Stories by Kyle Trygstad:
Feb. 27, 2015
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amethyst Archer probably wasn’t the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.
Feb. 25, 2015
Matt Canter, a former top official at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is joining Global Strategy Group as senior vice president in the political consulting firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Feb. 24, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid showed up to work Tuesday sporting a pair of sunglasses and it took just two minutes of reporters grilling on funding the Department of Homeland Security before the Nevada Democrat was asked about his new look.
“We’re working on my beauty here,” Reid said, with two lingering bruises still gracing his right cheek. “I’ve got these on. Tomorrow we’re going to try some other things. I can see out of my right eye, just not very well. It hasn’t healed. I have to be a patient patient. I appreciate your interest, but it’s the best I can do.”
Feb. 10, 2015
Barely a month into his new position as chief of staff to freshman Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Greg Brophy opted, understandably, against sitting down with a reporter who was writing a story about him.
Feb. 6, 2015
Lost in the current debate in Congress – about the need for “patent reform” – is the role of the scientist or engineer whose work on the frontiers of science and technology holds great promise for the future.
Jan. 26, 2015
A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahy’s first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White House’s efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.
Jan. 15, 2015
More than a half-dozen House Democrats are considering a bid for California’s first open Senate seat in more than two decades — and unlike in most other states, none would start as a front-runner.
Jan. 12, 2015
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he will not seek the Senate seat opened by the retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Jan. 7, 2015
As former Florida Sen. Bob Graham watched his daughter, an incoming House Democrat, shake hands with an endless line of visitors Tuesday morning, he peeked out of her corner office window in Longworth at the briskly falling snow and marveled at the symmetry to his own political career.
Dec. 19, 2014
The low odds of two friends in the same tight-knit community on Capitol Hill dying on consecutive days were mercilessly defied last week, as a sad 24 hours rocked the tech and telecom lobbying world — along with numerous other universes both inside politics and out.
Dec. 17, 2014
New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.
Dec. 10, 2014
Montana Sen. Jon Tester sees a world of opportunity when he looks at the 2016 Senate map — and a mountain of work to capitalize on it.
Dec. 8, 2014
Michelle Nunn strolled through the Capitol basement last week alongside outgoing Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet — just a month after her loss in the Georgia Senate race.
Nov. 24, 2014
Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations.
Nov. 14, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering at least three Democratic operatives to manage his re-election campaign in Nevada in 2016, according to a national Democratic source familiar with the discussions.
Nov. 13, 2014
Updated 3:05 p.m. | Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker will chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2016 cycle, when the party will likely be defending a 54-seat majority.
Nov. 12, 2014
The morning after he won Georgia’s open Senate seat, Republican David Perdue was asked on “Fox & Friends” how he avoided a runoff when every available poll had shown a tight race.
Nov. 12, 2014
The Associated Press called the Alaska Senate race early Wednesday for Dan Sullivan, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.
Nov. 10, 2014
As a national Republican wave crested on Election Day, there were several campaigns in both parties that stood out as outstanding operations.
Nov. 6, 2014
After securing control of the Senate Tuesday, Republicans are already staring down a daunting map for 2016.
Nov. 5, 2014
At the tail end of an hour-long press briefing at the National Republican Senatorial Committee less than three weeks before the elections, Executive Director Rob Collins threw out a prediction: The GOP would win the majority on election night.
Nov. 4, 2014
There are enough Democratic seats in play for Republicans to secure the Senate majority Tuesday, but there is also a chance the outcome won’t be known for days, weeks or even a couple months.
Nov. 1, 2014
Roll Call’s final ranking of the most vulnerable senators doesn’t vary much from previous versions — the result of an unfavorable national climate for Democrats that has failed to improve.
Oct. 31, 2014
As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator’s attorneys.