NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema Spins Through Her Day
The triathlete is taking her spinning classes to the public

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the first sitting member of Congress to finish an IRONMAN triathlon, is now teaching spin classes to the public. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kyrsten Sinema is a morning person.

That’s often hard when the House has late votes, like it did before the August recess.

Sinema Challenger Spent Campaign Cash on Teeth Whitening
Also spent money on church abstinence program, surveillance gear

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema could face a Republican challenger who spent more than $5,000 in campaign funds on men's clothing, dental work, tactical gear and an abstinence program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A congressional candidate is facing criticism after it was reported that he used  more than $5,000 in campaign money for teeth whitening, clothing and a church teen abstinence event.  

According to a report from The Arizona Republic, David Giles, who is running in the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, spent $2,865 on tactical gear like surveillance equipment and an M-11 handgun. Giles also spent $1,455 on clothes from Men's Wearhouse, $297 on teeth whitening and $500 for his church's teen purity event, Lock Walk.