Chuck Fleischmann

Tennessee, Texas Stand Out for Strengthened Hill Sway
In Roll Call’s Clout Index for this Congress, California delegation’s longtime hold on top spot is threatened

Party affiliation and longevity have helped propel members of the Tennessee delegation such as Sen. Bob Corker into positions that convey authority and power, Hawkings writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

No state in this decade has seen a more meaningful boost than Tennessee in institutionalized congressional influence.

Only eight states, all with much bigger delegations because they’re much more populous, have more overt sway at the Capitol this year. That is one of several notable findings from the new Roll Call Clout Index, which the newspaper uses to take a quantifiable measurement of every state’s potential for power at the start of each new Congress.  

House GOP Group Launches Digital Campaign for Health Care Plan
American Action Network will target 28 House districts

American Action Network is running digital ads about the House Republicans’ health care law replacement efforts in Ohio’s 4th District, held by former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across 28 congressional districts. 

American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit advocacy organization, is launching its first digital campaign of the year Friday, when the House is expected to vote on the budget resolution that would begin the process of repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. 

Word on the Hill: Seth Meyers Taping
D.C. sports desk updates

D.C. fans are hoping the Nats make it back to play in D.C. on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Seth Meyers is in town to film his late night show from the Warner Theatre. You can go to his daily monologue rehearsal at 2:50 p.m. or attend taping of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" at 5:15 p.m. until Thursday.

But, tickets to the taping are not so easy to get. The waitlist for seats opened up in August.

Republicans Turn Back Democrats in Thriller, 8-7
GOP snaps losing streak in 55th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., out as he tries to steal home in the first inning of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. The Republicans won the game. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tom Rooney drove home the decisive run to give the Republicans an 8-7 win over the Democrats in a heart-stopping finish to the 55th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday night.   

The Republicans had squandered a five-run lead in the sixth, but kept their cool at the plate and delivered two runs to win the game in their last at-bat in the seventh, ending the Democrats' seven game winning streak.  

Scouting Report From Congressional Baseball Game Insiders
Texas Rep. Joe Barton and New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell share expectations
Roll Call Roundtable #1
The private struggles of lawmakers in the face of cancer & the politics surrounding Obama's Supreme Court nominee

In this inaugural episode of Roll Call Roundtable, Editor in Chief Melinda Henneberger interviews reporter Lindsey McPherson about her feature, The Cancer Caucus: The personal stories shaping the new fight for the cure . John Bennett talks about the likely timing of a Supreme Court nomination. And David Hawkings, discusses the politics of Senate Republicans continuing their anti-Obama-SCOTUS-nominee rhetoric.  

Cancer Experiences Could Help Forge Bipartisan Policy
Members Want to Spur Research to Cure Cancer

Rep. DeLauro, a cancer survivor, helped secure additional funding that went to anti-cancer efforts, including the vice president's 'moonshot' research effort.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Few issues are as ripe for bipartisanship as fighting cancer, a disease that has touched nearly every family, including members of Congress .  

"When you bring it down to a personal level, I think it’s a lot easier to get people on the bandwagon and get them cheerleading and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to beat this, and we need to do it today instead of tomorrow,'" said Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., whose daughter went through treatment last year for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.