House News & Analysis

Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints

Nathan L. Gonzales August 28, 2015 · 10:17 AM EDT

Ethics problems can be serious trouble for any politician, but party strategists often use Federal Election Committee complaints to play games with the opposition, because the allegation has a slim chance of being ruled on before Election Day.

“Everyone knows both sides file complaints to get press hits,” one campaign…

Campaign Committees Open Holes While Filling Others

Nathan L. Gonzales August 27, 2015 · 9:03 AM EDT

Democrats want to hold the White House, take back the majorities in the Senate and the House, and gain ground in governorships. But what happens when those are conflicting goals?

In Florida, strategists at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are excited Rep. Patrick Murphy is running for the state’s…

Crist, Culver Contemplate Humbling Transition to the House

Nathan L. Gonzales August 25, 2015 · 8:55 AM EDT

It’s not easy to transition from governor to become one of 100 senators. But former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver are contemplating something even more humbling — jumping from chief executive to become one of 435 in the House.

Earlier this month, my Roll…

Indiana 3: Home is Where the Heart Is

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 21, 2015 · 1:58 PM EDT

Pam Galloway has never met Alex Mooney, but she might owe him a Thank You card. 

If Mooney, a former state senator from Maryland, hadn’t been elected to West Virginia’s 2nd District last cycle, it would be easy to dismiss Galloway, a former state senator from Wisconsin running in…

Report Shorts (August 21, 2015) Florida 5, Illinois 15, Texas 16, Iowa 1 & 4

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August 21, 2015 · 1:56 PM EDT

Florida’s 5th District. The state’s congressional map is still influx as the Legislature deals with the court’s demands. Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown’s district is likely to change significantly, including dropping Orlando territory and gaining parts of Jacksonville. Under that scenario, former 2nd District nominee Al Lawson (D) is a…

Group Suggests ‘Schock Waves’ in Illinois Special Election

Nathan L. Gonzales August 19, 2015 · 10:04 AM EDT

Most Democratic strategists probably couldn’t name their party’s nominee in the upcoming race for Illinois’ 18th District, or even remember that there is a special election on September 10. But one not-for-profit group is trying to gin up interest in a possible historic outcome, even as the final result…

A Modest Proposal: Timeshare Congressional Districts

Nathan L. Gonzales August 17, 2015 · 8:45 AM EDT

The sharing economy is all the rage. People are sharing homes and cars, books and tools. Why not congressional districts?

Republicans and Democrats sink millions of dollars into a quartet of races that regularly flip from one party to the other. Over the last four election cycles, New Hampshire’s…

2016 House Overview: Democrats Struggle To Gain Ground

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 11, 2015 · 5:00 PM EDT

Democrats are down to their fewest number of House seats in over half a century, so it’s not hard to imagine the party bouncing back in 2016. But every aspect of trying to get out of the majority is proving to be difficult.

Democrats are looking to favorable redistricting rulings…

2016 House Overview (August 11, 2015) Alabama - Illinois

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 11, 2015 · 4:59 PM EDT

Arizona 
1st District (Open; Kirkpatrick, D). The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state’s nonpartisan redistricting commission’s authority and the congressional map will remain in place. Whether she thought her district was going to change or she was just tired of being constantly in electoral danger, Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick…

2016 House Overview (August 11, 2015) Indiana - New Jersey

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Nathan L. Gonzales August 11, 2015 · 4:58 PM EDT

Indiana
3rd District (Open; Stutzman, R). Marlin Stutzman’s Senate run opens up a Republican seat in northeastern Indiana. State Sens. Jim Banks and Liz Brown are running along with former Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway, who moved to the area a few years ago. Wealthy agribusinessman Kip Tom is…