Cheri Bustos

Congressional Women’s Softball Prepares to Lose a Staple
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has played since game was started in 2009, announced retirement earlier

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is expected to play her final Congressional Women’s Softball Game next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After an election, there are always comings and goings from the Congressional Women’s Softball Game rosters. But the biggest news of the offseason this year was that the game will soon be losing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

The Florida Republican has played in the charity event pitting female lawmakers against members of the media since the first one in 2009. But she announced last month that she will be retiring after her current term. 

With Enthusiasm High, Democrats School Potential Candidates on Realities of Running
The party is seeing unprecedented early interest in running for Congress

Amid the high interest, many first-time candidates may not be aware of what it takes to run for Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All around the country, Democrats interested in running for office are crawling out of the woodwork. But how many of these potential candidates will turn into serious congressional candidates? 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already talked to 275 people in 68 districts wanting to run — 20 people in one Illinois district alone.

Wynonna Judd Rips Her Backup Singers During Grammys on the Hill
But Trump was ripped the most over proposed art funding cuts

Wynonna Judd was joined on stage by members of Congress. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

Just when you thought the American public was the hardest on politicians, country singer Wynonna Judd took the cake.

“Loosen up your ties,” the singer said. “Come on, big babies.”

DCCC Chairman: ‘We Will Pick Up Seats in 2018’
Luján is optimistic about Jon Ossoff’s chances in Georgia

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján is confident his party will make gains in the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The chairman of the House Democrats’ campaign arm is confident his party will gain seats in the chamber next year and that the Republicans’ health care debacle will help Democrats get there. 

“It’s too early to know what’s going to happen in November of 2018, but I can tell you Democrats in the House are on offensive, and there’s no question that we will pick up seats in 2018,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that will air this weekend.

Word on the Hill: Mid-Women’s History Month
Congressional basketball lineup is out

From left, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano, Jackie Speier, and Nancy Pelosi of California, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Barbara Lee and Nanette Barragán of California, Nydia M. Velázquez of New York, Katherine M. Clark of Massachusetts, and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico wear red as they descend the House steps to support “A Day Without Women” on March 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s the middle of Women’s History Month and we want to hear about your experiences so far this March.

We covered International Women’s Day last week. Do you have another story to share or plans coming up?

Members Join International Women's Day
House Democratic women wore red and walked out of the chamber on Wednesday

From left, Reps. Grace Napolitano, Jackie Speier, and Pelosi of California, Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Barbara Lee and Nanette Barragan of California, Nydia Velazquez of New York, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Michelle Lujan Grishamof New Mexico wear red as they descend the House steps to support “A Day Without Women.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, chairwoman of the DCCC’s Frontline Program, is herself a Frontline member heading into 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

Bustos Will Not Join Illinois Gubernatorial Race
She says with Trump presidency, ‘the stakes couldn’t be higher for our nation’

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said she could accomplish more in Washington than in Springfield. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos has decided against running for Illinois governor in the 2018 election, she announced Monday.

The third-term congresswoman announced that she plans on running for re-election in the 17th Congressional District instead of facing off against incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

There’s No Rest for the Fundraising Weary
Vulnerable freshmen face high expectations for first quarter fundraising

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen, seen here with DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján, will be a top target for Republicans in 2018 and says she’ll be kicking off fundraising events in February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Even before they’ve settled into their new lives on Capitol Hill, freshman House members from swing districts need to prepare for the fight to stay there. 

No member likes to talk about fundraising. Navigating the halls during the first month of the 115th Congress, new members stressed the importance of listening to the people who sent them to Washington.