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Former Candidate Launches New PAC to Flip California House Seats
Michael Eggman wants to build up the Democratic bench

Former congressional candidate Michael Eggman is starting a new group to achieve what he could not do alone: flip House seats in California from Republican to Democrat.

Eggman is launching the “Red to Blue California” political action committee Monday, targeting seven House Republicans who represent districts in the Golden State that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. 

Gomez Swearing-In Delayed By Cap-and-Trade Vote
Source: Week of July 10 earliest Gomez could be sworn in

Rosen ‘Seriously Considering’ Challenging Heller in Nevada
Rosen was first elected to the House in 2016

Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen is “seriously considering” a run for the Senate, Democratic sources said Monday, noting that she had not made a final decision.

Politico first reported that Rosen will run against GOP Sen. Dean Heller, and could announce her campaign in the next few weeks. Two Democratic sources familiar with the matter said Rosen is seriously considering a Senate run, but she has not yet made a final decision.

Former Security Official Launches Bid Against MacArthur
Andy Kim pointed to MacArthur's work on the GOP health care bill

A former White House national security official announced Monday that he is challenging GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur, who was instrumental in negotiating a key amendment to the Republican health care bill.

Democrat Andy Kim is a native of New Jersey’s 3rd District and served as the National Security Council’s director for Iraq during President Barack Obama’s administration. In Afghanistan Kim worked as a diplomat and strategic adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. John Allen in Afghanistan.

Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford Looking to Return to Congress
Served one term before losing re-election

 Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford is hoping to return to Congress and is launching his campaign for his old House seat Sunday. 

Ashford lost re-election to a second term in 2016 to Republican Don Bacon, a former Air Force brigadier general, by just over 1 point. And Ashford is looking for a rematch in the state’s 2nd District in 2018.

DCCC Hits Record-Breaking Fundraising Number for May
Bulk of funds came from grassroots programs

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised a record amount of money for the month of May, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to Roll Call.

The campaign arm for House Democrats raised more than $9.3 million last month, with more than two-thirds of the funds raised through grassroots online, phone and mail donations. The boost in funds comes after the House passed the GOP health care bill, and amid a closely watched special election in Georgia’s 6th District.

Paul Nehlen Launches 2nd Challenge Against Ryan
Nehlen lost last year’s GOP primary by nearly 70 points

Businessman Paul Nehlen announced Friday that he is launching another primary challenge against Speaker Paul D. Ryan, despite losing to Ryan by 68 points in the 2016 primary.

The Wisconsin Republican’s primary bid last year garnered media attention due in part to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who initially stopped short endorsing Ryan while praising Nehlen for running a good campaign. Ryan also delayed endorsing Trump even after Trump had locked up the nomination, saying Trump had to do more to unify the party.

Labrador Backs Candidate in Race to Succeed him
Idaho Republican running for governor and vacating House seat

The Idaho GOP primary is about one year away, but Rep. Raúl R. Labrador has already chosen who he wants to succeed him in the House.

Labrador announced Thursday that he is backing former state Sen. Russ Fulcher in the primary to replace Labrador, who is running for governor. Fulcher had also announced a gubernatorial bid, but dropped out of the race Thursday to run for Congress instead.

League of Women Voters Files Pennsylvania Redistricting Lawsuit
Plaintiffs say case is about “one of the greatest threats to American democracy”

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the Keystone State’s congressional map was illegally drawn.

“This case is about one of the greatest threats to American democracy today: partisan gerrymandering,” the plaintiffs, which include the group and several voters, wrote in their complaint.

Baseball Practice Shooter Legally Purchased Guns, Police Say
Authorities recovered handgun and rifle at the scene

A gunman who opened fire Wednesday at the Republicans’ practice session for the Congressional Baseball Game legally purchased the handgun and a rifle found at the scene, police said.

James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded five people at the morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and a current and former Hill staffer. He later died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police, shortly after he opened fire. Police recovered a 9mm handgun and a 7.26 caliber rifle at the scene.

Medical Researcher Announces Challenge to Rohrabacher
National Democrats think Dr. Hans Keirstead is a strong challenger to 15-term incumbent in district Clinton won

A medical researcher announced Thursday that he is running against GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who Democrats view as particularly vulnerable in 2018.

