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At the Races: Get Ready for Another Special Election
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Dent Suggests He’s Pursuing Cable TV Opportunities
Pennsylvania GOP rep would join long list of lawmakers-turned cable news contributors

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., is considering media opportunities after he leaves Congress in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Charlie Dent could become the latest lawmaker-turned full-time cable television pundit after he resigns next month.

The Pennsylvania Republican announced this week he will leave Congress for good sometime between May 8 and Memorial Day. Dent said as early as last September he would not run for re-election this year.

Rep. Charlie Dent Resigning ‘In the Coming Weeks’
Pennsylvania Republican had already announced he was not seeking re-election

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent is considering several professional opportunities for his post-congressional career. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:41 p.m. | Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent announced Tuesday that he would resign from Congress “in the coming weeks,” adding later that his last day would come sometime in May.

Dent, a moderate who was first elected to his 15th District in 2004, had already announced he was not running for re-election. In a statement Tuesday that was also posted on Twitter, he said he decided to leave the Hill early “after discussions with my family and careful reflection.” 

Toast the Vote? Steyer Group Hosts First Democratic Forum in PA
NexGen America looks to energize young voters in Pennsylvania

NextGen America will host a series of candidate events at breweries and coffeehouses. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Where will millennials go for a political event? A local brewery, of course! That’s at least the calculation from NextGen America, a group hoping to mobilize young Democratic voters in 2018.

Roughly 150 people gathered on the fifth floor of Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works to hear from Democratic candidates’ in Pennsylvania’s 7th District, which became more competitive for Democrats after the state Supreme Court imposed a new congressional map.

Meet the Staffer on the Front Lines of a Brewing Trade War
Shane Warren has the sometimes difficult task of interpreting the White House trade agenda

Shane Warren is the chief international trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When President Donald Trump fires up his Twitter account to talk trade, it is Shane Warren who is left to explain his posts to the Senate Republican Conference.

As the GOP’s chief international trade counsel on the Senate Finance Committee, Warren is helping to shape the chamber’s trade agenda at a time when Republicans control both Congress and the White House. But like many current jobs in Washington, working in a position subject to Trump’s whims presents its own set of challenges.

Judges Strike Down Pennsylvania GOP Complaint Over Redrawn Congressional Map
Three-judge federal panel dismisses Republican lawsuit over new court-drawn map

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., is among the lawmakers listed as plaintiffs against the new congressional map in Pennsylvania. He is running for Senate in the Keystone State. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal district court declined a long-shot request Monday from Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to block a new congressional map as the 2018 elections near. The Supreme Court has yet to act on a similar request from the lawmakers.

Eight Republican House members from the Pennsylvania delegation joined Republican state lawmakers as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which a three-judge panel dismissed.

At the Races: Keystone State Nail-Biter
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

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Mark Your Calendars: The second congressional primaries in the country are in Illinois on Tuesday. Democrats are targeting four GOP-held seats in the state, where EMILY’s List has played an early, influential role backing candidates it thinks will be viable in the general election. But the Prairie State primary that’s received the most attention is actually in a solid Democratic seat. EMILY’s List is involved in this race too (although it took a while for the group to endorse), and it’s quickly become a flashpoint in the fight over the identity of the Democratic Party. On one side is first-time candidate Marie Newman, who’s backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (who carried the 3rd District in 2016), two members of the Illinois delegation (pictured above), New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, SEIU and a coalition of reproductive rights and progressive groups.

Former Rep. Hoeffel Sees Opportunity in New Pennsylvania Map
Ex-Democratic congressman running in newly redrawn 4th District

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel is seeking a congressional comeback, announcing a run for the newly drawn 4th District. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

After more than a decade away from national politics, former Democratic Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel sees a new opportunity in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court handed down new district lines last month that mitigate the Republicans’ advantage.

Hoeffel represented the Keystone State’s old 13th District from 1999 to 2004 before unsuccessfully running for Senate seat in 2004. In 2010, he lost a bid for governor.

Biden Rallies the Troops for Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania
Former vice president hits campaign trail a week before House special election

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., seen here at a 2016 campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pa., returned to the Keystone State on Tuesday to rally support for Democratic House candidate Conor Lamb. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

MOON, Pa. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. traveled to the Pittsburgh suburbs one week before the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District with a message aimed squarely at the middle class.

At separate events before a crowd of union workers in Pittsburgh and then a packed room of supporters here at Robert Morris University, Biden said Democrat Conor Lamb understands the people of the southwest Pennsylvania district. Invoking a military slogan, he said a Lamb victory would send a message across the country.

Russians Meddled in Energy Policy, Science Committee GOP Says
Report reveals Russian agents used social media in attempt to influence the U.S. energy market

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Russian social media meddlers tried to influence U.S. energy markets and undercut the country’s emerging domestic natural gas production capabilities, according to a report released Thursday by the Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The report written by GOP committee staff cited data provided by major social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for activity that occurred from 2015 through 2017.