Kyle Stewart

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Trump’s Charlottesville Response ‘Not Strong Enough’
Two-thirds of respondents want a domestic terrorism investigation

A majority of Americans in a new poll say President Donald Trump’s response to the violence that broke out a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was “not strong enough.”

Fifty-two percent of respondents in the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll said Trump’s response should have been stronger, while 27 percent said it was strong enough.

A New Kind of Political Ad: ‘Honest Stories Work’
Creators of ironworker Randy Bryce’s viral video are behind new Boyd Melson intro

Matt McLaughlin hasn’t always been a fan of political ads. For a long time he thought most campaign videos were “horrible.”

But it was his distaste with the status quo that led the 31-year-old filmmaker to translate his storytelling techniques from consumer brand commercials to political campaigns.

Trump Disbands Advisory Councils as CEOs Flee
Merck, Under Armor and Intel chief executives departed earlier this week

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is disbanding two White House advisory councils following the resignation of several members.

That came after chief executives for Merck, Under Armor and Intel announced they all would be leaving the President’s American Manufacturing Council over Trump’s response to the violence that broke out shortly before a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Extremist groups, including neo-Nazis and the Klu Klux Klan, had gathered to oppose plans to remove a statute of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. 

Health Care Backlash With a Side of Charlottesville Outrage at GOP Town Halls
Constituents ask senators to push Trump to fire Bannon, other aides

Coloradans pressed Sen. Cory Gardner on health care during the Republican’s first solo, in-person town hall in more than a year.

Gardner wasn’t the only Republican senator who faced angry constituents this week, as Sen. Johnny Isakson held a contentious town hall in Georgia on Monday. The two Republicans heard a similar tune from their respective crowds, as people voiced concerns over healthcare.

Paul Ryan Primary Opponent Promotes Debunked ‘Pizzagate’
Paul Nehlen said he believes conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton and child sex ring

The primary challenger to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he believes the debunked conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate.”

Wisconsin Republican Paul Nehlen made the disclosure while attempting to connect with voters through an online question-and-answer session on Reddit earlier this month, The Associated Press reported.

Trump Lashes out at CEO for Resigning from Advisory Council
Merck’s Kenneth Frazier stepped down after Trump’s response to Charlottesville violence

Hours after Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck Pharma, announced he was stepping down from the President’s Manufacturing Council, President Donald J. Trump hit back on Twitter.

Frazier’s resignation came two days after violence broke out at a white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a statement Monday morning, Frazier said he felt “a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Goodlatte Gets 2018 Democratic Challenger
Political novice Peter Volosin looks to unseat 13-term Republican

Peter Volosin was in elementary school when Rep. Bob Goodlatte won his first campaign for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Now 31, the political novice hopes to unseat the 13-term Republican.

Volosin, a native of Roanoke, will seek the Democratic nomination in the 6th District, The Roanoke Times reported.

Sen. Boozman to Have Follow-Up Heart Surgery
Change in August recess delayed operation

Sen. John Boozman was scheduled to have a follow-up heart operation during the first week of August. That all changed when the Senate pushed back the start of August recess.

Now the Arkansas Republican is set to have the procedure in northern Virginia Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

McCaskill Gets Primary Challenger
Former Obamacare marketplace worker running to Missouri Democrat’s left

A former health care marketplace worker is challenging Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Democratic nomination in 2018, calling the incumbent “too conservative.”

Angelica Earl, a political novice, said she rejects McCaskill’s push for a bipartisan solution to health care. The 31-year-old from St. Louis County said she supports “single-payer health care for all,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

FBI Searched Office of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Campaign Treasurer
Agents seized computer equipment and documents related to campaign finance probe

FBI agents seized computer equipment, communication, financial and travel records from the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s campaign treasurer in February as part of an ongoing investigation into possible misuse by the California Republican of campaign money.

A warrant to search the Alexandria, Virginia, office of Election CFO, which provides fully-outsourced treasurer services to candidates, was unsealed in March, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hunter’s campaign treasurer Christopher Marston is the agency’s founder.

