Monday, November 20th, 2017

House Speaker John Boehner told a colleague about a nightmare he had. “I had this terrible nightmare last night that I was trying to get out and I couldn’t get out,” the Ohio Republican joked, according to one of his longtime friends, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “And a hand came reaching, pulling me.” O, I […]

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball report projects small gains for Republicans in the House of Representatives next year. At this very early point in the 2014 race for the U.S. House, small Republican gains — as in, less than five seats — look likelier than a similarly small gain for Democrats. That’s because the Republican targets […]

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball Report is already predicting Democrats will gain seats in the House of Representatives in 2014 despite the normal midterm tendency for the President’s party to lose seats. Senior Columnist Alan Abramowitz writes, Given the historical pattern of midterm losses by the president’s party, is there any reason for Democrats to be […]

Yeah, yeah, we all heard there was a heckler during the reading of the Constitution today in the House of Representatives when it got to the part about citizenship requirements for serving as President of the United States. Theresa Cao, 48, apparently yelled, “Except Obama, except Obama. Help us Jesus.” The heckler was arrested, thankfully, […]

This has schadenfreude written all over it. While U.S. Capitol staff prepare office space for the 94 incoming House freshman, their defeated or retiring predecessors have been banished to the basement. Outgoing members had to vacate their offices by noon today. Their new homes for the rest of the lame-duck session: two chairs and cubicles […]

It’s hard to imagine an environment more difficult to try to make accurate predictions of the larger electoral trend.  Will the Republicans take the House of Representatives?  Probably.  Will the U.S. Senate go to the Republicans?  Possibly. In the case of the House of Representatives, Republicans took advantage of the country’s mood and continually expanded […]

The Politico is reporting this afternoon Congressman David Obey will not seek re-election: In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has told close associates that he will not seek reelection. An announcement of his plans is expected as early as Wednesday. The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home, […]

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) is stepping down in the wake of the House ethics probe. In Wisconsin’s 8th District, Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D., responded to calls that he return $21,000 in campaign donations to Rangel: “I’m working hard to bring jobs back to Wisconsin and responsibility back to Washington, and if […]

The Heritage Foundation has the six differences that have to be reconciled in the health care bills: Soak the Rich or Tax Everybody: The Senate bill relies heavily on a new excise tax on high cost health plans: a 40 percent tax on plan exceeding $8,500 for an individual and $23,000 for a family. The AFL-CIO […]