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Rep. Mike Quigley Considering Run for Chicago Mayor
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he will not seek re-election

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley said he is considering a run for mayor of Chicago after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not run for re-election. 

“Who wouldn’t be interested in being mayor of Chicago?” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Former McCain Chief of Staff Considers Running for Senate As a Democrat
Rep. Ruben Gallego says he’ll decide after the midterms whether he’ll run

The late Sen. John McCain’s former chief of staff is considering running for his former boss’ seat as a Democrat.

Grant Woods served as the attorney general for Arizona from 1991 to 1999 and was a chief of staff for McCain when he was a congressman in the 1980s.

Cory Booker Has a Performative Streak
New Jersey Democrat has put on a show since he was a city councilman in Newark

Sen. Cory Booker amped up the drama around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings Thursday when he passionately defended his decision to release confidential documents about the judge’s record.

Booker said he understood the consequences could be expulsion from the Senate.

Liberal Health Care Group Launches Seven-Figure Campaign
Will target vulnerable Republicans in more than 20 districts

A liberal health care group is launching a seven-figure campaign targeting more than 20 congressional districts ahead of the midterm elections.

Health Care Voter announced the campaign on Thursday and said it will also release a 50-state voter guide for every candidate for federal office.

O’Rourke Campaign Says ‘Impostor’ Sent Bogus Texts
Messages asked for supporters to transport undocumented immigrants to polling places

Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign said an “impostor” was pretending to be part of the Democrat’s texting team asking volunteers to “transport undocumented immigrants” to vote. 

The messages were sent by someone who identified herself as a member of O’Rourke’s team named Patty who said the campaign was “in search of volunteers to help transport undocumented immigrants to polling booths,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Planned Parenthood Announces $20M Voter Turnout Initiative
Says it’s their largest ground game initiative to date

Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday a $20 million ground game initiative for the midterm elections.

The health provider announced the initiative on a conference call, saying it will be held in states including Arizona, Nevada, New Hampshire, Florida, Minnesota, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

Obama to Kick Off Campaigning in Southern California
Will campaign in Republican districts won by Hillary Clinton

Former President Barack Obama will make his first stop on the 2018 campaign trail in Southern California on Saturday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced. 

Obama will campaign with candidates Josh Harder in the 10th District, T.J. Cox in the 21st District, Katie Hill in the 25th District, Gil Cisneros in the 39th District, Katie Porter in the 45th District, Harley Rouda in the 48th District, and Mike Levin in the 49th.

Jones Faces Pressure at Home to Confirm Kavanaugh
Alabama Democratic senator faces re-election in 2020

Sen. Doug Jones faces increased pressure to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he says the hearings should have been delayed.

Jones has previously been pressured by Democratic voters to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, with one woman at a town hall telling him at a town hall last month he could “kiss my ass” if he voted for Kavanaugh’s confirmation, AL.Com reported.

Cruz Supporters Say O’Rourke Is a ‘Wakeup Call’
‘No room for complacency at this point,’ GOP fundraiser says of Senate race

Supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz are re-evaluating the Republican incumbent’s strategy as he faces a strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

“It’s a wakeup call that we can’t take this race for granted,” Texas Republican fundraiser Mica Mosbacher told the Houston Chronicle. “There’s no room for complacency at this point.”

Trump Calls Sessions ‘Mentally Retarded’ in Woodward Book, McMorris Rodgers Reacts
Bob Woodward’s new book says Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘mentally retarded’

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House, stood her ground amid reports President Donald Trump called Attorney General Jeff Session “mentally retarded.”

“Chair McMorris Rodgers’ views on this type of language have not changed and never will. That term should never be used,” spokeswoman Olivia Hnat said in a statement.

Taylor Subpoenaed to Testify in Petition Signature Lawsuit

Virginia Democrats subpoenaed Republican Rep. Scott Taylor to testify in a case accusing his staff of falsifying petition signatures.

Democrats have accused Taylor’s campaign of forging signatures to get a third party candidate on the ballot in the state’s 2nd District. 

John Boehner Wants Everyone to Know He Had a Great Summer
Former House speaker has traveled cross-country fundraising for congressional Republicans

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner is traveling cross country to support Republican incumbents this election.

On Sunday, Boehner tweeted a video of himself driving his RV called “Freedom One,” while singing his signature “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

Dem Internal Poll Shows Hunter Tied With Challenger
Poll of likely voters shows embattled incumbent, Ammar Campa-Najjar tied at 46 percent

An internal poll by Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar shows the embattled Republican congressman in a tie in California’s 50th District.

Hunter and Campa-Najjar, a former Obama administration official, were tied at 46 percent when voters were asked if the election were held today. 

GOP Rep Says DeSantis Should Apologize for ‘Stupid’ Monkey Comment
Florida Republican Curbelo calls out DeSantis over comment he made about black opponent

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said fellow Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis should apologize for a remark he made about his Democratic opponent in the state’s governor’s race that has been criticized as racist.

DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, came under fire for saying in an interview with Fox News that Florida could not afford to “monkey this up” by electing Democratic nominee Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is African-American.

Koch Network Endorses 8 GOP House Members in Competitive Races
Conservative megadonors have pivoted their political strategy, raised Trump’s ire

The political arm of the Koch conservative brothers’ network announced the House candidates it would support as it shifts its political strategy.

Americans for Prosperity named eight members of Congress in competitive races as its “policy champions.”

Tsongas and Turner Want VA to Answer for Sexual Assault Survivors Report
Internal watchdog report says roughly half of all benefit claims were incorrectly processed

The bipartisan co-chairs of the Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus want the Veterans Benefits Administration to answer for a recent report showing negligence.

A report released last week from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Inspector General found the VBA incorrectly processed 1,300 of 2,700 benefit claims related to sexual assault between April and September 2017.

Khanna Says Trump vs. Google Is a ‘Dumb Fight to Pick’
President says searches are programmed to show only ‘Fake News Media’

Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said it would be a bad idea for President Donald Trump to get into a fight with Google after the president said the company treated him unfairly.

Khanna, whose district includes Silicon Valley, told Time it is a “dumb fight to pick.”

Hunter Opponent Calls Him an ‘Embarrassment’ in New Ad
Ammar Campa-Najjar uses Hunter’s indictment in ad to air on cable

Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Democratic opponent calls the indicted California Republican “an embarrassment” in an ad launched Wednesday.

The new ad by Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign cites Hunter’s indictment, where he is accused of spending $250,000 in campaign contributions for personal use.

Report: Collins Turned Down Plea Deal for Insider Trading Case
New York congressman was indicted for tipping off family and friends about tanking stock

Embattled Rep. Chris Collins reportedly turned down a plea deal over the insider trading charges he was indicted on.

The Buffalo News cited two sources who wished to not be identified saying that the congressman had been offered a deal, but they did not disclose the terms. Lawyers for Collins and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York declined to comment to the newspaper.

Hunter Now Says ‘Leave My Wife Out of It’
Indicted congressman said last week that his wife was in charge of his finances

After appearing to put the blame on his wife last week, indicted California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday he wants prosecutors to leave her out of the ongoing legal fight.

Hunter told the 10News, the San Diego ABC affiliate, that he wants investigators to focus on him.