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The Important Connection Between Governors and Congress
A first look at the gubernatorial race ratings for 2017-18

South Dakota Rep. Krisit Noem is a candidate for governor in 2018 and leaves behind a safe Republican seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In Washington, it’s easy to ignore governors as distant rulers over far away lands. But now is a good time to start paying attention to what’s happening in state races.

Voters in 38 states (including nine of the 10 most populated) will elect a governor over the next two years, and the results have a direct connection to Capitol Hill. The large number of races give aspiring (or weary) members an opportunity to leave the House, and consequently, leave behind potentially vulnerable open seats. And governors in 28 of those states will have a role (specifically veto power) in the next round of redistricting, which will impact what party controls the House in the next decade. 

28-Year-Old Female Republican Running for Congress
Ohio state Rep. Christina Hagan hopes to succeed Jim Renacci

State Rep. Christina Hagan is running for Ohio’s 16th District. (Screenshot)

State Rep. Christina Hagan became the first Republican to jump into the race for Ohio’s 16th District on Monday. Four-term GOP Rep. James B. Renacci is running for governor in 2018.

It’s a safe Republican seat that President Donald Trump won by 17 points last fall and could attract a crowded GOP primary field

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

Ohio Rep. James B. Renacci announced Monday he’s running for governor in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.  

Word on the Hill: Happy Birthday, Harry Reid
‘Oh, I’m sorry — I thought you were finished’

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid turns 77 Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Birthday to Democratic Party favorite Harry Reid.

The retiring Senate Minority Leader turns 77 today.

House GOP Elects Reps. Stivers, Collins, Smith to Leadership Team
Ryan, McCarthy, Scalise and McMorris Rodgers also win conference support

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, was elected by his House Republican colleagues to serve as chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee for the 2018 midterm cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republican Conference on Tuesday moved to keep Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his top leadership team in place for the 115th Congress, while electing three new faces to lower-rung leadership posts. 

The conference elected Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee over Texas’ Roger Williams. The vote, conducted by secret ballot, was 143 to 96. 

Democratic Rep. John Carney Wins Delaware Governor’s Race

Rep. John Carney keeps the Delaware governorship in Democratic hands. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. John Carney has defeated Republican state Sen. Colin Bonini in Delaware’s gubernatorial race, The Associated Press projects.

Carney led Bonini 49.7 percent to 48.3 percent with 0.93 percent of precincts reporting. 

Bipartisan Majority Could Have Stopped House IRS Impeachment Vote
Many in GOP said to have lingering concerns about process

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said there enough Republicans to join Democrats in tabling the resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen could have ended last Thursday with a vote to table the impeachment resolution. 

"We had more than enough votes, more than sufficient votes to table the motion," Rep. Charlie Dent said in an interview.

Freedom Caucus' Jordan Eyes Another Push to Oust IRS Chief
Pre-election House vote still doubtful

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is sworn in during a 2014 House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the IRS scandal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Jim Jordan and other conservatives are reviving efforts to press the House to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen as the embattled agency head tries to woo Democrats and undecided Republicans.

The Ohio Republican, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview that he and other allies were weighing the use of procedural tactics similar to the July bid by Louisiana GOP Rep. John Fleming to bring up an impeachment resolution as a privileged measure bypassing committee consideration. The measure calls for formal impeachment of Koskinen for misstatements and a failure to cooperate with a House investigation of the IRS' handling of tax-exempt status requests from conservative groups.

Libertarian Johnson Pushes National Sales Tax to Woo Republicans
Replacing income tax with 28% levy could draw some defectors

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is hoping a proposed consumption tax will win over uncommitted Republican politicians and donors. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has appealed for support from undecided Republicans by promoting a national sales tax plan that resembles a proposal backed by dozens of conservatives in Congress.

The former two-term governor of New Mexico is touting as a top fiscal priority a plan similar to a national sales tax bill sponsored by Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., with 73 co-sponsors. Johnson made clear in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Aug. 1 that he hoped his sales tax plan would attract voters and entice endorsements from uncommitted GOP elected officials and donors.