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The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

By Emily Cahn and Abby Livingston, CQ Roll Call WASHINGTON — Welcome to the general election: Labor Day has passed, nearly every primary has finished, and Roll Call has revised its monthly list of the 10 most vulnerable House members. Since this feature last published in August, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), lost his primary by […]

September 5, 2014

Voters In Two Rival Camps Will Elect Two Rival Congresses

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau PRATT, Kansas — America will elect two Congresses this fall, particularly in the House of Representatives. That’s because there are two Americas doing the voting: one hunkered down in redder-than-ever Republican districts that send partisan Republican conservatives to the House of Representatives, the other in bluer-than-ever Democratic districts that […]

August 29, 2014

Quake-Warning System Receives A Boost In Congress

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Efforts to put in place an earthquake warning system for the West Coast gained ground Tuesday as a congressional committee recommended the first federal funds — $5 million — specifically for the project. Its prospects remain shaky, however. Election-year fights over other issues could keep Congress from […]

July 15, 2014

House Democrats Seek Probe Of Motorola’s Radio Contracts

By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Three senior House Democrats on Tuesday asked the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog to investigate allegations, raised in a McClatchy series, that Motorola’s contracting tactics have led state and local governments to squander millions of dollars on the company’s pricey two-way emergency radio systems. “If the […]

July 15, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Increases Are Not Killing Jobs

Remember when the right was convinced that raising the minimum wage would lead to disastrous job losses, all because of a Congressional Budget Office report that suggested President Obama’s plan to do so would cost the country jobs? It turns out that states that have upped their minimum wage are actually doing much better than states that haven’t. A Center for […]

July 7, 2014

Time To Impeach Obama?

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — For many on the far political right, it’s high time to charge President Barack Obama with high crimes and misdemeanors. The “I-word” — impeachment — is creeping back into the political lexicon nearly 16 years after the House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton for lying under […]

July 2, 2014

Five Years After ‘Appalachian Trail’ Scandal, Sanford Rises From Political Dead

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — During a break in the recent congressional session, Mark Sanford sidled up to his pal Mick Mulvaney and sat next to him on a back bench in the ornate chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Cheshire cat’s grin on his lean face. When Mulvaney made […]

June 27, 2014

House Approves Bill To Allow New Drilling Off California

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved a long-shot bill to expand domestic energy exploration, including opening up areas off the West Coast to drilling. The measure would require lease sales by the end of next year for energy production off Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, with production […]

June 27, 2014

Balance Is Seen In New GOP Leadership In House

By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) election as House Majority Leader continued one of the swiftest political ascents in congressional history and marked another triumph for establishment Republican forces over the party’s conservative flank. House Republicans chose the Bakersfield, Calif., congressman to replace Rep. Eric […]

June 20, 2014

DeLay, At His Court Proceedings, Says Democrats Have Not ‘Slowed Me Down One Iota’

By Laylan Copelin, Austin-American Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, flashing a bit of “The Hammer” persona, returned to court Wednesday to hear oral arguments over his 2010 money laundering and conspiracy convictions. DeLay, nicknamed “The Hammer” for his combative style in Congress, told reporters he continues to be active […]

June 19, 2014

Poll: Democrat Sink Leads In Florida Special Election

Democrat Alex Sink holds a slight lead over Republican David Jolly in Florida’s hotly contested special election for U.S. House, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/WUSF Public Media poll of likely voters in the state’s 13th congressional district. The poll finds Sink with a 42 to 35 percent advantage over Jolly; 4 […]

February 13, 2014