Mike Pompeo

Lawmakers Wary of Russia’s Ability to Plant Cyber Dirt
Moscow’s alleged meddling not just a thing of the past, officials warn

Maine Sen. Angus King said at a hearing last month on Russian cyber operations that Americans should be concerned about being compromised by fake information planted on their computers, and not just the stealing of emails. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a brief and largely overlooked exchange between Sen. Marco Rubio and America’s top spy during a January hearing about Russia’s alleged election meddling, the Florida Republican sketched out what he fears could be the next front in the hidden wars of cyberspace.

Could Russian hackers, Rubio asked then-Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., hypothetically gain access to a U.S. lawmaker’s computer, plant criminal evidence on the device of, say, child pornography or money laundering and then tip off law enforcement?

Estes a Stalwart but Unflashy Conservative
Kansas congressman-elect should fit comfortably within House GOP mainstream

Kansas Rep.-elect Ron Estes says the House Republican health care bill ”didn’t go far enough.” (Screenshot: Ron Estes for Congress)

Ron Estes, who eked out a victory in a surprisingly close special election in Kansas’s 4th District Tuesday, is a stalwart but unflashy conservative with a background in engineering and state finance. 

Estes, the state treasurer of Kansas, succeeds Mike Pompeo who resigned from the House on Jan. 23 to become director of the CIA.

Republicans Are Losing Ground to Democrats Early in the Election Cycle — That’s Completely Normal
Early special election winners often underperform their predecessors

CIA Director Mike Pompeo resigned from the House to take on his new post in the Trump administration. His former Kansas seat was filled last night by a fellow Republican, but the race was much tighter than when Pompeo won re-election last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Fueled by a swelling fervor against President Donald Trump, Democrats are putting up tougher-than-expected fights against special election opponents in Republican strongholds — something that’s happened fairly regularly in recent history.

Since Bill Clinton won the White House in 1992, there have been seven House special elections before or during the first 100 days of a president’s term. In each of them, the district stuck with the same party its voters chose during the previous year’s general election. But only once did the winning candidate in the special election get a higher percentage of the vote than their party’s candidate in the preceding November election.

RNC, White House Try to Avoid Obama’s Missteps
GOP operative: ‘Is the president even interested in party building?’

Republican National Committee officials say they are working closely with the White House on strategy and messaging. But some GOP operatives contend coordination is lacking and that could weaken the party.

Republican Wins Tough First Special Election of Trump Presidency
Ron Estes wins seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Republican Ron Estes underperformed President Donald Trump in Kansas’ 4th District on Tuesday night. (Courtesy Kansas for Estes Facebook page)

In the first congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency, Republicans have held on to a deeply red Kansas district after a closer than expected race for the GOP. 

Ron Estes, the state treasurer, defeated Democratic lawyer James Thompson 53 to 46 percent in Kansas’ 4th District, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press reported.

Trump Steps Into Closer-Than-Expected Kansas Special Election
National Republicans have made late investments in heavily GOP district

Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes is the Republican nominee in Tuesday’s 4th District special election. (Courtesy Kansas for Estes Facebook page)

It’s not often that a sitting Republican president, vice president, a former presidential candidate and senator and the speaker of the House make an effort days before a special election to hold what’s supposed to be a safe GOP seat. 

“Today, the eyes of the whole country are on Kansas,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said at a Monday rally for state Treasurer Ron Estes, the GOP nominee in the 4th District.

Red Alert: GOP Chances Slide in Two Special Elections
Georgia’s 6th and Kansas’ 4th move in Democrats’ direction

Democrat Jon Ossoff, right, raised an eye-catching $8.3 million in the first quarter for his campaign for Georgia’s 6th District open seat. (Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress Facebook page)

Republicans might be riding high after Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court, but reality could come crashing down on the GOP in two upcoming special elections. 

On April 18, voters will go to the polls in Georgia’s 6th District, vacated by Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Donald Trump narrowly carried the district over Hillary Clinton in the suburban Atlanta seat last fall, but it’s a traditionally Republican seat.

DFA Endorses Democrats in Kansas, Montana Uphill Races
‘The only way we can win everywhere is if we run everywhere’

Musician Rob Quist, left, shown here with Montana Sen. Jon Tester in February, faces an uphill battle in the race for Montana’s open House seat. (Courtesy Rob Quist for Congress)

Liberal group Democracy for America has endorsed Democratic candidates in special congressional elections Kansas and Montana.

The group announced it would back musician Rob Quist in Montana, who is running against Republican Greg Gianforte for the state’s at-large seat, which was left vacant after Ryan Zinke left Congress to the serve as secretary of Interior in President Donald Trump’s administration.

Democrat in Race for Pompeo’s Seat Beefing With Party
Campaign manager slams party for not doing more despite big deficit in poll

The campaign manager for Democrat James Thompson said the state party should be doing more to help their candidate. (James Thompson for Kansas Facebook)

The special election for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District has caused an open feud between the Democratic candidate and his state party.

James Thompson has a beef with the state party after it refused to give his campaign $20,000, the Wichita Eagle reported. Thompson’s campaign said it wanted to use the money for mailers, but the party’s executive committee voted against the request, saying it didn’t have the money.

Liberal Groups Warn Democratic Senators Over Gorsuch
Votes on SCOTUS nominee could ‘haunt them for the rest of their careers’

Liberals are pushing for Democrats such as Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Liberal groups are pushing for Democratic senators to block Judge Neil Gorsuch from the Supreme Court and say the lawmakers could pay a price if they don’t vote against him.

The groups announced the launch of a campaign called “The People’s Defense” led NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn.org, CREDO, Indivisible, and the American Federation of Teachers.