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Ryan to Factory Worker: ‘We’re Going to Lower Your Taxes Yourself’

When Speaker Paul D. Ryan toured a manufacturing plant Thursday to promote the Republican Party’s still developing tax plan, a question from a factory worker reflected what some in the GOP are worried about — that when it comes to taxes, most people are worried about their own bottom line. Watch for Ryan’s full reply, and his messaging on the business benefits of the potential tax overhaul. He was joined by Rep. Andy Harris.

Republicans Dream of Mikulski's Senate Seat; Democrats Aren't Worried

Maryland Republicans say Hogan laid a path to victory for future Republican candidates in his bright blue state. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images File Photo)

A Republican has not represented Maryland in the Senate since 1987, the end of the late liberal Republican Sen. Charles Mathias’ three-term tenure.  

But this time around, in the race for the same seat Mathias held until it was snagged by Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski three decades ago, some Republicans feel buoyed by the surprising victory of one of their own, Larry Hogan, in the 2014 governor's race. “You’ve got to get a record number of crossover independents to be with you. Larry Hogan provided a great roadmap for that," said Chrys Kefalas, a Republican who announced his candidacy for Senate this week after several months of fundraising and meeting with voters across the Free State. “I don’t think anyone else running for the Republican nomination can build a coalition for November.”  

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8 th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

Six Female Representatives Endorse Matthews in Maryland

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kathleen Matthews on Monday announced support from a half dozen Democratic congresswomen for her campaign in Maryland’s open 8th District seat.  

The lawmakers – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass.; Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif.; Lois Frankel, D-Fla.; and Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. – will headline a fundraiser for Matthews on Tuesday evening, her campaign said.   Matthews, a former local television reporter who also led public affairs for Marriott International, is using the endorsements to appeal to women in a large primary field to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen. She and Maryland Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez and four men are running in the Democratic primary.  

Signs Point Against Cummings Running for Senate

Democratic operatives say "tea leaves" point toward Cummings seeking re-election rather than Maryland's Senate seat. (File Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who has been considering entering the Democratic race for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat, said he will reveal his plans for 2016 during a three-stop tour that could come in “maybe less than two weeks .”  

Cummings revealed his plans on Tuesday, just a few hours before Baltimore Rev. Jamal H. Bryant — who was seen by some as perhaps the toughest Democratic primary opponent in the 10-term lawmaker's career — said he would drop his own campaign for the 7th District seat.   Martha McKenna, a Baltimore-based Democratic operative, said the “tea leaves” point toward Cummings staying out of the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski to focus instead on his own re-election and representing Baltimore.  

Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

Ruppersberger is a Baltimore Democrat mulling a campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland. (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While two candidates from the D.C. suburbs are running for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, no candidate has emerged from Baltimore.  

Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen have already begun their fight to grab retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s seat. But members of the state’s congressional delegation from Baltimore are still quietly considering whether there is a path to victory for a candidate such as them to run as a voice for the state's less affluent urban core against those from the wealthy suburbs.  

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

Matthews introduced herself to voters when she kicked off her campaign in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.  

Matthews, a former Marriot executive and a longtime D.C.-area TV news anchor, contributed $2,600 to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in 2014. During an appearance Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, Matthews was asked about the contribution.