House News & Analysis

When Serving Together in Congress is a Family Affair

Nathan L. Gonzales May 25, 2016 · 10:48 AM EDT

Democrat Loretta Sanchez is giving up her House seat and the opportunity to continue to serve with her sister in Congress to run for the Senate in California, while the Mooney brothers are hoping to become Congress’s latest pair of siblings.  

The Sanchezes (Loretta of the 46th District…

Nebraska 2: Ashford Has Early Advantage Over Bacon

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:59 PM EDT

Democrats don’t have very many vulnerable House seats to defend, particularly with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, but Nebraska’s 2nd District is one of them. 

National Democrats spent over $400,000 trying to help the weakest Republican candidate win the GOP primary in order to boost…

North Carolina Primaries Could Impact Direction of GOP Caucus

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:58 PM EDT

Amidst all the turmoil of the GOP presidential race and Donald Trump’s surge to the nomination, no Republican incumbent has lost a primary. That streak will come to an end on June 7 in North Carolina but, ironically, it won’t even be the same day as the presidential primary.

Ratings Change: Minnesota’s 2nd District

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:57 PM EDT

Republican Rep. John Kline is retiring from his competitive, suburban district in Minnesota and expressed concern over the lack of quality GOP candidates to replace him. Those concerns are becoming reality as the seat continues to develop into a primary Democratic takeover opportunity. 

In 2014, Kline was re-elected by…

Kentucky 1: Comer Coming to Congress

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:55 PM EDT

Secretary of Agriculture James Comer narrowly missed getting elected governor in 2015 but landed on his feet after winning the recent GOP primary in Kentucky’s 1st District, which is open because of GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield’s retirement. 

A year ago, Comer finished second in the GOP primary for governor…

Candidate Conversation - Shelli Yoder (D)

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May 19, 2016 · 2:54 PM EDT

Nominee for Indiana’s 9th District

Interview Date: May 12, 2016

Date of Birth: Aug. 30, 1968; Shipshewana, Indiana

Education: Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Fort Wayne (1991); Indiana Univ. (Master’s, 1996); Vanderbilt Univ. (M.Div. 2002); Hanover College (attended)

Political Office: Monroe County Council; 2012 9th District nominee

Current Outlook: Yoder is…

Candidate Conversation - Fred Costello (R)

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May 19, 2016 · 2:53 PM EDT

Candidate for Florida’s 6th District

Interview Date: May 3, 2016

Date of Birth: Feb. 9, 1950; Orlando Florida

Education: Graceland Univ. (1970); Univ. of Florida Dental School (1974)

Political Office: State Representative; Mayor of Ormond Beach (former)

Current Outlook: Costello is a top contender in the crowded race in…

Candidate Conversation - Drew Ferguson (R)

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May 19, 2016 · 2:52 PM EDT

Candidate for Georgia’s 3rd District

Interview Date: May 3, 2016

Date of Birth: Nov. 15, 1966; Langdale, Ala.

Education: Univ. of Georgia (1988); Medical College of Georgia (1992)

Political Office: Mayor of West Point (former)

Current Outlook: Ferguson is a credible contender for the 3rd District, left open by…

Candidate Conversation - Martin Babinec (I)

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May 19, 2016 · 2:51 PM EDT

Candidate for New York’s 22nd District

Interview Date: May 11, 2016

Date of Birth: March 1, 1955; Little Falls, N.Y.

Education: Shippensburg Univ. (1977); Herkimer County Community College (A.A.)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Babinec is a wild card in a competitive race to replace…

Don’t Assume Paul Ryan Will be Speaker Next Year

Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 9:00 AM EDT

Stu and I have been working together for nearly 15 years and any acute political instincts I’ve developed I owe to him. In many ways, we’ve morphed into the same mind, including our valuations of players in fantasy baseball. But after reading Stu’s column, “Ryan Rides to the Rescue…