Iowa Senate Race

Poll: GOP All but Certain to Hold Georgia, Iowa Senate Seats
Race in North Carolina between Burr and Ross remains tight

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, right, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson appear to be coasting in their respective Senate re-election races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows the Senate races in Georgia and Iowa all but decided, while the North Carolina contest remains tight.

A survey of early voting in Georgia showed challenger Jim Barksdale ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson by 1 point among voters who cast early ballots. But Isakson held a commanding 54 percent to 40 percent lead among all likely voters. 

Cruz Fundraising for Senate Republicans
Comes despite antagonizing many of his colleagues

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising cash for some fellow Republicans who have criticized him in the past. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file)

Many Senate Republicans don't have nice things to say about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz but he is about to help some of them raise money for their campaigns.

Cruz antagonized many of his Senate colleagues by helping to force a government shutdown in 2013. He angered others in July when he refused to endorse GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after earlier pledging to do so during the Republican primaries.

Grassley, Challenger Camps Swap Insults Over Debates
No debates yet on the calendar with early voting to start in two weeks

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge is accusing Sen. Charles E. Grassley of ducking debates. Grassley's campaign said Judge's camp is making excuses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The campaigns of Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley and his Democratic challenger Patty Judge have yet to agree to a debate schedule, with early voting in the Hawkeye State set to begin in two weeks.

And both campaigns are accusing the other of ducking debates, The Des Moines Register reported

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

More Democrats are coming around to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thinking on Social Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.