The Iowa Straw Poll: Put a Stake Through Its Heart

Stuart Rothenberg June 22, 2015 · 9:30 AM EDT

The Iowa Straw Poll is dead for 2015. Let’s hope it doesn’t resurrect its ugly head for the 2020 cycle and beyond.

Almost four years ago I wrote a column, “The Nothingness of the Iowa Straw Poll,” in which I disclosed that I had canceled my trip to cover the 2011 straw poll.

Given the decisions…

Roll Call at the Big 6-0

Stuart Rothenberg June 18, 2015 · 10:00 AM EDT

During my 23 years at Roll Call (my first column was published on June 11, 1992), I’ve seen many changes at the newspaper. It has been forced to evolve because journalism has changed more radically than any of us could have imagined.

Politics, too, has changed. In the summer of 1992, we still…

Michigan 7: Democrats Target Walberg (Again)

Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2015 · 3:00 PM EDT

Democrats knocked off GOP Rep. Tim Walberg in one historic presidential election cycle and hope they can do it again in 2016. 

Walberg is one of those Republican incumbents that Democrats love to hate. They don’t like how he defeated a moderate Republican in a primary, how Walberg knocked off one…

Report Shorts (June 17, 2015) Colorado Senate, Georgia Senate, Indiana Senate, Nevada Senate

June 17, 2015 · 2:59 PM EDT

Colorado Senate. Rep. Mike Coffman (R) announced his decision to seek re-election, disappointing the NRSC but making the NRCC happy because his 6th District would have been difficult to defend without him.

Senate Republicans are still searching for a candidate. Potential GOP challengers include…

Can Marco Rubio Save the GOP in 2016?

Stuart Rothenberg June 16, 2015 · 1:15 PM EDT

The Republican presidential field looks unusually diverse this cycle — an African-American (Ben Carson), an Indian-American (Bobby Jindal), a woman (Carly Fiorina) and a Hispanic, or, if you prefer, a Cuban (Marco Rubio). One candidate is married to a Hispanic originally from Mexico (Jeb Bush).

Race Plays Out on Congressional Baseball Game Field

Nathan L. Gonzales June 12, 2015 · 2:27 PM EDT

Next year’s Florida Senate race is a high-stakes contest that could impact Roll Call Congressional Baseball Games for years to come. It may also decide the Senate majority in the next Congress.

Both parties are at risk of losing one of their youngest and most experienced players, since Democratic…

Party’s History of Establishment Picks Could Be Over

Stuart Rothenberg June 8, 2015 · 1:37 PM EDT

Battles for the Republican presidential nomination almost always come down to two alternatives — an establishment-backed candidate with pragmatic instincts and an insurgent (often significantly more conservative) who tries to appeal to constituencies that feel ignored.

And except for 1964, when an…

14 Open House Seats, Few Takeover Opportunities

Nathan L. Gonzales June 2, 2015 · 9:00 AM EDT

More than 90 percent of House incumbents routinely get re-elected, so open seats are a hot commodity. Five months into the 114th Congress, 14 House members have announced their departure, but just four of the seats they are leaving behind can be considered competitive.

At this stage in the cycle,…