Merkley’s Mild Town Hall in a Red County

Nathan L. Gonzales August 17, 2017 · 1:52 PM EDT

DALLAS, Ore. — With a divided country and two divided parties, town halls are supposed to be ground zero for angst, anger, and animosity, but not in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Donald Trump carried Polk County in the last presidential election but Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley found a largely…

Alabama Senate: Potential for Moore Makes Seat Less Safe

August 16, 2017 · 12:15 AM EDT

The Alabama Senate special election certainly isn’t a toss-up, but the potential that former state supreme court justice Roy Moore becomes the GOP nominee creates the possibility for a Democratic upset.

President Donald Trump’s polarizing persona is creating significant risk for congressional…

Pennsylvania 6: The Bellwether of the 2018 Ball?

Leah Askarinam August 4, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

Both Democrats and Republicans are facing immense pressure to win the 2018 congressional race in Pennsylvania’s 6th District. The suburban Philadelphia district is one of the 23 that voted for both Hillary Clinton and a House Republican in 2016. Plus, it’s a suburban district with a highly-educated…

Kid Rock for Senate and the Myth of Donald Trump’s Success

Nathan L. Gonzales August 4, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

Just because Donald Trump was elected president doesn’t mean that Congress is about to be flooded with celebrities.

According to conventional wisdom, Trump’s victory was a precursor for other celebrities to join the political fray, including Robert Ritchie, a.k.a. Kid Rock, the 46-year-old rap…

South Dakota At-Large: Republicans Wrestle for Third Senate Seat

Leah Askarinam August 4, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

A House primary in a state that Donald Trump won by 30 points in 2016 might seem inconsequential, especially when a Republican already holds the seat. But these intra-party GOP contests not only select a future lawmaker; they could also position a politician for higher office. The congressional…

Candidate Conversation - Elissa Slotkin (D)

August 4, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

Candidate for Michigan’s 8th District

Interview Date: July 28, 2017

Date of Birth: July 10, 1976; New York, N.Y.

Education: Cornell Univ. (1998); Columbia Univ. (Masters, 2003)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Slotkin is the leading Democratic contender to face GOP…

Candidate Conversation - Sam Jammal (D)

Leah Askarinam August 4, 2017 · 2:26 PM EDT

Candidate for California’s 39th District

Interview Date: July 28, 2017

Date of Birth: April 14, 1982; Whittier, Calif.

Education: Univ. of Southern Calif. (2004); George Washington Univ. law school (2007)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Jammal is a credible…