House News & Analysis

State Senator Prepares GOP Primary Challenge to Shimkus

Nathan L. Gonzales October 6, 2015 · 2:18 PM EDT

State Sen. Kyle McCarter is poised to launch a primary challenge to GOP Sen. John Shimkus in Illinois’ 15th District later this week, according to GOP sources.

The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. McCarter has been openly discussing the possibility with fellow Illinois Republicans since at least…

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…

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…

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 decent shape for…

Does Voter Anger Explain the Success of Presidential Outsiders?

Stuart Rothenberg September 29, 2015 · 10:58 AM EDT

Those of us who report on and analyze politics for a living have been talking ad nauseam about voters’ frustration and anger.

It’s the hot topic that presumably explains Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernard Sanders, as well as the problems that political veterans such as Hillary Rodham Clinton…

Indiana Reps Still Wrestling With Residency

Nathan L. Gonzales September 21, 2015 · 9:00 AM EDT

For some members of Congress with young families, getting elected is the easy part; deciding whether to move your family to Washington is more difficult.

Members of the Indiana delegation have been wrestling with the decision for decades, in a state where residency consistently pops up as a campaign…

Report Shorts (September 18, 2015)

September 18, 2015 · 2:58 PM EDT

Arkansas Senate. Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced his challenge to Sen. John Boozman. “Washington is broken,” the 37-year-old Democrat said in a boilerplate release. “I’m running for the Senate because I’m committed to doing everything I can to fix it for Arkansas and for our country.” 

“I would…

No Rating Change After Benishek’s Retirement in Michigan

Nathan L. Gonzales September 16, 2015 · 9:05 AM EDT

Democrats need Republican incumbents to retire from competitive districts in order to expand the playing field of competitive House races. But GOP Rep. Dan Benishek’s decision not to run for re-election in Michigan barely moves the status quo of the House battlefield.

Benishek was already considered vulnerable this cycle, and…

More House Retirements Likely to Come

Nathan L. Gonzales September 14, 2015 · 10:00 AM EDT

After spending five weeks at home in their districts with their families, how many members got homesick and are set to retire?

If history is a guide, at least a handful or more House members will announce their departure in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Earlier this month,…

Colorado 6: Can Carroll Cause Coffman to Stumble?

Nathan L. Gonzales September 4, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

Targeting Rep. Mike Coffman has become a biennial tradition for Democrats. But even though Colorado’s 6th District is one of the country’s premiere swing seats, Democrats have had trouble finding the right combination of candidate and election cycle to defeat the GOP congressman. 

Earlier this cycle, Coffman considered leaving…