House News & Analysis

Pennsylvania 18 Special: Democrats’ Next Alabama?

by Leah Askarinam December 15, 2017 · 2:30 PM EST

Democrat Doug Jones scored a historic victory in Alabama on Tuesday, but the next race in this never-ending special election season is just three months away. While the Pennsylvania race isn’t getting much attention now, that should change next year, considering all of the 2017 special elections eventually became national…

Texas House Overview: A New Class of Fresh Faces

by Leah Askarinam December 15, 2017 · 2:28 PM EST

For the last few years, Texas has largely been a wasteland of competitive and interesting House races. But with a handful of vulnerable Republican incumbents, a bipartisan group of retiring congressmen, and one congressman running for Senate, the Lone Star State is guaranteed to send a fresh crop of Members…

Candidate Conversation - Leslie Cockburn (D)

December 15, 2017 · 2:26 PM EST

Leslie Cockburn (D)

Candidate for Virginia’s 5th District

Interview Date: Nov. 9, 2017

Date of Birth: Sept. 2, 1952; San Mateo, Calif.

Education: Yale (1974); Univ. of London (Masters)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Trump carried this central Virginia district with 53 percent in 2016, but…

Candidate Conversation - Ben McAdams (D)

December 15, 2017 · 2:25 PM EST

Ben McAdams (D)

Candidate for Utah’s 4th District

Date of Birth: Dec. 5, 1974; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Education: Univ. of Utah (2000), Columbia Law School (2003)

Political Office: Salt Lake County mayor; state Senator (former)

Current Outlook: Rep. Mia Love narrowly lost her 2012 congressional bid to incumbent Jim…

Candidate Conversation - Max Rose (D)

December 15, 2017 · 2:24 PM EST

Max Rose (D)

Candidate for New York’s 11th District

Interview Date: Dec. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: Nov. 28, 1986; Brooklyn, N.Y.

Education: Wesleyan (2008); London School of Economics (Master’s, 2009)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Republican Rep. Dan Donovan won this seat in a special…

No One Is Afraid of a Government Shutdown

by 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

by 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)

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)

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)

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…