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Advocacy Group Targets 29 Republicans Ahead of Health Care Vote
American Action Network is making a final six-figure push in support of AHCA

American Action Network’s latest digital campaign targets Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has come out against leadership’s health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is launching a final push to pressure 29 Republicans to support the GOP health care plan ahead of an expected vote later this week.

Some of those lawmakers have indicated they won’s support the bill.

Republicans Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
NRCC announces initial round of Patriot Program

Minnesota freshman Rep. Jason Lewis is part of the NRCC’s initial Patriot Program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named 10 members to its Patriot Program for incumbents who are expected to face tough re-election races in 2018.

“Our Patriots are a group of battle-tested members who won hard-fought races in 2016 and are ready to win once again,” Rep. Steve Stivers, the NRCC chairman, said in a statement Wednesday. 

Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

California Rep. Darrell Issa will face another challenge from Doug Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

Doug Applegate Isn’t Done with Darrell Issa
The failed Democratic candidate announced he’ll run again in 2018

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was declared the winner of the 49th District race three weeks after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The day after California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa was officially declared the winner of the 49th District race, Democrat Doug Applegate announced that he’ll run again in 2018.

“As a Marine Colonel, I know that the hardest fights often take a couple of battles — and I look forward to continuing our fight in the days, weeks, and months ahead,” Applegate said in a statement Tuesday evening.

It's Official: Darrell Issa Re-Elected in California
Democrat Doug Applegate falls short in upset bid against GOP incumbent

California Rep. Darrell Issa is returning for a ninth term in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa officially won re-election Monday, giving the House GOP yet another win in a seat it had once feared losing. 

The Associated Press called the race nearly three weeks after Election Day, with Issa leading Democrat Doug Applegate, 51 percent to 49 percent. 

Issa: Cool It With the Impeachment Talk
As Republicans broach impeachment against Clinton, Issa says, ‘Back off’

California Rep. Darrell Issa said Republicans need to ‘calm down’ with talk of impeachment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, has been one of the Obama administration’s biggest antagonists, but he’s telling Republicans to cool their jets on impeaching Hillary Clinton.

Issa, the onetime chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the remarks on San Diego radio host Brett Winterble’s talk show.

Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

California Rep. Jeff Denham faces a competitive re-election fight with less than two weeks before Nov. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Could the GOP Deficit in California Grow This Year?
Turnout could be a problem for Golden State Republicans

With Democrats trying to tie California Rep. Jeff Denham to the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the GOP is now spending in the Golden State's 10th District, too. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have a California problem.

The party has been slowly losing representation in the state’s congressional delegation over the past two decades. And with GOP enthusiasm for Donald Trump lacking, there’s concern about low turnout hurting the state’s Republican incumbents.

Republicans Tout Work with Obama in Campaigns
Obama calls it ‘definition of chutzpah’

Sen. Rob Portman's new radio ads feature African-American pastors and highlight him working with President Barack Obama on the heroin epidemic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With presidential nominee Donald Trump becoming a weight on down-ballot Republicans, they're tying themselves to an unlikely leader: President Barack Obama.

On Monday, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, released three radio ads with African-American pastors from across the state talking about his  bill to help former prisoners with education and job training.

Fact-Checking Issa and Applegate on 9/11 Ads
The two have been feuding about Issa's 2008 comments about the attacks

An ad from Democrat Douglas Applegate features a 9/11 first responder who says Rep. Darrell Issa and tea party Republicans “played politics with our lives.” (Screengrab from ad)

California Rep. Darrell Issa and his Democratic opponent are feuding over Issa’s previous comments about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and his commitment to first responders.

Earlier this week, Doug Applegate, a retired Marine colonel who is running against Issa, released an advertisement featuring Jaime Hazan, a 9/11 first responder.