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Indiana Headed for Another Member-on-Member Senate Primary
Messer close to announcing a bid and Rokita expected to follow

Hoosier politicos call it the “Wabash mafia.” And now two graduates of the tiny, all-male college in Indiana are likely to face off in the Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2018.

GOP Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita graduated from Wabash College just one year apart. And while neither has officially entered the race, they’re both making moves that suggest this cycle’s primary could again feature member-on-member theatrics.

The Return of Nevada’s Sharron Angle
Three-time failed candidate makes fourth bid for federal office in Silver State

Almost a year to the day she announced her last bid for federal office, Nevada Republican Sharron Angle on Tuesday announced a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Mark Amodei in the 2nd District. 

The 2010 Senate nominee ran for Senate again last year, losing to former Rep. Joe Heck in the GOP primary, 65 to 23 percent. The tea party favorite previously ran for the 2nd District when it was held by now Sen. Dean Heller

Minnesota’s Tim Walz Close to Decision on Gubernatorial Run
He could leave open a top target for Republicans in 2018

Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz is close to making a decision about running for governor in 2018, which would leave open a congressional seat Democrats barely won in 2016. 

“I am interested in doing it, I feel very strongly about it, am passionate about Minnesota. I believe the issues that are coming up are going to be fought at the state level, and so I expect to make a decision in the very, very near future,” Walz told Roll Call on Monday night outside the House chamber. 

Fundraiser with Trump Raises $30 Million for House Republicans
NRCC sets fundraising record for this year’s March Dinner

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $30 million for its largest fundraiser of the year, which is being headlined by President Donald Trump Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. 

The haul for this year’s March Dinner, obtained first by Roll Call, breaks the $20.5 million record set at last year’s dinner

Who Could Replace Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci in Congress?
Four-term congressman is running for governor in 2018

Ohio Rep. James B. Renacci is running for governor in 2018 and will leave behind a Republican seat in the 16th District. 

The four-term congressman made the announcement Monday morning in an introductory video playing up his business credentials and touting himself as an outsider in the mold of President Donald Trump, whom he backed during last year’s election.  

Advocacy Group Targets 29 Republicans Ahead of Health Care Vote
American Action Network is making a final six-figure push in support of AHCA

An advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is launching a final push to pressure 29 Republicans to support the GOP health care plan ahead of an expected vote later this week.

Some of those lawmakers have indicated they won’s support the bill.

Rising Waters at Home Cause Republicans to Buck Party in D.C.
Moderate Republicans are out front on climate change threat

Whipping out his iPhone, New York Rep. John J. Faso scrolled through text messages from his wife until he found the photo he sought. 

“There’s my wife’s car in the driveway,” he said, pointing to a lump covered in snow. “So there was no climate change that we were worried about in the last couple of days.”

Rohrabacher Challenger Hauls Big Money Early
Democrat Harley Rouda raised $100,000 in 12 days

Democrat Harley Rouda, who announced a challenge to California Republican Dana Rohrabacher earlier this month, is raking in the cash. 

Rouda, a successful businessman who could likely self-fund part of his campaign, raised over $100,000 in independent donations in the 12 days he's been in the race, according to fundraising numbers obtained first by Roll Call. He’s working with fundraising consultant Stephanie Daily Smith, a former fundraiser for Hillary for America.

GOP Outside Group Pressures Vulnerable Members on Health Care Plan
American Action Network has now spent $10 million on repeal and replace campaigns

The day after the Congressional Budget Office announced 14 million more Americans would be uninsured under House GOP leadership’s health care plan by 2018, a major ally of leadership is hitting the airwaves to defend the plan and the members it needs to back it. 

American Action Network is launching $1.5 million in TV ads Tuesday that will air nationally on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and in 15 congressional districts across the country, about half of which Hillary Clinton won last fall. 

Texas Isn’t Only State Where Redistricting Could Be Factor in 2018
Redistricting cases are still pending in North Carolina and Maryland

With a three-judge panel invalidating the lines of one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country late last week, redistricting is once again in the political spotlight.

