House News & Analysis

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…

Candidate Conversation - Amy McGrath (D)

August 3, 2018 · 11:25 AM EDT

Kentucky’s 6th District — Rating: Toss-up

Interview Date: July 12, 2018

Date of Birth: June 3, 1975; Cincinnati, Ohio

Education: US Naval Academy (1997); Johns Hopkins (2014)

Elected Office: None; First run for office.

Current Outlook: McGrath came from behind to win the Democratic primary against Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.…

Candidate Conversation - Abby Finkenauer (D)

August 3, 2018 · 11:24 AM EDT

Iowa’s 1st District — Rating: Toss-up

Interview Date: July 11, 2018

Date of Birth: Dec. 12, 1988; Dubuque, Iowa

Education: Drake Univ. (2013)

Elected Office: State House (2014; re-elected 2016)

Current Outlook: Finkenauer will face GOP Rep. Rod Blum in a district that President Donald Trump carried with less than…

Candidate Conversation - Katie Porter (D)

August 3, 2018 · 11:23 AM EDT

California’s 45th District — Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: July 11, 2018

Date of Birth: Jan. 3, 1974; Fort Dodge, Iowa

Education: Yale (1996); Harvard Law School (2001)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Porter, a UC-Irvine law professor, will face GOP Rep. Mimi Walters after receiving…

Candidate Conversation - Eddie Edwards (R)

August 3, 2018 · 11:22 AM EDT

New Hampshire’s 1st District — Ratings: Tilt Democratic

Interview Date: July 23, 2018

Date of Birth: March 2, 1968; Atlanta, Ga.

Elected Office: None; Ran for state senate in 2014

Current Outlook: Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is retiring, leaving behind an open seat that President Donald Trump carried by less…