House News & Analysis

Louisiana 5 Special: Somber Scene

by Jacob Rubashkin March 5, 2021 · 2:29 PM EST

The death of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow on Dec. 29 from covid-19 complications created a vacancy in Louisiana’s 5th District that will be filled via a March 20 special election.

In Louisiana, candidates from all parties appear on the same initial ballot. If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast,…

Report Shorts (March 5, 2021)

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 5, 2021 · 2:28 PM EST

Illinois House. Buoyed by her loss in the GOP primary in the 14th District in 2020, former Department of Commerce staffer Catalina Lauf announced her primary challenge to Rep. Adam Kinzinger in the neighboring district. The congressman has been one of the most outspoken Republicans on the Hill against President…

Candidate Conversation: Troy Carter (D)

March 5, 2021 · 2:27 PM EST

Louisiana’s 2nd District Special — Rating: Solid Democratic

Interview Date: March 2, 2021 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: Oct 26, 1963; New Orleans, La.

Education: Xavier Univ. (1986)

Elected Office: State Senator; State House (former); New Orleans City Council (former); Mayoral candidate (2002); 2nd District candidate (2006, 2008)

Current Outlook:…

Candidate Conversation: Karen Carter Peterson (D)

March 5, 2021 · 2:26 PM EST

Louisiana’s 2nd District Special — Rating: Solid Democratic

Interview Date: March 3, 2021 (Google Meet) 

Date of Birth: Nov. 1, 1969; New Orleans, La.

Education: Howard Univ. (1991); Tulane (J.D., 1995)

Elected Office: State Senator; State House (former); 2nd District candidate (2006)

Current Outlook: Peterson, the former chairwoman of the…

Rhode Island Poised to Make History It Doesn’t Want to Make

by Jacob Rubashkin March 5, 2021 · 12:57 PM EST

Rhode Island may be America’s tiniest state, but it’s on the verge of making political history in 2022. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the state who thinks that’s a good thing.

According to estimates from Election Data Services, a political analytics firm, Rhode Island…

How the Lack of Ticket-Splitting Leads to Gridlock

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 3, 2021 · 2:22 PM EST

It’s easy to blame politicians for gridlock on Capitol Hill. It’s the voters, however, and the lack of ticket-splitting, that are key to the lack of compromise. For some reason, people act surprised that a divided country is reflected in a divided Congress.

The bottom line is that there are…

Ohio 11 Special: Clash on the Cuyahoga

by Jacob Rubashkin February 5, 2021 · 2:29 PM EST

Just three people have represented the eastern part of Cleveland since the 1960s: trailblazing Reps. Louis Stokes and Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and Rep. Marcia Fudge, who has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as secretary of housing and urban development.

Should Fudge be confirmed by the Senate —…

New Mexico 1: The Land of a Special Election

by Jacob Rubashkin January 22, 2021 · 2:29 PM EST

Rep. Deb Haaland made history in 2018 as one of the first two Native American women ever to be elected to Congress. In 2021, she’ll likely make history again as the first ever Native American cabinet secretary. The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico’s 1st District has been nominated by President…

Louisiana 2 Special: The Next New Member

by Jacob Rubashkin January 22, 2021 · 2:27 PM EST

The special election to succeed Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond in Louisiana’s 2nd District has come into focus as the wide field of potential candidates narrows and national figures turn their attention to what may be the first special election of the Biden era.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards scheduled the…

Election Predictions Look Different (and Better) Now that All the Races are Over

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 22, 2021 · 9:09 AM EST

More than two months later, the 2020 elections are still handing out lessons. The latest: Don’t judge election projections until all the results have hatched.

Lost in the aftermath of the siege on the U.S. Capitol was the fact that Democrats won two Senate runoffs in Georgia. Not only does…