2012

The Senate Revolution in North Dakota Will Not Be Televised
Radio rises in importance in top-tier Senate race

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer is the first name mentioned among Republicans who could challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in 2018. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer’s commitment to radio town halls should keep him connected to his constituents, but it could also help lay the groundwork to challenge a Democratic senator in a top-tier race.

The North Dakota congressman held the most town halls (164) among members of Congress in 2016, and 412 since August 2013, when LegiStorm started tracking them. But as Alex Gangitano explained in Roll Call, Cramer’s methods are a little unconventional because he conducts most of his town halls over the radio.

House Republicans Entrust Majority to Rogers at NRCC
New York native begins fourth cycle at committee, but first as executive director

John Rogers was part of the National Republican Congressional Committee team that limited the party’s losses in the House to a net of just six seats in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Rogers was born in Amsterdam, New York, a small-town about a half-hour west of Albany, but Republican friends know him best for once identifying an unlikely takeover opportunity three hours south in New York City.

Reid Boasts About Not Going Back to Nevada
Residency issues plagued colleagues, but not former Democratic leader

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid acknowledges that he didn’t get back to his home state on a regular basis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Residency issues knocked out a handful of Harry Reid’s colleagues over the years, but the outgoing Senate Democratic leader didn’t even pretend that he got back to his home state of Nevada on a regular basis. 

“It’s amazing what I have not done,” said Reid in the recent cover story for GW Magazine. “I don’t go home every week. I never have, even when I was in the House. I don’t like banquets, parades.” 

Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

California Rep. Darrell Issa will face another challenge from Doug Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

GOP Convention Taps Pam Stevens
House GOP media affairs director will serve in similar role in Cleveland

Pam Stevens is on leave from her job with the Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pam Stevens is a political veteran and the Republican National Committee is taking advantage of it, picking her to direct media affairs for the party convention .  

Stevens is in Cleveland on leave from her Hill job until Aug. 1. She has been the director of media affairs and strategic initiatives for the House Republican Conference since 2013.  

Treasury Secretary Pushes for Vote on Puerto Rico
McConnell sets cloture vote for Wednesday

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew wants the Senate to act on Puerto Rico legislation before July 1. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew is pushing the Senate to take up a House-passed compromise measure this week to address the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico.  

"The Senate should take up the matter immediately. Delay will only jeopardize the ability of Congress to conclude its work before July 1, a critical deadline Puerto Rico's leadership has publicly highlighted for months," Lew wrote Monday in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  

The Ultimate Hillary Clinton Running Mate
The one man who could help her carry all 50 states

Hillary Clinton campaigning in Ashland, Kentucky, last week.(Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Someday they will probably have to build a separate wing at the Clinton Library to house all the memos that are currently pouring into Hillary's Brooklyn headquarters on how to run against Donald Trump . The bilious billionaire offers, as military strategists might put it, "a target-rich environment."  

But for all the strategizing, Democrats still don't know what version of Trump will be on display in the fall campaign.  

Pro-Trump PAC Leader Guilty in 2012 Endorsement Scandal
Former Ron Paul aide linked to campaign finance fraud

Aides to Ron Paul were found guilty of corruption while working on his 2012 presidential campaign. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three former 2012 presidential campaign aides to former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul were found guilty on Thursday of public corruption.  

One of the aides convicted by a federal jury in Iowa, Jesse Benton, was tapped this year to be a chief strategist of a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  

Caveman for President
What I'd rather not think about: Ted Cruz's sex life, or Donald Trump's

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has pushed back hard against allegations of extramarital affairs. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

You know what really I’d rather not think about?  Ted Cruz’s sex life.  You know what I’d like to think about less?  Donald Trump’s.  And yet here we are in a presidential campaign, with smoke still rising from the terror attacks in Brussels, and the two leading Republican presidential candidates are busy fighting over their wives’ looks, backgrounds, and secret lives.  If Ted Cruz and Donald Trump could put down their clubs and Twitter feeds long enough to look in the mirror, they’d see the embarrassing images of modern day cavemen looking back at them.  

Let’s start with the disclaimer that Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump are both accomplished, intelligent women.  Life is full of mysteries, so I couldn’t tell you why these two professional women chose to marry their respective husbands or why they’ve stayed with them.  Has Donald Trump cheated on this current wife?  Who knows, but we know from his own prideful declarations that he has cheated before, and bragged about it.  Has Ted Cruz cheated on his missus?  The National Enquirer wants us to think so, but that Trump ally Roger Stone is impugning his integrity proves nothing.