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…
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…
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…
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…
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…