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Noem Replacement Candidate Raises $100,000
Comes as Noem makes a run for Governor

Former South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson said he raised $104,000 in the final weeks of 2016 for his campaign to succeed Rep. Kristi Noem.

Johnson raised the money in the final weeks of December after Noem announced she would run for governor, the Argus Leader reported.

Nevada Democrats Want McCarran Statue Removed From Capitol
Harry Reid wanted his name removed from Las Vegas airport

Three Nevada Democratic House members want the statue of former Nevada Sen. Patrick McCarran's removed from the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Reps. Dina Titus, Ruben Kihuen and Jacky Rosen sent a letter to Nevada's Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval criticizing McCarran's legacy of xenophobia and antisemitism, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Texas Republican Compares Mexican Singers to Russian Interference
Says actors and singers who performed at Clinton rally tried to influence election, too

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said the Mexican singers and soap opera stars who appeared at Hillary Clinton events influenced the election as much as Russian hackers did.

“Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that,” Conaway told the Dallas Morning News.

Democratic Senate Incumbents Could Withstand Rust Belt Shift
An early look at the re-election prospects of 4 senators from Trump states

In the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, Paul Maslin could sense that former Sen. Russ Feingold was in trouble, as the Wisconsin Democrat tried to win back his Senate seat from Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson.

“I could feel Johnson found a message groove and Russ was doing sort of a victory lap,” said Maslin, a Democratic consultant in the Badger State, who was doing work for the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Study: Economy Was Top Issue Among Millennial Voters
More voted for Trump than had said they were going to before the election, survey shows

A new study conducted after the election shows that the economy mattered most to millennial voters.

The study by the Millennial Impact Report surveyed 350 young voters they had surveyed in different waves throughout the election.

Nolan Mulling a Run for Minnesota Governor
Says he would ‘give it some thought’ after being asked to consider run

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., says he’s been asked to run for governor in 2018, and he’s considering it. But for now, he’s leaning toward staying in Congress.

“It was not an idea of mine,” Nolan told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “It’s one of those things that genuinely came from other sources, and out of respect for them, I said I would give it some thought.” 

North Dakota Man Arrested for Heitkamp Death Threat
Threatened to ‘shoot you in your red head’

A Fargo, N.D., man is accused in federal court of emailing threats to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for nearly four years.

Kevin Lee Olson sent an email on Dec. 22, 2016, in which he threatened to shoot the senator in the head. Heitkamp had received threatening emails from Olson, 55, since 2014, the Pioneer Press reported

Kremlin Calls Reports It ‘Compromised’ Trump ‘Total Nonsense’
Trump tweets support for Kremlin’s response, says he has nothing to do with Russia

The Kremlin said Wednesday reports that the Russian government had assembled a file of compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump was “total nonsense.”

“It is an attempt to damage our bilateral relations. It is pulp fiction,” Reuters reported Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Former Oregon GOP Candidate Was on Food Stamps
Mike Callahan now running for state GOP Chair


Mike Callahan, a two-time former Republican candidate for senate in Oregon, reportedly was on food stamps shortly after his divorce.

Blum Mocks Democrats Over Russian Hacking
Democratic group says it takes one to know one

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, mocked Democrats over the Russian hacking scandal with a joke about the Democratic National Committee on his Facebook page.

Blum posted a photo on his Sunday saying, “Walked to work past DNC HQ this afternoon. Nobody there — I guess they couldn't ‘hack’ this cold weather!”

Chaka Fattah Appeals Conviction
Comes as he is set to begin 10-year term

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah is appealing his racketeering conviction and asking to remain out of jail while it goes through the courts.

According to The Associated Press, Fattah said he expects to win a new trial about errors regarding his previous five-defendant trial, such as the dismissal of a juror, The Associated Press reported.

Cruz meets with Taiwanese President in Houston
Responds to letter from Chinese consulate asking delegation not to meet with Tsai

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday, a month after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with her.

Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott met with the Taiwanese leader and discussed trade and swapped gifts, including a Taiwanese vase and a clock with the Texas state seal, the Houston Chronicle reported.

That’s Some Quality Trolling, Govuhnatuh
Trump chides ex-California governor over ratings for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ debut

Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to President-elect Donald Trump’s criticisms of NBC’s rebooted “Celebrity Apprentice” TV ratings by reminding him that he’ll soon be the president.

Trump gloated on Twitter early Friday about the fact that the former California governor’s new edition of the show, which aired Thursday night, got “swamped” and called himself “a ratings machine.”

Biden to Trump: ‘Grow Up’
Vice president says president-elect’s dispute with intel agencies ‘absolutely mindless’

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had two words for President-elect Donald Trump: “Grow up.”

In an interview on “PBS NewsHour” on Thursday, Biden said Trump needed to “be an adult.”

Arrest Made in Murder of Tester’s Nephew
Nephew was killed in September

A suspect has been arrested in the murder of Robert Tester, the nephew of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in Washington state.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Spokane County Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives arrested 22-year old John A. Radavich in Spokane Valley with the assistance of U.S. Marshals on Thursday.

Trump Contradicts Himself on Assange
President-elect says he’s a ‘big fan’ of ‘intelligence’

President-elect Donald Trump denied Thursday that he ever supported WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in two morning tweets.

Trump said the “dishonest media” is wrong in reporting that he agrees with Assange, adding that “the media lies to make it look like I am against ‘intelligence,’ when, in fact, I am a big fan.”

Kurt Schrader Skips Swearing-In for Honeymoon
Oregon congressman marries Pepco executive

When members of Congress were sworn in on Tuesday, Oregon Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader was conspicuously absent. Now, it has been revealed that Schrader is currently on his honeymoon.

According to the (Salem) Statesman Journal, Schrader’s spokeswoman initially declined to indicate who his new wife is or where they are. 

Report: U.S. Got Evidence Russia Leaked Emails After Election
Senate Armed Services to hold hearing on U.S. response on Thursday

American intelligence agencies received what is considered conclusive evidence that Russia provided hacked material the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks after the November elections, according to three U.S. officials.

Intelligence agencies concluded before the election that Russia directed the hacking but lacked conclusive evidence that it provided the material to WikiLeaks in an attempt to damage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Reuters reported.

Graham Blasts Trump on Assange
Says Tillerson will need to understand Russian threat to earn his vote

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized President-elect Donald Trump for praising Julian Assange while expressing skepticism of alleged Russian hacking.

Trump tweeted early Wednesday, citing an interview the WikiLeaks founder did with Fox News on Tuesday in which he said a “14-year-old” could have hacked into the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

Report: Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Fly Family Rabbit
Comes after son used campaign credit card for playing video games

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., used $600 in campaign money to fly a family rabbit, an ongoing review of his expenses revealed.