Jeff Denham

Former Rep. Mike Honda Joins California PAC
“Red to Blue California” PAC aims to flip Golden State House seats

California Rep. Michael M. Honda lost his bid for re-election last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Michael M. Honda is the new chairman of the “Red to Blue California” political action committee, which is focused on unseating House Republicans in the Golden State.

The California Democrat, who served eight terms in the House, will serve in an advisory role and as a surrogate for the PAC, which aims to pick up seven GOP seats that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried last fall.

House Challengers Find Fundraising Success Outside Their Districts
Eleven Democrats have raised nearly all their money from other parts of their states — and beyond

Democrat Bryan Caforio is challenging Republican Rep. Steve Knight for the second time in California’s 25th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are energized. They’re running for Congress. And they’re raising money — lots of it.

And for nearly a dozen Democratic challengers who have raised at least $50,000 in individual contributions worth at least $200 each during the first half of this year, more than 90 percent of the money raised came from outside their districts, a Roll Call review of Federal Election Commission data found.

GOP Super PAC Expands Field Presence to 17 Districts
Congressional Leadership Fund opens offices in six more districts

Congressional Leadership Fund is opening a field office in New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance’s district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican super PAC backed by House leadership is expanding its field program by opening new offices in six GOP-held districts. 

Congressional Leadership Fund now has a 17 field offices across the country.

Word on the Hill: Labor Day
Himes for children in Harvey, local artists and save the date for bottomless rosé

(National Symphony Orchestra)

Happy Labor Day weekend and last day of August recess.

The Capitol is holding the annual Labor Day Concert on Sunday, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra. The gates open at 3 p.m., dress rehearsal is at 3:30 p.m., and the concert is at 8 p.m.. All events are free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Dreamers Face Uncertainty as Trump Mulls Immigration Program
Reports indicate president could end DACA as early as this week

Immigration advocates and supporters rally outside of Trump Tower in New York City earlier this month on the five-year anniversary of former President Barack Obama's executive order on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Roughly 900,000 young, undocumented immigrants woke Monday facing a threat many have feared since President Donald Trump took office: Work permits and deportation relief granted to them under an Obama-era program could be gone soon and the federal agency tasked with carrying out his deportation agenda will have their names and addresses. 

Trump’s deputies and Republican lawmakers have said that law-abiding Dreamers — undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were children — are not priorities for removal under the administration’s expanded enforcement priorities.

Word on the Hill: McCain Sends Off Cardinals
Murkowski’s garden, Walzmakes a new friend, shuffling staffers, and wine

Sen John McCain talks with, from left, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, quarterback Carson Palmer, and team president Michael Bidwill at the Arizona Cardinals’ training camp. (azcardinals.com)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., dropped into the Arizona Cardinals last day of training camp to wish the team well in the coming season.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey visited the team Wednesday and McCain made his appearance at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Thursday, Arizona Sports reported. The senator chatted with players Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer and David Johnson and the team’s president, Michael Bidwill.

Denham Gets 24-Year-Old Challenger
Mateo Morelos Bedolla will turn required 25 by Election Day

At least seven Democrats are lined up to run against California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite not being old enough to serve in Congress yet, Mateo Morelos Bedolla is running to challenge Republican Rep. Jeff Denham in California.

Constitutionally, a member of Congress must be 25 years of age to by the date of their election. Bedolla will turn 25 by Election Day, the Los Angeles Times reported.

California GOP Incumbents Will Make Democrats’ Challenge Expensive
Democrats hope to flip nine of 14 Republican-held seats in 2018

Rep. Ed Royce is one of several California GOP incumbents gearing up for expensive re-election fights. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

National Democrats hope disapproval of President Donald Trump will help flip nine of California’s 14 Republican-held congressional seats, but campaign finance reports show Republican incumbents will make it expensive for them.

Six of them raised at least $750,000 during the first half of 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. While Democratic challengers have raised less so far, they’ll get help from the party and outside groups past the primaries.

Word on the Hill: Week Wrap Up
Tennis tournament results, Baby Desk report, bossy staffers

A Capitol employee pushes a cot towards Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suite of offices in the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s the end of a very long congressional week.

Senators spent the night in the Capitol and I’m sure many of you reading this now are running on little — or no — sleep.

Meet the Dogs of the House, Round II
Canine friends in Curbelo, Hoyer, Denham, Bridenstine, Ways and Means, and O’Halleran’s offices

Lily Denham goes to work with her owner, California Rep. Jeff Denham. (Courtesy Denham’s office)

Looking for a nonpartisan, furry friend? Check out out the halls of Congress.

In May, we featured a few House dogs who regularly hang out either as official “office dogs,” or because they belong to staffers who enjoy bringing them to work. Due to popular demand, we are back with more.