Boehner’s Exit Leaves House Republicans With Challenging Next Chapter

Nathan L. Gonzales October 1, 2015 · 4:00 PM EDT

It was only a matter of time before Speaker John Boehner decided to call it quits, but with another potential government shutdown looming, his recent resignation announcement still came as a surprise. Just hours after Pope Francis visited Capitol Hill, Boehner announced he is leaving Congress at the end of October. 

Boehner leaves not only a leadership vacuum behind, but a safely-Republican 8th District in Ohio, and a fundraising void for the National Republican Congressional Committee, vulnerable GOP colleagues, and potential challengers. 

While Speaker Boehner was easily caricatured as the Establishment by nature of his title and longevity in office, he was able to draw upon his small town Ohio roots to connect with some GOP members who might have otherwise considered him an adversary. Of course Boehner has his critics in anti-establishment circles, but all-in-all, he was able to keep the Republican caucus moving forward and expanding, with a few bumps along the way. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the early frontrunner to replace Boehner. The California congressman has a reputation for texting colleagues (and some spouses) constantly, is well-regarded by many Members, and has hustled around the country in previous cycles fundraising for candidates who are now in…

Presidential Battleground Spotlight: Ohio

Nathan L. Gonzales October 1, 2015 · 3:59 PM EDT

Nearly a dozen years ago, Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert talked about “Ohio, Ohio, Ohio,” pointing to the importance of the Buckeye State in the 2004 presidential election. 

That race proved that Ohio can be an elusive target. Democrats believed the state was going to put John Kerry over the…

House Democrats Desperate to Make up Ground in New York

Nathan L. Gonzales October 1, 2015 · 3:58 PM EDT

Democrats aren’t in imminent danger of losing a statewide race in New York, but they need to win far more House races in the Empire State if they want to be in the majority anytime soon. 

A combination of good Republican candidates, poor Democratic candidates and an underperforming governor in…

Report Shorts (October 1, 2015)

October 1, 2015 · 3:57 PM EDT

Arizona’s 2nd District. Democrats are targeting GOP Rep. Martha McSally after she knocked off Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in a close race last year. Republicans recently released a handful of automated polls which showed McSally and some of her vulnerable colleagues start the general election in…