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah Appeals Prison Sentence
Lawyers lean on Supreme Court precedent to narrow corruption definition

Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was convicted of racketeering in 2016, is looking to other politicians charged with corruption for inspiration as he appeals his 10-year prison sentence.

Specifically, the Philadelphia Democrat is hoping a recent Supreme Court decision used by politicians to successfully appeal corruption sentences will also work in his favor, the Philadephia Tribune reported.

GOP Members Face Tough Town Halls at Home
Man tells LaMalfa ‘May you die in pain’ over health care vote

While August recess gives members of Congress a chance to escape Washington, D.C., and spend time in their districts, it also means answering to their constituents.

As town halls replace committee meetings during this last stretch of summer, Republican congressmen find themselves facing increasingly critical and at times raucous crowds of voters.

California GOP Incumbents Will Make Democrats’ Challenge Expensive
Democrats hope to flip nine of 14 Republican-held seats in 2018

National Democrats hope disapproval of President Donald Trump will help flip nine of California’s 14 Republican-held congressional seats, but campaign finance reports show Republican incumbents will make it expensive for them.

Six of them raised at least $750,000 during the first half of 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. While Democratic challengers have raised less so far, they’ll get help from the party and outside groups past the primaries.

New Mexico House Candidate’s Father at Center of Unsolved Murder Case
Jack Volpato’s father was convicted of wife’s murder, but later cleared when reluctant witness came forward

New Mexico pharmacist Jack Volpato followed in his father’s footsteps in a number of ways. Both worked as pharmacists before entering small-town politics.

But while the elder Johnny Volpato became most known as a figure in the notorious murder case of his own wife, son Jack hopes to make a name for himself with a successful run for Congress.

Robert Reich: Former GOP Lawmaker Said Trump Is ‘Fritzing Out’
Unnamed Republican predicted president will be gone before midterms

It isn’t any secret that Robert Reich would love to see President Donald Trump leave office. Now he says Republicans would, too.

In a post on his website and Facebook page, Reich shared a transcript of a conversation he said he had with a former GOP member of Congress, in which the unnamed lawmaker said Trump is “fritzing out.”

Pittenger Challenger Who Lost by 134 Votes Wants Rematch
Pastor Mark Harris enters Republican primary against three-term incumbent

After losing the 2016 Republican primary by 134 votes in a recount against incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Baptist pastor is ready for another run.

Mark Harris, who recently resigned after 12 years as first pastor of First Baptist Charlotte, is mounting another bid for North Carolina’s 9th District in 2018, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. 

Lobbying After Congress Declines in Popularity
Roll Call looks at what alums of the 114th Congress are up to

By KYLE STEWART and GRIFFIN CONNOLLY

Whether it was the ascension of Donald Trump, the endless vitriol of today’s politics or other factors, former members of the 114th Congress departed Washington in droves, a marked difference from previous Congresses when the most popular destinations for former members were D.C. lobbying firms.

The Road Ahead for Donna Edwards
Future may involve academia or local political office

Nine months after losing a hard-fought race for a Senate seat in Maryland’s Democratic primary — and just days after ending nearly a decade of service in the House — Donna Edwards hit the road.

Not just to get away, she said on Facebook, but “to meet people who don’t think about politics all the time but whose lives are affected by politics every day.”

Rohrabacher Braves Boos and Hecklers at Politicon
Congressman joins panel discussion on Trump and Russia

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s appearance at Politicon got off to a rocky start with the crowd booing his entrance. The atmosphere didn’t improve much as people began shouting, “Shame on you!”

The California Republican, who joined a panel discussion at the Pasadena political convention Sunday, said he appreciated the chance to speak with people “who obviously don’t like me.”

Poll: Americans Want to Move On From Obamacare Repeal
Reuters/Ipsos poll shows support for health law splits down party lines

A majority of Americans want members of Congress to ditch health care reform efforts and focus their attention elsewhere, according to a Reuters/Iposos poll conducted after the Senate Republicans’ effort crashed early Friday.

The new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans want to keep the 2010 health care law, either “entirely as is” or after reforming “problem areas.” This was an increase from January, when just over half of Americans agreed with that sentiment.