Special Election

Farenthold Spends Leftover Campaign Funds On Lawyers
Disgraced former congressman also spent on hotel, cocktail party

Former Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, has yet to pay back the $84,000 in taxpayer money he used to settle a sexual harassment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since leaving office in April, Former Rep. Blake Farenthold has used a substantial amount of his leftover campaign money on legal expenses.

An analysis of Farenthold’s Federal Election Commission report by the Houston Chronicle found the Texas congressman spent more than $100,000 in legal fees

AFL-CIO Chief Warns Red to Blue Candidates That Being a Democrat Isn’t Enough
Richard Trumka met with candidates and leadership at DCCC on Thursday

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, here at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, met with the DCCC’s Red to Blue candidates at the committee’s headquarters Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democratic candidates in town this week for training at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington got a visit from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka for some tips on how they can win back working-class voters.

“I don’t have to tell you that you can’t count on the D next to your name to gain our support,” Trumka told Democratic leadership and a room full of candidates on Red to Blue, the DCCC’s program for its strongest candidates.

NRCC Names 18 Likely New Members to Young Guns ‘Vanguards’ Program
All except one are running in races rated Solid Republican

Indiana state Rep. Jim Baird, the GOP nominee in the 4th District, has been named to the NRCC’s Young Guns “Vanguards” program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday named the first members of its Young Guns “Vanguards” program for GOP candidates likely heading to Congress next year. 

Young Guns is the committee’s program to boost House candidates in competitive general election races. But there’s also a Vanguards program for those Republicans in mostly open-seat races who are favored to win in November. The NRCC first launched the program in 2010 to connect these likely new House members to the committee and GOP lawmakers.

Republican Michael Cloud Sworn In to House, Replacing Blake Farenthold
Newest member of the House cuts number of vacancies to six

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., conducts the mock-swearing in for Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Republican Michael Cloud took the oath of office on Tuesday, becoming the latest member of the House and bringing the whole number of the chamber to 429, comprised of 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacancies.

A media consultant with roots in his church and local Republican Party, Cloud describes himself as a constitutional conservative.

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Scott, Other Republicans to Campaign for Injured Katie Arrington
House candidate who beat Sanford in GOP primary makes first public remarks since wreck

South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott will campaign for GOP House candidate Katie Arrington as she recovers from injuries sustained in a car wreck. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Tim Scott and other members will campaign for South Carolina House candidate Katie Arrington as she recovers from injuries sustained in a car wreck 10 days ago.

The news comes as Arrington made her first public remarks since the June 22 wreck in which the state representative was seriously injured when the car in which she was riding was hit head-on by a woman driving in the wrong direction.

Republicans Hold On to Farenthold Seat in Texas Special Election
Michael Cloud avoids 27th District runoff by comfortably clearing 50 percent of the vote

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, resigned in April amid a sexual harassment scandal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Michael Cloud won the special election Saturday to replace former Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, comfortably taking a majority of votes to avoid a runoff. 

Nine candidates from multiple parties competed for the 27th District on the same ballot Saturday. With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Cloud, the former chairman of the Victoria County GOP, led the field with 54 percent, when The Associated Press called the race. Democrat Eric Holguin, a former congressional aide, was in second place with 32 percent. 

Special Election to Replace Farenthold Could Head to a Runoff
Nine candidates are on ballot Saturday in Texas’ 27th District

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, resigned in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Voters in Texas’ 27th District will head to the polls Saturday for a special election to replace former Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned in April. But the election might not be over for two more months. 

With nine candidates from multiple parties competing on one ballot, it is possible they could divide the vote and no one will secure a majority to win the seat outright. That would prolong the election to a runoff, likely in September.

Crowley’s Defeat Spotlights Rising Anti-Corporate Money Message
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of dozens of Democratic candidates rejecting corporate PAC money

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley lost his primary in New York’s 14th District on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made rejecting corporate donations a centerpiece of her winning campaign to unseat a top House Democrat. But the message isn’t just resonating in liberal areas like New York City — it also worked for Conor Lamb

The Pennsylvania Democrat highlighted his pledge to reject corporate PAC money in his first television ad in the special election earlier this year, where he pulled off an upset in a district President Donald Trump carried by 20 points in 2016.

Take Five: Stacey Plaskett
Virgin Islands Democrat has a budding potential political rival in the family

Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., says her 9-year-old daughter has made herself a Capitol ID badge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Del. Stacey Plaskett, 52, a Virgin Islands Democrat, talks about working in the George W. Bush Justice Department, being a “token” and why she doesn’t want to run against her daughter.

Q: Tell me something about the Virgin Islands that people in D.C. might not know.