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Sanders Joins Booker’s Marijuana Legislation
Vermont independent supported marijuana legalization in 2016 presidential campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday became the latest senator to co-sponsor Sen. Cory Booker’s bill that would legalize marijuana.

The other co-sponsors are Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Gillibrand is considered a potential contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination alongside Booker and Sanders.

Schock’s Legal Team Seeks to Get Indictment Tossed
Defense says prosecution based on ambiguous House rules

Rep. Aaron Schock made a rare court appearance on Wednesday as his legal team seeks to have charges against him dismissed.

Schock resigned in 2015 after his lavish spending was revealed, most famously having his office redecorated with a “Downton Abbey” theme. He was indicted the next year.

Arizona Man Gets Prison for Threatening McSally
Steve Martan will serve 15 months in prison, 9 years on probation

A Tucson man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening Arizona Rep. Martha McSally.

Steve Martan, 58, will serve also face nine years of probation and undergo a mental health evaluation for threatening the Republican congresswoman, Tucson News Now reported.

Grayson Says He’s Running, but Not Where
Former Florida congressman has continued to raise money since leaving the House

Democratic firebrand former Rep. Alan Grayson said he is running for Congress again but has not given indication where he will run.

The former Democratic congressman raised $192,000 in the first quarter of 2018, according to Orlando Rising, and reported having $694,967 in cash on hand at the beginning of April.

Report: Trump Campaign Demands Rokita Take Down Yard Signs
Say they give a false impression Trump endorsed Indiana Senate candidate

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign said Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita’s campaign signs give the false impression that Trump endorsed his Senate candidacy.

Two people told The Associated Press that Trump’s campaign wants Rokita's campaign to take down the signs.

Another Wisconsin Republican Passes on Running for Ryan’s Seat
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman cites family concerns in announcing she won’t run

Another Wisconsin Republican passed on running for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s seat, which he will vacate after this term.

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman cited concerns about her family in announcing she wouldn’t run for the 1st District seat, the Kenosha News reported.

Rohrabacher Challenger Keirstead Drops $152,000 for First TV Ad
Ad goes after Trump in district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016

One of the Democratic challengers to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is spending $152,000 on his first ad in California’s 48th District.

Hans Keirstead never mentions Rohrabacher by name in the ad.

McCain Treated for Intestinal Infection
Arizona senator in stable condition after surgery

Sen. John McCain underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to treat an intestinal infection, according to a statement from his office.

The infection was related to diverticulitis, the statement said.

Grimm and Donovan Trade Barbs Over Fundraising
Incumbent launches website highlighting Grimm’s tax fraud conviction

Former New York Rep. Michael Grimm feuded with Rep. Dan Donovan over their fundraising numbers and who has more support in New York's 11th District.

Grimm, who is running against Donovan for his old seat, pointed out that of the $190,000 he raised in the first quarter, $100,000 of it was from district residents of Staten Island or South Brooklyn.

Hunter Finally Posts a Quarter in Which He Raised More Than He Spent
California congressman has been dogged by a federal investigation into campaign spending

After two consecutive weak fundraising quarters, embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter finally posted a fundraising quarter in which he raised more than he spent.

The Republican has been dogged by a federal criminal investigation about spending campaign finance cash for personal use.

Minnesota DFL Makes No Endorsement to Succeed Nolan
Leah Phifer and Joe Radinovich had the most support, but none reached required 60 percent

After 10 hours of deliberation, delegates for the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party voted not to endorse any candidate to run for the seat Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan is vacating.

None of the five candidates running to succeed Nolan for the 8th District seat  were able to reach the required 60 percent of support to receive the state party’s endorsement, MinnPost reported.

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

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.

Democratic Veterans Slam Trump Tweets on Syria
‘We know that launching missiles is serious business‘

Democratic members of Congress who served in the military criticized President Donald Trump’s tweets on Syria and Republicans’ unwillingness to rein in the use of military force in a press conference Friday.

Rep. Mike Thompson of California said the president’s tweeting was a disservice to veterans and the humanitarian crisis that has emerged in Syria.

McClintock Challenger Announces $359,000 Fundraising Haul
Both Democrats outraised incumbent Republican rep in last quarter of 2017

Jessica Morse, a Democratic challenger to Rep. Tom McClintock announced she raised $359,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter.

Morse’s campaign also said in a statement that she had $717,000 in cash on hand at the beginning of the second fundraising quarter of the year.

Republican Rocky Chavez Tops Poll for Issa’s Seat
Democrat Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to Issa in 2016, is second

A new public poll shows Republican state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez leading the race to replace outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District.

Chavez leads the race with 16 percent, followed by Democrat Doug Applegate, who was favored by 12 percent of those surveyed in the San Diego Union Tribune/10 News poll.

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

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.

Internal Poll Shows No Front-Runner in Race for Royce’s Seat
Possibility that two Republicans or two Democrats could emerge from June primary

An internal poll from Democratic candidate Andy Thorburn’s campaign shows the race to replace Rep. Ed Royce in California’s 39th District is still wide open, with more than a third of those polled undecided.

Democrats have concerns that their four candidates could split the vote and allow two Republicans advance to the general election. California’s primary is June 5th and the two candidates with the most votes advance to November regardless of party.

Sen. John Kennedy Weighing Gubernatorial Run
Said he has not made a final decision

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy says he is weighing a challenge to the state’s incumbent Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards.

Kennedy told WWL that he had not made a final decision while also calling Edwards ineffective.

Man to Plead Guilty to Threatening Maxine Waters
Andrew Scott Lloyd faces 10 years in federal prison

A man charged with threatening to kill California Rep. Maxine Waters is expected to plead guilty next week.

Andrew Scott Lloyd is expected to plead guilty to one count of threatening a public official, according to the Daily Breeze.

Tom Campbell Drops Out of North Dakota House Race
Kevin Cramer will vacate seat to challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Republican candidate and state Sen. Tom Campbell announced Wednesday he will drop out of the race to fill North Dakota’s House seat and endorsed one of his primary opponent challengers.

Campbell was one of four candidates running to fill Rep. Kevin Cramer’s seat for the at-large district. Cramer announced in February he would leave his House seat to challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.