House News & Analysis

No One Is Afraid of a Government Shutdown

Nathan L. Gonzales December 8, 2017 · 12:47 PM EST

Call me crazy, but I'm not sure we won't see a government shutdodwn, even though Congress managed to pass a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 22. Why? Because no one in Washington is particularly afraid of a government shutdown.

Democrats aren’t afraid of a government…

Nebraska 2: Organizing for Omaha

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Leah Askarinam December 1, 2017 · 2:28 PM EST

Democrats are relying on a stable of first-time challengers in their effort to regain the House majority, but their fate may ultimately depend on a handful of defeated Members and re-run candidates.

Of course it’s not impossible (or unprecedented) for a candidate who loses a congressional election to come back…

Candidate Conversation - Dan McCready (D)

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December 1, 2017 · 2:27 PM EST

Candidate for North Carolina’s 9th District

Interview Date: Oct. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: July 18, 1983; New York, N.Y.

Education: Duke (2005); Harvard (MBA, 2011)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: McCready gives Democrats a credible challenger in a district President Donald Trump carried 54-43 percent…

Candidate Conversation - Gina Ortiz Jones (D)

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December 1, 2017 · 2:26 PM EST

Candidate for Texas’ 23rd District

Interview Date: Oct. 20, 2017

Date of Birth: Feb. 1, 1981; Arlington, Va.

Education: Boston University (Bachelor’s, two Master’s degrees, 2003)

Elected Office: None; First run for office 

Current Outlook: The 23rd District, which stretches across a significant chunk of the Texas-Mexico border, will be…

Candidate Conversation - Josh Butner (D)

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December 1, 2017 · 2:25 PM EST

Candidate for California’s 50th District

Interview Date: Oct. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: Jan. 31, 1969; Bethesda Naval Hospital, Md.

Education: Southern Illinois Univ. Carbondale (Bachelor’s, 1995); Naval Postgraduate School/Naval War College (Masters, 2001); Arizona State Univ. (attended)

Political Office: Jamul-Dulzura School Board

Current Outlook: In 2016, GOP Rep. Duncan…

Candidate Conversation - Mike Braun (R)

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December 1, 2017 · 2:24 PM EST

Candidate for Indiana Senate 

Interview Date: Oct. 25, 2017

Date of Birth: March 24, 1954; Jasper, Ind.

Education: Wabash College (1976); Harvard (1978 MBA)

Elected Office: State House; Jasper school board (former)

Current Outlook: The Beltway seems to be focused on the GOP primary feud between Rep. Todd Rokita and…

The Battle for Orange County in the Fight for the House

Nathan L. Gonzales November 28, 2017 · 10:26 AM EST

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Celina Estrada and Sam Zapata weren’t even born when Republican Ed Royce was first elected to Congress in 1992. Yet a year before the 2018 elections, the two students spent a recent evening knocking on doors in the hills of Orange County, California, to support the…

Can Democrats “Minnick” John Katko and Erik Paulsen?

Stuart Rothenberg November 16, 2017 · 11:46 AM EST

New York Rep. John Katko and Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen have been very popular with voters. Unbeatable? Maybe not, but certainly well-entrenched and able to win in very challenging environments.

But even popular incumbents have been swept from office during partisan electoral waves, and Republicans Katko and Paulsen should be…

I Interviewed 16 House Candidates in Two Days and Survived

Nathan L. Gonzales November 13, 2017 · 10:10 AM EST

I’ve interviewed at least 1,000 congressional candidates over the last 16 years, but never 16 candidates in two days.

More than 100 Democratic candidates running for the House descended on the nation’s capital a few weeks ago for candidate training hosted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Leah and I…

2018 House Overview: Early Warning Signs?

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Nathan L. Gonzales November 10, 2017 · 2:30 PM EST

Democrats haven’t struggled to recruit candidates, but this week’s results in Virginia should encourage any wavering House challengers to get off the sidelines. Even so, it remains unclear whether Tuesday’s sweeping victories portend a national electoral wave next year. 

Two gubernatorial wins and unexpected gains in the House of Delegates…