endorsement-watch

EMILY’s List Backs First House Challenger of 2018 Cycle
Democrat Katie Porter is challenging GOP’s Mimi Walters in California

Democrat Katie Porter, right, has already been endorsed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her bid for California’s 45th District seat. (Courtesy Katie Porter for Congress)

Updated 9:11 a.m.| In its first endorsement of a House challenger in the 2018 cycle, EMILY’s List is backing Katie Porter, a law professor challenging California Republican Rep. Mimi Walters. The early endorsement signals that the abortion rights group will be aggressively targeting House Republicans in the midterm elections.

“EMILY’s List is thrilled to endorse Katie Porter in this critical race to take back the House of Representatives,” Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. “We need leaders on Capitol Hill who aren’t afraid to stand up to [Donald] Trump associates, big banks, and entrenched special interests who wield tremendous power over the White House, the Trump family, and a Republican-controlled Congress.”

Coats on Short List for Director of National Intelligence
In consideration along with Fran Townsend and Admiral Michael Rogers

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is retiring at the beginning of 2017 . (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Indiana Sen. Dan Coats is being considered for the position of Director of National Intelligence in a Trump administration, according to reports.

Coats met with President Elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, though he said he did not talk with him about a cabinet position but about the deal Trump struck with Carrier to stay in Indiana.

House Democrats Still Want Leadership Changes After Re-Electing Pelosi
Many members want to see truly elected positions, not appointed and confirmed

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, flanked by Democratic House leaders, speaks to reporters following the House Democrats’ leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats decided Wednesday they aren’t ready to change the top rung of their leadership, but many are still hankering for something new after re-electing Nancy Pelosi minority leader for the 115th Congress.

Some of that change is expected to come Thursday as the caucus meets to discuss proposals for amending internal rules that will result in an expanded leadership team — the exact structure of which is up for debate. Other winds of change will likely arise in the coming months and years.

Barletta Says He’s Considering Trump’s Labor Offer
Pa. Republican credited with helping deliver home state for president-elect

Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta was an early congressional backer of Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Challenger Pits Pelosi Against Rank-and-File Democrats
Drama surrounds veteran lawmaker’s bid to retain control of divided caucus

Nancy Pelosi, who has been the top House Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi puts her leadership position on the line Wednesday morning, facing criticism from rank-and-file Democrats and an opponent agitating for change after three consecutive unsuccessful attempts to retake control of the chamber.

The 76-year-old Californian is expected to prevail by capturing a simple majority in the secret balloting, but some Democrats predict the race could be close. As of Tuesday evening, at least 80 caucus members had publicly committed to Pelosi.

Divisions in Black Caucus Over Minority Leader Pick?
But CBC chairman offers no indication of whom he supports

North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who is also the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, won’t publicly say whom he supports in the contested election for minority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus has indicated that there are divisions over whom caucus members support in the contested election for minority leader between incumbent California Democrat Nancy Pelosi and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat, emerged from a private three-hour CBC meeting in the Capitol Tuesday night, refusing to talk about what the group discussed on the eve of Democratic leadership elections. But earlier in the evening, he acknowledged the divisions. 

Pelosi Has Support of Four-Fifths of Members Needed to Beat Tim Ryan
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan has 12 endorsements to Pelosi’s 80

Nancy Pelosi faces Ohio’s Tim Ryan for the House Democratic leadership position on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had garnered public endorsements from at least 80 Democratic members — four-fifths of the total she needs to hold onto her leadership post.

The Californian, who has been the top Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who had only 12 public endorsements as of 8:30 p.m. 

Democrats Voting on Pelosi Are Older But Not Long-Tenured
A majority of the incoming caucus is 60 or older but most members have served 4 terms or less

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The House Democrats who will decide this week whether it’s time for younger, less-tenured leadership have served in the chamber an average of close to six full terms, and nearly six in 10 are over the age of 60. 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has drawn criticism for not fostering leadership opportunities for younger caucus members. The 76-year-old Californian, who has been the chamber’s top Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from 43-year-old Tim Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Ohio, who says that after four straight disappointing elections for House Democrats, it’s time for a change at the top. 

Sanders Draws Battle Lines With Trump
Spells out when he will oppose president-elect and when they might agree

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he is willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump on the minimum wage but called him out on climate change. (Brian Dozier for The Christian Science Monitor)

Sen. Bernie Sanders further expanded on when he would be interested in working with President-elect Donald Trump and when the Vermont independent will vigorously oppose the incoming president.

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Thursday, Sanders, who unsuccessfully challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, said that Trump ran as an anti-establishment populist, pledging not to cut Social Security or Medicare and raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

If North Carolina Is Another Florida, That’s Good and Bad
Some ingredients are in place for potential election night nightmares

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, seen at a campaign event earlier this year in Durham, N.C., is making the Tar Heel State a target in the final days before Nov. 8. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina is feeling pretty excited these days. If you’re a political junkie or just going out for a walk, it’s hard to miss the array of top-tier political figures and celebrities eager to tell you how important your vote is. The state is not quite Florida yet, in terms of its role in the president-electing business, but it’s getting there.

North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes are crucial for Republican Donald Trump’s chances and could provide a firewall for Democrat Hillary Clinton as her poll numbers soften in the Midwest and other states that seemed sure things. And then there are downballot races, including a contentious gubernatorial contest and a U.S. Senate race that could determine which party gets to control that often gridlocked group of lawmakers.