House News & Analysis

Can Obama Put the House In Play in 2014?

Stuart Rothenberg February 27, 2013 · 9:02 AM EST

Over the past few weeks, I have heard some people suggest that President Barack Obama’s strategy in pursuing his legislative agenda is more about creating issues for the 2014 midterm elections than about passing legislation.

Whether that is true, it leads to an obvious question: Is the president…

Illinois 2 Special: The Real Range of Gun Control

Jessica Taylor February 25, 2013 · 3:01 PM EST

Tuesday’s special election in Illinois’ 2nd District has been dominated by gun control -- an issue magnified by the $2.2 million Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee has dropped into the Chicago contest to attack two candidates.

There is no question the New York City mayor’s multi-million dollar investment…

Democrats’ Economic Narrative Still Trumps GOP’s

Stuart Rothenberg February 22, 2013 · 9:12 AM EST

Congressional Republicans figured that after the fiscal cliff, they’d have the advantage talking about the sequester and, down the road, the continued funding of the government.

Clearly, they were wrong.

One of the reasons Republicans are faring so badly these days is that the Democratic narrative, presented…

Hispanics fail to win Hispanic Congressional districts

Nathan L. Gonzales February 18, 2013 · 9:00 AM EST

One year ago, Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen declared himself the best candidate to represent a newly-drawn, Hispanic-heavy congressional district in North Las Vegas. Thirteen days later, he dropped out of the race.

Even though a record number of Latinos are serving in the 113th Congress, Hispanic candidates…

Barr Prepping For Georgia House Bid

Stuart Rothenberg February 14, 2013 · 5:48 PM EST

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R) is telling friends in Georgia that he will be running for Congress next year.

A handful of Republican congressmen are considering running for the seat of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R), who has announced that he will not seek another term, so there…

Illinois 2 Special: The Jackson 3?

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Jessica Taylor February 8, 2013 · 1:57 PM EST

The only thing that seems certain in the special election in Illinois’ 2nd District is that a woman is poised to win the seat. The bigger question remains though: which one?

A 16-candidate Democratic field solidified for the chance to succeed former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D), who…

RPR Report Shorts (February 8, 2013)

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February 8, 2013 · 1:56 PM EST

California 17. President Barack Obama doesn’t have the reputation for getting involved in too many congressional races, but he has already endorsed Rep. Mike Honda’s 2014 re-election bid in the northern California district. Potential primary challenger Ro Khanna has already raised $1.2 million but is in search of a…

Youth Vote Could Seal GOP’s Minority Status

Stuart Rothenberg February 8, 2013 · 9:22 AM EST

We may well be at a political tipping point that could mark a dramatic change in American politics.

After decades of Democratic Party dominance that began with the formation of the New Deal coalition, Ronald Reagan ushered in an era of relative party parity. But a deep fracture…

Democrats Look to Ward to Energize 2014 Takeover From Helm of DCCC

Nathan L. Gonzales January 31, 2013 · 9:48 AM EST

A decade ago, Kelly Ward sat around a dining room table in Tucson, Ariz., with a trio of powerful Democratic women and Gabrielle Giffords, plotting the young state legislator’s next steps. It didn’t matter that the ink was hardly dry on Ward’s college diploma — her energy quickly made…

Have Republicans Turned the Corner on Strategy?

Stuart Rothenberg January 30, 2013 · 9:59 AM EST

After spending a little more than a year ramming their heads into a brick wall, congressional Republicans and their allies have taken their first positive step: They have stopped doing it.

The GOP’s decision not to fight on raising the debt ceiling next month gives the party the…