Niels Lesniewski

DCCC Won't Fund Wasserman Schultz Race
Outgoing national committee chair faces a challenger backed by Sanders

House Democratic campaign chief Ben Ray Luján confirmed Monday that providing funding for outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her looming Florida primary won't be a priority.  

"The question I was asked is: Does the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] get involved in primaries or in races with incumbents?" said Lujan, a New Mexico congressman. "And what we shared with Debbie ... is that priority for the DCCC is always incumbent protection, but that where the resources go when it comes to TV buys and helping in that specific way, [they go to] the most competitive seats around the country — so typically the front line districts and red-to-blue districts and emerging districts."

Will Sanders Supporters Become a Liberal Tea Party?
Disruptions at convention could presage electoral changes

Bernie Sanders arrives in Philadelphia vanquished but unbowed.   

Platform negotiations brought compromises he can support on the issues that framed his campaign: trade protection, affordable college and universal health care. His call for the ouster of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been honored . And he has a prominent speaking role at the convention Monday night.  

Democrats to Promote Positive Vision Amid Divisions
Democrats will convene for their convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Democrats say they will present a positive vision for the country at their national convention in the City of Brotherly Love, even as they work to bridge internal divisions before Hillary Clinton leaves town as the party's presidential nominee.  

The goal is to solidify a unified front before the big events on the final two days of the convention when Tim Kaine accepts the lts  a public have ir goal will be to unite before the the  

Trump Would Back Democrat Against David Duke
Republican nominee quicker this time to disavow former Klan leader running for Senate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he would likely back a Democrat against former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke, who is running for the Senate in Louisiana.  

"I guess, depending on who the Democrat, but the answer would be yes," Trump said Sunday in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."  

Sanders Delegates Weigh Kaine Challenge
Progressives were critical of Kaine's record

Norman Solomon, a Sanders delegate from California, said the choice of Sen. Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton's running mate shows "demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of the party."  ...
Sanders to Back Clinton, Despite DNC Email Leak
Emails showed some DNC staffers plotted against and disregarded Sanders

Trump's Revenge: A Super PAC to Take on GOP Rivals
Cruz, Kasich and unnamed 3rd Republican could be targets

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is confirming that he's plotting to use a Super PAC to go after former GOP rivals Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who have declined to endorse him.  

"Well, it's not the number one thing on my mind. Look, what's on my mind is beating Hillary Clinton. What's on my mind is winning for the Republican Party," Trump said in an interview aired on NBC's "Meet the Press." on Sunday. "With that being said, yeah, I'll probably do a super PAC, you know, when they run against Kasich, for $10 million to $20 million, against Ted Cruz. And maybe one other person that I'm thinking about."  

Kaine the Attack Dog Goes After Trump
Clinton introduces running mate in Florida appearance aimed at Hispanic voters

Tim Kaine pulled out a trump card against the Republican presidential nominee at his first appearance as presumptive Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton's running mate.  

At a Miami rally Saturday, the Virginia senator said one of his sons, who is a U.S. Marine, will soon be deployed to Europe in support of NATO allies, an obvious opening for the generally affable Virginia senator to whack Donald Trump.  

Kaine Said Obama Needed Congressional Approval to Fight ISIS
Clinton campaign says she is pushing for a new force authorization

Hillary Clinton's choice to be her running mate  said President Barack Obama "must seek congressional approval" to execute the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.  

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., took the position that put him closer to people like Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has a more limited view of the commander-in-chief's power, than to the Obama White House.  

Virginia's Democratic Governor Would Appoint Kaine Replacement
Number of Senate Democrats would not be impacted immediately if Kaine became VP

While Sen. Tim Kaine was widely seen as the safest choice for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ticket, the Virginia Democrat's selection isn't without potential complications.  

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, would assuredly appoint a Democrat to fill Kaine's seat if the first-term senator were to become vice president, but the resignation would prompt an unusual off-year Senate campaign in the commonwealth. The special election would align with the 2017 governor's race.  

Clinton Picks Virginia's Tim Kaine for VP
Former swing-state governor supports tougher gun laws, trade deals

Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be her running mate, tapping a swing-state Democrat who brings to the ticket expertise in foreign affairs, support for tougher gun laws and a reputation as an even-tempered politician.  

I'm thrilled to share this news: I've chosen Tim Kaine as my running mate," Clinton announced in an email to supporters sent at 8:20 p.m.. "Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation's history."  

David Duke Running for Senate, Ties Himself to Trump
Former Klan leader announces he will run for open Louisiana seat

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is running for the open Senate seat in Louisiana.  

He made the announcement in a video Friday in which he claimed credit for much of the platform of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  

John McCain's Grand Canyon Adventure
2008 GOP presidential nominee was a world away from Cleveland's chaos

THE GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — As the drama and controversy that defined the Republican Party's coronation week for Donald Trump unfolded, Sen. John McCain could not have been farther away.  

"You're not in Cleveland? I'm surprised," Jose Campos, a tourist visiting from New Mexico, asked McCain, the 2008 GOP standard-bearer, inside a visitor's center overlooking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  

In Arizona, McCain Plays Up Experience that Opponent Uses Against Him
Arizona senator among the Republicans avoiding Cleveland this week

BELLEMONT, Ariz. — As goes Arizona, so goes the nation?  

If Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, succeeds in carrying the state in November, she's likely on her way to a rout, and the same would be true down-ballot, where John McCain is facing the Senate race of his life.  

Meet the Least Familiar Headliner at the Democratic Convention
Dreamer activist Astrid Silva to speak on opening night

There's only one boldface name on the first list of Democratic National Convention speakers that won't be immediately recognizable across the country.  

That's unless you have been following the campaign for granting legal status to undocumented immigrants or spending a lot of time around the Senate.  

Portman Touts Opioids Bill in New Ad
Bill he sponsored awaits signature from Obama

Sen. Rob Portman wasted no time hitting the airwaves to tout final passage of anti-opioid legislation.

The Ohio Republican's campaign said Friday it is launching a six-figure buy for a new rapid response ad featuring Portman's interviews about final Senate action, which took place Wednesday evening.

Clinton Staff Van Crashes at the Capitol
Broken glass but no injuries

The presumptive Democratic nominee's visit to the Senate ended with broken glass.  

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was leaving the Capitol after lunch with Senate Democrats , a van in her motorcade crashed into construction scaffolding outside the Senate's carriage entrance.  

Democratic Senate Women to Share the Spotlight at Convention
They'll help present the first woman nominee from a major party

The Senate Democratic women anticipate having a major prime time role as they present a former member of their ranks to become the first woman to become a major party's nominee for president.  

That is according to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, the longest serving woman in congressional history.  

Montana Senator's Crop-Convention Conundrum

DSCC Chairman Jon Tester said Wednesday that he will not be attending the entirety of the Democratic National Convention because of pressing business back home in Montana .  

"I've got harvest to do," Tester said in a brief interview. "I'm sure that there's going to be more stuff to do than people's going to have time for, and so we'll try to touch base with as many people as we can. The Montana delegation for sure."  

Bill to Fight Opioid Abuse Sent to Obama
Senate delivers final passage to measure that boosts Republicans in tough races

The Senate gave final passage Wednesday to legislation that will help communities combat opioid and heroin abuse and, in the process, gave a boost to some lawmakers facing tough re-election bids.  

"This is a historic moment, the first time in decades that Congress has passed comprehensive addiction legislation, and the first time Congress has ever supported long-term addiction recovery," Sen. Rob Portman said after the final vote.