Rohrabacher’s re-election race is one of the contests where the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections could be a more pertinent campaign issue, since Rohrabacher is a vocal supporter of bolstering relationships with Russia.

Baseball Shooting Raises Lawmaker Protection Questions
Incident prompts discussion of security at practices and the Capitol

Members of Congress know they could be targets of violence, but they didn’t see it coming at their early morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

“It was absolutely a safe space. We get up at 5:30 in the morning, just to go play baseball,” said Rep. Mike Bishop. “It does rattle your sense of what’s safe and what isn’t.”

McSally’s 2016 Challenger Announces House Run
Physician Matt Heinz lost to Arizona Republican by 14 points

Tucson physician Matt Heinz announced Tuesday he would once again challenge Rep. Martha McSally, after losing to the Arizona Republican last year.

McSally won that race by 14 points, even while Hillary Clinton was carrying the 2nd District by 5 points, according to calculations by Daily Kos Elections. In his announcement, Heinz, a former Democratic state representative, signaled that, in 2018, he could attempt to tie McSally to President Donald Trump.

Democrats Look to Oust Mike Coffman — Again
Colorado Republican remains a top Democratic target

Democrats are once again eyeing Rep. Mike Coffman’s elusive Colorado seat as they look to take back the House in 2018.

For the past three election cycles, the Republican congressman’s personal brand and relationships with minority communities in the diverse 6th District in suburban Denver, along with a relentless campaign apparatus, have propelled him to re-election since the district was redrawn in 2012. Some Democrats say an anti-Republican environment could sweep Coffman out of office, while others aren’t as confident. 

Polis’ Run for Governor Opens Up Solidly Democratic Seat
Democratic primary could be crowded in Colorado race

Colorado Democrat Jared Polis announced Sunday that he is running for governor, opening up a House seat that should stay in his party’s hands.

“I’m running for Governor to protect what keeps CO special, 100% renewable energy, economy that works 4 all!,” Polis tweeted Sunday.

Why Wait Until 2018? There Are 3 Special Elections to Watch This Year

The race in Georgia to replace now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has captured a national audience given the surprising rise of a Democrat in a typically solid red district. Political reporters Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman preview the battle for the state’s 6th congressional district, plus two other special elections in South Carolina and Utah....
Jimmy Gomez Wins California Special Election for Becerra’s Seat
Defeats fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez is heading to Congress, after winning a special election Tuesday in California’s 34th District.

Gomez defeated fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn with 60 percent of the vote in the race for the seat which former Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra vacated to become state attorney general. The election featured two Democrats because of California’s primary rules, where the top two finishers in the primary advance to a runoff, regardless of party affiliation.

Cuomo Wants to Unseat House Republicans, But Will It Work?
N.Y. governor targeting six GOP lawmakers who voted for health care bill

House Democrats are looking to make gains in 2018 by winning competitive seats in New York — and the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, is stepping in to help. 

So far it’s not clear exactly how Cuomo plans to campaign against Republican incumbents and assist Democratic challengers. And some Republicans say that if Cuomo is publicly involved in these campaigns, his unpopularity in the Republican-leaning parts of the state could actually help GOP campaigns.

Democrats See New Opportunities in Texas Redistricting Case
But quickly finding good candidates before midterms could be a challenge

A congressional redistricting case could offer Texas Democrats a glimmer of hope for making gains in the Republican-dominated state if a new map takes effect shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. 

Revised congressional boundaries could create opportunities for Democrats looking to win back the House — but also challenges if they must quickly find formidable candidates in newly competitive races. And if a court redraws the state’s map, the GOP-led state government would lose control of a tool that lawmakers in Texas and across the country have relied on to stay in power. 

California Special Election Features Democratic Face-Off
The election is to fill former Rep. Xavier Becerra’s seat in Congress

For the first time since President Donald Trump took office, there is no doubt that a Democrat will win a special election for the House.

That’s because Tuesday’s election in California’s 34th District, which is centered in Los Angeles, features two Democrats, the result of the state’s unique primary process where the top two finishers advance to a runoff regardless of party.