Marlin Stutzman

Indiana Headed for Another Member-on-Member Senate Primary
Messer close to announcing a bid and Rokita expected to follow

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is assumed to be running for Senate, but he could be joined by another member of the Indiana delegation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoosier politicos call it the “Wabash mafia.” And now two graduates of the tiny, all-male college in Indiana are likely to face off in the Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2018.

GOP Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita graduated from Wabash College just one year apart. And while neither has officially entered the race, they’re both making moves that suggest this cycle’s primary could again feature member-on-member theatrics.

NRCC Staffs Up for 2018
Press and political shops mix fresh faces with NRCC veterans

John Rogers, executive director for the NRCC, is announcing hires for the committee’s press and political shop Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Rogers, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, will announce hires for the committee’s political and communications shops on Friday.

The hires, shared first with Roll Call, are a mix of NRCC veterans and former Hill staffers with a range of experiences working on House, Senate and presidential campaigns.

Freshmen Backed by Freedom Caucus Aren’t Committing to Joining
Caucus leaders expect some non-freshmen to help replenish their ranks

The political arm of the House Freedom Caucus backed Indiana Republican Jim Banks, but he has not yet decided to join the caucus if invited. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus is currently down seven members from the 114th Congress — and possibly two more.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is awaiting confirmation as President-elect Donald Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ethics Panel Investigates Stutzman Family Trip
Independent office says campaign funds used for personal purposes

Indiana Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for using campaign funds from his failed Senate bid during a family trip to California. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it would continue to investigate Republican Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s use of campaign funds during a family trip to California last year.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics launched a preliminary investigation into the five-day trip  in August 2015. Stutzman’s Senate campaign paid $2,000 in airfare for the Indiana Republican, his wife and two children.

New Member: Republican Jim Banks Elected in Indiana’s 3rd District
Banks replaces GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman

Banks is a former Indiana state senator. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Jim Banks will defeat Democrat Tommy A. Schrader in Indiana’s 3rd District, the Associated Press projects.

Banks led Schrader, 74 percent to 20 percent, with 25 percent of precincts reporting.

House Members Have Mixed Record on Higher Office
Thirteen House members and the delegate from Puerto Rico made bids for bigger things

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., had more than a 10-point lead over incumbent Mark Kirk in a race considered key to the Democrats' bid to gain control of the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thirteen House members — and one non-voting delegate from Puerto Rico — gave up their posts to run for statewide office this year, with varying success.

Three of those races, the Maryland, Indiana and Louisiana Senate campaigns, pitted colleagues in the House against each other. While the majority were vying for Senate seats, Democrats John Carney, of Delaware and Pedro Pierluisi, or Puerto Rico, made bids for governor. Here is a round-up of their positions as polls opened on Tuesday.

Trump Who? Republican Establishment Crows Over Congressional Primary Success
Party strategists believe the model they have developed in down-ballot races can apply to the next presidential primary

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., attends the Seacoast Republican Women Chilifest in Stratham, N.H., Sept.10. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump’s nomination made the Republican Party establishment look as if it had lost all influence.

Tell that to Jim Rubens.

Roll Call's Senate Challenger Rankings: Take Two
Who are the strongest — and weakest — nonincumbents running for Senate?


This election season has been rife with talk of how the national political climate, shaped by the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, affects the undercard fight over control of the Senate.

But candidate quality matters, especially in a year with so many potentially close races.

Word on the Hill
Welcome back from recess and to more Metro track work

More cars on the highway? Metro ridership went down this year by 7.4 million rides in North Virginia, recent figures show. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Welcome back and a belated Happy Labor Day.

As airports are full of members returning to Washington from the August recess, staffers are stuck on the "Safe Tracking" Metro. But good news — if you're stuck at one of six Metro stations, you can track how late you are thanks to free Wi-Fi.

Florida Senate Battleground Set: Rubio, Murphy Win Primaries
The race is one of 11 in-play seats as Democrats hope to win back the chamber

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., defeated another House lawmaker and will face Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It's official: Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy will take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race, a closely watched contest that will pit a former presidential candidate trying to save his political career against a young lawmaker Democrats hope has the moxie to win a tough race.

Both men, as expected, won their primaries Tuesday: Rubio easily defeated Miami-area builder Carlos Beruff in a contest that never gained traction after the incumbent decided to seek re-election in June. Rubio took 71 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press, at publication time.