2018

Republican Members Hear from Obamacare Supporters
Democrats hold rallies to defend Obama’s signature law

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., called a swarm of Obamacare supporters at a constituent event "partisan activists." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican members of Congress heard from constituents supportive of the Affordable Care Act over the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend as they take steps to repeal the law.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., saw hundreds of people at a constituent meeting event at a library in Aurora, according to one eyewitness account to 9News.

Initial 2018 Senate Ratings Map Filled With GOP Opportunities
Democrats defending 25 seats next year, compared to just 8 for Republicans

While Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, left, is heavily favored for re-election, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana are facing toss-up contests, according to the first 2018 race ratings by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ready or not, here come the 2018 midterm elections. Resistance is futile.

Even if you don’t want to acknowledge them, aspiring candidates are posturing for statewide bids and vulnerable incumbents are casting votes with re-election in mind.

Noem Replacement Candidate Raises $100,000
Comes as Noem makes a run for Governor

Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., announced in November that she would run for governor in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson said he raised $104,000 in the final weeks of 2016 for his campaign to succeed Rep. Kristi Noem.

Johnson raised the money in the final weeks of December after Noem announced she would run for governor, the Argus Leader reported.

Nevada Democrats Want McCarran Statue Removed From Capitol
Harry Reid wanted his name removed from Las Vegas airport

Rep. Jacky Rosen is one of three Democratic members of Congress who wants to see former Sen. Patrick McCarran's statue removed from Statuary Hall in the Senate (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Three Nevada Democratic House members want the statue of former Nevada Sen. Patrick McCarran's removed from the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Reps. Dina Titus, Ruben Kihuen and Jacky Rosen sent a letter to Nevada's Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval criticizing McCarran's legacy of xenophobia and antisemitism, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

House GOP Group Launches Digital Campaign for Health Care Plan
American Action Network will target 28 House districts

American Action Network is running digital ads about the House Republicans’ health care law replacement efforts in Ohio’s 4th District, held by former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across 28 congressional districts. 

American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit advocacy organization, is launching its first digital campaign of the year Friday, when the House is expected to vote on the budget resolution that would begin the process of repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. 

Democratic Senate Incumbents Could Withstand Rust Belt Shift
An early look at the re-election prospects of 4 senators from Trump states

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown will be up for re-election in 2018 in Ohio, where Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Rob Portman won handily last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the final stretch of the 2016 campaign, Paul Maslin could sense that former Sen. Russ Feingold was in trouble, as the Wisconsin Democrat tried to win back his Senate seat from Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson.

“I could feel Johnson found a message groove and Russ was doing sort of a victory lap,” said Maslin, a Democratic consultant in the Badger State, who was doing work for the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

White House Sees McAuliffe Playing Big Role for Dems in Post-Obama Era
Earnest floats notion next singular party leader is, for now, an unknown to most

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention last July. President Barack Obama sees him as a key part of the Democratic Party leadership team come Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama expects the Democratic Party to transition to leadership by committee when he leaves office next Friday, and his top spokesman expects Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will play a major role. 

Asked Thursday to whom Obama will articulate concerns or offer advice, Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and the new Senate Minority Leader, Charles E. Schumer of New York, then added McAuliffe to the list.

NRCC Names First Female Head of Recruitment
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will help find 2018 candidates

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will be the NRCC’s vice chairwoman for recruitment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers has named New York Rep. Elise Stefanik the committee’s vice chairwoman for recruitment for the 2018 election cycle. 

Stefanik is the first woman to lead recruitment efforts for the party, a significant appointment given that the GOP trails Democrats in the number of women in Congress. Democrats have 62 female members in the House, while Republicans have just 21.

Nolan Mulling a Run for Minnesota Governor
Says he would ‘give it some thought’ after being asked to consider run

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., is considering a run for governor after pulling off a squeaker victory in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., says he’s been asked to run for governor in 2018, and he’s considering it. But for now, he’s leaning toward staying in Congress.

“It was not an idea of mine,” Nolan told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “It’s one of those things that genuinely came from other sources, and out of respect for them, I said I would give it some thought.” 

North Dakota Man Arrested for Heitkamp Death Threat
Threatened to ‘shoot you in your red head’

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., received threatening emails from a man wanting an exemption from the Affordable Care Act (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Fargo, N.D., man is accused in federal court of emailing threats to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for nearly four years.

Kevin Lee Olson sent an email on Dec. 22, 2016, in which he threatened to shoot the senator in the head. Heitkamp had received threatening emails from Olson, 55, since 2014, the Pioneer Press reported