House News & Analysis

DCCC Is 2013 Fundraising Winner, but DNC Drops the Ball

Stuart Rothenberg February 13, 2014 · 1:57 PM EST

A look at the end-of-the-year financial reports of the two House campaign committees, two Senate campaign committees and two national party committees makes it pretty clear which ones have something to crow about and which have some explaining to do.

The big winner is the Democratic Congressional Campaign…

How Candidates Share Without Coordinating With Outside Groups

Nathan L. Gonzales February 11, 2014 · 9:58 AM EST

With each passing election cycle, both parties are figuring out new ways to skirt campaign finance laws.

A couple years ago, I wrote about how the official and independent expenditure wings of the campaign committees share opposition research and message points through less-traveled regions of the Web.…

North Carolina 2: Clay Aiken In, Seat Still Safe GOP for Now

Nathan L. Gonzales February 6, 2014 · 10:22 AM EST

Everyone take a deep breath. Thanks to Clay Aiken, North Carolina’s 2nd District just became the most talked-about House race in the country. Unfortunately, the hype doesn’t match up with the reality.

The truth is that Aiken’s challenge to GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers doesn’t even make the list…

For Democrats, It’s All About (Years) After November

Stuart Rothenberg February 5, 2014 · 3:57 PM EST

Politics is often about keeping one eye on today and another eye on tomorrow. That’s especially true for Democrats, who should not be completely disheartened about their party’s prospects.

November certainly looks like a challenging election for supporters of President Barack Obama — given the president’s anemic job…

California House Districts: Still Adjusting to New Landscape

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 31, 2014 · 3:00 PM EST

For decades, California was a wasteland of non-competitive congressional races. But with a non-partisan redistricting commission and a top two primary system, suddenly there are over a dozen races worth watching in the Golden State.

A handful of districts are noteworthy because they are legitimately competitive and makeup…

Kansas 2 & 4: Primary Motivation

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 31, 2014 · 2:57 PM EST

Republicans don’t have a lot of women in Congress, so when one of them is challenged, the stakes are a bit higher.

At last weekend’s state Republican convention in Kansas, Rep. Lynn Jenkins drew a primary challenger. As vice chairwoman of the Republican Conference, she is the fifth…

Report Shorts (January 31, 2014) - Florida 13, Idaho 1, Montana At-Large, Oklahoma Senate

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 31, 2014 · 2:56 PM EST

Florida’s 13th District. The special election to replace the late Bill Young is heating up in this St. Petersburg-area seat. Republicans nominated lobbyist and former Young aide David Jolly earlier this month while Democratic hopes rest on the shoulders of former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

Recent…

Income Inequality: Democrats Have Some Work to Do

Stuart Rothenberg January 31, 2014 · 9:52 AM EST

The 14th question of the Jan. 22-25 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll produced a set of responses I didn’t expect.

The poll asked, “When it comes to reducing income inequality between the rich and the poor, do you want to see the government more involved than it…

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up — and It’s Only January

Stuart Rothenberg January 29, 2014 · 10:13 AM EST

Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell the difference between a real news story and something from The Onion.

Earlier reports that entertainer Clay Aiken was considering a run for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 2nd District have been overtaken by new stories about the singer “putting together a…

The Real Reasons Recruits Don’t Run

Nathan L. Gonzales January 23, 2014 · 9:52 AM EST

I hate candidate recruitment stories.

More specifically, I hate stories that seem to blame the party campaign committees for their inability to coerce candidates to run.

In reality, there are so many factors that the committees cannot control that it’s simply unfair to hold them responsible for…