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Democrats Seize on Tom Garrett’s Meeting with Kessler
Liberals hope Garrett’s meeting could put Virginia’s 5th District in play

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., met with Jason Kessler, the organizer of Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., back in March. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett says he didn’t know who Jason Kessler was when the white nationalist leader met with him in his Capitol Hill office in March. 

Democrats aren’t buying it.

DCCC Raises More Than $6 Million in July
Committee’s fundraising outpaces July 2015

New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján chairs the DCCC, which said it has received contributions from more than 200,000 first-time donors so far this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more than $6 million in July, roughly $2 million more than it did in July 2015.

The campaign arm of House Democrats raked in $6.26 in July, with 40 percent of donations coming from online contributions, according to figures provided exclusively to Roll Call.

Hurd Gets first Major Democratic Challenger
Gina Ortiz Jones plans on challenging one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the House

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, received his first major Democratic challenger Wednesday when former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones declared her candidacy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Will Hurd received his first major Democratic challenger for the 2018 race in what will be one of the most contentious House races in the state. 

Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer, announced her candidacy against Hurd on Wednesday, the Texas Tribune reported.

Senate Gives House Republicans Little Cover on Health Care in 2018
Some House GOP lawmakers trusted Senate to improve legislation

Rep. Carlos Curbelo said Friday he has no regrets about voting for the House version of the health care repeal and replace bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo voted for the Republican health care bill this spring, he did so believing the Senate would make it better. 

“I received strong assurances that major improvements would be made in the Senate,” the two-term congressman wrote in a May Miami Herald op-ed explaining his vote. 

DCCC Organizers Launch New Partnership With Swing Left
Groups are teaming up to knock on doors

Volunteers for Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for the Georgia 6th Congressional district, arrive in his campaign office in Atlanta, Ga., to canvass the district (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Organizers associated with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are launching a new partnership with Swing Left, an organization focused on flipping House seats, to expand the committee’s voter outreach in key districts, according to emails obtained by Roll Call.

Organizers on the ground in competitive House districts sent out emails to Friday encouraging supporters to attend a “Summer Canvass” on Saturday to talk to voters. The organizers, who are in the districts early as part of the committee’s “March into ’18” effort, are encouraging people to volunteer to knock on doors and talk to voters about the 2018 election. 

Democrats Cast Wide Net in Shaping ‘Better Deal’ Platform
DCCC spent seven months working on agenda and talking to stakeholders

New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján chairs the DCCC, whose staff have worked to find consensus on an economic message for the Democratic Party. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are set to unveil their “Better Deal” agenda Monday afternoon. Over the past seven months, the House Democrats’ campaign arm has sought to foster unity around an economically focused agenda through meetings with stakeholders and conversations with voters.

The goal for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was to create a unifying message on the economy and jobs that could also be tailored to an individual congressional district. The party is looking to flip at least 24 seats next year to win back the House.

Kirkpatrick to Challenge McSally in Arizona
Calls incumbent ‘one of the ringleaders behind repealing the Affordable Care Act’

Ann Kirkpatrick represented Arizona’s 1st District for three terms before giving up her seat to run against Republican Sen. John McCain. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick announced Thursday she will challenge Rep. Martha McSally in the state’s 2nd Congressional District.

Kirkpatrick represented Arizona’s 1st District from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 until January after losing in her bid against Sen. John McCain.

Report: McCarthy to Fundraise for Rohrabacher
House majority leader once said fellow California Republican was being paid by Putin

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, second from right, will headline a fundraiser for fellow California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Sunday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who once joked that fellow California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was on the Kremlin’s payroll, will headline a fundraiser for the embattled congressman this weekend.

An invitation reviewed by McClatchy showed the $2,700 per person event will take place on Sunday.

Democrats Eyeing Maine Natives to Unseat Bruce Poliquin
GOP sophomore starts with incumbency and financial advantage

Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin has twice defeated Democrat Emily Cain, but if he seeks re-election in 2018, he’ll face a new challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bruce Poliquin initially looked like a ripe target last cycle.

A freshman Republican, he was sitting in a longtime Democratic district former President Barack Obama comfortably carried twice. 

Lottery Winner to Challenge Royce in California
Gil Cisneros cites incumbent’s vote on health care repeal bill

Gil Cisneros speaks last year at the dedication of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at The George Washington University, to which he and his wife Jacki’s foundation donated $7 million.  (The George Washington University via YouTube)