independents

Independent Candidate Challenges Taylor to Wrestling Match
Virginia businessman said match would give voters ‘insight’

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., has been challenged to a wrestling match by a prospective independent candidate vying for his seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Virginia man vying to represent Virginia’s 2nd District in Congress challenged incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor to a wrestling match.

Aldo DiBelardino, a businessman who filed to run for the seat as an independent, said a physical tussle in addition to a debate would give voters “better insight” into the candidates than a mere debate would provide.

Analysis: Trump Trip Showed New Approach to Presidency
But lawmakers doubt future presidents will follow such a path

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un participate in a Tuesday signing ceremony during a meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

First, Donald Trump remade the Republican Party in his own image. And after his double-dip of G-7 and North Korea nuclear diplomacy, it’s even more obvious he’s doing the same to the presidency.

Some congressional Democrats are worried the former reality television star’s eagerness to break with decades-old norms and traditions is soiling the office and influencing future chief executives to mirror Trump’s ways. And though a handful of Republican members publicly share those concerns, most are helping him transform the highest — and long the most revered — job in the land.

Nevada Primaries Set Up GOP House Targets
Horsford, Hardy set up rematch in 4th District

Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford won the Democratic primary for the 4th District on Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans are largely on defense this election cycle, but they’re targeting two open seats in Nevada, where voters selected their general election candidates Tuesday night.

In the 4th District, two former one-term seat holders — Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy — easily won their respective primaries. In the 3rd District, perennial GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Susie Lee advanced to what is also expected to be a competitive fall race.

Two Former Lawmakers Aim for Rematch in Nevada’s 4th District
First hurdle will be Tuesday’s primaries

Former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy is running again in Nevada’s 4th District. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Nevada’s 4th District could host a rematch between two former one-term members of Congress. And both know what it’s like to lose.

Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy are considered the front-runners in their respective primary races Tuesday. Should they win, the general election would be a rematch of 2014, when Hardy ousted Horsford in a surprise only to lose the seat two years later.

Kuster Wants Investigation Into Sexual Harassment in VA
More than a quarter of women employees in agency were harassed, government watchdog agency reports

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., called for an investigation into the VA for systemic issues with sexual harassment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster wants Congress to confront what she sees as a pervasive sexual harassment problem in the Veterans Affairs Department.

The New Hampshire Democrat called for Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan to schedule an immediate hearing on the matter in the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations, on which she is ranking member.

Senate NDAA Would Mandate Work on Missile Defenses in Space
Though it’s unclear whether the military would even recommend effort

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says his provision “removes the legal hurdle to developing and eventually deploying” space-based interceptors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted behind closed doors on May 23 to require the Pentagon to start developing missile-killing interceptors for deployment in space — whether or not the Pentagon agrees.

The provision, by Texas Republican Ted Cruz, has become part of the defense authorization bill being debated now and into next week on the Senate floor.

New Poll: Utah Rep. Mia Love in Tight Race With Democratic Challenger
Survey finds Salt Lake County mayor leads among independents, trails among Mormons

Utah Rep. Mia Love is facing a competitive re-election race this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll in Utah shows Rep. Mia Love essentially tied with the Democrat she is likely to face in the general election this November.

Love, a second-term Republican, led Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams 47 percent to 43 percent in the 4th District race, the Utahpolicy.com survey found. Ten percent were undecided.

The Central Valley Surprise: Why Democrats Came Close to a Shutout
A second Republican performed well in California’s 10th — and no one saw it coming

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., is expected to face a Democrat in November for his 10th District seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats in Southern California faced a real threat of not making the general ballot in certain races before Tuesday’s primaries. But no one saw that coming in the Central Valley.

Democrats laser-focused on three races in Southern California, but not on the 10th District in the Central Valley, held by Republican Rep. Jeff Denham

Senators Fight Over How to Use Canceled Recess Weeks
Republicans point to judicial nominations and appropriations, Democrats say health care

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked from left by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S. Dak., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor after the Senate Republicans’ policy lunch on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats and Republicans are facing off for the best way to use their three extra weeks in the “swamp.”

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the chamber would remain in session for three weeks in August, both parties put in their two cents on how to best use the extra time. Democrats say focus on health care, while Republicans want to approve more of President Donald Trump’s nominees.

Lawmakers’ Challenge to Trump Finances Faces Court Test
‘We cannot approve, we cannot consent to, what we don’t know’

A federal district court will consider arguments about a Democratic lawsuit regarding President Donald Trump’s business practices. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

A federal district judge will hear arguments Thursday about whether Democratic lawmakers can pursue a lawsuit over President Donald Trump’s vast business interests and whether he must get congressional approval before accepting payments or gifts from foreign governments.

More than 200 Democrats filed the lawsuit a year ago, in the first months of Trump’s presidency, when their concerns included payments from governments at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and trademarks issued by the Chinese to Trump and his companies.