Ron DeSantis

By the Numbers: Richmond, DeSantis, Others Pad Their Baseball Resumes
Both sides had standout performers at the Congressional Baseball Game

Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric L. Richmond pitches during the 56th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When the usually lighthearted run-up to the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game was marred by a horrific shooting at the Republican practice session last week, Capitol Hill came together for an emotional night of bipartisanship and baseball. But one thing it did not do was make the players go easy on one another.

“I did tell [Republican manager Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton] that I love him before the game, and I love him after the game, but during the game, we’re going to play to win,” Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle, the Democratic manager, quipped at a pre-game press conference. With the coveted Roll Call Trophy on the line, that was exactly what they did, defeating the Republican squad, 11-2. Despite the lopsided score, though, there were standout individual performances on both sides.

GOP Scouting Report Ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game
Team manager Joe Barton is hopeful for a second win in a row

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton celebrates with his son Jack, 10, during the Republicans’ 8-7 victory in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s the last week of practices for the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game and Republican team manager Joe L. Barton is eager for a repeat of last year’s game and notch another W for the GOP.

The Texas congressman played in the game from 1988 to 1993 and began managing and coaching once he stopped. He knows full well how an election wave can affect a roster. This year, the team has lost a few players and gained some.

Why Some House Republicans Could be Taking a Risk on Obamacare Repeal
The 11 GOP members who have the most constituents on Obamacare

These 11 members of Congress represent the Republican districts with the greatest percentage of constituents enrolled in government insurance exchanges. They are (clockwise from upper left): Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Brian Mast, R-Fla., Francis Rooney, R-Fla., Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Bill Posey, R-Fla., Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Rob Woodall, R-Ga.

As House Republicans rolled out their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act this week, some members of the conference found themselves stuck between their constituents and their colleagues.

Eleven House Republicans, who will be expected by party leadership and the White House to support their party’s replacement plan, represent districts where at least 6 percent of their constituents are enrolled in government insurance exchanges set up by the 2010 health care law, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of Kaiser Family Health Foundation and Census Bureau data. 

Conservatives: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Republicans look to avoid earmark reinstatement once and for all

Texas Rep. John Culberson, seen here with presidential adviser Kellyanne Conaway at the inauguration last month, made an ill-fated effort to bring back earmarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservative lawmakers banded together Tuesday to send a message to their Republican colleagues: Don’t bring back earmarks.

“If you start going down this road, you will lose the House of Representatives,” Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said at an anti-earmark event hosted by the Republican Study Committee.

What Florida Members Are Telling Constituents About Matthew
Floridians prepare for rare Category 4 storm to hit Thursday evening

Kevin Forde, left, and John Haughey put up plywood on a window in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday as they prepare for Hurricane Matthew. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As Florida prepares for Hurricane Matthew to strike, members of Congress are working to keep their constituents in the loop and safe.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned in an email Thursday, "Meteorologists are calling this the storm of decades, and it is not something to take lightly." Signed off with "Paid for by Marco Rubio for Senate 2016," the email also suggested people donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Word on the Hill: D.C. Gets a New Museum
Stay tuned for HOH's Museum of African American History review

The 19th Smithsonian museum opens to the media on Wednesday for previews. (Smithsonian NMAAHC via Twitter)

The new Smithsonian National Museum of African American Historyand Culture is open to the media all day Wednesday.

Ahead of its grand opening on Sept. 24, members of the press are able to preview all 12 exhibits, the Oprah Winfrey Theater and the cafe on Wednesday. Check tomorrow's Heard on the Hill for photographs and a review.

Sore Losers: Senate Candidates Ingracious in Defeat
McCain, Rubio challengers, Grayson refuse to endorse winning opponents

Arizona's Kelli Ward, Sen. John McCain's defeated primary opponent, said, "I hope the senator can rest comfortably with his conscience as he continues to lecture others about civility.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

So much for losing graciously.

The primary challengers to Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio —  Republicans Kelli Ward and Carlos Beruff, respectively — and Rep. Alan Grayson who lost his Senate bid to fellow Florida Democrat, Rep. Patrick Murphy, were very critical of their opponents as the results of Tuesday's vote became clear.

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Is This the New Rubio Super PAC?
Fla. senator must raise cash quickly ahead of fast-approaching primary

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he was running for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Does Marco Rubio's Senate campaign already have an accompanying super PAC?  

The Federal Election Commission reported Wednesday the creation of the Florida First Project , a new super PAC that listed a Tampa address.   

How Rubio's Decision Scrambles Florida House Races
DeSantis is running for re-election in the 6th District

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis is running for re-election now that Marco Rubio has entered the Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Marco Rubio’s decision to run for the Senate complicates the political lives of a number of other Florida Republicans.

First among them is 6th District Rep. Ron DeSantis, who announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the Senate race to run for re-election