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Goodlatte to Fundraise in Silicon Valley as Tech Community Pushes Immigration Fix

March 14, 2014

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., is scheduled to hold a high-dollar fundraiser in Silicon Valley next week — but frustrated tech donors are already grumbling about the event, disappointed by the lack of progress from House Republicans on one of their top policy priorities: immigration legislation.

Tim Walz Cooks Up Second Consecutive Minnesota Hotdish Win

March 12, 2014

For four years, one title has eluded Michele Bachmann, and it’s not “president.”

McConnell Supports Kentucky Ballot Change Pushed by Paul to Allow Multiple Candidacies

March 12, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he supports legislation passed by a Kentucky Senate committee Wednesday to change the state’s election law to allow one candidate to run in multiple federal races on the same ballot.

Landrieu: Flood Insurance Decided Florida's Special Election

March 12, 2014

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., said Wednesday that she believes flood insurance legislation was the deciding factor in Tuesday’s special election in Florida, not health care.

Vulnerable Democrats Missing From All-Night Climate Change Debate

March 10, 2014

Thirty Senate Democrats are scheduled to stage an all-night talkathon to address climate change and its deniers, but notably missing from the extensive roster of speakers are moderate Democrats, especially those who are up for re-election in 2014.

McConnell Dodges Criticism From Both Sides With Vote on Gillibrand Bill

March 6, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made what appeared to be a politically savvy move Thursday, voting to advance a measure from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to remove the prosecution of serious crime, including sexual assault, from the military chain of command.

Condoleezza Rice Headlines McConnell Fundraiser at Rupp Arena

March 6, 2014

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is headlining a fundraiser in Lexington, Ky., Thursday for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a spokesperson for the campaign confirmed.

Democrats Face Perils of Controversial Nominees in 'Post-Nuclear' Senate

March 5, 2014

Not even Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could convince an in-cycle Senate Democrat from his home state to switch his vote and support embattled Department of Justice nominee Debo P. Adegbile.

Vote on Controversial Nominee Exposes Political Risk of Nuclear Option

March 5, 2014

Likely fearful of attack ads, seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans on Wednesday to block the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be the next assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Democrats Take Aim at Ryan Budget Senate GOP Doesn't Want

March 4, 2014

With few remaining options for enacting major public policy before the November election, Democrats instead are looking to set a political trap for Republicans on income inequality issues and hoping the GOP takes the bait.

Udall Campaign Hits Gardner for 'Shady Scheme'

Feb. 27, 2014

Now faced with a top-tier Republican challenger, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign on Thursday painted the GOP’s swap of candidates between races as a partisan backroom deal unfit for the state’s independent nature.

Manchin Heading to Alaska for Begich Fundraiser

Feb. 26, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., will travel to Anchorage this weekend to campaign for Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska., according to multiple sources in both camps familiar with the trip.

Harry Reid's War On Koch

Feb. 26, 2014

“The Koch Brothers are ‘un-American’” is the new “Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years” in the Senate, per a series of floor speeches given Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

McConnell Says Bill Clinton Is His Electoral Rabbit's Foot

Feb. 26, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that former President Bill Clinton can stump in Kentucky whenever he wants, characterizing the Democratic icon as his election good-luck charm.

African-American Senators Reflect on Their Own History

Feb. 26, 2014

Chaplain Barry Black stood in front of a packed auditorium Tuesday and discussed one of the two times he was late to open the Senate because of D.C. traffic.

Cruz, Lee Top Club for Growth's 2013 Conservative Scorecard

Feb. 24, 2014

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, were the only two senators to receive perfect scores from the Club for Growth for their 2013 voting records, according to the conservative group’s annual scorecards released Monday.

N.C. Conservatives in a Race to a Runoff

Feb. 21, 2014

For almost 95 years, the dominant question facing any North Carolinian has been over shades of blue: Duke or UNC.

Governor to Reid: 'None of Your Damn Business' Whom I Appoint to Senate

Feb. 14, 2014

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to mind his own “damn business” when the Nevada Democrat phoned him last year in an effort to influence his appointment to succeed Max Baucus in the Senate.

Vulnerable Democrats Run Against GOP Medicaid Decisions in 2014

Feb. 12, 2014

Republicans have made the president’s health care law their primary ammunition in congressional campaigns since 2010 — but embattled Senate Democrats believe they have found an opening to turn voter ire toward the GOP this cycle: Medicaid expansion.

McConnell, Cornyn Walk Plank on Debt Limit to Ire of Conservatives

Feb. 12, 2014

Senate Republican leaders Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas on Wednesday voted to advance legislation that would increase the nation’s borrowing capacity — but not before they spent 40 minutes of the open vote trying to get others to do it for them, likely out of fear of the conservative blowback that came almost immediately.

Did the RNC Steal Its Beats for Anti-Senate Dems Ad From B.o.B and 2 Chainz?

Feb. 12, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., might not be “booty poppin’ in a headstand,” but he did vote for Obamacare, and the Republican National Committee would like you to know — in seven web ads attacking 2014 Senate Democrats that seem to lift beats from B.o.B. featuring 2Chainz’s song “Headband.”

Internal Alexander Memo Reveals Wide GOP Primary Lead

Feb. 11, 2014

An internal poll conducted for Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign shows the Tennessee Republican with a 45-point lead over his highest-tracking primary opponent, according to a memo obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Vote on Pryor Bill Just the Start of Senate's 2014 Political Madness (Updated)

Feb. 10, 2014

Update 6:28 p.m. | It’s officially open political vote season on the Senate floor, and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is the latest vulnerable 2014 incumbent to benefit from Majority Leader Harry Reid’s power of the calendar.

Scott Brown Bares All but His Senate Intentions

Feb. 9, 2014

One bare-chested, above-the-fold photo in a local newspaper does not a campaign make, but that hasn’t stopped rampant speculation in New Hampshire and on Capitol Hill about when — or whether — former Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown might hop into the Granite State’s 2014 Senate race.

Conservative Americans for Prosperity Launches Anti-Obamacare Ads in N.C., W.Va.

Feb. 4, 2014

Americans for Prosperity, the powerful conservative group backed by brothers David and Charles Koch, on Tuesday announced a $1.4 million ad buy in North Carolina attacking Sen. Kay Hagan’s support of the 2010 health care law.

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