Ep. 28: Assured Freshmen Will Boost House Diversity
The Big Story

Long before the polls close, 29 nominees for open seats are all but certain to win and they could end up as half or more of the House’s Class of 2016. CQ Roll Call’s senior editor David Hawkings and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim examine the newcomers and explain how demographics assure more diversity on Capitol Hill next year.

Former Sen. Bill Bradley Forms Anti-Trump Super PAC
Group launches ad that warns of Trump's finger on the nuclear trigger

Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's “temperament and absence of experience makes him a danger to all Americans.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey announced Tuesday the creation of an anti-Trump super PAC, the Fifty Second Street Fund.

The group is spending $725,000 in Ohio on an ad called “Careful,” reminiscent of Lyndon Johnson's famous “Daisy” ad from the 1964 presidential race against Barry Goldwater, with the aim of educating voters about what a nuclear war would mean.

This Swing-District Republican Is Sticking With Donald Trump
Danny Tarkanian is running for Nevada Rep. Joe Heck's open seat

Danny Tarkanian, Republican candidate for Nevada’’s third district, spins a basketball at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — Most Republicans running for Congress in tossup seats might be distancing themselves from Donald Trump, but Danny Tarkanian is proving the exception.

A perennial candidate now seeking a House seat with a slight Democratic registration advantage, he’s dismissing the notion that the presidential contest is anything other than a binary choice.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Downplays Climate Change
Says ‘mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures’

While Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said that people “obviously” affect the environment, he said he did not want to “shoot ourselves in the foot with policies.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson downplayed concerns about climate change saying in a Monday radio interview, saying, “Mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures.”

Speaking to WHBY in northeast Wisconsin, Johnson used the trend of people moving to warmer states as an example, The Associated Press reported. 

Both presidential candidates targeted in tweets

Donald Trump advisers Boris Epshteyn, left, and Cliff Sims appear with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on a Facebook Live stream on Monday. (Donald J. Trump on Facebook)

Amid speculation that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to start a television network if he loses the election, the Twitterverse took to speculating on what wouldn’t make the cut on Trump TV.

The rumors intensified on Monday after Trump launched a newscast on Facebook Live, the social media platform’s live-streaming feature, USA Today reported.

Who's Bankrolling Murphy and Rubio in Florida?
Goldman Sachs backs Rubio while Murphy gets help from dad's company

Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy has received help for his Senate run from his father and his father’s company. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida’s Senate race is becoming one of the most expensive in the state’s history, with Sen. Marco Rubio raising about $20 million and his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy raising about $11 million so far.

Those numbers are based off the most recent Federal Election Commission filings as of Sept. 30 but Murphy's campaign said in an email that it has raised more than $15 million.

Alaska GOP Files Complaint Against Libertarian Joe Miller
Miller is accused of using for-profit website in campaign

Joe Miller, who defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Republican primary before losing to her in the general election, is running on the Libertarian Party line this year. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)

The Alaska Republican party claimed Monday that Libertarian candidate Joe Miller broke federal campaign finance laws by using his for-profit website as a part of his campaign.

In a news conference on Monday, Miller, who won the state's 2010 GOP Senate primary, said he has done nothing wrong, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. He said he is allowed to make unlimited personal contributions to his own campaign which is what he does through the website that he controls.

David Duke to Debate at Historically Black College
Former KKK grand wizard qualifies for Louisiana Senate debate at Dillard

White supremacist David Duke qualified for the Louisiana Senate debate by receiving more than 5 percent in a statewide poll. (DavidDuke.com)

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and current Louisiana Senate candidate David Duke will participate in a debate at the historically black Dillard University in New Orleans.

Duke qualified by polling at 5.1 percent in a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the media company that will carry the debate. Candidates had to draw at least 5 percent to qualify for the Nov. 2 debate.

Do Real Voters Believe in ‘Checks and Balances?’
Interviews with suburban voters near Harrisburg paints a mixed picture

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., poses with a military-style Jeep during a campaign event at the Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Folsom, Pa. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Sharon Sybrandt thinks Donald Trump is “fat,” ugly,” and a “whack job.” But her disgust with the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t mean she’ll vote against the GOP down ticket — to the relief of her home-state senator, Patrick J. Toomey.

“I will vote Republican for everyone else entirely to counteract Hillary,” said the 72-year-old former insurance regulator. The registered Republican and a resident of this well-to-do suburb of Harrisburg has a deep unease with Democrats — mainly because of their work on health care — and is worried what will happen if they once again control the White House and Congress.

6 Reasons You’re Seeing the Political Ads You’re Seeing
In final stretch, parties are moving around their TV money

Both House Majority PAC and the NRCC made late reservations in Indiana’s 9th District, where Democrat Shelli Yoder is running in a race rated Republican Favored. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With just two weeks to go until Election Day, Americans can’t turn on the television without being inundated with political ads.

But behind those ads lies a complicated strategy game, what Republican operative Brian O. Walsh likes to think of as three-dimensional chess.

Elise Stefanik's Cautious Dance With Trump
House's youngest woman and other GOP candidates walking political tightrope

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman in Congress, is walking a tightrope because of her support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Elise Stefanik appears to be coasting through her re-election bid in New York's 21st District and toward a bright future in the Republican Party.

But that’s not what reporters who chased the freshman congresswoman after a recent debate in upstate New York wanted to talk about. They wanted to ask her why she still supports Donald Trump.

Clinton and Surrogates Pivot Away From Trump, Toward Her Agenda
Stump speeches increasingly have fewer attacks on GOP nominee

Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) debates with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the final debate in Las Vegas last week. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Democratic presidential nominee and some surrogates are pivoting from attacks on Donald Trump toward how she might enact her agenda and work with Congress.

At campaign stops Sunday in North Carolina and Monday in New Hampshire — both battleground states in the race for the White House and Senate — Clinton mentioned Trump here and there. She mocked him. She urged Democrats to vote in large numbers.

Why is CrossFit CEO All In on California House Race?
A rift with candidate prompts Greg Glassman to rally against him

Greg Glassman tells a group of CrossFit devotees in the 44th District why he has problems with House candidate Isadore Hall. (CrossFit via YouTube)

Why would CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman max out his individual contribution in the race to replace outgoing California Rep. Janice Hahn?


Will Trump Drag Down Mica With Him?
Outside Democratic groups are betting on it

Florida Republican Rep. John Mica has raised twice as much as Democratic challenger Stephanie Murphy, but Democratic outside groups are pouring money into the race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. John L. Mica of Florida is known in his district for bringing home transportation money, but his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could hurt his chances of being re-elected. 

Mica described Trump’s comments about groping women, revealed earlier this month in a leaked 2005 video recording, as “vulgar and unacceptable” but he has not withdrawn his support for Trump's candidacy, The Associated Press reported

Obama Blasts Issa, Heck Campaigning for Down-Ballot Democrats
Democrats shifting from presidential race to control of Congress

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in a key Senate race this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama continued a Democratic full-court press on down-ballot Republicans, campaigning and cutting ads in key Senate and House races.

Holding a solid lead over Republican Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has also turned her attention to those races, too. She will likely give some aid to North Carolina Senate challenger Deborah Ross when she campaigns in Winston-Salem with Michelle Obama on Thursday.