Duncan Hunter

19 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
List of competitive seats grows amid shifts against president’s party

New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s race for re-election has switched from Solid Republican to Likely Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The midterm elections are still nearly a year and a half away, and the political dynamics could yet change, but we shouldn’t ignore the fact that history and the current environment are merging together for a potentially great set of elections for Democrats in November 2018. 

The president’s party has lost House seats in 18 of the last 20 midterm elections, and it’s lost an average of 33 seats in those 18 elections. Democrats need to gain 24 seats in order to take back the majority. 

Democrats Expanding Battlefield Into Trump Country
DCCC adds 20 more GOP seats to its target list

The DCCC is targeting California Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday added 20 seats to its target list for 2018. The House Democrats’ campaign arm is now going after 79 Republican-held seats in the midterms.

President Donald Trump won these newly targeted seats by anywhere from 6 to 49 points. The first round of 59 targets, announced in January, included the 23 GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton carried last fall. But it also included plenty of red districts, including at least eight districts that Trump carried by 15 points or more.

More Duncan Hunter Expenses: Vegas Hotel and Cigar Bar
California Republican already under criminal investigation for questionable spending

New expense reports show California Rep. Duncan Hunter spent campaign cash at a Las Vegas hotel and bar. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Duncan Hunter’s spending habits are once again under scrutiny in light of reports he used campaign money on a Las Vegas trip.

The California Republican’s campaign spent $1,042 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and $896 at the hotel’s bar called the Chandelier, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He also spent $353 on “food/beverages” at Alpine Tobacco Company smoking lounge.

Word on the Hill: Golf Day on Capitol Hill
Free pretzels and shuffling staffers

It's National Golf Day. Here is Florida Rep. Tom Rooney teeing off as Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper, California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle watch during the First Tee Congressional Challenge golf tournament in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s National Golf Day, which means golf industry leaders and PGA Tour winner Billy Hurley III will be on Capitol Hill.

A coalition of golf’s leading organizations, known as WE ARE GOLF, is scheduled to meet with members of Congress to discuss the sports economy and impact.

Controversy Lingers Over Capitol Art Competition
Deadline for student art submissions is Thursday

Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr. passes by the painting by Missouri high school student David Pulphus after it was rehung in the Capitol tunnel in January. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Submissions to this year’s Congressional Art Competition for high school students close on Thursday while the controversy from last year’s contest still hasn’t dissipated.

Debate still lingers over the painting by David Pulphus, a constituent of Rep. William Lacy Clay, that depicted police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri. Some Republican members took matters into their own hands and removed the painting from where it hung with others in the Capitol tunnel.

Clay to Appeal Judge’s Rejection of Student Painting
Says it’s a matter of the First Amendment

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., shown here with Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., in front of the painting by then-Missouri high school student David Pulphus, said freedom of speech should be respected, especially in the Capitol. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay and the winner of a congressional art contest will appeal a judge’s rejection of attempts to return his painting to the U.S. Capitol.

The painting, "Untitled #1," was criticized as anti-police and repeatedly taken down from an exhibit by Republican congressmen before it was ultimately removed by the Architect of the Capitol.

BunnyPAC Hopes to Thump Duncan Hunter on Rabbitgate
Hunter’s people say it’s pure politics

Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., faces a federal investigation into campaign spending. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A political action committee is relying on a rabbit to help California Rep. Duncan Hunter hop out of Congress.

BunnyPAC was started by Shawn VanDiver, a Navy veteran who runs his own consulting firm in San Diego. It is rooted in allegations that Hunter used campaign money for personal expenses, including paying for airline fare for the family’s pet rabbit.

Comstock Gets Second Challenger
Dan Helmer is West Point grad, Rhodes Scholar and decorated vet

Dan Helmer is a West Point graduate and a Rhodes Scholar who served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Screenshot: DanHemner.com)

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock received a second Democratic challenger on Tuesday.

Dan Helmer, a 35-year U.S. Army veteran, entered the race but didn’t mention the incumbent in his campaign announcement.

Three Veterans Announce They’re Running for House as Democrats
Two of them are running in GOP-held districts that Hillary Clinton won

Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan, left, who served as cheif operating officer and chief financial officer for Springboard Collaborative, announced she's running against Rep. Ryan Costello in Pennsylvania (Courtesy Chrissy Houlahan for Congress)

Three military veterans are announcing Tuesday they’re running as Democrats against Republican incumbents.

In California's 50th Congressional District, retired Navy SEAL Josh Butner will challenge Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Hunter Under Criminal Investigation Over Campaign Fund Spending
Department of Justice asks Ethics Committee to defer

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., faces charges of using campaign money for personal expenses (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).