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Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority
2020 Elections
Republican Women Helped Chip Away Democratic House Majority

WASHINGTON — Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov. 3 election, powered by their... Read More

Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
Congress
Running to Lead the New Dems, DelBene Reflects on the Coalition’s Past, Promising Future
2020-11-20 20:45:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - During a week when newly elected members of Congress were all over Capitol Hill for their formal orientation, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., remembered how vastly different her experience was in 2012. Jay Inslee, the previous representative of Washington... Read More

House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
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House Democrats Elect Aguilar Caucus Vice Chair, Allred Nabs Leadership Rep Post
2020-11-19 21:07:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats completed their second of two days of leadership election by elevating Rep. Pete Aguilar of California to the position of caucus vice chair. The 148-82 vote, in which he prevailed over Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois,... Read More

2020 Lessons, Democratic Divisions Define Race for DCCC Chair
Political News
2020 Lessons, Democratic Divisions Define Race for DCCC Chair

WASHINGTON — House Democrats will have to beat the odds, and history, if they are to keep the majority in 2022. Before they get there, they have to choose who will lead that fight. And the battle between Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and Tony Cardenas of California to... Read More

Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
Political News
Pelosi Nominated to Be Speaker Two More Years, Clark Elevated to Assistant Speaker
2020-11-18 19:48:45
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats nominated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to lead the chamber for another two years on Wednesday in a virtual voice vote that reflected a triumphant rebound in her stature among members, two years after a rebellious faction... Read More

Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
Congressional Caucuses
Palmer Elected to Second Term as Republican Policy Committee Chairman
2020-11-17 20:27:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gary Palmer has been elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for the 117th Congress. This is the Alabama Republican's second consecutive term as chairman, his having held the post in the 116th Congress. “I’m grateful to... Read More

New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
Congress
New Members of Congress Begin Orientation
2020-11-13 21:25:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - They came from Texas and Colorado and New York and New Mexico. Some came in family SUVs, others in taxi cabs. But what they had in common as they arrived at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on a... Read More

New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
Congress
New Dems See 2020 Election As Endorsement of Pragmatism
2020-11-11 16:02:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition is out with its assessment of the 2020 election and they believe voters clearly endorsed pragmatic Democrats and their espoused approach to controlling the pandemic, making a full economic recovery and moving the... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them
2020 Elections
Republicans Fear Trump’s Debate Comments on White Supremacy Could Harm Them

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Donald Trump’s volcanic debate performance put the president’s sympathy for white supremacists in the campaign spotlight Wednesday, heightening a sense of menacing chaos in the race that threatens to undercut other Republicans up for reelection in a... Read More

Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
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Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
2020-09-29 20:22:37
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its support for an emergency funding bill to help municipalities withstand the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, introduced in the House by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., provides $500 billion... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Endorses Six More Candidates, Adds Another to Watch List
2020-09-28 21:13:08
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – In its ongoing commitment to expanding the Democratic Party’s majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund announced six new formal endorsements Monday. The coalition, founded in 1997, is composed of 104 House... Read More

What GOP Senators Said About Election-Year Supreme Court Picks in 2016 and Now
Political News
What GOP Senators Said About Election-Year Supreme Court Picks in 2016 and Now

Within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that President Donald Trump’s nominee would get a vote. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer put out a statement as well. “The American people... Read More

Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
Mental Health
Brindisi Leads Forum on Mental Health and Addiction Issues
2020-09-16 20:23:18
by Daniel Londono

WASHINGTON - Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., served as moderator last week at a Blue Dog Coalition forum exploring the issue of mental health and addiction in the U.S. and how to deal with it. Brindisi, the coalition's co-chair, has been... Read More

Republicans Are Knocking on Voters’ Doors. Democrats Aren’t. Will It Affect the 2020 Outcome?
2020 Elections
Republicans Are Knocking on Voters’ Doors. Democrats Aren’t. Will It Affect the 2020 Outcome?

