2012

Trump’s Condolences Bookend Complicated Relationship With McCain
President went from supporting McCain to trashing him to refusing to acknowledge him

Will Simms, Newseum graphics specialist, posts The Arizona Republic’s front page at the Newseum’s front-page display on Sunday, the day after Sen. John McCain died. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump’s tweet sending condolences after Sen. John McCain’s death bookended a relationship that began with support but ended with contempt.

Trump tweeted that his “deepest sympathies and respect go out” to the Arizona Republican’s family. 

North Carolina GOP Candidate Preached Extensively on Wives Submitting to Husbands
Former Baptist preacher Mark Harris is running in the 9th District

North Carolina Republican Mark Harris upset Rep. Robert Pittenger in the 9th District GOP primary in May. (John D. Simmons /The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Democrats were already targeting North Carolina’s 9th District before incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his Republican primary in May. And they’re hoping that past comments from the former Baptist minister who defeated him improves their chances of flipping the seat this fall. 

Mark Harris on multiple occasions — as a preacher and political candidate — has said that women should submit fully to their husbands and that he believed homosexuality is a choice. Before venturing into politics, he was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlotte. 

Democrats Will Make Fairer Districts, Democrats Say
But historically, gerrymandering isn’t just a Republican issue

People demonstrate against partisan gerrymandering outside the Supreme Court last October. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats say there’s one easy way to create more equitable and fair districts throughout the country: Elect more Democrats.

“More Democrats in office will give us fairer lines,” Sabrina Singh, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said in an interview before the Supreme Court kicked back two cases on partisan gerrymandering to the lower courts on procedural grounds. 

Romney, Once the Face of ‘Never Trump,’ Embraces the President
Now running for Utah open Senate seat, former presidential nominee predicts Trump will win in 2020

Former Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort Conference Center at National Harbor, Md., on Friday, March 15, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By all indications, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is now fully aboard the Trump train as he prepares for the GOP primary for an open Senate seat in Utah.

In 2016, Romney called President Donald Trump a “con man” and “a fake.” But at the opening remarks of his annual mountainside retreat for business leaders and politicos on Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor predicted Trump would “solidly” win a second term in 2020 after securing the GOP nomination, The Associated Press reported.

Alan Grayson to Challenge Soto for His Old Seat
‘I don’t need anyone’s permission to run for office’

Former Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., will run for his old seat against Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson will challenge Rep. Darren Soto for his old seat in the Democratic primary.

“I don’t need anyone’s permission to run for office. What I’ve done is ask the people,” Grayson said. “I can run anywhere in the state; I could run from Key West to Pensacola.”

Gregg Harper Hopes Disability Internship Program Expands After His Departure
Retiring House Administration chairman cites his son as an inspiration

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., right, poses with his son Livingston and Vice President Mike Pence last year. Harper said Livingston was the impetus for his internship program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. (Courtesy Rep. Gregg Harper’s office)

As Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will grow and lead to more alumni getting hired.

Helping the disabled has been a priority for the Mississippi Republican since his election to the House in 2008. He has sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to help people with disabilities transition into adulthood, including his Transition toward Excellence, Achievement, and Mobility, or TEAM, Act in 2013, which stalled in committee.

Former Rep. Steve Stockman Found Guilty of 23 Fraud Charges
Faces decades in prison at sentencing scheduled for August

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, was found guilty of all but one of the 24 charges he faced. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal jury on Thursday found former Rep. Steve Stockman guilty of 23 felony charges related to misusing charitable contributions.

The former conservative firebrand was found guilty of all but one of the four wire fraud charges he faced, the Texas Tribune reported.

Paul Ryan’s Hits, Misses and Too-Soon-To-Tells
Speaker’s retirement comes with a lot of question marks

House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during his press conference Wednesday to announce his retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s decision to leave Congress next year will close a chapter to a whirlwind tenure as speaker and a record that has yet to receive a full reckoning.

The Wisconsin Republican took over the speaker’s gavel after John A. Boehner resigned in the face of increasing pressure from the more conservative wings of the House GOP caucus.

Jury Begins Deliberation in Stockman Case
Former Texas congressman had a history of trolling the media and voters

Closing arguments ended Monday in the fraud trial of former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ex-Aide Said He Lacked Character to Challenge Stockman
Former aide has agreed to testify against his former boss in hopes of a lenient sentence

An aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said he knew he was conducting illegal activity on Stockman's behalf. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former aide to former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman said he lacked the character to challenge Stockman in his alleged money siphoning scheme.

Jason Posey, who plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering last year, has testified against his former boss in Stockman’s trial for using money meant for charitable causes to pay for campaign and personal expenses without paying taxes.