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Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Outraises Rouda in Third Quarter
Stem cell researcher’s haul is slightly less than incumbent’s

Dr. Hans Keirstead is an expert in stem cell research and CEO of the biomedical company of AIVITA. (UC-Irvine News via Youtube)

Democratic House candidate Hans Keirstead outraised his Democratic opponents and slightly trailed Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who he is hoping to unseat.

Keirstead, a stem-cell scientist, raised $330,937.24 in total receipts, according to his October quarterly filing with the Federal Election Commission.

South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell Making 2018 Announcement
Parnell lost by just 3 points in June special election for the 5th District

Archie Parnell campaigns with Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan in Rock Hill, S.C. in June. (Simone Pathé/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell is set to make a “major announcement” on Oct. 9 in his hometown of Sumter about his 2018 plans, raising the likelihood that he will make another run for the Palmetto State’s 5th District. 

Parnell will also appear at a kickoff event for the York County Democratic Party in Rock Hill the same day. 

Alabama Senate Race Shifts Into General Election Mode
National party organizations are watching the race to determine involvement

Judge Roy Moore campaign worker Maggie Ford collects campaign signs after a candidate forum. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The campaigns on opposite sides of the Alabama Senate race are starting to gear up for a general election, as the national parties are watching to see if they will get involved.

Democrats acknowledge their candidate, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, faces an uphill climb to victory in the Republican state. One Jones adviser said more resources would help, but that GOP nominee, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, has has been even more helpful to their cause.

Democrats Passing on Corporate Money Snag New Endorsement
End Citizens United PAC is backing candidates focused on campaign finance

Four Democratic challengers have pledged not to accept corporate PAC money. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four House Democratic challengers are pledging not to accept corporate PAC money in their campaigns, earning them the endorsement of the End Citizens United PAC.

End Citizens United’s executive director, Tiffany Muller, said the challengers’ decision marks a shift among candidates who see campaign finance overhaul as a winning message.

Nine Thoughts After the Alabama Senate Runoff
Moore beat candidate supported by Trump, McConnell

Former Alabama supreme court justice Roy Moore won Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. He is seeking to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A year ago, the idea that Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, would be elected to the U.S. Senate was absurd. But he took one giant step closer to that reality with a convincing victory over appointed-Sen. Luther Strange in Tuesday’s special election Republican primary runoff.

The recent result wasn’t a surprise, thanks to numerous public polls showing Moore with a commanding lead, but it’s still shocking to see a candidate supported by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell go down to a significant defeat.

Republicans Head Into Alabama Senate Race Homestretch
Campaigns zero in on turning out supporters

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange is counting on visits by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to carry him to victory on Sept. 26. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The biggest names in the Republican Party — from President Donald Trump to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin —  will be heading south as the GOP primary runoff in the Alabama Senate race enters the homestretch. 

Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore have been fighting for the GOP nod to fill the remaining term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, now Trump’s attorney general. As the top two contenders in the August primary, they advanced to the runoff, which in some ways has turned into a proxy battle within the Republican Party.

Former Rep. Mike Honda Joins California PAC
“Red to Blue California” PAC aims to flip Golden State House seats

California Rep. Michael M. Honda lost his bid for re-election last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Michael M. Honda is the new chairman of the “Red to Blue California” political action committee, which is focused on unseating House Republicans in the Golden State.

The California Democrat, who served eight terms in the House, will serve in an advisory role and as a surrogate for the PAC, which aims to pick up seven GOP seats that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried last fall.

‘Scam PACs’ Strike Again in Utah, Wisconsin
Beware of fundraising pitches from unaligned committees

Critics complain that political action committees are misleading donors by inappropriately using the names of politicians and public figures. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mysterious and misleading political action committees are nothing new, but two recent examples demonstrate just how brazen some PACs are becoming in their money-grabbing email pitches.

“BREAKING: Sheriff Clarke Resigned,” announced the subject line of a Sept. 2 email from the Sheriff David Clarke for U.S. Senate (Official Draft Campaign). The subsequent text of the message was supposedly explanatory, yet nearly completely wrong.

Opinion: Puncturing the Happy-Talk Illusion of a Balanced Budget
A little honesty might help Democrats and Republicans

Voters should not fall for congressional rhetoric on the need to balance the federal budget, Shapiro writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The return of Congress means that the next few months will be boom times for Capitol Hill speechwriters as they tap into a gusher of cliches about the need to balance the federal budget.

From droning floor speeches to syncopated press conferences, the Hill will be alive with apocalyptic rhetoric as the national debt approaches $20 trillion.

For Congress, Extraordinary Measures on Debt are Ordinary
Treasury Department tactics to avoid debt breach bring many costs

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is employing extraordinary measures to avoid a breach of the U.S. debt limit, but will run out of room to maneuver using them on Sept. 29, he has warned. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The use of extraordinary measures has become such a routine Treasury Department response every time the federal government approaches its borrowing limit that it’s clear the phrase has done little to persuade Congress to avoid the practice.

The measures nevertheless can have a cost even when Congress passes legislation to raise the debt limit and avoid a default on government obligations. Lawmakers are again approaching a debt limit deadline, this one on Sept. 29. And the Treasury has once again implemented extraordinary measures to marshal funds without hitting the ceiling.