Simone Pathé

Already Small in Number, GOP Women Incumbents Could Be In Jeopardy
 

Senior political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman discuss the midterm landscape for women....
New Budgeting Software Hopes to Help Democratic Campaign Managers
Warchest now has 200 users, including the DCCC

The surge of Democratic candidates this cycle has given way to a new crop of campaign managers who are taking their first crack at managing millions of dollars. 

And up until recently, there wasn’t a streamlined way for them to handle the money coming in and spend down to zero, which is the most important job for managers. 

Senate Majority PAC Defends Tester in First Statewide Ad in Montana
Spot pushes back against Americans for Prosperity’s health care attack

A Democratic super PAC is defending Montana Sen. Jon Tester from a recent attack by Americans for Prosperity with a TV ad of its own.

Senate Majority PAC, which supports Senate Democrats, is debuting its first statewide TV ad in Montana on Tuesday, backed by a $400,000 buy.

At the Races: Get Ready for Another Special Election
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. — Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

Phifer Drops out of Race to Succeed Nolan in Minnesota’s 8th District
Former FBI analyst received most votes at DFL convention but decided against running in primary

Despite winning the most delegate votes at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor convention for Minnesota’s 8th District on Saturday, Leah Phifer announced Wednesday she will not run in the August primary.

The convention did not result in an endorsement because no candidate received the required 60 percent of the delegate votes.

DCCC Adds Five More Candidates to Red to Blue Program
Two of them have said they won’t back Pelosi for Democratic leader

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is announcing its fifth round of Red to Blue candidates Wednesday. 

The five latest additions, obtained first by Roll Call, include two candidates running in districts that President Donald Trump carried by double digits, both of whom have said they wouldn’t support Nancy Pelosi for Democratic leader if elected. 

Inside the Antique Mall That’s Greg Pence’s Largest Asset
Vice president’s brother is running for Congress but seldom gives interviews

EDINBURGH, Ind. — He’s not big on talking to the media, but if you want to see Indiana congressional candidate Greg Pence, the brother of the vice president, the Exit 76 Antique Mall here may be a good place to look.

Along with another smaller antique mall in nearby Bloomington, this 72,000-square-foot mall is Pence’s largest asset. The warehouse-like building carries everything from a $10 U.S. Capitol porcelain plate to an $800 barbecue bull that lets smoke out of its nose, with plenty of Elvis figurines, costume jewelry, knives and grandfather clocks stuffed in between.

At the Races: A Better Way Out?
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. — Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

November Just Got Cloudier for House Republicans With Ryan’s Exit
‘You don’t want the captain leaving the ship,’ ex-NRCC chairman says

House Republicans’ most prolific fundraiser is vowing to continue to do all he can to help them keep the majority in the midterms.

But Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s announcement Wednesday that he doesn’t want to be a part of that majority next year has only crystalized the perception that the House GOP is in for a drubbing in November.

Todd Rokita on the Most Important Part of His Driving Memo
Roll Call rides with Indiana Republican as he campaigns for Senate

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita has a reputation for driving hundreds of miles a day during his statewide Senate campaigns.

The day this reporter was with him last week, the Republican lawmaker was on track to put 500 miles on his unmarked white Chevrolet Tahoe, a surplus police vehicle he bought for the campaign. (He went with Crown Victorias for his two earlier campaigns for Indiana secretary of state.) 

Indiana’s Braun Brothers Keep Their Distance on the Campaign Trail
Mike is running for Senate; Steve is running for the House

LEBANON, Ind. — If it weren’t for the last name and a slight physical resemblance, it’d be easy to forget that Mike and Steve Braun — both running for federal office in Indiana this year — are brothers. 

Mike is seeking the Republican Senate nomination. Steve is bidding for the GOP nod in the open 4th District, which Rep. Todd Rokita is vacating to run for Senate. 

Three Republicans Vie to Be Next Congressman From Indiana’s 4th District
Morales, Braun and Baird bring their own styles to GOP primary

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — In many parts of the country, President Donald Trump’s sagging national popularity could be a liability for down-ballot Republicans.

But not here.

Rokita Responds to Driving Memo
 

In August, a memo that detailed extensive driving instructions for Indiana Senate candidate and current Rep. Todd Rokita became public. The memo received criticism for its eight pages of instructions that Rokita’s team asks of the lawmaker’s driver. He talked about the memo while in the car, of all places, with political reporter Simone Pathé....
Indiana Republicans Hope to Imitate Trump’s Success in Senate Primary
Early voting for May 8 primary starts Tuesday

WARSAW, Ind. — Nine-dollar all-you-can-eat fried Alaska pollock brings out hungry Hoosiers — and plenty of politicians.

At last week’s Kosciusko County fish fry, a biennial fundraiser for the local GOP, all three Republican Senate candidates in Indiana worked the room of long communal tables laden with campaign literature.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Announces Senate Campaign
Scott is challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson

Florida Gov. Rick Scott made his long-expected announcement for Senate on Monday.

"Some say as governor I've never fit in," Scott said in a video message. "Well that's true. I never plan to fit in. And I won't fit in Washington either," he said, before criticizing Washington for being "full of politicians." 

At the Races: Breaking Into Congress With a Nail File
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. — Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

Marcy Kaptur Has a 2018 Message for House Democrats
Longtime Ohio lawmaker recently became the longest-serving woman in the House

Marcy Kaptur was at a Toledo, Ohio, funeral home when The New York Times interviewed her during her first campaign for the House. It was 1982. But the headline of the resulting story could have been written today: “Democrats in Ohio Woo Disenchanted Defectors.”

For a party still grappling with what went wrong in 2016, taking back the House in November now looks like the Democrats’ best chance of reclaiming some power in a Republican-controlled government. And although the most natural pickups might be in Virginia, California or New York, party strategists acknowledge they need to play for the center too.

New Democrats’ PAC Adds 16 Candidates to Watch List
Inclusion comes with a check and potential for endorsement

The political arm of the moderate New Democrat Coalition is adding 16 more candidates to its watch list Monday.

The latest additions by NewDemPAC include Democratic challengers in open and Republican-held seats. Inclusion on the list comes with a $1,000 check, but it does not signify a full endorsement. The PAC made its first 16 endorsements earlier this month.