WASHINGTON — Democrats think it’s dangerous and unnecessary. Republicans consider it safe and essential. And both agree that, when it comes to in-person voter communication, neither side has ever experienced a dynamic like the one in this election. The ongoing... Read More

O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
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O'Halleran Launches Blue Dogs Virtual Rural Opportunity Roundtable Series
2020-09-01 17:06:34
by Dan McCue

Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., made a little history on Monday by launching the Blue Dog Democrats' first-ever virtual rural opportunity roundtable series. The discussion with local and tribal leaders focused on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on rural and... Read More

How Will Kamala Harris Impact the Rest of the Democratic Ticket?
2020 Elections
How Will Kamala Harris Impact the Rest of the Democratic Ticket?

WASHINGTON — The fundraising email from California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris hit inboxes Tuesday evening with the subject line “Proud to announce.” But it wasn’t about Harris making history as her party’s vice presidential nominee.  “I’m excited to let you... Read More

GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?
2020 Elections
GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?

When a Democrat or Republican runs for president, there’s usually a stable of low-profile legal experts affiliated with the party who can help navigate the country’s thicket of ballot-access laws. But if you were, say, music megastar Kanye West mounting... Read More

In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress
State News
In Unusual Closed-Door Election, 150 Texas GOP Officials Will Choose Likely Member of Congress

WASHINGTON — About 150 local Republican officials in Northeast Texas will gather Saturday to select the likely replacement in Congress for Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe in an election closed to the public. The voters, made up of GOP... Read More

GOP Reckons With Polarizing Candidates Amid Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
GOP Reckons With Polarizing Candidates Amid Civil Unrest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican... Read More

Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
2020-03-06 17:41:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling on the House Budget Committee to live up to its name and produce a budget this year, in spite of the fact spending caps have been set through the end of the... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
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New Democrat Coalition Announces ‘20 for 2020’ Policy Agenda
2020-03-03 21:09:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has rolled out an ambitious policy agenda it says will reinvigorate the government while also establishing the group's goals for the remainder of the 116th Congress. In announcing their "20 for 2020" plan on... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
Social Media
Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
2020-02-27 21:40:00
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line. The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar... Read More

ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
Political News
ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
2020-02-21 15:20:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, threw its support behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, this week, and urged Texans to join in supporting his efforts. In a series of new ads launched Wednesday,... Read More

Blue Dog Coalition Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Political News
Blue Dog Coalition Celebrates 25th Anniversary
2020-02-14 18:42:37
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - It was 25 years ago Friday that 23 members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference to announce the formation of the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of pragmatic Democrats dedicated to fiscal responsibility and ensuring... Read More

The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
Political News
The Republican Convention Delegate Process Explained
2020-02-04 23:50:35
by Dan McCue

Although most of us focus on the candidates running for president, in reality, the primaries and caucuses in which we vote are a process of selecting delegates in each state to send to their party's national presidential nominating convention. Once... Read More

Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
Political News
Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
2020-01-23 18:21:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it intends to spend millions in six battleground states to ensure they are in the win column for the party's eventual presidential nominee come November. The investment in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North... Read More

Tight Polls, Impeachment, Billionaire Wild Cards: Uncertainty Reigns in 2020 Democratic Race
2020 Elections
Tight Polls, Impeachment, Billionaire Wild Cards: Uncertainty Reigns in 2020 Democratic Race

WASHINGTON — As Democrats’ top presidential candidates prepare to meet for the last debate before voters start weighing in, the primary contest remains one of the most unpredictable in decades — a contest not likely to end anytime soon. In... Read More

Dems Say GOP Broke Ethics Rules Using Video Trackers in House Office Buildings
Ethics
Dems Say GOP Broke Ethics Rules Using Video Trackers in House Office Buildings

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing its GOP counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, of violating ethics rules by sending trackers to video record members of Congress in House office buildings. The DCCC filed a complaint with... Read More

Republicans Pledge to Pass Senate Impeachment Trial Rules Without Democrats
In The News
Republicans Pledge to Pass Senate Impeachment Trial Rules Without Democrats

WASHINGTON — Republicans leaders said Tuesday they have the votes to approve a package of rules — without Democratic support — that will govern the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, punting a decision about whether to call witnesses until... Read More

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