Rep. Lloyd Doggett could benefit from legal debate over Texas' new Congressional lines.
The map redraw was made easier by the announcement from Rep. John Olver (D) that he will retire at the end of his term. Big winners from the draft map included Rep. Niki Tsongas (D), whose district was shored up, and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D), who retained most of his current territory.
The most vulnerable Member under the new map is Rep. John Tierney (D), whose district remained competitive and who is a top Bay State target of Republicans. The map is expected to be signed into law soon — perhaps next week — with few changes.
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Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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