The Texas case was a reminder that redistricting litigation, which played out in the lead-up to the 2016 elections, is still ongoing across the country. It could result in Rep. Will Hurd’s district becoming more favorable for Democrats in 2018, 

The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

U.S. Court Invalidates Three Texas Congressional Districts
Court orders districts to be redrawn

A federal three-judge panel in San Antonio invalidated three Texas congressional districts for violating the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution in a decision late Friday night. 

The districts, drawn by the Texas legislature in 2011, are GOP Rep. Will Hurd’s 23rd District, GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold’s 27th District and Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s 35th District. 

GOP Super PAC Airs New Ad Against Georgia Democrat
Congressional Leadership Fund releases second ad against Ossoff

The GOP super PAC tied to House Republican leadership is releasing its second attack ad against Democrat Jon Ossoff, part of a previously announced $1.1. million investment in the district. 

Congressional Leadership Fund’s spot hits the 30-year-old Democrat for “lying on his resume,” questioning his honesty and preparedness for office. Like the first ad against him, this one features footage from his college days of Ossoff dressed up as the Star Wars character Han Solo. 

Orrin Hatch Leaning Toward Running for Eighth Term
Utah Republican previously said current term would be his last

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said Thursday he’s continuing to edge toward seeking an eighth Senate term in 2018.

Hatch had earlier told CNN, “I’m planning on [running] right now.” The octogenarian is the longest serving Republican senator and had previously said his seventh term would be his last. 

Democrats Tie Senate Candidates to House GOP Health Care Plan
DSCC memo outlines ‘new health care dynamic’ for 2018

Democrats plan to hold Senate Republicans — and House Republicans who may run for the Senate — accountable for the health care plan proposed by House GOP leadership this week. 

“The new health care dynamic: GOP Senate candidates own this plan” is the subject line of a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee memo released to interested parties Thursday and obtained first by Roll Call.

TV Ads Tell Conservatives to Vote With Trump on Health Care
American Action Network targets Freedom Caucus members in their districts

A Republican issue advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is running half a million dollars in TV ads to pressure Freedom Caucus members to vote with President Donald Trump on the Republicans’ health care plan. 

American Action Network is running spots in 30 districts on Fox News beginning Thursday for two weeks. It’s the first time an outside group is invoking the president’s support for the health care plan in its paid advertising for the bill. 

What’s in a Name? ‘Obamacare’ vs. ‘Trumpcare’ vs. ‘Ryancare’
Politics defines health care plan labeling

Hours after House Republicans released their health care plan, GOP and Democratic critics were coming up with their own nicknames for the repeal and replace bill, each of which is riddled with not-so-subtle political messages ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

On the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer called the plan “Trumpcare.”

Ryan Transfers $4.4 million to NRCC in February
Last month’s transfer is third largest for a Republican speaker

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan transferred more than $4.4 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee in February, breaking his record for the same period last year. 

The first few months of an off-year are usually a slower time for fundraising, but a rocky first full month of Donald Trump’s presidency doesn’t seem to have hurt Ryan’s sway with GOP donors. 

GOP Super PAC Goes on Air Against Montana Democrat
Republicans attack Rob Quist day after he wins Democratic nod

A Republican super PAC will begin running TV and digital ads on Monday against Montana’s freshly minted Democratic nominee for the at-large House seat — before the GOP even has a nominee of its own. 

Congressional Leadership Fund, which is endorsed by House GOP leadership, is spending $700,000 on cable and broadcast ads to attack Rob Quist, whom Democrats nominated at a party convention on Sunday for the special election that will take place on May 25.

Democrats Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
DCCC names 19 incumbents to Frontline Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday is naming 19 members to the Frontline Program for its most vulnerable incumbents in 2018.

The initial Frontline roster, obtained first by Roll Call, is about half freshman members. Eight members won in districts President Donald Trump carried last fall. And all of them, save for one, are National Republican Congressional Committee initial targets.