Duncan Hunter

Hunter Calls for Preemptive Strike on North Korea
‘You could call it declaring war, call it whatever you want,’ California congressman says

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said the U.S. should prepare for the worst after threats from North Korea. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Rep. Duncan Hunter said the U.S should consider a preemptive strike on North Korea. 

In an interview on the radio station KSUI, the Republican who represents San Diego, said it could be assumed that Kim Jong Un’s regime had a missile aimed at San Diego, Guam or Hawaii, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Moulton Raises $600,000 for Veteran Candidates He Endorsed
Massachusetts Democrat says Congress needs the ‘fresh perspective’ that his fellow veterans bring

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., is backing 11 fellow military veterans in their bids to unseat Republican members in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton raised $600,000 for the Democratic candidates he endorsed in his attempt to recruit more veterans to run for Congress.

The announcement came after a forum at Harvard University, Moulton’s alma mater, with four of the candidates he has endorsed: Dan Feehan in Minnesota’s 1st District, Roger Dean Huffstelter in Virginia’s 5th District, Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s 6th District, and Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey’s 11th District.

Why Most House Republicans Voted for a Deal They Loathed
Debt haters and defense hawks made up most no votes

Texas Rep. Pete Olson, seen here at a Wednesday press conference, was among the 21 of 25 Texas Republicans to vote for final passage of the Hurricane Harvey relief measure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Most House Republicans griped about the fiscal package they were forced to vote on Friday, but ultimately, a relatively small portion of the conference was willing to vote against it.

A little more than one-third of House Republicans voted against a package that would extend government funding and the debt ceiling for three months, while providing $15 billion in disaster relief aid, primarily to Texas and Louisiana to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Hunter’s Chief of Staff Leaves Amid Campaign Finance Investigation
Joe Kasper to take a position at the Pentagon

Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he wanted to stay in Hunter’s office until the “successful conclusion” of a campaign finance investigation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Chief of Staff Joe Kasper is leaving his office amid the investigation into the Republican’s use of campaign funds.

Kasper will serve as President Donald Trump’s assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Report: Hunter Expense Investigation Goes Back to 2010
Shows California congressman spent $2,946 at grocery stores between 2010 and 2014

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is currently under federal investigation for using campaign money for personal expenses like school uniforms and tuition. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Investigators are looking at California Rep. Duncan Hunter’s use of campaign dollars for personal expenses as far back as 2010.

An investigation by the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed a search warrant obtained last month from federal agents shows their investigation goes back to February 2010 and shows more questionable spending that the campaign has yet to reimburse.

FBI Searched Office of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Campaign Treasurer
Agents seized computer equipment and documents related to campaign finance probe

California Rep. Duncan Hunter, center, is the target of an ongoing ethics investigation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

FBI agents seized computer equipment, communication, financial and travel records from the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s campaign treasurer in February as part of an ongoing investigation into possible misuse by the California Republican of campaign money.

A warrant to search the Alexandria, Virginia, office of Election CFO, which provides fully-outsourced treasurer services to candidates, was unsealed in March, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hunter’s campaign treasurer Christopher Marston is the agency’s founder.

House Passes $658 Billion Defense Spending Bill

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and colleague Barbara Lee, D-Calif. proposed an amendment that prohibits money being spent on uniforms for the Afghan National Army. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The House on Thursday passed the so-called security minibus appropriations package on a 235-192 vote, allocating nearly $790 billion across four separate spending bills, including $658 billion for defense.

The measure designates $584 billion in regular defense appropriations and $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations accounts.

Duncan Hunter Gets Republican Challenger
Daniel Casara is a retired Army sergeant highlighted by President George W. Bush

Retired Army Sgt. Daniel Casara was featured in a book of paintings of wounded veterans by former President George W. Bush. {George W. Bush Presidential Center)

California Rep. Duncan Hunter now has a challenge from a fellow Republican and veteran Daniel Casara.

Casara is a retired Army sergeant who currently works as a motivational speaker, the Los Angeles Times reported.

19 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
List of competitive seats grows amid shifts against president’s party

New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s race for re-election has switched from Solid Republican to Likely Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The midterm elections are still nearly a year and a half away, and the political dynamics could yet change, but we shouldn’t ignore the fact that history and the current environment are merging together for a potentially great set of elections for Democrats in November 2018. 

The president’s party has lost House seats in 18 of the last 20 midterm elections, and it’s lost an average of 33 seats in those 18 elections. Democrats need to gain 24 seats in order to take back the majority. 

Democrats Expanding Battlefield Into Trump Country
DCCC adds 20 more GOP seats to its target list

The DCCC is targeting California Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday added 20 seats to its target list for 2018. The House Democrats’ campaign arm is now going after 79 Republican-held seats in the midterms.

President Donald Trump won these newly targeted seats by anywhere from 6 to 49 points. The first round of 59 targets, announced in January, included the 23 GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton carried last fall. But it also included plenty of red districts, including at least eight districts that Trump carried by 15 points or more.