House News & Analysis
April 19, 2013 · 2:28 PM EDT
It’s not often that someone in Washington, D.C. knows the difference between Dallas and The Dalles -- two small towns in Oregon over 2,800 miles away. But the Republican in charge of keeping his party in the majority in the House of Representatives is well aware of the difference.…
April 19, 2013 · 2:27 PM EDT
Since the vast majority of House districts are drawn to elect one party or the other, most of the time, candidates just need to stay out of trouble in order to win. But apparently former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) didn’t get the memo.
He survived the Republican primary…
April 19, 2013 · 10:09 AM EDT
Not much going on these days, huh? There are only a few things on the president’s — and Congress’ — plate, including:
- A big budget compromise
- Immigration overhaul
- North Korea
- Bombs at the Boston Marathon
- Iran’s nuclear program
- And oh…
April 17, 2013 · 4:22 PM EDT
We’ve said it many times before, special elections are just that, special, but former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is apparently working overtime to ensure the race in South Carolina’s 1st District is one for the ages.
In spite of his past failings, Sanford successfully navigated the Republican primary.…
April 17, 2013 · 9:13 AM EDT
Last week, I discussed the most vulnerable senator seeking re-election. It was a tough call, but clearly came down to two Southern Democrats. This week, the question is who is the House’s most vulnerable incumbent, and the answer is much, much easier.
It’s California Republican Gary G. Miller.…
April 15, 2013 · 9:30 AM EDT
Every political reporter, campaign professional and political junkie should read Charlie Cook’s most recent National Journal column on the decline of swing congressional districts and the rise of partisanship. (I am certain some credit for the analysis also goes to David Wasserman over at the Cook Political Report.)…
April 6, 2013 · 10:00 AM EDT
The jobs numbers just reported for March — an increase of only 88,000 jobs — are horrendous, especially coming after February’s strong job surge (236,000 new jobs revised up to 268,000).
Forget the unemployment rate sliding from 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent. As The Associated Press noted,…
April 5, 2013 · 2:30 PM EDT
Rarely does one House race have a national impact, but that is the case in Utah’s 4th District.
In 2012, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love came within 768 votes of knocking off Rep. Jim Matheson (D) and becoming the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress.
April 5, 2013 · 2:29 PM EDT
Tucson has been the site of hard-fought congressional contests for the past four cycles. But it was an off-year incident that may have cast the largest pall on politics in southern Arizona -- and ultimately had the biggest effect on the 2012 race.
On January 8, 2011, Rep.…
April 5, 2013 · 2:28 PM EDT
National Republicans accepted the political reality a long time ago that disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford could well be their nominee in South Carolina’s 1st District special election. With the May 7 election against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch now set, they’re going to have to do something about it…