Dana Rohrabacher

Fight for the House Centers on Five States
More than one-third of targeted districts reside in a handful of states

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján is tasked with leading House Democrats back to the majority, including picking up handfuls of seats in a few key states. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Both parties haven’t wasted any time unveiling their House target lists for next year’s midterm elections, and a few states have emerged as early battlegrounds. 

At the end of January, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an ambitious list of 59 Republican-held districts, followed by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s ambitious list of 36 Democratic-held districts just more than a week later.

Pro-Pot Lawmakers to Join Forces, Launch Cannabis Caucus
Move comes amid uncertainty for state marijuana laws under Trump

Inventory including “Merry N’Berry” on display at the medical marijuana dispensary Takoma Wellness Center, in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lawmakers looking to draw attention to pet issues have formed groups in favor of everything from auto care to zoos. Now, there’s a caucus for cannabis. 

Rep. Earl Bluemenauer said the move — to be announced at a press conference Thursday — is a sign of how mainstream the drive for marijuana legalization has become.

Rohrabacher Staffer Injured in Protest at District Office
Congressman says protesters engaged in ‘political thuggery’

Activists were trying to get Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., to hold a town hall meeting in his district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A tussle at California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office led to his district director being hospitalized and a the daughter of a protester being hit on the head.

Activists showed up at the Republican congressman’s office to deliver Valentine's Day cards that requested Rohrabacher hold a town hall meeting, the Orange County Register reported. When they found the doors locked, they shoved the cards under the door. When the 2-year-old daughter of one protester was adding a card, the door opened and hit her on the head.

The Incredible Shrinking Split Tickets
Midterm campaign field starts with just 35 crossover House districts

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is the only Republican up for re-election in 2018 in a state not carried by Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For the latest evidence of the nation’s polarized politics, the granular returns from November offer these slivers of bright purple insight:

Voters in just 35 congressional districts, or 8 percent of the total, elected a House member from one party while preferring the presidential candidate of the other party — the second election in a row where the share of ticket-splitting seats was in the single digits. Before that, 1920 was the last time the number of such crossover districts fell below one out of every nine.

Heard on the Hill This Week: The Saga of the Student Painting Heist
 

Throughout a week filled with heated confirmation hearings and a late-night vote-a-rama, one story continuously dogged Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano: some lawmakers kept taking down a controversial student painting in the Cannon tunnel. Watch the video for a play-by-play from Gangitano.

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Ferguson Painting Comes Down, Again

Controversial Ferguson Painting Removed From Display for Third Time
‘We might just have to kick somebody’s a--’ to keep it from being removed again, Richmond says

From left, Reps. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana, Alma Adams of North Carolina, William Lacy Clay of Missouri, John Conyers Jr. of Michigan and Hank Johnson of Georgia at a news conference in front of the painting in the Cannon tunnel on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:45 p.m. | A painting by a constituent of Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay has been removed from the walls of the Cannon tunnel by Republicans three times — and replaced after each incident.

“We might just have to kick somebody’s a-- and stop them,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond said, when asked if the painting needed security personnel to protect it.

Rohrabacher Accuses Journalist of Bias Against Russia
Says he’s had discussions with people ‘high up in the transition team’ about being Trump’s secretary of State

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has previously made remarks sympathetic to Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., accused a journalist who is a refugee from the former Soviet Union of bias in an interview Wednesday.

Manchin Among Trump’s Expanded Secretary of State List
Rohrabacher also in the running

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, at podium, is reportedly being considered for secretary of State in a Trump administration despite being a Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s pool of potential picks for secretary of State doubled since the last reports of how short was his short list.

Trump aides last week said he had whittled down the selection process to four, but ABC News reports Trump is now considering five more people including a retired admiral who Hillary Clinton considered for her running mate, another former presidential candidate, and a senator from the other side of the aisle.