Alabama Senate Special: What’s Moore Strange Than a Democratic Opportunity in the South?

Leah Askarinam September 15, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM- What began as a controversial appointment to replace Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions has devolved into a confusing battle within the Republican Party.

Alabama Republicans selected former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange over a handful of candidates (including Rep. Mo Brooks) in a low-turnout primary in the middle of August to move on to a Sept. 26 runoff. With less than two weeks to go, it’s not clear who will end up winning the GOP nomination, as the two candidates have come to embody the divide in the GOP.

Strange can’t escape his appointment by a scandal-plagued governor and the appearance that he’s tied up in Washington politics, though he’s only served for a handful of months in the Senate. Moore has been making headlines nationally for years as a controversial judge, twice elected but twice removed for defying court orders.

Republicans in Alabama will have over two months between the polarizing runoff and the Dec. 15 special general election to unite behind their nominee. But given how divisive the race has become and each Republican’s ethical baggage, GOP unity is in question, opening a narrow window for Democrats in the Heart of Dixie.

The Republican Runoff

The two remaining GOP candidates came to the race with their…

House Retirement Update: Republicans Head for the Exits

Nathan L. Gonzales September 15, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 

In the last issue, we wrote about the surprisingly few number of Members who have announced their retirement from the House this cycle. But since then, the retirement tide has started to swell.

Over the last 40 years, 22 Members, on average, have left Congress…

Kansas 2nd and 3rd:  A Sliver of Blue in Trump Country?

Leah Askarinam September 15, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

At the moment, it’s good to be a Republican in Kansas. Since 2010, Republicans have won every statewide election and the GOP holds all six of Kansas’s federal offices, including both Senate seats and the state’s four congressional districts.

But President Donald Trump’s mediocre job rating will…

Candidate Conversation - Mike Levin (D)

September 15, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

Candidate for California’s 49th District

Interview Date: Sept. 13, 2017

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1978; Long Beach, Calif.

Education: Stanford (2001), Duke Law (2005)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Levin is a top contender in the southern California district which…

Candidate Consversation - Tod Curtis (D)

September 15, 2017 · 2:26 PM EDT

Candidate for Indiana’s 9th District

Interview Date: Sept. 8, 2017

Date of Birth: March 29, 1972; Bedford, Ind.

Education: Indiana Univ.-Bloomington (1993, dental school 1997, Masters in Computer Science 2012); Univ of Iowa (Masters in Orthodontics, 1999)

Political Office: None; First run for…