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Hastert Indictment Details Hush-Money Scheme

Hastert Indictment Details Hush-Money Scheme
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The Justice Department’s indictment of former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert details a sordid tale of the Illinois Republican paying $3.5 million of hush money in small increments to cover up “his past misconduct” and seeking to conceal the acts, including lying to federal agents.

Carol Shea-Porter 'Ready to Win' N.H. Seat Back

Former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire told supporters in an email Thursday she is “ready to win” back the seat she was ousted from in 2014.

Why Titus Won't Run for Reid's Senate Seat

Why Titus Won't Run for Reid's Senate Seat

Some jobs are too good to risk. Even for a Senate bid.

14 Open House Seats, Few Takeover Opportunities

More than 90 percent of House incumbents routinely get re-elected, so open seats are a hot commodity. Five months into the 114th Congress, 14 House members have announced their departure, but just four of the seats they are leaving behind can be considered competitive.

Democrats Search for Candidate Who Can Beat Coffman

Democrats Search for Candidate Who Can Beat Coffman

After two consecutive cycles of trying and failing to oust Republican Rep. Mike Coffman from his Colorado swing district, Democrats are searching for the right candidate to take him out once and for all.

Veteran Democratic Consultants Launch New Media Firm

Ken Morley and Philip de Vellis, two longtime Democratic political operatives, have joined forces to launch Beacon Media — a Democratic media consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.


How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System

Fox News and CNN, which will broadcast the first two GOP presidential debates, have decided on a system for excluding candidates that could result in Donald Trump participating in those debates but current or former senators and governors being excluded.

Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona

Kirkpatrick to Challenge McCain in Arizona

Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain for Senate, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans, giving Democrats a top recruit and a potential pickup opportunity.

Why This Vulnerable Freshman Is Surprising People

Why This Vulnerable Freshman Is Surprising People

He may be new to the halls of Congress, but when the Energizer Bunny pauses, it’s not for long.

What Happens If Coffman Says No

Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016.

Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.

Heck Close to Senate Bid

Updated 9:38 a.m. | Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later.

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

There were a few constants during the 2014 cycle: death, taxes, my three young kids waking up before 7 a.m. and a daily Democratic email attacking North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis. But in the end, even in the face of hundreds of blistering emails, the Republican challenger knocked off Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.

Republicans Fear Guinta Scandal Could Imperil 2016

Rep. Frank C. Guinta’s campaign finance troubles could expand from a personal headache to a partywide migraine for New Hampshire Republicans worried about holding his House seat next fall.

Murkowski Facing a Primary Puzzle

Murkowski Facing a Primary Puzzle

Joe Miller isn’t the only conservative Alaskan with eyes on Sen. Lisa Murkowski — state Sen. Mike Dunleavy is also considering coming after the Republican senator from the right.

Can Republicans Repeat an Upset in Colorado?

The May 5 email I received from Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign committee opened with: “Larry Sabato in Politico: COLORADO IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN 2016 TOSS-UPS. Colorado will decide the 2016 election!”

Ratings Change: Democrats Eye Seat After Being Shut Out in 2014

The GOP didn’t have any trouble last year holding Buck McKeon’s open seat in Southern California after two Republicans finished in the top two in the primary and moved on to the general election. Steve Knight won the seat, 53 percent to 47 percent, over Tony Strickland, a two-time congressional candidate.

Ousted Democrat Announces Indiana Senate Bid

Former Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., told a crowd at a Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Columbus, Ind., that he’ll run for the open Senate seat in the Hoosier State in 2016, becoming the first Democrat to enter the contest.

NRCC Adds Another Member to Program for Vulnerable Incumbents

The National Republican Congressional Committee added newly minted Rep. Dan Donovan to its Patriot program Friday, signaling to its donor base that the New Yorker is among the GOP’s most vulnerable House incumbents in 2016.

Sanchez Senate Bid Opens Orange County House Seat

After waffling on a run earlier this week, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced Thursday she is running for California’s open Senate seat.

Russ Feingold Announces Senate Bid

Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold announced Thursday he will run for his old Wisconsin seat.

The Rubio Doctrine

The Rubio Doctrine

When Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Wednesday afternoon in New York, he has the opportunity to offer his foreign policy vision to an audience of foreign affairs experts who might have some biting questions.

Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is headed to a June 2 runoff, after none of the 13 candidates in the field captured the necessary votes to win outright.

Why It's a Mistake to Dismiss Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a bit of a conundrum.

Bob Dole Reflects on Running While Serving

Bob Dole knows a thing or two about running for president while serving in the Senate.

A Silver State Waiting Game

The news Republican Rep. Joe Heck could run for the now-open Nevada Senate seat has shifted the landscape in the Silver State.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Backing Van Hollen

Updated 11:31 a.m. | Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend won’t run for Senate, and instead is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s bid.

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might be Sen. Patty Murray’s best friend in 2016.

Marlin Stutzman Leaving House to Run For Senate

Rep. Marlin Stutzman will announce an Indiana Senate bid Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his plans, making him the second Republican to join the open-seat race.

Caveat Emptor, in Political Giving Too

Two days before the Tuesday special election in New York’s 11th District, I received one of those hysterical email requests for money.

After Baltimore Riots, Scott Again Touts Body Cameras, Conservative Ideas

As Baltimore lifts the curfews used to quell looting and violence prompted by the nation’s latest case of a black man dying under murky circumstances after a run-in with law enforcement, Sen. Tim Scott is again touting his push for body cameras for police — and a host of conservative ideas.

Parties Divide and Conquer Independent Spending

Having more than $50 million to spend on House races in the final months of the campaign may sound like fun, but both campaign committees have figured out it’s not a one-person job.

Clinton Foundation's Missteps Point to Broader Problem

On the surface, the uproar over foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of State looks like another example of the Clintons behaving badly. But the problem goes beyond the Clintons and could tar Republicans as well.

Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Senate Bid

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he is running for Florida’s open Senate seat, becoming the first well-known Republican to enter what’s expected to be among the most competitive races of the cycle.

Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia's 2nd District

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

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