The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac, found Cruz was leading O’Rourke with the support of 50 percent of those responding, compared to the Democrat’s 39 percent.

Sanders’ 2016 Campaign Manager Says He’s ‘Considering’ Another Run
Comes after Vermont independent announced he would run for re-election for Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ former presidential campaign manager said the Vermont independent is considering another presidential run.

“Nationally, he is considering another run for the presidency. When the time comes, I think we’ll have an answer to that. But right now he’s still considering it,” said Jeff Weaver, who managed Sanders’ 2016 campaign.