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Colin Diersing

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Colin Diersing, a summer intern for Roll Call's Politics team, is a rising junior at Harvard where he is majoring in social studies, which mostly lets him take whatever social science classes seem interesting.

At Harvard, Colin spends most of his time at the Institute of Politics or working on the Digital Literacy Project, which teaches introductory computer science in public schools around Boston. Colin grew up in Bloomington, Indiana but spent the last two years of high school in Hong Kong.

He likes snarky parody Twitter accounts, most things written by Aaron Sorkin, and espresso-based drinks.

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Stories by Colin Diersing:

Peterson's Greatest Challenge Yet, but GOP Still Looks to 2016

Aug. 19, 2014

Minnesota Democrats think Rep. Collin C. Peterson is nearly unbeatable in the 7th District. For the first time in more than a decade, that theory is about to be put to the test.

The Calm Before the Pre-Recess Storm

July 30, 2014

As House and Senate leadership scrambled to reach agreements on legislation to address the Veterans Affairs backlog, reauthorizing transportation programs and the influx of Central Americans at the Southern border before they adjourned for recess, Barbara Halpern-Levin, wife of Sen. Carl Levin, paused calmly in the middle of the Capitol Crypt.

Republicans Unite in Tossup New York House Race

July 25, 2014

New York Republican Matt Doheny endorsed Elise Stefanik at a press conference Friday, more than a month after losing to her in a House race primary.

Quirky Ex-Senator Stomps on Democrats' S.D. Hopes

July 24, 2014

South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card — former Sen. Larry Pressler — to help the contest break their way.

Democratic Poll: The Issues That Resonate With Single Women Voters

July 22, 2014

A new poll of likely voters in 12 Senate battleground states suggests a populist economic message and focus on women’s health issues could help Democrats improve their standing with unmarried women voters in advance of the midterm elections.

The Re-Education of Rick Nolan

July 21, 2014

Minnesota Democrats have two problems: The 8th District has changed, and Rep. Rick Nolan doesn’t want to.

DNC Chair Predicts Party Will Exceed Expectations in 2014

July 17, 2014

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the strength of individual candidates will help her party outperform expectations in the upcoming midterms.

Déjà Vu in Minnesota Senate Race?

July 7, 2014

Al Franken knows the story — just not from this side.

Democrats Work to Mitigate VA Scandal as Political Issue

July 1, 2014

Politicians have always touted their support for military veterans back home. The willingness to expend federal dollars to provide the best care possible is popular across the partisan spectrum and is rarely cause for controversy.

'Ms. Ethics' Carol Dixon Remembered on House Floor

June 20, 2014

Carol E. Dixon, director of advice and education for the House Committee on Ethics, died Monday from unknown causes. She was 44.

Dixon had worked at the committee for 11 years. Family and colleagues described her as an excellent baker, devoted aunt, passionate Michigan football fan and sharp legal mind.

'Ms. Ethics' Carol Dixon Remembered Fondly (Video)

June 19, 2014

Carol E. Dixon, director of advice and education for the House Committee on Ethics, died Monday from unknown causes. She was 44.

Kirk Pays Tribute to Staffer Lisa Radogno

June 19, 2014

Lisa Radogno, executive assistant and scheduler to Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., died Wednesday of a massive pulmonary embolism that may have resulted from complications following a car accident earlier this year. She was 31 years old.

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Kirk called her "one of the brightest lights of our DC office" and "somebody that I will miss with every fiber of my being."

Friends Mourn Loss of Senate Staffer Lisa Radogno (Video)

June 19, 2014

Lisa Radogno, executive assistant and scheduler to Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., died Wednesday of a massive pulmonary embolism that may have resulted from complications following a car accident earlier this year. She was 31 years old.

Kevin McCarthy's Real Foes: A Horse Breeder, an Ex-Cop and 12-Time Candidate

June 19, 2014

Regardless of the result of Thursday’s leadership vote, it’s unlikely House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy will suffer the same electoral fate as his colleague, Majority Leader Eric Cantor — at least this cycle.

Crossroads Upends New York's 21st District Primary

June 16, 2014

In New York’s sprawling 21st District, a recent influx of more than $1 million from outside groups has catapulted a 29-year-old first-time candidate ahead of the two-time nominee in the Republican primary for this coveted seat.

Virginia's Clout Plummets With Cantor's Defeat, Retirements

June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat marks the latest in a series of losses for the Old Dominion’s influence in Congress after 2014.

Ruben Gallego Seeks Arizona's 7th District (Video Interview)

June 9, 2014

State Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat, said he’s unsure how much money he’ll need to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., in the 7th District, according to an interview with CQ Roll Call.

Candidate Interview: Ruben Gallego (D) AZ-07

June 6, 2014

The former assistant minority leader in the Arizona House of Representatives, who is running for the open seat in Arizona's 7th District, visited Roll Call on March 4.

Alaska Republican Sees Advantage as First-Time Candidate (Video)

June 6, 2014

The candidate: Dan Sullivan, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve; formerly commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, state attorney general and George W. Bush appointee.The member: Sullivan is running in the Republican primary to challenge first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.The state: Begich, just the seventh senator in Alaska history, in 2008 became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Alaska since 1974. In 2012, President Barack Obama improved his performance from 2008, but still took just 41 percent. The race is rated Tossup/Tilts Democrat by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.The candidate’s team: Hans Kaiser of Moore Information (polling); FP1 Strategies (media); Arena Communications (direct mail); Michael Dubke of the Black Rock Group (general consultant); Ben Sparks (campaign manager).

Candidate Interview: Dan Sullivan (R) AK-SEN

June 5, 2014

The former Alaska attorney general who is challenging Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, visited Roll Call on June 4.

Democrat Picks Preferred GOP Opponent in Maine (Video)

June 4, 2014

The candidate: State Sen. Emily Cain.The member: Cain is running for the Democratic nomination in Maine’s 2nd District, an open-seat race because Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud is running for governor.The district: Located in the northern part of the state, this district voted for President Barack Obama with 53 percent in 2012.The candidate’s team: Jill Normington (polling), Steven Stenberg of The Strategy Group (mail), CD2 (media).

Candidate Interview: Emily Cain (D) ME-02

June 3, 2014

The state Senator who is running for the open House seat in Maine's 2nd District, visited Roll Call on Wednesday, April 30.

Report: Attitudes Changing Toward Female Candidates

June 2, 2014

As top female candidates around the country vie for competitive Senate and House seats in 2014, a report released Monday outlines key opportunities and challenges facing women who run for office.

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