2016 Senate Overview (April 17, 2015) Alabama - Kansas

April 17, 2015 · 3:03 PM EDT

ALABAMA – Richard Shelby (R) elected 1986 (50%), 1992 (65%), 1998 (63%), 2004 (68%), 2010 (65%). The only mystery is what Shelby will do with the $18 million in his campaign account when he doesn’t have a serious race. Safe GOP.

ALASKA – Lisa Murkowski (R) appointed Dec. 2002, elected 2004 (49%),…

2016 Senate Overview (April 17, 2015) Kentucky - New Mexico

April 17, 2015 · 3:02 PM EDT

KENTUCKY – Rand Paul (R) elected 2010 (56%). Paul announced his presidential campaign earlier this month but is planning to simultaneously run for re-election. Paul’s allies in the Legislature have been unable to change state law, which would prohibit him from doing that. But the GOP state central…

2016 Senate Overview (April 17, 2015) New York - Wyoming

April 17, 2015 · 3:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK – Chuck Schumer (D) elected 1998 (55%), 2004 (71%), 2010 (66%). It took Schumer a few hours to wrap up the leadership race after Harry Reid announced his retirement. Now, Schumer will run for re-election and be the next Democratic leader in the Senate. The only question is whether he will…

The Young and the Restless of 2016

Stuart Rothenberg April 16, 2015 · 12:36 PM EDT

Once upon a time, presidential candidates were expected to have more than passing experience in government, as well as the maturity and wisdom that sometimes come with age. But that has changed, apparently.

Barack Obama was in the United States Senate for only two years before he began his bid for…

Wyden Looks Safe, but Democratic Rift Is Real

Nathan L. Gonzales April 13, 2015 · 9:39 AM EDT

Liberal groups have targeted Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden for defeat in next year’s elections unless he sides with them on upcoming trade deals. But any talk about the four-term Democrat’s vulnerability is premature until there is a challenger.

“Secretive Trade Deal Could Pose Problems At Home For Ron…

Adding Context to GOP Gains at State Level

Stuart Rothenberg April 10, 2015 · 9:00 AM EDT

This week’s effort to mislead, hoodwink and generally pull the wool over our eyes comes courtesy of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “Blue States Bleeding Red” was written by RSLC President Matt Walter and appeared on Sunday.

Republicans made great gains at the state and…

2016 House Overview: Democrats Begin Long Road Back to Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales April 3, 2015 · 2:30 PM EDT

With an open presidential race and the Senate majority up for grabs, the fight for the House is certain to get pushed to the backburner. But if Democrats have hopes of being in the majority anytime in the next few years, they better start making a dent in the Republicans’ majority next year. 

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) Alabama - Illinois

April 3, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a redistricting case by the end of June which could put take mapmaking authority from the nonpartisan commission into the hands of the GOP-controlled Legislature. Strategists on both sides of the aisle believe Republicans could redraw the lines to gain…

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) Indiana - New Jersey

April 3, 2015 · 2:28 PM EDT

1st District (Blum, R). Freshman Rod Blum is a Democratic target in a district that Obama won with a considerable 56 percent. Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon is the early Democratic frontrunner. She was endorsed by EMILY’s List last week. You can read our full analysis of the…