Politics

General Election Contests Set in Competitive New York Races
Democrats must win most of their targeted seats in the Empire State

Colleen Deacon won a three-way Democratic primary in New York's 24th District and will take on freshman GOP Rep. John Katko in the fall. (Courtesy Colleen Deacon for Congress)

Tuesday’s congressional primaries in New York settled the fields in some of this year’s most competitive general election races.  

Democrats have six potential pickup opportunities in New York this fall, and to make a dent in their 30-seat deficit in the House, the party needs to win most of them .  

In Colorado, GOP's Darryl Glenn to Challenge Michael Bennet
Republican primary winner was backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund

Darryl Glenn won the Republican Senate primary in Colorado Tuesday and will take on incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. (Courtesy Darryl Glenn for U.S. Senate)

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn won Colorado's Republican Senate nomination Tuesday night.   

Glenn's victory in the five-way primary comes as somewhat of a surprise given that he spent much less than self-funders Jack Graham and Robert Blaha. He ran his primary campaign with all-volunteer staff.  

Democrats Plan Dozens of Events Wednesday to Protest Gun Violence
National day of action comes a week after a sit-in on the House floor

House Democrats leave the Capitol after last week's sit-in. Many are hosting gun control events through the country Wednesday.  ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, they're taking their message to the people and holding dozens of events Wednesday throughout the country as part of a national day of action against gun violence.   

"Tomorrow, listen to the stories of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. "Listen to the heartbreak that ripples through a community with each gun death. We owe them more than thoughts and prayers and moments of silence. We owe them a vote in the House on commonsense, life-saving legislation that will prevent more families from experiencing their suffering."  

Trump, Clinton Decry Terror After Istanbul Airport Attack
Attackers armed with guns, bombs kill at least 36, reports say. More than 147 hurt

Passengers embrace at the entrance to Istanbul's Ataturk airport, early Wednesday following a terror attack. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The suicide bombing at Istanbul's international airport Tuesday brought a swift response from the leading presidential candidates, with Democrat Hillary Clinton decrying "radical jihadism" and Republican Donald Trump renewing his call to ban certain immigrants and to reinstitute the water boarding interrogation technique.  

Clinton expressed sympathy for the Turkish people after the the incident at the Ataturk International Airport that left at least 36 and more than 147 injured, CNN reported, quoting Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who said investigators suspect that the Islamic State is responsible

Anti-Zika Funding in Question With Senate Stalemate
Senate Democrats blocked a funding package over 'poison pill' amendments

McConnell, center, criticized Democrats for blocking the anti-Zika measure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A stalemate in the Senate over a $1.1. billion plan to combat the Zika virus has both Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers across the aisle but has produced no workable plan for delivering the needed aid.  

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked the plan , arguing the measure was riddled with unacceptable provisions added when they were cut out of negotiations. Republicans said the conference report, already approved by the House, was the last chance to get something done.  

Another Gun Protest on the House Floor
Democrats use brief session to call for 'no fly, no buy' bill

Steve Israel, D-N.Y., talks with reporters in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting with House Democrats last week. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A handful of Democrats attempted to use a brief housekeeping session of the House on Tuesday to draw more attention to the need for Congress to vote on gun control legislation.  

“Mr. Speaker,” the six Democrats shouted, trying to get recognition for Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who was serving as the speaker pro tempore during the pro forma session. Typically no business is conducted during such sessions.  

Harry Reid: Marco Rubio Should Be Sued for Missed Votes
Points to attendance record during White House bid

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Asked about Sen. Marco Rubio's decision to seek re-election, Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested suing the Florida Republican for all the pay he received while missing votes during his ill-fated White House campaign.  

"Let me give you my thoughts. First of all, on the day he announces he's running for the Senate, he misses a very important Foreign Relations meeting," said Reid, D-Nev. "Here's how I feel about this: I feel that Marco Rubio should be sued to pay back all the money that the federal government paid him while he was off playing around, running for president."  

After Senate Stalls, White House Digs in on Zika Funding
Administration continues to insist on full $1.9 billion it requested

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Shortly after Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion Zika funding measure from advancing, a White House official urged lawmakers to send President Barack Obama "a fully funded Zika supplemental request.”  

