caucuses

Blue Dogs See Single-Digit Majority as Their ‘Sweet Spot’
Moderate Democratic caucus hoping to regrow its power through midterm gains

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore, who heads the Blue Dog Coalition’s political arm, says a single-digit majority is a sweet spot for the group, which is looking to rebuild its influence next Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The nearly moribund Blue Dogs, the coalition of moderate-to-conservative House Democrats, are looking to rebuild influence in the next Congress — and they think they’re in an especially good position to do so if the November midterms result in a single-digit House majority. 

The leaders of the Blue Dog Coalition, speaking with a small group of reporters Wednesday, said they obviously prefer a Democratic majority, but they think they will have power even if Republicans hold on to the majority with just a handful of seats. 

John Oliver on Primaries: An 'Erratic Clusterf---'
Comedian proposes solution to convoluted nominating process

Comedian John Oliver suggested serious reforms to the "electoral foreplay" of the presidential primary season Sunday night in a skit probing the "erratic clusterf---" that resulted in riotous displays in Nevada this month.   

"Any competition should have clear rules," he said. "You don't get to the end of a football game and say, OK, who found the most eggs?"