Rob Woodall

Monarchs of the Hill: Members and Staff Release Butterflies Toward Mexico
 

Chamber Defends GOP House Members in New Round of Ads
Business trade group is launching ads in four more House races

Reps. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, left, and French Hill, R-Ark., were both highlighted in new TV ads from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hitting the airwaves in four additional House races to defend Republicans in competitive contests.

The television ads, shared first with Roll Call, are part of a slate of positive issue spots boosting GOP incumbents in races from Maine to California. 

Democratic Internal Poll Shows Dead Heat In Georgia’s 7th District
Carolyn Bourdeaux’s slight lead against Rob Woodall within margin of error

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., is trailing his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, according to a poll from her campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll from Rep. Rob Woodall’s Democratic challenger shows the Republican incumbent could be losing in Georgia’s 7th District.

The poll from Carolyn Bourdeaux’s campaign conducted by Tulchin Research between August 9 and August 13 surveyed 400 likely voters from landlines and cell phones.

Democratic Women Continue Winning Streak in Georgia Runoffs
Lucy McBath, Carolyn Boudreaux win primaries in suburban Atlanta districts

Carolyn Bourdeaux won the Democratic primary runoff in Georgia’s 7th District on Tuesday night. (Courtesy Carolyn for Congress)

Democratic women continued their winning streak in a pair of Georgia runoffs Tuesday night. 

Gun control activist Lucy McBath secured the party nod in the 6th District and will face Republican incumbent Karen Handel in November. 

Will Democratic Women’s Primary Success Continue in Georgia?
Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux could win Tuesday runoffs in 6th and 7th districts

Gun control activist Lucy McBath, here at an April event in New York city with congressional candidates, faces businessman Kevin Abel in the Democratic primary runoff in Georgia’s 6th District. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images file photo)

Democratic women have been winning primaries across the country this year, and two more female candidates have a chance Tuesday of becoming their party’s nominees in Republican-held districts.

Georgia’s 6th and 7th districts — both Democratic targets — are hosting runoffs to determine the Democratic contenders against GOP Reps. Karen Handel and Rob Woodall, respectively.

Georgia Democratic Race to Take On Karen Handel Moves to Runoff
Lucy McBath, Kevin Abel are top two finishers, 7th District contest also heads for runoff

Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., will have to wait till July to find out who will be her Democratic opponent this fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two Democrats in Georgia’s 6th District will advance to a July runoff for the right to take on Republican Rep. Karen Handel in November. 

Since no candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in the suburban Atlanta district, the top-two finishers — activist Lucy McBath and businessman Kevin Abel — will face each other on July 24. 

Rating Changes in 19 House Races, All Toward Democrats
In total, 68 GOP-held seats are now rated competitive

New Mexico Democrat Xochitl Torres Small is running for the seat GOP Rep. Steve Pearce is vacating to run for governor. The 2nd District race is now rated Leans Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite forecasts of a blue tsunami, it’s still not guaranteed that Democrats will win back the House majority. But the playing field of competitive House races is expanding and shifting to almost exclusively Republican territory.

After the latest round of changes, Inside Elections now has 68 Republican seats rated as vulnerable compared to just 10 vulnerable Democratic seats. And there are at least a couple dozen more GOP-held seats that could develop into competitive races in the months ahead.

House Floor Erupts Over Chaplain Controversy
Democrats wanted select committee to look into firing but were voted down

The House voted on a privileged motion related to the firing of House Chaplain Patrick Conroy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The controversy over the firing of House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy made its way to the floor on Friday, as House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley offered a privileged resolution to establish a select committee to look into Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s ouster of the Jesuit priest

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., offered a motion to table the resolution, which was agreed to, 215-171, with three voting present. 

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

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., right, poses with his son Livingston and Vice President Mike Pence last year. Harper said Livingston was the impetus for his internship program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. (Courtesy Rep. Gregg Harper’s office)

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.