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Minnesota’s Tim Walz Close to Decision on Gubernatorial Run
He could leave open a top target for Republicans in 2018

Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, seen here campaigning for fellow DFL Rep. Rick Nolan last fall, will likely decide about a gubernatorial bid within the next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz is close to making a decision about running for governor in 2018, which would leave open a congressional seat Democrats barely won in 2016. 

“I am interested in doing it, I feel very strongly about it, am passionate about Minnesota. I believe the issues that are coming up are going to be fought at the state level, and so I expect to make a decision in the very, very near future,” Walz told Roll Call on Monday night outside the House chamber. 

Fundraiser with Trump Raises $30 Million for House Republicans
NRCC sets fundraising record for this year’s March Dinner

The NRCC raised a record sum for its largest annual fundraiser, which President Donald Trump is keynoting Tuesday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $30 million for its largest fundraiser of the year, which is being headlined by President Donald Trump Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. 

The haul for this year’s March Dinner, obtained first by Roll Call, breaks the $20.5 million record set at last year’s dinner

Rising Waters at Home Cause Republicans to Buck Party in D.C.
Moderate Republicans are out front on climate change threat

New York Rep. John J. Faso is one of several GOP freshmen concerned about climate change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Whipping out his iPhone, New York Rep. John J. Faso scrolled through text messages from his wife until he found the photo he sought. 

“There’s my wife’s car in the driveway,” he said, pointing to a lump covered in snow. “So there was no climate change that we were worried about in the last couple of days.”

Former House GOP Campaign Chief Joins Holland & Knight
Tom Reynolds to boost firm’s ties to Republicans in power

Former New York Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, pictured here in 2003, has built a lobbying practice since leaving Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former House Republican campaign chief Thomas M. Reynolds, a New Yorker who spent five terms in Congress, is bringing his lobbying practice to Holland & Knight as the firm tries to expand its Republican ties. 

Reynolds retired from the House, where he served on the Ways and Means Committee, in 2009. He set up shop at the firm Nixon Peabody where his recent clients have included Goldman Sachs Group, the American Unity Fund and the Council for Affordable Housing and Rural Development, disclosures show.

The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Karen Handel is hoping to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District, but first, she faces an April 18 jungle primary with 17 other candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

Ryan Says He’ll Match What Members Raise for NRCC
Speaker previously transferred $4.4 million to GOP campaign group

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told House Republicans he would match what members collectively raise for the NRCC in March. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told House Republicans that he would match what members collectively raise for National Republican Campaign Committee in March.

According to a source in the room, Ryan made the pledge during a conference at the Republican National Committee on Wednesday. 

Montana Republicans Pick Gianforte to Run for Zinke’s Seat
Ran for governor in 2016

Greg Gianforte is Montana Republicans' choice to replace former Rep. Ryan Zinke after Zinke's selection as Secretary of Interior. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Montana Republicans have nominated their nominee for governor last year to run for the state’s at-large House seat.

Greg Gianforte received the majority of delegate votes at the party’s nominating convention in Helena. Gianforte will run against Democrat Rob Quist for the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke, who was tapped by President Donald Trump to be secretary of Interior.

Ryan Transfers $4.4 million to NRCC in February
Last month’s transfer is third largest for a Republican speaker

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s staff credits his fundraising haul to a “simply staggering” level of support for the GOP agenda. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan transferred more than $4.4 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee in February, breaking his record for the same period last year. 

The first few months of an off-year are usually a slower time for fundraising, but a rocky first full month of Donald Trump’s presidency doesn’t seem to have hurt Ryan’s sway with GOP donors. 

House Republicans Shouldn’t Get Too Comfortable in Majority
Number of competitive races could balloon before Election Day

More Republican seats could become legitimate takeover targets for Democrats in reaction to a polarizing and unpopular President Donald Trump, Nathan L. Gonzales writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican gerrymandering has put the House majority out of reach for Democrats, we’re told. But even though the initial playing field of competitive races is probably too small for the GOP to fall into the minority, Republicans shouldn’t get too comfortable. The playing field could expand dramatically over the next 20 months.

Inside Elections (formerly The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report) rated 43 House races as competitive in its initial 2018 ratings. That total includes 28 seats held by Republicans and 15 seats held by Democrats.

Issa Skips Town Hall, But Has Impromptu One Outside Office
Greeted critics and supporters

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., spoke with protesters and supporters outside of a district office for more than an hour, local media reported. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa skipped a town hall event organized by local groups on Wednesday, but did meet with protesters and supporters outside a district office earlier in the day.

The California Republican had been invited to a town hall event organized to pin him down on his views on the 2010 health care law, but his office said he already had a commitment, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.