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Newest Blue Dog Sides with GOP on Repeal of Midnight Rules
Democrat Josh Gottheimer campaigned as a fiscal conservative

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer was one of only four Democrats to vote for legislation allowing for the repeal of recent regulations finalized by the Obama administration. (Courtesy Josh Gottheimer Facebook page)

The three Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the Republican-backed Midnight Rules Relief Act last November had some new company Wednesday night, when the House again passed California Rep. Darrell Issa’s reintroduced legislation.

The House voted 238-184 to allow Congress to repeal en bloc multiple regulations approved in the last 60 legislative days of President Barack Obama’s administration. 

Did Down-Ballot Democrats Rely Too Heavily on Trump?
Party only cut historic House deficit by 6 seats

Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempts to tie Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to Donald Trump. The congressman ended up coasting to re-election by 14 points. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats never thought they were in for a great night on Tuesday, but their scant gains are inspiring new questions about how the party wins congressional elections after several cycles of disappointment.

Front and center, of course, is Donald Trump. How they missed the signs of Trump’s surprise victory will be a bigger question for the entire Democratic Party (and Republicans and the media alike) for months to come. 

In Trump Country, Democrats Fight to Defend Minnesota Seat
Rick Nolan is one of just three House Democrats the GOP could knock off

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., left, appears with Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan during a campaign event for Nolan at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 28. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Rare is the House candidate who has two vice presidents stump for him in less than 24 hours.

But Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan is one of three vulnerable Democratic incumbents in a year when mostly Republicans are on the defensive. Democrats must gain 30 seats to take the House majority, so they can’t afford to lose this one.

Minnesota Blue Dog Isn't Ready to Give Up His District
Collin Peterson’s seat will almost certainly flip when he retires

Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, left, is one of the last Blue Dog Democrats in the House. Here he appears with former Vice President Walter Mondale, center, and Rep. Rick Nolanat the Nolan Annual Fish Fry on Oct. 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BRAINERD, Minn. ­— Collin C. Peterson is the last thing keeping Minnesota’s 7th District blue.

Democrats are always worried that the 13-term congressman is going to retire. Because if he does, his heavily agricultural district will almost certainly send a Republican to Congress.

Tuesday Trivia: Congressional Campaign Edition
These candidates have interesting pasts

Test your knowledge of congressional campaigns. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For this recess trivia, we're going all congressional campaigns.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, a Republican, is running this year in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. In 2014, which Democrat did he run against in a different state?

E-Cigarette Industry Eyes Year-End Bill for Regulatory Rollback
Omnibus could better shield e-cigarette sales from new FDA regulations

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole said an omnibus bill would a better way of ensuring the sale of e-cigarette products are not affected by the new FDA regulations. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The effort to pass appropriations bills on time has all but collapsed because of controversial policy riders, but the e-cigarette industry and its allies view the likelihood of a catchall spending measure as a good thing.  

That’s because of a provision tucked into the House bill that funds the Food and Drug Administration (HR 5054), which would let current e-cigarette products remain on sale without pre-market approval from the FDA. Supporters of the language think it is more likely to survive in an omnibus than a stand-alone bill funding the FDA.  

Meat vs. Veggie Showdown on National Hot Dog Day
PETA not happy over Meat Institute's annual hot dog lunch

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, second from right, poses for a picture with members of his staff during the North American Meat Institute's annual hot dog lunch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With only the front security entrance to Rayburn separating them, traditional hot dogs and veggie dogs were handed out for lunch simultaneously. So which do you choose?

Several hot dog companies passed out the classic summer chow in the 97-degree heat. Another perk was that former Major League Baseball players were signing balls and bats for attendees.  

Gun Control Meets Congressional Dysfunction
Swing-district Republicans hold the key to any legislative breakthrough

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo will need to convince more of his fellow Republican House colleagues to support his gun control proposal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

This is the week when the American people decide if the extraordinary House sit-in is remembered as the sound of gridlock breaking, or the latest evidence of gridlock calcifying.  

Energized advocates for gun control predict it will prove to be the former. Experience says it will be the latter.  

Why They Didn't Show Up to Sit In
The 11 Democrats who didn't participate in last week's gun control protest

Some 176 members of the House Democratic caucus – or 94 percent – took part in the sit-in last week to protest inaction on gun control legislation. (Courtesy Rep. John Yarmuth's Twitter page)

Organizers said they started last week’s extraordinary sit-in on the House floor without knowing how many other House Democrats would join them to demand votes on legislation to tighten background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from buying weapons. By the time the protest ended, nearly 26 hours later, 176 members of the caucus — or 94 percent — had taken part in the demonstration.  

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