Bridget Bowman

Survey: More Women are Paying Attention to Politics Post-Trump
Six in 10 women said they were watching politics more closely

Americans are paying more attention to politics and women are more likely to be tuning in, according to a recent survey.

The Pew Research Center found that nearly six in 10 women say they are paying more attention to political developments since President Donald Trump was elected. That’s compared to to 46 percent of men who said they are more attentive. More Democrats than Republicans surveyed also said they are paying more attention, the survey found.

Conservatives Plot Payback for Obamacare Repeal Failure
Outside groups warn that Republicans could lose control of Congress

With the effort to repeal the 2010 health care law on the brink of failure, conservatives are warning that the Republican base will abandon the party. And some are already turning on GOP senators holding up the process.

Three GOP senators have said they would not support moving forward with an effort to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, which would be enough to block the effort. Conservatives, livid with lawmakers reneging on a seven-year promise to undo the law, say not fulfilling that pledge threatens the GOP majorities in Congress.

Salt Lake Democrat Announces Challenge to Orrin Hatch
Jenny Wilson faces uphill battle for solidly Republican Senate seat

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch has yet to make a final decision about whether he is running for re-election, but the Utah Republican now has another Democratic challenger.

Salt Lake County council member Jenny Wilson announced Monday that she is taking on Hatch, who would be running for his eighth Senate term. But Wilson’s bid would be an uphill battle in the deeply Republican Beehive State. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race as Solidly Republican.

Republicans Seeing Red in Newly Open Nevada Seat
Rosen’s decision to run for Senate opens up 3rd District Seat

House Republicans are largely on defense in 2018, but they see a bright spot in Nevada’s 3rd District. And they believe that spot is even brighter now that the Democratic incumbent is running for Senate.

Rep. Jacky Rosen’s decision to challenge GOP Sen. Dean Heller opens up the Nevada Democrat’s competitive seat. Operatives from both parties expect the House race to once again be one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the country.

Cruz Walks Health Care Tightrope, With Eye on 2018
Colleagues welcome Texas Republican’s new demeanor

One hour into Sen. Ted Cruz’s town hall meeting on veterans issues in McKinney, Texas, on Wednesday night, a doctor stood up and told him, “You all are scaring the living daylight out of us with the health care nonsense you’re doing.”

Cruz, who has been a key player in the Senate’s health care negotiations, responded that he is fighting to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, and working to expand choice and competition to lower insurance premiums. 

Attention Shifts to Josh Hawley in Missouri Senate Race
State attorney general seen as top contender against McCaskill

With Republican Rep. Ann Wagner opting against a Senate run in Missouri, attention has shifted to the state’s Attorney General Josh Hawley as a potential contender to take on incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Wagner’s decision, first reported by the Washington Examiner on Monday, was a surprise to operatives watching the race, since the third-term congresswoman had been signaling that she would challenge McCaskill.

Ann Wagner Decides Against Senate Run in Missouri
Race against Democrat Claire McCaskill is rated a toss-up

Republican Rep. Ann Wagner has opted not to run for the Senate in Missouri, and instead will be running for re-election to her House seat.

Wagner said in a statement Monday that the 2nd District she currently represents is her home. Her decision was first reported by the Washington Examiner. 

Defending Against a Cyberattack on Democracy
Campaigns and operatives taking prevention into their own hands

Congressional campaigns rocked by Russian interference in the 2016 elections are trying to make sure that it never happens again.

Campaigns and elections are top targets for future cyberattacks. So campaign committees and campaigns themselves are taking steps to bolster security staff and training.

Pro-Trump Group Pulls Heller Ad After Backlash
Senate Republicans say ads against members of their own party not productive

A political group aligned with President Donald Trump is pulling its ad targeting a Republican senator for opposing the GOP health care plan, following a backlash from lawmakers who criticized the group for going after a member of their own party.

America First Policies had television ads on the air targeting one Republican and eight Democrats on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The group’s decision to target GOP Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada after he said he would not support the bill drew sharp criticism from Senate Republicans. Politico first reported Tuesday evening that the group is pulling the ad and a spokeswoman confirmed the move. 

Former Candidate Launches New PAC to Flip California House Seats
Michael Eggman wants to build up the Democratic bench

Former congressional candidate Michael Eggman is starting a new group to achieve what he could not do alone: flip House seats in California from Republican to Democrat.

