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Woman Linked to Murphy’s Affair to Challenge Doyle
Shannon Edwards says she expects her relationship to former Pennsylvania congressman to come up in campaign

Shannon Edwards, the woman linked to the affair that brought down former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle in Pennsylvania.

Murphy resigned last year after it was revealed that he had pressured Edwards to get an abortion during a pregnancy scare.

Report: Blum Failed to Disclose Ownership of New Company
‘This is a textbook case of making a mountain out of a molehill for political gain,’ Iowa congressman says

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum failed to disclose his ownership role in a new internet company of which he is one of two directors, according to a report.

Blum was listed as a director of the Tin Moon Corp when it was incorporated in May 2016, The Associated Press reported. One of the services the company offers is helping businesses rebound after Food and Drug Administration safety violations by burying warning letters under positive internet search results.

Candidate for Franks’ Seat Denies Receiving Topless Photos
Steve Montenegro faces scandal in race to replace disgraced Arizona congressman

Republican congressional candidate Steve Montenegro, who is running to replace disgraced Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, is facing his own scandal a week before next Tuesday’s primary.

Montenegro, who resigned his state Senate seat to run for the House post, received topless photos from a legislative staffer, according to a series of text messages that were reviewed and reported by KPNX in Phoenix.

Coffman Gets Booed Over Guns at Town Hall Meeting
Criticized for votes on concealed carry and mental health restrictions

Republican Rep. Mike Coffman was criticized at a town hall event in Greenwood Village, Colorado, for not taking action on guns. 

Coffman, a perennial target for Democrats, was booed when he said “reasonable restrictions within the parameters of the Second Amendment,” The Associated Press reported.

Jones Calls Arming Teachers ‘Dumbest Idea I’ve Ever Heard’
Responding to Alabama legislator’s call to give teachers guns to prevent school violence

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones criticized the idea of arming teachers as numerous state legislatures weigh measures to prevent violence in schools after the shooting at a Florida high school.

“I think that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. I think it’s crazy,” Jones said.

RNC Raises $12.4 Million in January
Has four times the amount in the bank as it did at this point ahead of 2014 midterms

The Republican National Committee announced that it has four times more cash on hand than it had at this point ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The RNC said it raised $12.4 million in January and has a total of $40.7 million cash on hand.

Huffman Wants Investigation Into Trump Lawyer’s Payment to Porn Star
California Democrat wants to know if Trump campaign tried to ‘evade the fundamental disclosure requirements’

California Rep. Jared Huffman wants the Justice Department to investigate a payment made to an adult film actress to keep silent about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic lawmaker pointed to a New York Times report that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted he paid Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, $130,000 out of his own pocket.

Lipinkski Wants Investigation Into Conservative Think Tank
Illinois congressman wants to know if CEO used money from Illinois Policy Institute to benefit for-profit companies

Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski wants the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank. 

Lipinski sent a letter asking the IRS to explore whether CEO John Tillman used money from the institute to benefit for-profit companies, according to ProPublica.

Rohrabacher Says Kelly Blocked Trump Meeting
Congressman says White House chief of staff said meeting could risk charges of collusion if Russia was discussed

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly blocked a meeting between the California Republican and President Donald Trump.

Rohrabacher wanted to meet with the president to discuss his meeting last summer with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whom Rohrabacher said showed him evidence that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election.  

Schweikert Chief of Staff Faces Ethics Complaint
Accused of double-dipping salary

Arizona Rep. Dave Schweikert’s chief of staff is facing an ethics complaint for essentially taking two salaries while working for Congress.

The complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics claims Oliver Schwab, who has worked for the Arizona Republican’s office since 2011, was running a consulting firm to help his boss’ campaign, the Phoenix New Times reported.

With Hunter Floundering, Democrats Eye Flipping Red California Seat
Retired Navy SEAL, ex-Obama official competing in 50th District

With Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter facing legal troubles, Democrats running in California’s 50th District are increasingly hopeful about picking up a reliably GOP seat.

Hunter won his previous elections in the district by high double digits, beginning in 2008, when he succeeded his father, who served in Congress for almost three decades. President Donald Trump carried Hunter’s district by 15 points in 2016.

Sam Johnson Donates Items From POW Camp
Texas congressman donates tin cup and toothpaste he smuggled out of ‘Hanoi Hilton’ to Smithsonian

Texas Rep. Sam Johnson donated possessions from his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to the Smithsonian Institute.

The Republican donated a tin cup and a tube of toothpaste he smuggled from the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner of war camp from his seven years held captive after he was shot down.

Rokita Taunts Pelosi by Introducing CRUMBS Act
References House Minority leader characterizing tax overhaul’s benefits to most Americans as ‘crumbs’

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita plans to take a not-so-subtle dig at Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with new legislation.

Rokita plans to introduce the CRUMBS Act, an acronym for Creating Relief and Useful Middle-Class Benefits and Savings, Fox News reported.

Report: Republicans Trying to Get Cramer to Run for Senate
North Dakota congressman earlier passed on challenging Democrat Heitkamp

Republicans are trying to change North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer’s mind about challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders are worried about opposition research on state Sen. Tom Campbell, the Washington Examiner reported. 

Challenger Nicholson’s Parents Max Out Contributions to Baldwin
Nicholson was once head of the College Democrats of America

Republican Kevin Nicholson’s parents aren’t being very encouraging when it comes to his bid to beat Sen. Tammy Baldwin — both donated the maximum allowed to the Wisconsin Democratic incumbent.

Federal Election Commission documents showed each of Nicholson’s parents donated $2,700 to Baldwin’s campaign.

Report: Vanessa Trump Taken to Hospital as Precaution
Suspicious envelope containing white powder prompted action

Vanessa Trump, wife of Donald Trump Jr., was taken to a hospital after opening a suspicious package.

The daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump was taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center as a precaution, according to NBC News. 

Warren Blasts Trump White House on Domestic Violence
‘No one who has beaten women should be in a position of public trust’

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warrencriticized the White House’s response to the resignation of two administration staffers accused of domestic abuse.

At a town hall in Franklin, Massachusetts, over the weekend, Warren talked to New England Cable News about the resignation of both Staff Secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen. 

Cardin and Schneider Introduce Bills to Block Trump’s Military Parade
President was inspired by watching French military parade on Bastille Day

Two Democrats in each chamber of Congress are pushing legislation to prevent President Donald Trump’s proposed military parade.

Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois and Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland both introduced measures on Thursday that would make it difficult for the president’s show to go on.

Former Democratic Rep. Bright to Challenge Roby as a Republican
Former congressman was elected as a Democrat in 2008, lost in 2010

Former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright announced he will challenge Rep. Martha Roby in the Republican primary in Alabama’s 2nd District.

Bright was elected in 2008 before losing to Roby in the tea party wave in 2010. Despite serving as a Democrat, Bright said he always voted conservatively, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.

Former Rep. Hubbard Investigated for Anti-Gay Slur
Former Kentucky congressman busted in House banking scandal admitted to calling another attorney a ‘fat, ugly lesbian’

Former Kentucky Rep. Carroll Hubbard is being investigated for calling a woman and her wife “fat, ugly lesbians.”

Hubbard, a Democrat who served from 1975 to 1993 and served three years in prison, is under investigation for harassing communications with another attorney in a family law case, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.