Sean P Duffy

Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Other potential candidates had been waiting on congressman’s decision

Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:35 a.m. Feb. 16 with Duffy announcement

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy announced Thursday he will pass on a run for Senate in 2018.

Sean Duffy’s an Embarrassment to Wisconsin’s 7th District
And he should apologize to everyone

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy, seen above attending a House Financial Services Committee hearing last fall, made headlines after an interview on CNN on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Sean Duffy’s constituents and colleagues should be ashamed of him.

In an interview on CNN on Tuesday, the Wisconsin Republican applauded the “good things that came from” a white supremacist murdering nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

TPP and Keystone Actions Unite Trump With Some Vulnerable Democrats
Trump’s move put him in line with red-state senators up in 2018

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin supports Trump’s action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In just the first days of his administration, President Donald Trump signed executive actions on issues pushed by some of the same Senate Democrats his party wants to defeat in 2018.

By withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which almost all Democrats now oppose, Trump on Monday put himself more in line with vulnerable red-state Democrats than some members of his own party.

Gwen Moore to Attend Inauguration as 'The Resistance'
Moore's decision comes as the list of Democrats skipping the festivities grows

Rep. Gwen Moore says she is attending the Inauguration as the face of opposition to President-elect Dona'd Trump's "repugnant" policies. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Many Democrats are planning to skip Friday’s inaugural activities over their objections to President-elect Donald Trump, but not Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore.

“As a proud Democrat, I want President-elect Trump to see me front and center as he’s sworn in,” Moore said in a statement Wednesday. “I want him to see exactly what his opposition looks like. When he sees me, I want him to see The Resistance.”

More Republicans Face Contentious Town Hall Meetings
Amash, Duffy hear criticism over Obamacare repeal

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., faced criticism when he said states would bear the responsibility for replacing the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican House members heard from more constituents in town hall meetings on Tuesday about GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., the Gerald R. Ford Museum was packed at capacity of 250 people for a town hall meeting with Rep. Justin Amash, MLive reported. Dozens more were outside and a security guard had to push the doors closed.

Republican Members Hear from Obamacare Supporters
Democrats hold rallies to defend Obama’s signature law

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., called a swarm of Obamacare supporters at a constituent event "partisan activists." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican members of Congress heard from constituents supportive of the Affordable Care Act over the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend as they take steps to repeal the law.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., saw hundreds of people at a constituent meeting event at a library in Aurora, according to one eyewitness account to 9News.

Word on the Hill: And They’re Off
115th Congress is underway

An aide walks on the fourth floor of the Russell Senate Office Building on the first day of the 115th Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It was the last Senate swearing-in for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and by now you’ve seen many photos and videos of the famously friendly vice president conducting the day. 

Word on the Hill’s favorite is a moment at the mock swearing-in in the old Senate chamber when Biden went in for a full kiss on the lips with Barbara Grassley, Iowa Republican Charles E. Grassley’s wife.

How Johnson Used Data to Pull Off the Upset
Wisconsin GOP senator inherited the system from Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's victorious campaign relied on a superior data operation that had a better understanding of the electorate than most. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Wisconsin Senate race was an afterthought in mid-September: Polls showed Republican Sen. Ron Johnson trailing, while both parties scrambled to pour money in states they considered more competitive.

But to top officials in Johnson’s campaign, the middle of September is exactly when they became convinced they would win — thanks in part to a data operation that had a better understanding of the electorate than most.

The Best Congressional Campaign Ads of 2016
Effective, funny or downright bizarre, these ads caught our attention

Not all TV spots get good traction, especially during a presidential election year when the airwaves are saturated. And some ads that do get traction aren’t necessarily noticed for being effective political messages. It might be a quirky line or compelling messenger that gets an ad attention. Here, in no particular order, is a compilation of some of the House and Senate ads that stood out this year as particularly unique, funny or just bizarre. 

In his race for Senate, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander made a splash with this ad in which he assembles an AR-15 blindfolded. Democrats saw it contributing to the case against incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for being a creature of Washington who hasn’t served in the military. Sensing its potency, both the Blunt campaign and the NRA quickly released response ads.

Why Are Ron Johnson and Sean Duffy Teaming Up in a New Ad?
Wisconsin senator and congressman both stand to benefit from joint effort

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson recorded an ad together and are sharing its cost. (Screenshot)

In a rare move for a senator running for re-election and a congressman in a safe seat, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Sean P. Duffy, released a joint ad Tuesday, an effort that could help both of their political fortunes. 

The TV and digital spot by the two Republicans will air in Duffy’s 7th District, a vast northern part of the state where Johnson needs to turn out GOP voters in big numbers. Johnson is seeking a second term against Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold in a tightening race that’s attracted late outside investment from both parties