John Culberson

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.

Conservatives: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Republicans look to avoid earmark reinstatement once and for all

Texas Rep. John Culberson, seen here with presidential adviser Kellyanne Conaway at the inauguration last month, made an ill-fated effort to bring back earmarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservative lawmakers banded together Tuesday to send a message to their Republican colleagues: Don’t bring back earmarks.

“If you start going down this road, you will lose the House of Representatives,” Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said at an anti-earmark event hosted by the Republican Study Committee.

House GOP Hails Pence as Obamacare Slayer
Dismisses Medicaid expansion he presided over in Indiana

From left, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise after a Republican caucus meeting Wednesday morning to discuss repealing the 2010 health care law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans on Wednesday cast Vice President-elect Mike Pence as a conservative white knight uniquely qualified to dismantle the 2010 health care law, while shrugging off his decision to embrace the law’s Medicaid expansion while governor of Indiana.

Pence huddled in the Capitol with House Republicans on Wednesday about their designs for scrapping President Barack Obama’s signature legislative legacy as Obama rallied House and Senate Democrats to resist those efforts a few hundred feet away in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Ex-Hill Staffer Takes on Finding a Cure For Her Daughter
Beth McGinn cites Hill connections in helping raise awareness of rare disease

Beth McGinn, whose daughter Ellie is diagnosed with Leukoencephalopathy, or LBSL, left her Capitol Hill job in Oct. 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Think you can pronounce “Leukoencephalopathy” correctly? Then you’ve accepted The Ellie Challenge.

The challenge is named after former Capitol Hill staffer Beth Frigola McGinn’s eight-year-old daughter Ellie, who has the rare disease.

Why You Can't See the House Sit-In on C-SPAN
Live coverage on house floor is controlled by Republicans

Screenshot of C-SPAN during House sit-in.

The D.C. political world riveted its attention on a rare sit-in on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, but the closest C-SPAN's cameras could get to the action was the steps of the Capitol building.  

"House Cameras are not permitted to show sit-in," read a disclaimer notice at the bottom of the screen.