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Some Candidates Mention Flint Crisis in Fundraising Appeals

Weaver testified before Congress about the water issues in her city. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As Congress heard testimony from Flint's mayor about the water crisis there, some House and Senate candidates sent out fundraising pitches to their email lists mentioning the Michigan city's troubles.  

In an email to supporters in his competitive Maryland Senate primary race against Rep. Donna Edwards, Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, linked to a webpage titled "Stand With Chris," with a donate button at the top. It asked potential donors to "Join Chris in demanding justice" for Flint.  

'Little House on the Prairie' Star Challenges Mike Bishop in Michigan

Gilbert, of "Little House on the Prairie" fame, announced her first run for electoral office. (Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Actress Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder in the TV show "Little House on the Prairie," is running as a Democrat for Michigan's 8th District, she announced Monday afternoon.  

"I’m running for Congress to make life a little easier for all the families who feel they have fallen through the cracks in today’s economy," Gilbert wrote on her campaign site . "I believe building a new economy is a team effort, and we need to bring fresh voices to the table to get the job done."  

DCCC Cuts Airtime in 8 TV Markets

Steve Israel of New York is the DCCC Chariman. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has started to pull back its advertising buys in several congressional districts around the country, according to an aide.  

At this point in the cycle, the cancellations — also known as "triage " — serve as a signal the party does not see a path to victory for these candidates or races. House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, has already pulled some of its buys in the same districts.  

NRCC Announces Another Crop of 'Young Guns'

Walden is a Oregon Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Monday nine more candidates had achieved "Young Gun" status, the top tier of their candidate recruitment and training program.  

The new members increases the number of "Young Gun" candidates this cycle to 43 . These candidates have met unannounced fundraising and organizational goals. In return, the NRCC gives them fundraising and strategic help.  

Michigan Primary Results: GOP Congressman Defeated (Updated)

Bentivolio is a Michigan Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated, Wednesday 7:00 a.m. | The accidental congressman 's tenure in Washington came to an end Tuesday evening, when Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio lost the Republican primary to attorney David Trott in this district northwest of Detroit.  

Trott had 66 percent of the 11th District vote when The Associated Press called the race for him. Bentivolio trailed with 34 percent of the vote at that time.  

6 Things to Watch in Tuesday's Primaries

Roberts faces a primary on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tuesday night features some of the most intense — and final — tea party-vs.-business contests of the GOP primary season.  

Polls close in Michigan and Kansas at 9 p.m. EST. Washington State has a mail-in ballot system, with the first set of results expected to be released by 11:30 p.m. EST.  

DCCC Reserves $43.5 Million in TV Airtime for Midterms

Israel is the current chairman of the DCCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $43.5 million in television airtime in dozens of targeted House districts this fall — a signal the party is attempting to play defense and offense in a challenging midterm cycle.  

The money is split across 36 districts, including 17 pickup opportunities, according to a DCCC aide. More districts and more money could be added to the reservations as the cycle progresses, the aide said.  

Democrats Lose Recruit for Mike Rogers Seat

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who was in town last week meeting with senior House Democrats, announced Tuesday she will not run for Michigan's open 8th District seat.  

The decision is a blow to national Democrats' hopes to contend in the district of Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, who recently announced his retirement.  

Mike Rogers Endorses Republican to Succeed Him in Michigan

Rogers is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retiring Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., has endorsed former Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop for the GOP nomination to succeed him in Congress.  

“Mike Bishop is the right conservative for the 8th District," Rogers said in a Monday news release. "Bishop will stand up to liberal policies of the Obama administration, just like he stood up and fought for us against the liberal policies of the Granholm administration."  

Pelosi, Hoyer Recruit Michigan Candidate

The Democratic Party is all-in behind Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, their recruit for the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Mike Rogers.  

Byrum visited Washington, D.C. this week and met with most of the highest-ranking Democrats in Congress, according to multiple national Democratic operatives with knowledge of her schedule.