White House aides and Senate Democrats spent much of Tuesday accusing Republicans of “playing politics” with a virus that is spreading throughout the U.S. and its territories — especially Puerto Rico — and can cause major birth defects. GOP members returned the charge in kind.  

Top GOP Super PAC Ups Spending in Senate Races
Ad buys indicate where group believes candidates will be competitive

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is one of the Republican candidates who will benefit from the Senate Leadership Fund's largesse. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Leadership Fund plans to spend big money defending Republicans in a quartet of battleground seats this fall, the super PAC said Tuesday, a strong indication of which states the group expects — and doesn't expect — to be competitive in November.  

Headlining the fund's list of TV ad reservations is a $15.8 million buy in New Hampshire, where Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan are expected to face off in one of this election cycle's marquee races.   

Another Republican Refuses To Endorse Trump
Sen. Mike Lee wants likely nominee to prove his conservative bona fides first

Utah Sen. Mike Lee said there is still time for Donald Trump to win his endorsement. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Add Sen. Mike Lee to the list of Republicans who have thus far refused to endorse Donald Trump in the general election.    

The Utah Republican said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"  that he was keeping his options open.   

In the End, Gowdy Declines to Assign Blame for Benghazi
Clinton says the House report adds nothing new

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, discusses the Committee's report on the 2012 attacks in Libya that killed four Americans. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., also appears. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As House Republicans on Tuesday released their long-awaited report detailing the events surrounding the deadly 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, they refused to assign blame to any individual and said the 800-page report should speak for itself.   

"I’m not in the business of apportioning culpability. I think there’s enough to go around," Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said at a news conference.  

Pete Coors Fundraises for Trump
Beer magnate has a spotty record on backing candidates

Donald Trump will get help from the former CEO of Coors Brewing Company. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Coors also gave generously to Rep. Ken Buck's failed Senate campaign in 2010 and to his successful 2014 House race. He also gave to the campaign of former Sen. John Ashcroft, who infamously lost to Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan after Carnahan died in a plane crash.  

Coors has also gotten it right at times, being a booster of Cory Gardner's 2010 congressional bid and an early backer of his successful bid for the Senate in 2014. He has also backed numerous incumbent senators and members of Congress in and out of Colorado such as former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who was famous for his anti-immigration rhetoric long before Trump.

Nadler Challenger Confuses 'Hamilton' With Hamilton
House candidate cites line from musical instead of founding father

No, the guy on the right did not write the Federalist Papers. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Oliver Rosenberg is a former investment banker challenging Jerrold Nadler for his New York House seat in Democratic primary elections Tuesday. But his performance during a recent radio talk show suggests that the serious-sounding biography is the only traditional aspect of Rosenberg's candidacy.  

During a 20-minute debate moderated Monday by New York City public radio icon Brian Lehrer, Rosenberg quoted a rap lyric from the musical "Hamilton" and attributed it to Alexander Hamilton, the author of The Federalist Papers. He also declared that he was running for Congress because the closing of local businesses had made it too hard to buy bagels in New York City — "I can't get my bagels and schmear!" he said. "We want our bagels back!" — and he repeatedly cited that guy with the lamb chop facial hair who founded the legendary "The Rent is Too Damn High" presidential party.  

Rubio Opponent Postpones Releasing Finances
'Little Trump of Florida' Carlos Beruff is self-funding his Senate campaign

Carlos Beruff, center, is willing to spend up to $15 million in his campaign for the Florida Senate seat. (Courtesy Carlos Beruff for U.S. Senate Facebook page)

A Republican real estate mogul is delaying the release of his financial records while running for office. But its not the one you might be thinking of.   

Carlos Beruff, who is running against incumbent Marco Rubio for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida, was granted an extension  on filing his financial disclosure forms, The Bradenton Herald reported.  

Ads attack Cortez-Masto on Uber
Says Cortez Masto cost Nevada jobs, took contributions from taxi companies

Catherine Cortez Masto is in a tight race with Rep. Joe Heck for Sen. Harry Reid's seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC bankrolled by the Koch Brothers network is blaming Nevada Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto for driving Uber out of the state.  

The ad, which is sponsored by the Freedom Partners Action Fund, blames Cortez Masto, who was the state's attorney general at the time, for filing three restraining orders against the private ride-sharing company after receiving contributions from the taxi cab industry.