House News & Analysis

2018 House Overview (Aug. 17, 2018): From Waves to Fires

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 17, 2018 · 2:30 PM EDT

This cycle, the wave analogy has been watered down and it’s time for a new metaphor: fire. More specifically, fires. 

Whether it’s GOP Members in Hillary Clinton districts, extraordinary Democratic challengers and fundraising, competitive open seats, or lazy incumbents, Republicans have dozens of fires around the country, and the party…

2018 House Overview (Aug. 17, 2018): Alaska - Iowa

August 17, 2018 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alaska. Aug. 21 primary.

At-Large (Don Young, R, re-elected 2016 with 50%). Trump 53%. Education reform activist Alyse Galvin is running for the Democratic nomination and might even be the frontrunner. In 2016, the Democratic nominee and an independent candidate combined for 39 percent. Young was first elected to Congress…

2018 House Overview (Aug. 17, 2018): Kansas - New York

August 17, 2018 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kansas.

2nd District (Open; Lynn Jenkins, R, not seeking re-election). Trump 56%. Defense contractor Steve Watkins (who is also an Afghanistan war veteran and and former Iditarod dog sled racer) won the crowded Aug. 7 primary. The Topeka and Lawrence-based district voted for Trump but former state House Minority Leader Continue Reading

2018 House Overview (Aug. 17, 2018): North Carolina - Wisconsin

August 17, 2018 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina.

2nd District (George Holding, R, re-elected 57%). Trump 53%. Former state personnel director/former state Rep. Linda Coleman was perceived as the weaker candidate in the Democratic primary because her opponent was personally wealthy. But CLF recently announced a field office in the district, which is a sign that…

Congress Isn’t Perfect but the Politicians Aren’t Always to Blame

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 16, 2018 · 9:15 AM EDT

After 30 years of covering Congress, David Hawkings has a good idea of how Capitol Hill works — or more important, how it doesn’t — and he laid out five key reasons why Congress is broken.

But whether it’s money, maps, media, mingling or masochism, there are no easy…

Democratic Candidates Should Be Bolder on Gun Control, Poll Finds

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 9, 2018 · 8:33 AM EDT

Gun control has been a third rail of Democratic campaigns, but a new poll suggests that Democratic candidates should embrace a bolder approach to restrictions on guns, even in general elections.

Up to this point, Democrats have been decidedly defensive on guns. The most famous instances of Democratic candidates using…

NY 27 Rating Change: Chris Collins’ Arrest Puts Seat in Play

August 8, 2018 · 1:04 PM EDT

If Rep. Chris Collins continues to run for re-election, he would do so while facing charges of insider trading and lying to the F.B.I. But just because a member of Congress is indicted, doesn’t mean they can’t win.

GOP Rep. Michael Grimm of New York and Democratic Rep. William J.…

Ohio 12 Special: Down to the Wire, Again

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 3, 2018 · 11:29 AM EDT

Here we go again.

Republicans are at significant risk of losing a special election in a seat President Donald Trump carried handily in 2016. Republicans began with an initial lead that has steadily closed as Election Day approaches. Rinse and repeat.

The most recent public polls in Ohio’s 12th District…

Candidate Conversation - Dan Feehan (DFL)

August 3, 2018 · 11:27 AM EDT

Minnesota’s 1st District — Rating: Toss-up

Interview Date: July 11, 2018

Date of Birth: July 23, 1982; St. Paul, Minn.

Education: Georgetown Univ. (2005); Harvard (MPP, 2013)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Democratic Rep. Tim Walz’s run for governor leaves an open seat in a western…

Candidate Conversation - Colin Allred (D)

August 3, 2018 · 11:26 AM EDT

Texas 32nd District — Rating: Toss-up

Interview Date: July 11, 2018

Date of Birth: April 15, 1983; Dallas, Texas

Education: Baylor Univ. (2005); Cal-Berkeley law school (2014)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Allred is challenging GOP Rep. Pete Sessions in a Dallas-area district that Hillary Clinton…