Matthew Lowe

The D.C. Intern's-Eye View: Happy Hours, Happy Prices

Washington, D.C., is a drinking town. Those new to the Beltway learn quickly that hours logged after work can be as important as any. For the benefit of all interns spending their first summers here, this Roll Call intern has been conducting research on how some of Capitol Hill's favorite bars cater to the fresh-faced and unpaid at happy hour.

The following list is a short primer for the totally uninitiated from one only recently initiated. It was assembled with immediate proximity to the Capitol principally in mind.

Ellmers Raises Small Sum in Second Quarter

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., raised $158,000 in the second quarter — a relatively small haul for anyone thinking about running for Senate.

Ellmers has said she is still considering a bid to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014.

Capito Raises $770,000 in Second Quarter #WVSEN

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she raised about $770,000 in the second quarter for her Senate campaign.

“It’s been a very successful quarter,” Capito told CQ Roll Call between votes Thursday at the Capitol.

Patience Required for Kansas Congressional Hopefuls | Farm Team

Up-and-coming politicos looking at higher office in the Sunflower State may have to be patient — at least for a few election cycles.

With fresh faces cementing control at nearly every level of government in recent years, Kansas promises few avenues for upward mobility, according to sources in the state.

Landrieu Raises Big Bucks for Targeted Re-Election Race #LASEN

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., announced Tuesday that she raised $1.7 million for her re-election campaign during the second quarter.

Her haul is half a million more than the likely GOP nominee, Rep. Bill Cassidy, who brought in nearly $1.1 million in the same time period.

Gary Peters Raises $1M for Senate Race #MISEN

Rep. Gary Peters has raised more than $1 million as a Senate candidate in Michigan, according to his campaign.

The Democrat will report having $1.8 million in the bank as of June 30, the end of the second fundraising quarter this year.

Rounds Rebounds in Second-Quarter Fundraising

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds raised more than $600,000 for his Senate campaign in the second quarter of this year, confirmed a spokesman for the Republican's campaign.

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is retiring, and his seat is a top pickup opportunity for Republicans. The national GOP has touted Rounds as its strongest candidate in the race. 

GOP Primary Looms in North Carolina Senate Race

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is a critical target on the GOP’s road map to capture the Senate in 2014, but Republicans’ first major hurdle in North Carolina could come from within their own ranks.

A primary looms for the national GOP’s top recruit, state Speaker Thom Tillis, as a handful of other Tar Heel conservatives consider bids. The result could hurt the GOP nominee’s chances of ousting Hagan in the general election, even if Tillis eventually wins the nod.

Ellmers Delays Senate Decision Timeline #NCSEN

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has pushed back her timeline to make a decision about the Senate race for another couple weeks.

“I haven’t quite reached my full decision, but I think I know where I’m leaning,” Ellmers told Roll Call on Thursday between votes on Capitol Hill.

Quayle Rules Out 2014 Run for Anything

Former Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., is not running for public office anytime soon — especially next year.

“On the political side, there’s nothing on the radar for me right now,” Quayle told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday phone interview. “2014 is definitely not happening, but who knows what’ll happen sometime down the road.”

Feinstein Gets a New Chief, Loses Trade Adviser | Hill Climbers

The office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is undergoing several transitions this month. On Monday, the senator announced that Chris Thompson, her longtime chief of staff, will be returning to California. He will be replaced by Jennifer Duck.

Duck comes most immediately from the government relations and corporate leadership department of Pfizer Inc., but she is a veteran Senate staffer. Prior to Pfizer, Duck worked as staff director and chief counsel to Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as counsel to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Final Poll: Markey Leads by Double Digits in Special Election #MASEN

Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., leads by 10 points in a new poll released one day before the Bay State special election for Senate.

Markey took 52 percent in the Suffolk University survey, while Republican nominee Gabriel Gomez took 42 percent, and 4 percent of voters said they were still undecided.

Top House Republican Won't Run for Senate #MISEN

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday that he will not run for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin's seat.

"After careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined that the best way for me to continue to have a direct impact for my constituents and the nation is to remain in the House of Representatives," Rogers wrote in an emailed statement to his supporters.

Illinois Congressional Democrats Avoid Toxic Gubernatorial Race

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is one of the most unpopular governors in the country, with abhorrent approval ratings in Illinois.

He’s not a big hit on Capitol Hill either. But, so far, neither is his new primary opponent, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

A Gem State in the Rough for Ambitious Republicans | Farm Team

After decades of GOP dominance, the ambitions of Idaho pols rest on the unlikely chance that Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will retire next year.

Political operatives on both sides of the aisle speculate that Otter, who has not yet formally announced a re-election bid for 2014, may call it quits at the last minute. That kind of decision would spur significant repositioning for seats at the state and federal level.