House News & Analysis

Imperfect Candidates Get Elected

Nathan L. Gonzales November 24, 2015 · 2:11 PM EST

Every day there’s a new story exposing a candidate or a politician, and each misstep is portrayed as a disqualifier — a mistake that will lead to the candidate’s demise. It can be easy to forget that imperfect people get elected to office.

A few weeks ago, the Democratic…

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November 20, 2015 · 2:28 PM EST

Arizona’s 1st District. Democratic state Sen. Barbara McGuire decided not to run, but party insiders weren’t pushing her anyway. Former 2nd District Rep. Ron Barber endorsed former GOP state Sen. Tom O’Halleran in yet another sign of who Democrats prefer to be their nominee to try to keep Ann Kirkpatrick’s…

House Retirement Rush Still Short of Average

Nathan L. Gonzales November 17, 2015 · 9:27 AM EST

In spite of the recent rush of retirement announcements, this Congress is still below the historical average of exits each cycle, which means more House retirements are likely to come.

Wyoming Republican Cynthia Lummis, California Democrat Sam Farr and Texas Democrat Rubén Hinojosa capped off the week by announcing they…

Don’t Blame Gerrymandering for GOP Civil War

Nathan L. Gonzales October 30, 2015 · 9:01 AM EDT

Blame the earmark ban or Republican leaders. Blame Ted Cruz or even Justin Bieber. But don’t blame gerrymandering for the fighting in the House.

As Republicans labor through replacing Speaker John A. Boehner, bemoaning redistricting has become a common refrain in explaining the GOP civil war.

“The very strategy…

Pelosi Sees a Wave; Strategists Say it’s Just a Ripple Now

Nathan L. Gonzales October 26, 2015 · 2:22 PM EDT

House Democrats don’t need to find themselves a cheerleader. They already have Nancy Pelosi.

“I think the Democrats could have the gavel in 18 months,” she told Texas Tribune reporter/Roll Call alum Abby Livingston recently. “Here’s the thing: I’m always optimistic. You have to be.”

“Even some pollsters…

John Boehner Shouldn’t Pack His Bags Just Yet

Nathan L. Gonzales October 20, 2015 · 9:26 AM EDT

Speaker John Boehner plans to leave Congress at the end of October, but Republican infighting threatens to keep him around longer, particularly if Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan declines a run to replace him.

According to a source with knowledge of his remarks, Boehner told the House Republican conference on…

Ryan Is Damned if He Does, and Damned if He Doesn’t

Stuart Rothenberg October 18, 2015 · 9:30 AM EDT

I no longer underestimate Paul D. Ryan.

I first met the Wisconsin Republican when he came in for an interview on Nov. 19, 1997. Then 27, he most recently had been a Capitol Hill staffer for conservative Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback.

Ryan was making his first run for office in…

Democrats Battle for Open House Seats in Maryland

Nathan L. Gonzales October 16, 2015 · 2:59 PM EDT

While Democratic Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards battle for retiring Democrat Barbara Mikulski’s senate seat, a crowd of Democrats are running in their open House districts, where the primaries are likely to choose the next member of congress. 

The 4th and 8th Districts are heavily Democratic, so…

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October 16, 2015 · 2:57 PM EDT

California’s 21st District. Democratic accountant Connie Perez entered the race against GOP Rep. David Valadao in the Central Valley district. But, unfortunately for Democrats, history may be repeating itself. 

Valadao represents a Democratic district (President Barack Obama received 55 percent in 2012), but the congressman has proven to be a…

State Senator Prepares GOP Primary Challenge to Shimkus

Nathan L. Gonzales October 6, 2015 · 2:18 PM EDT

State Sen. Kyle McCarter is poised to launch a primary challenge to GOP Sen. John Shimkus in Illinois’ 15th District later this week, according to GOP sources.

The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. McCarter has been openly discussing the possibility with fellow Illinois Republicans since at least…