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Democrat Seeks Another Crack at Walberg in Michigan
Gretchen Driskell lost by double digits in 2016

Democrat Gretchen Driskell is seeking a rematch against Rep. Tim Walberg in Michigan’s 7th District. (Courtesy Gretchen Driskell for Congress)

Democrat Gretchen Driskell wants a second round with Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan’s 7th District after losing to him last fall by 15 points.

With her announcement Wednesday to run again in 2018, Driskell, a former mayor of Saline and two-term member of the Michigan House of Representatives, is the first Democrat to enter the race.

Barbara Lee to Take AUMF Repeal to Foreign Affairs
GOP leadership drop language from spending bill

Rep. Barbara Lee on Wednesday vowed to take her long-time efforts to repeal the current Authorization for Use of Military Force, which dates to 2001 but is used for a wide range of conflicts now, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee after Republican leaders removed it from a spending bill the California Democrat successfully attached the repeal to.

Flake Defends Democratic Opponent From Anti-Muslim Slurs
‘Lots of wonderful people across Arizona,’ GOP senator says

Democratic challenger Deedra Abboud thanked Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for his “leadership in rejecting behavior that doesn’t reflect our American values.” (Courtesy Deedra 2018)

Sen. Jeff Flake flew quickly to the defense of one of his 2018 Democratic challengers on Twitter late Tuesday in response to anti-Muslim comments posted on her Facebook page.

“Hang in there @deedra2018,” the Arizona Republican encouraged Deedra Abboud, a 45-year-old Phoenix immigration and estate planning lawyer, after seeing an Arizona Republic story pointing out some of the hateful comments. Abboud, a Muslim, launched her campaign to unseat Flake in April.

New Poll Shows Lots of Bad News for Trump
Americans express dislike for GOP health bill, would rather have Obama or Clinton as president

President Donald Trump delivers his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey finds the bad news coming for President Donald Trump from several directions, with the only positive being his supporters holding steady behind him.   

As Trump advocates for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with replacement to come later, in the wake of the latest failure to pass a health bill in the Senate, Americans aren’t on board. Only 35 percent supported repealing the law and starting over, versus 58 percent in support of keeping what works and fixing what doesn’t.

Pence Uses His Medicaid Expansion Plan as Sales Pitch to Governors
Vice president owns up to expanding entitlement in Indiana

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday made a sales pitch to Republican and Democratic governors for an emerging GOP-crafted health care bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Mike Pence grabbed the elephant in the room by the tusks Friday when he addressed Republican and Democratic governors, owning his decision as Indiana’s chief executive to expand Medicaid coverage under the 2010 health law.

Pence used his 2015 decision to accept federal funds to expand the program under Barack Obama’s health law as an example of how the Senate Republican leadership-crafted health bill would give governors greater control to shape their states’ health care regimes. The VP, as governor, used the Affordable Care Act-provided funds to expand Medicaid via a program unique to the Hoosier State.

Scalise Condition Upgraded to Fair
MedStar: ‘He is in fair condition, and will require careful monitoring’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the meeting with President Donald Trump and the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s condition was upgraded to fair after he underwent surgery Thursday to manage a deep tissue infection he developed from his bullet wounds after being shot last month during Republicans’ congressional baseball practice.

“Today, he underwent surgery for the management of deep tissue infection related to his bullet wounds,” MedStar Washington Hospital said in a statement Thursday. “He is in fair condition, and will require careful monitoring to see if and when further interventions are necessary.”

Transgender Activist, Vampire Novelist Running Against Rutherford
Monica DePaul calls conservative Republicans ‘cartoon supervillains’

Credit: Campaign Facebook page.

Monica DePaul, a University of North Florida adjunct English professor, author of vampire novels, and transgender activist, hopes to unseat Republican Rep. John Rutherford to represent Florida’s 4th District. 

DePaul, who volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and was elected a pledged delegate for him last year. She advocated for the successful expansion of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to protect LGBT people.

Centrist Project Charts Path for Electing Independents
Alaska Governor, independent officials discuss how to win elections without parties

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker was among the Independent politicians who discussed a movement to elect nonpartisan candidates to Congress and statehouses at the National Press Club on Wednesday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

When Alaska Governor Bill Walker first ran for the state’s highest office in 2010, he faced a problem: many of his friends and supporters couldn’t vote for him in the closed Republican primary because they weren’t affiliated with the party.

Former Foster Staffer Fifth Democrat to Challenge Roskam
Carole Cheney says incumbent takes same ‘extreme positions’ as Donald Trump

Democratic challenger Carole Cheney said incumbent Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam has “lost touch with the people of his community.” (Carole for Congress via Facebook)

A fifth voice has joined the early chorus of Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP Rep. Peter Roskam.

Carole Cheney, who headed the district office of Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., from 2013 to 2017, announced Tuesday she would enter the Democratic primary race for the state’s 6th District, claiming Roskam had “lost touch with the people of his community,” NBC Chicago reported.

Read Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails About Russia Meeting
President’s son tweeted emails after New York Times obtained them

Donald Trump Jr. posted emails around the meeting he had with a Russian businessman promising damaging information on his father’s presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Faced with the prospect of the New York Times publishing emails showing Donald Trump Jr. agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to receive damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the president’s son attempted to pre-empt the story by publishing them himself.

In a June 3, 2016, email, a Russian business partner of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump emailed Donald Trump Jr. offering documents from a senior Russian government official that “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”