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John McArdle


This is John McArdle's second election cycle on Roll Call's Politics desk after covering Congressional races in the Southern and Mid-Atlantic states during the 2008 cycle. John has worked at Roll Call since 2003 and has covered many facets of life on Capitol Hill, from the Capitol Police and Congressional security issues to the Library of Congress and the legislative branch appropriations process.

McArdle no longer works at Roll Call.

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A Toast to the Growth of Craft Beer

May 13, 2014

This week, as communities across the country are celebrating American Craft Beer Week, we can all reach across the aisle to toast the good news of America’s booming craft beer scene. Because an independent, three-tier system of beer distribution helps provide access to market for brewers of all sizes, today’s marketplace offers an unparalleled number of styles and flavors of beer.

Women’s Group Takes ‘Cold Comfort’ in Helping Dem Women on Tough Night

Nov. 4, 2010

Take that, Mama Grizzlies! EMILY’s List explains what it did to help Democratic women actually increase their margin on Tuesday.

Republicans Also Won the Battle for the Map Tuesday

Nov. 3, 2010

Republicans won control of at least 19 state legislative chambers Tuesday — gains with implications that could extend for the next decade as the GOP now holds an outsized role in the redistricting process in several key states.

GOP Strategy Targeted 2010 for Realignment

Nov. 3, 2010

As House Democrats try to figure out how to rebound from their Election Day drubbing, 2010 may come to signify a political realignment with ramifications well into the next decade.

GOP House Gains Eclipse 1994

Nov. 2, 2010

By 3 a.m., the 2010 Republican wave had successfully erased all Democratic House gains from the 2006 and 2008 cycles, and the GOP was still picking up seats.

Change Bites Back for Democrats

Nov. 1, 2010

It’s been just 1,397 days since Democrats took the reins of power on Capitol Hill, but in a single day, they could see it come to an end.

Parties Look for Wave Surprises

Oct. 27, 2010

The National Republican Congressional Committee and conservative third-party groups such as American Crossroads are working feverishly to capitalize on the new opportunities of a rapidly expanding playing field ahead of what is expected to be a good night for the GOP on Tuesday.

Van Hollen: Pelosi Will Remain Speaker

Oct. 21, 2010

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen expressed confidence Thursday morning that Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would remain Speaker next year, despite a bleak electoral outlook for Democrats and growing unrest about the party’s top leadership in the House.

GOP May Finally Land White Whale Marshall in Georgia

Oct. 20, 2010

MACON, Ga. — Rep. Jim Marshall is no stranger to tough elections. The Democrat has already won two with just 51 percent of the vote. So perhaps the calm demeanor that he exuded last week just hours before a crucial debate with his Republican challenger, state Rep. Austin Scott, wasn’t an act.

Melancon Launches "Forgotten Crime" Ad Against Vitter

Oct. 20, 2010

In his most brazen attempt yet to thrust Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) three-year-old prostitution scandal into the forefront of their Senate race, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) has released a new commercial that hammer's the Senator for his "forgotten crime."

Shot and edited in a television news magazine format meant to look like an independent exposé, the commercial is compiled from a series of Web videos first launched by the state Democratic party earlier this year.

Watch the full two minute commercial below:

Bishop’s Bacon Might Not Save Him in GOP Wave

Oct. 18, 2010

SYLVESTER, Ga. — For most of Saturday’s Peter Pan Peanut Butter Parade, state Rep. Mike Keown (R) was playing second fiddle to the 3-, 4- and 5-year-old “mini tumblers” of Southern Pride Cheer, who marched and rode just ahead of him during the annual event at the Georgia Peanut Festival. The scene was emblematic of Keown’s race against Rep. Sanford Bishop, a senior appropriator who could be swept out of office in next month’s elections.

GOP Tries to Capitalize on Expanding House Field

Oct. 11, 2010

Despite months of preparations by the House campaign committees, the latest party spending — largely to fund TV ad buys — demonstrates the Congressional playing field remains relatively fluid three weeks before Election Day.

Nation: Caucuses Move Money in Attempt to Save Seats

Oct. 5, 2010

In a testament to the importance of this year’s midterm elections in the minds of Members, the House’s most active Congressional caucuses have hit new highs this cycle when it comes to transferring money through their political action committees.

For Many ’06 NRCC Aides, Revenge May Be Sweetest

Oct. 5, 2010

Four years after the Rep. Mark Foley scandal, many of the GOP staffers who had a front row seat in watching the 2006 Democratic wave are now playing key roles in the possible Republican wave that many expect will return the GOP to power in the House this cycle.

DCCC Still Holding Funds for Late TV Push

Oct. 4, 2010

House and Senate Republicans kicked off October with several aggressive independent expenditure moves aimed at putting Democrats further on the defensive with just weeks to go before Election Day.

In West Virginia, Senate Is Yet Another Seat to Sweat

Sept. 29, 2010

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has dropped half a million dollars into West Virginia’s Senate race in the past week while the National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent

$1.2 million.

Florida: ‘Taliban Dan’ TV Ad Backfires on Grayson

Sept. 29, 2010

Former state Sen. Daniel Webster has collected more than $100,000 in online donations since Rep. Alan Grayson (D) released a campaign ad that called him a religious fanatic and compared his views to those of the Taliban.

Louisiana: Melancon Finally Goes Nuclear on Vitter

Sept. 29, 2010

In his most brazen attempt yet to thrust Sen. David Vitter’s 3-year-old prostitution scandal into the forefront of their Senate race, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) has released a new commercial that hammers the Republican for his “forgotten crime.”

Nation: NRCC Polls Show Kosmas, Nye and Kratovil in Peril

Sept. 28, 2010

Democratic incumbents in battleground districts in Florida, Maryland and Virginia are in serious trouble, according to polling done for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s independent expenditure arm.

Spending Game Intensifies for Parties

Sept. 27, 2010

The next few weeks are critical in the chess match the House campaign committees are playing when it comes to deciding how to maximize their resources and where to spend millions in independent expenditure funds.




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