Dec. 17, 2014

Politics Archive

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

Updated 1:14 p.m. | Republican Martha McSally has officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead.

N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.

Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOP’s biggest feats in last month’s near sweep of the 2014 elections.

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

Sweeping House losses have not only pushed Democrats into a historic minority, they’ve depleted the bench of potential Senate recruits for the 2016 elections.

Jury Duty in Today's America

While most of America was still talking about what happened in Ferguson, Mo., and turning to law enforcement issues in Cleveland and Staten Island, New York, I spent the better part of the week of Dec. 1 in a courthouse in Rockville, Md.

Congressman Mum on Illinois Senate Race

One of three politicians who Democrats say is considering a challenge to Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., remained mum about his plans in an interview with CQ Roll Call last week — but he did not rule out the possibility.

Wisconsin Democrat: Russ Feingold Would Clear Primary

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., told CQ Roll Call she thinks former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will run for Senate in 2016, adding “no one would primary him.”

Club for Growth President Steps Down

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Indiana congressman, announced his retirement Thursday from the conservative outside group that often serves as a thorn in the side of Republican leadership.

Congressman 'Very Interested' in David Vitter's Senate Seat

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is “very interested” in running for Senate in 2016 if Republican Sen. David Vitter is elected governor next year.

Lame Duck Offers Brief Fundraising Respite, Sort Of

A handful of Democratic House female members did an absurdly normal thing together one night last week: Instead of splintering off to fundraisers, the group of perennially vulnerable incumbents met for a laid-back dinner at a Thai restaurant on Barracks Row after evening votes.

Exclusive: DSCC Chairman Makes Recruitment Pitch for 2016

Montana Sen. Jon Tester sees a world of opportunity when he looks at the 2016 Senate map — and a mountain of work to capitalize on it.

House Conservative Faces Primary Peril in 2016

One of the House’s top troublemakers could be in trouble in 2016.

Democrats Abandoned Mary Landrieu in the Runoff. Does it Matter?

Party campaign committees are incumbent led and incumbent driven, so how important is it for the committees to support incumbents to the bitter end?

Mary Landrieu’s Loss and the End of Ticket Splitting

Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s defeat in the Dec. 6 runoff certainly was no surprise. If anything, it seemed inevitable since the evening of Nov. 4, when it became clear a Republican rout was underway and Democrats would lose control of the Senate.

Democratic Staffer Killed During Louisiana Canvass, Ernst Hires New Spokeswoman

SeDestini Fields, a staffer for the Louisiana Democratic Party, died at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6 after a motorist struck her while she was canvassing for the Pelican State’s runoff elections, officials announced in a statement.

What's Next for Michelle Nunn?

Michelle Nunn strolled through the Capitol basement last week alongside outgoing Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet — just a month after her loss in the Georgia Senate race.

Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

Updated 3:23 a.m. | Republicans capped their Senate sweep Saturday night, when Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., defeated Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in a Senate runoff.

3 Things to Know About the Louisiana Runoff

If you haven’t been paying attention to the Louisiana Senate runoff, we don’t blame you. The race between Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy could have been a defining contest that determined which party held a majority in the Senate.

DCCC With $12 Million Debt After Midterms

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ended the midterm election cycle $12 million in debt, $3.2 million more than its Republican counterpart.