Eric Garcia

Sanders' Brother Making a Run for Parliament
Larry Sanders has lived in the UK since the late-1960s

The next chapter of Sen. Bernie Sanders' political revolution might take place across the pond as his brother plans to stand as a candidate for the British Parliament.

Larry Sanders is running in the October special election for the seat vacated by the former prime minister, David Cameron.

Issa Shows He Knows He's in for a Fight
8-term California Republican is spending more time in his district

Rep. Darrell Issa is showing signs that he knows he is in for a tough re-election fight.  

"I haven’t had a yard sign in 16 years. And you know, there are people that are calling and getting yard signs," the California Republican said in an interview with The San Diego Union Tribune.

Linda McMahon Still a Republican Fundraising Heavyweight
Two failed Senate runs haven't slowed down ex-WWE executive

Former WWE executive Linda McMahon may have been pinned for the three-count twice in failed runs for the Senate from Connecticut but she hasn't tapped out when it comes to fundraising for Republicans.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranks McMahon and her husband, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, 78th on its list of so-called "mega-donors," the AP reported. Linda McMahon said that she has made most of the couple's contributions and that her husband wants "no part of it."

Where to Watch Monday's Debate
Watch on air, stream online, or catch it with a few drinks and friends

The first presidential debate is upon us. On Monday, many locations on Capitol Hill will be showing the political equivalent of the NBA finals.

You can catch the debate on most of the major cable news networks. It airs at 9 p.m EST and will be hosted by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt. 

Mary Landrieu Closes the Door on Another Run
Ex-senator will not be joining former colleagues seeking Senate comebacks

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu has ruled out another run for elected office, and definitely "not ever" again for Senate.

"I've pretty much closed that door," the Louisiana Democrat said in an interview with CQ Magazine. "Definitely not ever again for Congress."

Senate Majority PAC Comes to Bayh's Aid in Indiana Senate Race
Hits Bayh's opponent Todd Young on his record on Social Security

Senate Majority PAC is coming to the aid of former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's race as he faces Rep. Todd Young for the state's open Senate seat.

The super PAC dropped $700,000 for the ad which criticizes Young for his views on Social Security, highlighting the fact Young called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme" back in 2010 and supports raising the retirement age.

Guns Now an Issue in Florida Senate Race
Murphy criticizes Rubio's gun bill inspired by Pulse nightclub massacre

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy are sparring about their positions on gun law reform in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Rubio famously jumped into the race, largely citing the shootings at the Pulse nightclub in June, after saying he would not run for re-election.  

Cruz Fundraising for Senate Republicans
Comes despite antagonizing many of his colleagues

Many Senate Republicans don't have nice things to say about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz but he is about to help some of them raise money for their campaigns.

Cruz antagonized many of his Senate colleagues by helping to force a government shutdown in 2013. He angered others in July when he refused to endorse GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after earlier pledging to do so during the Republican primaries.

Grassley, Challenger Camps Swap Insults Over Debates
No debates yet on the calendar with early voting to start in two weeks

The campaigns of Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley and his Democratic challenger Patty Judge have yet to agree to a debate schedule, with early voting in the Hawkeye State set to begin in two weeks.

And both campaigns are accusing the other of ducking debates, The Des Moines Register reported

Where Are They Now?
Looking back at a few candidates for higher office who fell short

One of the risks in running for higher office is that it sometimes means giving up a safe seat. 

Sometimes the risk pays off. Other times, it means you're out of a job. Here's a look at recent candidates who aimed higher and where they landed.

Murphy and Rubio Spar Over Debates
Florida Senate candidates disagree about which one they'll participate in

Before Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his challenger, Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, can engage in their first debates, they have to agree about which ones they agreed to participate in.

So far, the two are only in agreement about two debates in October — one in Davie and another in Orlando. 

Poll: Portman Expands His Lead in Ohio
Results also show Trump leading Clinton by 5 points

A new poll shows Republican Sen. Rob Portman has expanded his lead against former Gov. Ted Strickland in the Ohio Senate race.

The Bloomberg Politics poll released Wednesday found that 53 percent of likely voters would vote for Portman if the election were held today while 36 percent would back Strickland.

Senate Majority PAC and Labor Target Rubio
New ad criticizes Florida Republican for his views on Social Security

A Democratic super PAC and one of the nation's most prominent unions released an ad criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio's views on Social Security.

The Florida Republican is running for re-election after an unsuccessful bid for the GOP presidential nomination. 

Ad Hammers Blunt For Family Lobbying Ties
Draws contrast with challenger Jason Kander's military record

A group dedicated to limiting the use of outside money in politics has dropped $770,000 on an ad in Missouri hitting Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for his family members being lobbyists.

The commercial from End Citizens United PAC will air on broadcast and cable in St. Louis and Kansas City from Wednesday until Sept. 27.

GOP Committee Members Quit to Back Shuster Opponent
Challenger lost primary but got enough write-ins to win Democratic nod

Republicans in Pennsylvania's Franklin County are divided about whether to support Rep. Bill Shuster or his tea party opponent running as the Democratic candidate.

Four Franklin County Republican Committee members resigned on Monday over their support for Art Halvorson, who narrowly lost the GOP primary to Shuster in April but because more than 1,000 Democrats wrote in his name in their own primary, he won the Democratic Party nomination.

Democrats Vote in 'Ridiculous' Primary for Boehner's Old Seat
Election for the right to lose to Republican candidate costs $500,000

Democrats voting in the primary for former Speaker John A. Boehner's old seat are stuck with an election whether they like it or not.

Republican Warren Davidson won a special election to finish Boehner's term in June and is sure to win in this heavily Republican district in November.

George W. Bush Lends Fundraising Hand in Indiana Senate Race
Former president to attend 2 events for Republican Todd Young

Former President George W. Bush will raise money for Indiana Rep. Todd Young's Senate campaign on Monday.

Young's campaign said it would not disclose the location of the event in Elkhart, which was announced last month, nor would there be media availability. Bush will also raise money with Young in Indianapolis.

Obama to Meet With Congressional Leaders on Funding Government
Senate negotiators worked through weekend on deal to avoid shutdown

President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders Monday to discuss funding the government to avoid a shutdown and to address the Zika virus.

Senate Republican and Democratic negotiators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid, worked on a deal through the weekend that would fund the government for three months past Sept. 30, the end of current fiscal year.

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.

Poll: Independents Bolster Incumbent Republican Senators in Battleground States
Quinnipiac battleground poll shows Burr, Rubio, Portman with modest leads, Toomey in tossup

Republican Senate incumbents in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio have small leads in their races, a new poll shows, while the race in Pennsylvania remains a tossup.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Friday shows Florida Sen. Marco Rubio leading Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy by 7 points. Rubio also beats Murphy among independent voters by 16 points.