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Report: DeMint On His Way Out at Heritage Foundation
Former senator moved the organization into a more combative role

Former Sen. Jim DeMint is expected to be ousted from his role as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, according to multiple reports.

DeMint had been criticized for moving the think tank toward a more combative approach, Politico reported. He had also moved to align the organization closer toward President Donald Trump. 

Auto Bailout Chief of Staff to Run Against Trott
Haley Stevens calls incumbent ‘out of touch,’ wants to ‘bring people together’ in Washington

Haley Stevens, who was chief of staff for the Obama administration’s auto bailout, announced Thursday that she’ll challenge Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott next year.

Trott appears “out of touch,” Stevens told the Detroit News, and there is a general “dysfunction” in Congress.

Chaffetz Recovering from Surgery
Says he’ll ‘absolutely’ be back

Rep. Jason Chaffetz underwent successful foot surgery at the University of Utah and is now recovering.

Chaffetz had previously said he was having surgery to remove screws and a metal plate doctors installed 12 years ago after he broke his foot in a fall while working in his garage.

Analysis: Democrats Try to Force Republicans’ Hands — but Can They?
Republicans still have the edge in political maneuvering

House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns — but it remains to be see how effective posturing can be for the minority party.

Democrats in the chamber plan to have Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark introduce legislation requiring Trump to release his tax returns from 2007 to 2016, according to The Washington Post. 

Corrine Brown Defense Blames Chief of Staff
Former aide who accepted plea deal is focus as ex-lawmaker’s corruption trial begins

Former Rep. Corrine Brown’s corruption trial opened on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, with Brown’s defense placing the blame on her former chief of staff. 

The Florida Democrat is charged with 22 counts in a 24-count indictment that includes using her reputation to solicit donations to a charity that she and her former chief of staff used as a slush fund, according to First Coast News.

Chaffetz Will Miss 3 to 4 Weeks After Surgery
Stems from surgery on broken foot 12 years ago

Outgoing Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would be undergoing foot surgery that will lead to him missing three to four weeks of congressional activity.

Chaffetz posted an X-ray image of his foot on on Instagram, explaining he had broken his foot 12 years ago and it took 14 screws and a metal plate to repair it. 

Luther Strange Gets First Primary Challenger
Suspended state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore enters Alabama Senate race

Roy Moore, the suspended Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, announced Wednesday that he’ll challenge Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary next year.

Moore, who was suspended in 2016 for telling probate judges not to follow federal orders on same-sex marriage, had previously been interviewed to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions after Sessions became U.S attorney general, but now-former Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange, the former state attorney general, to the seat, AL.com reported.

DCCC Ties Vulnerable Republicans to Health Care
Criticizes provisions in GOP health care bill on pre-existing conditions

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trying to tie Republicans they see as vulnerable in 2018 to new provisions in the proposed Republican replacement to the 2010 health care law.

The committee is hitting Republicans in 30 districts for what they say will weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Nunes Gets Democratic Challenger
County prosecutor Andrew Janz criticizes Intelligence Committee chairman’s attempts to defend Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California received a Democratic challenger on Tuesday.

Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Janz criticized Nunes’ handling of the investigation of links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia to the Los Angeles Times.

Enzi Apologizes for ‘Poor Choice of Words’ on LGBTs
Said at high school last week that guy into tutu who goes into bars and gets in fights ‘kind of asks for it’

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi apologized Tuesday for comments he made last week that were seen as insensitive to the LGBT community.

Speaking at Greybull High School last week, Enzi was asked what he was doing to help Wyoming’s LGBT community.

Ellison Talks About How to Hold Officials Accountable on Health Care
Talked about recruiting new leaders

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison told Democratic activists on Tuesday that they can prevent a rollback of the 2010 health care law and push for single-payer health care.

Ellison, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, took part in a town hall hosted by People’s Action as part of the advocacy group’s founding convention at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill.

State Rep. to Run for Rodney Davis’ Seat
Davis, who has not yet announced, beat last challenger by almost 20 points

Democratic State Rep. Carol Ammons is expected to challenge Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis in 2018.

Ammons has not officially announced, but said on her Facebook page that she would make an announcement at a Springfield Women’s March rally on Tuesday, the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette reported.

Royce Gets Democratic Challenger
DCCC is targeting the district, which went for Clinton in 2016

A former chemistry professor will announce Tuesday he will run against California Republican Rep. Ed Royce in 2018.

Katko Says He’s Not Running for AG in New York
Has raised $467,000 for 2018 campaign

Republican Rep. John Katko said he will not be a Republican candidate for  attorney general in New York in 2018.

Katko, who worked as a prosecutor, rebuffed reports from a New York Daily News Article that he was considering a run, CNYCentral.com reported.

Polis Mulling Gubernatorial Run in Colorado
The 2nd District congressman says he'll decide in 'next month or two'

Democratic Colorado Rep. Jared Polis said he is considering a run for governor, in an interview with Coloradopolitics.com 

“I’m going to be deciding in the next month or two whether or not to launch a statewide race for governor,” Polis said in an interview with the site that ran Monday morning. 

Two Freedom Caucus Members Feeling Strong After Trump's Threat Last Month
Sanford and Labrador still comfortable with their votes against health care bill

South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford talked with CNN on Sunday about the threat he says President Donald Trump’s team made on his seat during the health care debate last month — a primary challenge against him.

“It all, I guess, fits in love, war and politics but I don’t think it’s particularly productive to his own legislative agenda and we’ll see what develops,” he said.

Coffman Gets Second Democratic Challenger
Aurora attorney said incumbent’s support of health care repeal motivated him

Nancy Pelosi Misses George W. Bush
House minority leader says she’d work with Republicans on health care if repeal is off the table

American Bridge Targets Vulnerable Republicans on Russia
Focuses on Republican members in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton

Liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century is targeting three vulnerable Republicans to push for an independent commission to investigate Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s administration.

The group has been making a series of videos highlighting connections between members of Trump’s campaign team and his administration and Russia.

Warren and Shaheen Support Scott Brown for Ambassador
Senators who defeated him in 2012 and 2014

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has the support of both senators who beat him at the ballot box as he seeks to be the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand.

President Donald Trump announced he was nominating Brown for the post on Thursday. Brown was an early backer of Trump.