Kansas

One Month Until Republicans’ Latest Round of Excuses
Special election for Montana seat moves from Solid Republican to Likely Republican

If Republicans struggle to hold Montana’s at-large district, where Republican Greg Gianforte, left, takes on Democrat Rob Quist in a May special election, it would be yet another indication of the effect President Donald Trump is having on Democratic enthusiasm, Gonzales writes. (Photos courtesy Greg for Montana, Rob Quist for Montana)

When it comes to special election results, Republicans always have an excuse, and their stumbles are never a national trend.

In Kansas, Republicans turned a 27-point victory for Donald Trump in 2016 into a recent 7-point special election victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes even though Democratic lawyer James Thompson had virtually no support from local or national Democrats.

Should Democrats Turn to South Carolina’s Special Election Next?
Next week’s primaries could set up another competitive contest

Archie Parnell is the leading Democrat running for the seat left behind by former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who’s now the director of the Office of Management and Budget. (Screenshot, Courtesy Archie Parnell for Congress)

Democrats enthused by last week’s primary in Georgia, and their strong showing in Kansas earlier this month, have been making noise about playing more aggressively in upcoming elections that were previously dismissed as long shots — specifically Montana.

Mentioned less often, however, is South Carolina.

Lawmakers Wary of Russia’s Ability to Plant Cyber Dirt
Moscow’s alleged meddling not just a thing of the past, officials warn

Maine Sen. Angus King said at a hearing last month on Russian cyber operations that Americans should be concerned about being compromised by fake information planted on their computers, and not just the stealing of emails. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a brief and largely overlooked exchange between Sen. Marco Rubio and America’s top spy during a January hearing about Russia’s alleged election meddling, the Florida Republican sketched out what he fears could be the next front in the hidden wars of cyberspace.

Could Russian hackers, Rubio asked then-Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., hypothetically gain access to a U.S. lawmaker’s computer, plant criminal evidence on the device of, say, child pornography or money laundering and then tip off law enforcement?

Georgia Runoff Will Test Both Parties’ Political Alliances
Parties gearing up for expensive fight in Georgia's 6th District

Karen Handel, seen her in 2014, is uniting the GOP behind her after finishing second in Tuesday’s 18-candidate primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — For a brief moment, Georgia’s 6th District was quiet.

Out-of-state journalists who flooded this suburban battleground headed for the airport Wednesday morning. After a very late Tuesday night, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel held no public events in the district the next day. Instead, they gave interviews on cable TV — a reflection of how nationalized this race has become. 

Rising Stars 2017: Administration Staffers
A mix of fresh and familiar Washington faces

Four Trump administration staffers are among CQ Roll Call’s 17 Rising Stars of 2017. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Over the course of this week, CQ Roll Call is taking a look at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Word on the Hill: 4/20
Professional development opportunities today

Pro-marijuana advocates rally near the White House in April 2016, with some carrying a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

After GOP Forces Runoff for Georgia House Seat, Trump Says Dems 'Failing'
President: Race now ‘Hollywood vs. Georgia’

Karen Handel, who faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in a runoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat, speaks with diners during a campaign stop at Rhea's restaurant in Roswell, Ga., on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hours after Republicans held off a Democratic bid to take over a long-safe GOP Georgia House seat, President Donald Trump says the outcome shows Democrats are “failing.”

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff fell about two percentage points shy of hitting the 50 percent threshold he needed to take the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday outright. He now will face Karen Handel, a former GOP Georgia secretary of state who led Republican candidates with just under 20 percent of the tally, in a runoff.

All Eyes on Turnout in Georgia Special Election
Jon Ossoff thinks outright victory on Tuesday is ‘within reach’

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff speaks to campaign volunteers Monday before they head out to canvass the 6th District, one day before the special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ROSWELL, Ga. — Morning rain showers with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. That’s the forecast for Election Day in the House district that’s set for one of the most closely watched special elections ever. 

In the final hours of the race to fill Georgia’s 6th District seat, only one thing mattered to the leading candidates: turnout. 

Trump Hits Georgia Democratic Candidate, Media in Tweets
Jon Ossoff calls president ‘misinformed’ after being slammed as ‘super liberal’

President Donald Trump warned about Democrat Jon Ossoff’s positions on immigration, taxes, and criminal justice in the Georgia special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Tom Price. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Updated 12:26 p.m. | President Donald Trump kicked off his twelfth week in office by labeling the Democrat in a special Georgia House race as “super liberal” and slamming the media for “slanted” coverage.

A day before Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will try to pull off a major upset in Georgia’s 6th District, which has long been safe for Republicans, Trump warned voters about Ossoff’s stances on immigration, taxes and criminal justice.

There’s More Than One Takeaway From the Kansas Special Election
‘11 things I think I think’

Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes pulled out a 53-46 percent victory to keep the 4th District in Republican hands. (Courtesy Ron Estes for Congress Facebook Page)

After a few months in the electoral desert, we finally have election results to digest from a competitive race, albeit an unexpected one.

State Treasurer Ron Estes pulled out a 53-46 percent win to keep Kansas’ 4th District in Republican hands. The 7-point victory margin is shocking considering Donald Trump carried the Wichita-based seat by 27 points in last year’s presidential race.