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Little-Understood Export-Import Bank Becomes Politically Significant

Little-Understood Export-Import Bank Becomes Politically Significant

No politician wants to be accused of jeopardizing jobs in his or her state. That’s the corner GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin found himself in this fall, when Democrats attacked him for being out of touch with his district on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Three Races in Which Export-Import Bank Could Be an Issue

In a handful of competitive races around the country, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its Democratic recruits intend to make an issue of the Export-Import Bank charter’s lapse, especially now that large American corporations are blaming Congress for lost contracts and American jobs.

Grayson Files Benghazi Ethics Complaint Against McCarthy, Gowdy

Florida Democrat Alan Grayson filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., alleging they violated federal law and House rules by using official funds appropriated to the Benghazi Committee to pay political or campaign-related expenses.

RNC Looks to Empower GOP Women to Run

Sharon Day rose through the ranks of GOP politics, starting as a precinct captain in her native Florida and eventually co-chairing the Republican National Committee.

Potential Kyrsten Sinema Challenger to Meet With NRCC

Two years after an unsuccessful campaign for her party’s nomination for governor of Arizona, Republican Christine Jones is looking at giving electoral politics another try.

Sanders to Talk Trade, Wall Street at Democratic Debate

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday he is looking to engage with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on trade and financial issues at the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debate.

David Letterman, Al Franken to Headline Duckworth Fundraiser

Two retired comedians will take the stage in New York later this month at a fundraiser to benefit Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the leading Democrat running to challenge Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall.

Kirk to Illinois Democrats: I Already Took Care of That

Sen. Mark S. Kirk is in a dispute with Illinois Democrats — one of whom is running to replace him — over who has done more to prevent incidents such as the September 2014 fire at an air traffic control facility near Chicago.

Democratic Poll: Ted Strickland Leads Rob Portman in Ohio Senate Race

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, trailed his likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, by 3 points in a poll conducted for a Democratic super PAC and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Early Iowa Presidential Polls a Better Predictor Than National Ones

Last month, national polls by CNN/ORC, Fox News and NBC News/Wall Street Journal got plenty of attention, and they certainly helped readers and viewers understand what is going on in the Republican and Democratic presidential contests.

Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Recruitment

With New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s entrance into the Granite State Senate contest, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has secured nearly every top-tier recruit it sought for 2016 — when Democrats will attempt to net the five seats necessary to regain control of the Senate.

Draft Biden Organizer Dismissed Over Past Legal Problems

Draft Biden PAC is gaining steam and staff in its unaffiliated effort to encourage Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to get into the presidential race, but it recently dismissed one of the group’s initial organizers after his past legal problems came to light.

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