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Jan 09, 2014

Another Too-Extreme Republican Joins VA-10’s Race-to-the-Right Republican Primary

Senator Dick Black is the second Republican to join Republicans’ race-to-the-right primary to succeed Frank Wolf, and he and Barbara Comstock have one thing in common: a brand of extremely dysfunctional politics that would make the gridlock in Washington worse and hurt Virginia families. The Virginian-Pilot editorial board called Black an “anti-abortion extremist,” after he consistently focused on the wrong priorities in the legislature.  Black made a name for …

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Jan 09, 2014

Congressman Michael Grimm Jumps Headlong into Yet Another Federal Investigation‎

New York Congressman Michael Grimm was one of the first elected officials in the country to come to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s defense and insert himself in the middle of a scandal brewing in another state. Congressman Grimm, who is also facing a federal investigation for his illicit use of his own elected office, fired off a statement before Governor Christie was even finished …

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Jan 09, 2014

As Nestande’s Campaign Flounders, Republicans Opt for Messy Primary

Brian Nestande’s congressional campaign has been a dud. Between his opposition to popular ideas like raising the minimum wage and the DREAM Act and his poor fundraising support, Nestande looks to be going nowhere. So it should come as no surprise that Republicans are looking around for other options, and former legislator Ray Haynes is the first to publicly express interest in a primary challenge. “Republicans realize that …

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Jan 08, 2014

New Poll: Fewer Americans than Ever Want to Be Associated With Republican Party

A new Gallup poll shows that the percentage of Americans who identify as Republicans has dropped to a 25-year low of just 25 percent. The percentage who identify as Democrats has stayed constant at 31 percent.  Gallup wrote: “Americans’ increasing shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party.” This drop comes as House Republicans continue to focus solely on their base and ignore bipartisan enthusiasm from …

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Jan 07, 2014

Barbara Comstock:  Wrong on Teachers, Transportation and Transvaginal Ultrasounds

Barbara Comstock’s brand of extremely dysfunctional politics represents everything that Northern Virginians hate about the dysfunctional politics of Congress. Comstock’s relentless focus on the most divisive issues at the expense of growing the economy or strengthening the middle class would make the gridlock in Congress even worse. Comstock’s announcement today sets the stage for a race to the right in the Republican primary, as potential candidates will be forced to align …

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Jan 07, 2014

Reviews Are In: The “Exodus of Moderate Republicans From Congress” Continues

When Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-06) announced his retirement yesterday he marked the twelfth House Republican to either retire or resign from office this cycle in what US News has called an “exodus of moderates.”  Many of these retirements come from what the Associated Press called the “shrinking number of Republican moderates in the House” who are leaving from toss-up districts and are expanding the 2014 battlefield. They’ve …

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Jan 06, 2014

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s Statement on Congressman Gerlach’s Retirement in PA-06

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement after Congressman Jim Gerlach announced his retirement in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional district. “John Boehner and the Tea Party put up the ‘No Moderates Allowed’ sign on their caucus and now the few remaining moderates are jumping ship from a Congress that is so broken that its leaders have already admitted they will do nothing this year to help hardworking families. Jim …

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Dec 19, 2013

Wolf’s Retirement Puts Virginia’s 10th Congressional District In Play for Democrats

Congressman Frank Wolf’s retirement in Virginia’s 10th congressional district marks yet another Republican who is refusing to run for re-election on the Republican brand of dysfunction, shutdown and alienating the middle class – giving “Democrats a great pickup opportunity in 2014.” Following Congressman Wolf’s retirement, here’s the state of the race in this toss-up district: BY THE NUMBERS, A STRONG PICK UP OPPORTUNITY FOR DEMOCRATS President Obama carried this district in 2008 with 51 percent of …

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Dec 19, 2013

Latham’s Retirement Puts IA-03 In Play for Democrats

Congressman Tom Latham’s retirement in Iowa’s third Congressional District is the latest of example of a Republican who can’t defend his own party’s gridlock and agenda that hurts the middle class – whether it’s his party’s reckless and irresponsible government shutdown that put people out of work or their failure to pass a Farm Bill.   Congressman Latham’s retirement, combined with the ongoing Iowa GOP civil war, puts this Obama district firmly …

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Dec 18, 2013

Exclusive: Leaked Copy of Speaker Boehner’s Plan to Make Women Like the Republican Party

 On the heels of news that the Republican Women’s Policy Committee has run out of women and so will be adding men next year, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is releasing a leaked copy of Speaker Boehner’s checklist for convincing women that Congressional Republicans aren’t really as bad as their extreme agenda makes them seem:

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Dec 17, 2013

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s Statement on Congressman Latham’s Retirement in IA-03

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement after Congressman Tom Latham announced his retirement in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional district. “The mass exodus of Republicans fleeing John Boehner’s dysfunctional House is putting more and more competitive districts into play every day. Tom Latham joins Republicans like Jon Runyan, Tim Griffin and Frank Wolf in jumping ship because Americans are categorically rejecting their flawed priorities: nearly 50 votes to repeal …

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Dec 17, 2013

DCCC Statement on Congressman Wolf’s Retirement in VA-10

DCCC Executive Director Kelly Ward released the following statement after Congressman Frank Wolf announced his retirement in Virginia’s 10th Congressional district – a toss-up district. “House Republicans have inflicted untold damage on northern Virginia families, with their reckless government shutdown and refusal to focus on the right priorities like creating jobs. With more irresponsible brinksmanship on the horizon, it’s no wonder that Frank Wolf is choosing to leave Congress …

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Dec 17, 2013

DCCC Launches Online Ad Campaign and Website - FacesOfRepeal.com

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today is launching FacesOfRepeal.com, an extensive online ad campaign in 44 competitive districts highlighting the cost of Republicans’ repeal and the real stories of the millions of Americans who would suffer under House Republicans’ reckless plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The web ads, video and website are filled with the stories of Americans who describe how Republicans’ repeal would damage their lives – …

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Dec 12, 2013

DCCC Announces Four Additions to Jumpstart Program For Top Tier Candidates

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced today that four new candidates are being added as the final wave of the Committee’s Jumpstart program – taking to 23 the number of top candidates who are part of the signature effort. The DCCC launched the first-ever Jumpstart program in early 2013 to provide financial, communications, operational, and strategic support to top recruits. In 2014, the DCCC will …

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Dec 11, 2013

Backbench Republican Candidates Bring Backroom Deal Making

After Congressman Jon Runyan saw the writing on the wall and threw in the towel on the reckless Republican Congress and decided not to seek re-election, the field of potential Republican candidates is so weak that party bosses have taken to “backroom” deal making instead of public debate to find a candidate. According to media reports yesterday, Republican party bosses have taken …

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