John Lewis

Opinion: Trump Policies on Voting and Criminal Justice Quietly Move Country Backward
Plans proceed despite chaos in the White House

President Donald Trump’s policies threaten voting rights and criminal justice reforms, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While the Trump administration is in a state of perpetual turmoil, some of its promised policies are proceeding as planned. Support from a Republican Congress is softening with each cringe-worthy headline about slips, leaks and feuds; still, its members, mindful of the president’s loyal base, are proceeding with caution.

And when you step back from the chaos, don’t expect to see any progress on other issues — such as voting rights and criminal justice reform — that once promised a bit of bipartisan cooperation. 

Take Five: Dwight Evans
Pennsylvania Democrat explains how to order a Philly cheesesteak

Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans served in the state legislature for 36 years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Dwight Evans, 62, a Pennsylvania Democrat, talks about starting a charter school, representing universities, and how he likes to eat a Philly cheesesteak.

Q: What has surprised you so far in your time in Congress?

Opinion: How Jon Ossoff Became the Face of the Anti-Trump Fight
Liberal blog Daily Kos led the way in resistance to president

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff’s rise to national prominence happened largely thanks to the efforts of the liberal blog Daily Kos, Patricia Murphy writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the days after Donald Trump was inaugurated in January, liberals in America were depressed, despondent, and asking themselves what to do next. David Nir, the political director of the liberal blog Daily Kos, had an answer and that answer was Jon Ossoff.

Nir and the Daily Kos team had been crunching the numbers from Trump’s election since the day after it happened. Which districts did Trump underperform in? Where were the opportunities for Democrats? They quickly noticed that in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which Mitt Romney won by 23 points in 2012, Trump had won by just a point and a half. Could Rep. Tom Price be vulnerable the next time around?

Rising Stars 2017: Members of Congress
Four lawmakers to watch

CQ Roll Call’s Rising Stars of 2017 include four members of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Washington has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump, but there are many in this city who will now wield power and influence either through their wits, careful planning or just dumb luck. 

CQ Roll Call has identified 17 of these people to watch in 2017. Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. 

Democrats Call on Republicans to Condemn King’s Anti-Immigrant Comments
Conservative congressman tweeted ‘We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies’

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted support for a far-right European candidate, saying "we can't restore civilization with somebody else's babies." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are calling on Republicans to condemn Rep. Steve King for his anti-immigrant comments on Sunday and Monday while few of his colleagues are defending him.

“Republican Congressman Steve King’s vile racism has no place in decent society, much less in the U.S. Congress,” Drew Hammill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman said in a statement.  “But once again, disgusting hatred has been met with deafening silence from Speaker [Paul D.] Ryan.”

The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Karen Handel is hoping to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District, but first, she faces an April 18 jungle primary with 17 other candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

Atlanta Man Charged With Threatening John Lewis and Staff
Allegedly called Lewis’ office 46 times on two days in February

The FBI arrested a man accused who allegedly told a staffer for Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., “I will blow your head off.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The FBI and Capitol Police on Thursday arrested a man accused of threatening Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and his staff.

Dante Antoine Rosser made the threats after “demanding that Congressman Lewis and his staff seek financial reparations on his and his family’s behalf” starting in January of last year, authorities told WXIA in Atlanta.

GOP Super PAC Attacks Georgia Democrat for Dressing Up as Han Solo
Congressional Leadership Fund debuts first ad of 2018 cycle

The new ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund hits Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff for his inexperience. (Screenshot)

Updated March 2:

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC with ties to House Republican leadership, is launching a million-dollar ad campaign targeting Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff in the 6th District’s special election.

Get Ready, President Trump — It’s All Complicated
Keeping his gigantic campaign promises is likely to prove difficult

President Donald Trump may find out in the end that getting elected was the easy part, Murphy writes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump laid out a grand vision to Congress last night of the plans he has to Make America Great Again — health care reform, tax reform, immigration reform, the Wall, a massive expansion of the military, reduction of the debt. More for less. Everything better. Everything safer. Everything great. Again.

But saying it is the easy part. Now comes the hard part. There is a vast expanse in Washington between promises and plans, and another expanse further to get to progress and achievement. That seemed to have finally dawned on Trump on Monday after he met with the National Governors Association at the White House and discussed health care reform.

New Ways and Means Ranking Democrat Looks for Bipartisanship in Tax Overhaul
Richard Neal says he’s bringing a new approach to tax-writing panel

Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal emphasizes “pro-growth and aspiration” as important themes for Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts aims to counter conservative priorities of President Donald Trump, while seeking a few shared trophies as the new top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee.

An institutionalist who’s finally ascended to his party’s ranking seat on a committee after 28 years in the House, Neal turned 68 earlier this month and is in his 15th term representing Springfield and far western Massachusetts. He’s considered a Democrat whom business can work with and who wants to make a case to working-class voters who abandoned the party last November.