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Take Five: Brian Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania Republican recalls arresting politicians before becoming one

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick says his work as an FBI agent has given him a “pretty neat” perspective in his new job. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, 43, a Pennsylvania Republican, talks about deciding to run to replace his brother in Congress, transitioning from life as an FBI agent, and his unique perspective at his new job.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick Elected in Pennsylvania's 8th District
Former FBI agent replaces his brother GOP Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will replace his brother, GOP Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, in Pennsylvania’s 8th District.

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will defeat Democrat Steve Santarsiero in Pennsylvania’s 8th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Fitzpatrick led Santarsiero 54 percent to 46 percent with 71 percent of precincts reporting. 

7 Races That Could Affect Health Policy
Watch out for 4 Senate and 3 House races

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt is locked in a tight re-election battle against Democrat Jason Kander. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 2016 election will have a dramatic impact on health policy. The future of the Obama administration’s signature health care law is at stake in the presidential race. Senate races across the country could deliver control of the upper chamber to a new party with an ambitious health policy agenda — or keep it in Republican hands for looming debates over drug pricing, children’s health insurance and the review process for new treatments at the Food and Drug Administration.

There are also a handful of individual House and Senate races that will impact the health care conversation on Capitol Hill. Below, we round up seven races that stand to impact the industry.

Case for a Wave Election Murky
One swing House district in southeast Pennsylvania suggests Democrats shouldn't get their hopes up just yet

The success of Pennsylvania state Rep. Steve Santarsiero’s run for the state's 8th Congressional District may help signal whether a wave election for Democrats is a possibility. (Courtesy Steve Santarsiero’s Facebook page)

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Steve Santarsiero stood in front of about a dozen supporters, many of whom had slipped on green T-shirts over their sweatshirts or long-sleeved flannels. This was a group, the Democratic House candidate figured, who already understood the importance of his race.

“I’m not going to talk about the overall landscape this year,” he said, speaking inside his small campaign office on a crisp Saturday morning. “I think we’ve discussed it at length, and everybody in this room knows what’s at stake.”

Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

California Rep. Jeff Denham faces a competitive re-election fight with less than two weeks before Nov. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Super PAC Announces $10 Million to Support House GOP Candidates
Congressional Leadership Fund allocating money for TV and digital ad buys

The Congressional Leadership Fund's biggest expenditure — $1.7 million — will be to help support Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., hold on to his seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC supporting House Republican candidates announced Monday that it would allocate a total of $10 million to 12 races in its first wave of spending for the general election.

The Congressional Leadership Fund plans to spend nearly $7.4 million in broadcast and cable television ad buys, $1.5 million to build ground-game operations in New York and California, and $1.1 million on digital advertising and other political spending.

Philadelphia: A Rough-And-Tumble Town Puts on Its Best Face for the Democratic National Convention
Few cities embody nation's history so much

Philadelphia City Hall as seen from Broad Street. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Few American cities embody the nation’s history as much as Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitution, home to the Liberty Bell, site of the first Republican presidential nominating convention and, this year, another groundbreaking event: the nomination of a woman at the top of a major party’s presidential ticket.  

It’s also a tough town that lionizes its contribution to cuisine, the cheesesteak; adores fictional boxer Rocky Balboa so much it placed a statue of him at the Philadelphia Art Museum; suffers the scars of brutal racial tension; and is home to such raucous sports fans that the old Veterans Stadium, once home to football’s Eagles and baseball’s Phillies, had its own jail. And they once even booed Santa Claus.