Eggman is launching the “Red to Blue California” political action committee Monday, targeting seven House Republicans who represent districts in the Golden State that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. 

Gomez Swearing-In Delayed By Cap-and-Trade Vote
Source: Week of July 10 earliest Gomez could be sworn in

Rosen ‘Seriously Considering’ Challenging Heller in Nevada
Rosen was first elected to the House in 2016

Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is “seriously considering” a run for the Senate, Democratic sources said Monday, noting that she had not made a final decision.

Politico first reported that Rosen will run against GOP Sen. Dean Heller, and could announce her campaign in the next few weeks. Two Democratic sources familiar with the matter said Rosen is seriously considering a Senate run, but she has not yet made a final decision.

Former Security Official Launches Bid Against MacArthur
Andy Kim pointed to MacArthur's work on the GOP health care bill

A former White House national security official announced Monday that he is challenging GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur, who was instrumental in negotiating a key amendment to the Republican health care bill.

Democrat Andy Kim is a native of New Jersey’s 3rd District and served as the National Security Council’s director for Iraq during President Barack Obama’s administration. In Afghanistan Kim worked as a diplomat and strategic adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen in Afghanistan.

Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford Looking to Return to Congress
Served one term before losing re-election

 Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford is hoping to return to Congress and is launching his campaign for his old House seat Sunday. 

Ashford lost re-election to a second term in 2016 to Republican Don Bacon, a former Air Force brigadier general, by just over 1 point. And Ashford is looking for a rematch in the state’s 2nd District in 2018.

DCCC Hits Record-Breaking Fundraising Number for May
Bulk of funds came from grassroots programs

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised a record amount of money for the month of May, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to Roll Call.

The campaign arm for House Democrats raised more than $9.3 million last month, with more than two-thirds of the funds raised through grassroots online, phone and mail donations. The boost in funds comes after the House passed the GOP health care bill, and amid a closely watched special election in Georgia’s 6th District.

Paul Nehlen Launches 2nd Challenge Against Ryan
Nehlen lost last year’s GOP primary by nearly 70 points

Businessman Paul Nehlen announced Friday that he is launching another primary challenge against Speaker Paul D. Ryan, despite losing to Ryan by 68 points in the 2016 primary.

The Wisconsin Republican’s primary bid last year garnered media attention due in part to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who initially stopped short endorsing Ryan while praising Nehlen for running a good campaign. Ryan also delayed endorsing Trump even after Trump had locked up the nomination, saying Trump had to do more to unify the party.

Labrador Backs Candidate in Race to Succeed him
Idaho Republican running for governor and vacating House seat

The Idaho GOP primary is about one year away, but Rep. Raúl R. Labrador has already chosen who he wants to succeed him in the House.

Labrador announced Thursday that he is backing former state Sen. Russ Fulcher in the primary to replace Labrador, who is running for governor. Fulcher had also announced a gubernatorial bid, but dropped out of the race Thursday to run for Congress instead.

League of Women Voters Files Pennsylvania Redistricting Lawsuit
Plaintiffs say case is about “one of the greatest threats to American democracy”

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the Keystone State’s congressional map was illegally drawn.

“This case is about one of the greatest threats to American democracy today: partisan gerrymandering,” the plaintiffs, which include the group and several voters, wrote in their complaint.

Baseball Practice Shooter Legally Purchased Guns, Police Say
Authorities recovered handgun and rifle at the scene

A gunman who opened fire Wednesday at the Republicans’ practice session for the Congressional Baseball Game legally purchased the handgun and a rifle found at the scene, police said.

James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded five people at the morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and a current and former Hill staffer. He later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police, shortly after he opened fire. Police recovered a 9mm handgun and a 7.26 caliber rifle at the scene.

Medical Researcher Announces Challenge to Rohrabacher
National Democrats think Dr. Hans Keirstead is a strong challenger to 15-term incumbent in district Clinton won

A medical researcher announced Thursday that he is running against GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who Democrats view as particularly vulnerable in 2018.

Rohrabacher’s re-election race is one of the contests where the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections could be a more pertinent campaign issue, since Rohrabacher is a vocal supporter of bolstering relationships with Russia.