close Video Maine set to make electoral history Maine to become the first in the nation to use ranked choice voting in a statewide primary. Molly Line reports. **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: As goes Maine, so goes the nation? - Dem dogfight in Nevada gubernatorial primary - Can Virginia Democrats match the spirit of ‘17? - House leaders scurry to block immigration vote - Follow up file: Well, irritable anyway AS GOES MAINE, SO GOES THE NATION?Paul LePage says he might refuse to certify the results of today’s Pine Tree State primary because Maine has moved to what political scientists call “ranked choice voting.” It’s understandable that LePage would be down on the concept since he almost certainly would have never been governor had the rule been in place when he first ran in 2010. Ranked choice voting asks citizens not just to pick their preference … [Read more...] about As goes Maine, so goes the nation?
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LEWISTON, Maine — Every presidential year after Labor Day, Maine's 2nd District pops up on the national political radar as territory Republicans will put in play. It happened again last week, when a Boston Globe/Colby College poll showed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump carrying the district by 10 points. Suddenly, national reporters were tweeting about a district with 657,000 people and one electoral vote. Vulnerable GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin is facing a rematch here against Democrat Emily Cain — one of the most competitive House elections in the country. Maine is one of just two states that split its electoral votes by congressional district, and the Trump campaign believes that its rural, blue-collar 2nd District is ripe for the picking. Previous GOP nominees have failed to pick it off from the rest of the state, and even some Republicans doubt Trump's lead here is as big as it looks in the automated poll, conducted by SurveyUSA. As the election … [Read more...] about As Maine’s 2nd District Goes, So Goes the Nation?
On paper, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) appears to be a shoo-in for reelection. He‘s served nine terms in what’s been a GOP stronghold for decades, hasn’t had a serious challenger in years and sits on one of the most powerful committees in Congress. But Culberson‘s suburban-Houston district went for Hillary Clinton by 1 percentage point in 2016. And when GOP leaders found out last year that he was being outraised by Democrats and barely had a campaign staff, they were exasperated. Story Continued Below Get your act together, they warned Culberson in so many words, according to sources familiar with the dressing-down. Culberson’s slow start to his reelection campaign is what GOP leaders fear most heading into the thick of the midterm elections: incumbents who haven’t seen a real race in years snoozing as a Democratic wave builds. Speaker Paul Ryan and the National Republican Congressional Committee are less concerned about their battle-tested … [Read more...] about POLITICO House leaders’ biggest 2018 fear: The lazy Republican
The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), the political arm of Republicans in the House of Representatives, released a new web video entitled “Democratic Civil War” on Wednesday, “highlighting the vicious infighting tearing the Democratic Party apart” – a followup to their “Democrats Divided” web video released on Friday. “Factions within the party are at war over the DCCC attacking Democratic TX-07 candidate Laura Moser, with voters, candidates, progressives, national leadership, Texas partisans, and Washington operatives openly disparaging each other,” the NRCC said in a statement that accompanied the release of the video.“Democrats are almost as good at attacking Democrats as we are,” NRCC Communications Director Matt Gorman said. “It shouldn’t be a surprise, however. Democrats are already known for rigging primaries. Just ask Bernie Sanders,” Gorman added.“The campaign arm for House … [Read more...] about National Republican Campaign Committee Trolls ‘Democratic Civil War’ in New Web Video
COLUMBUS - Can Democrats flip reliably Republican districts to retake the U.S. House? One of their first tests will come in central Ohio this August.Ohio's 12th congressional seat – vacated by U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi who resigns Monday to lead a prominent business lobbying group – is filled with suburban and rural voters who voted for President Donald Trump but less enthusiastically than in other parts of the state. For Democrats to win the 24 seats needed to gain control of the U.S. House, they can't rely solely on districts where Democrat Hillary Clinton won.Ohio's race is one of three special elections nationwide before November that could foretell whether the country is on the verge of a massive blue wave or, like in 2016, another disappointment for Democrats. But winning Ohio's 12th district won't be easy for Democrats. Tiberi held the central Ohio seat for 17 years and Gov. John Kasich represented Ohio's 12th district for 18 years … [Read more...] about Election 2018: This reliably Republican Ohio district may tell us early if there’s a Democratic wave
Joe Perticone, provided by Published 11:30 am, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced Wednesday that he would retire in 2018. Issa's district in Southern California was a primary target for Democrats in the coming election cycle. "Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve," Issa said in a statement on Wednesday. "Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek reelection in California's 49th District." Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Motorcyclist being tailed by police crashes in North Side mysa San Antonio's Confluence Park seen from the sky mysa Woman hit by driver after running into North Side street mysa Mayor and others discuss the symphony's new schedule mysa Natural gas explosion at South Side motel hospitalizes 2 with severe burns mysa This tamale-making hack may change your next tamalada … [Read more...] about One of the richest members of Congress just joined a stampede of Republicans heading for the exits
Vista Republican Darrell Issa will not run for a 10th term in Congress, he announced Wednesday morning. Issa became the second California Republican to retire this week. On Monday, fellow Southern California Republican Rep. Ed Royce announced he would not seek reelection Beyond shaking up the California political landscape, the two retirements are a signal that the GOP fears a Democratic wave election that could sweep them from power this fall. Royce and Issa represented districts that are changing demographically to include more Latino and Asian voters, and Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in each district in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats have made clear their path to reclaiming the U.S. House majority must pass through Southern California, and open-seat races could make that task a bit easier. On the other hand, Republicans could recruit strong and experienced candidates who might fare better against a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, many who are seeking office … [Read more...] about Issa becomes second California Republican to retire this week as Democrats look to reclaim U.S. House
Orange County Congressman Ed Royce, a targeted Republican, announced Monday he will not run for re-election in one of several seats Democrats hope to capture in 2018. Royce holds one of 10 House Republican-held seats in California targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to this year. His decision to not seek re-election could be an ominous sign for California Republicans, seen as crucial in the GOP battle to retain the House. Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, did not say explicitly why he’s not running. First elected in 1993, Royce is termed out of his committee chairmanship this year. He said his focus for the remainder of his term will be key issues, including Russian interference in American elections. “In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in Pyongyang and Tehran, Vladimir Putin’s … [Read more...] about Republican Rep. Ed Royce is out. Democrats’ chances to flip Orange County seat just got better.
Kevin Freking, Associated Press Updated 6:36 pm, Monday, January 8, 2018 Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., presides over a markup of a bill to expand sanctions against Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Royce says he will not seek re-election after serving out his 13th term. less FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., presides over a markup of a bill to expand sanctions against Iran with respect to its ballistic missile ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP California Republican Ed Royce not seeking re-election 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON (AP) — … [Read more...] about California Republican Ed Royce not seeking re-election
By Joe Garofoli Updated 9:22 pm, Friday, January 5, 2018 Photo: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has urged the nation’s federal prosecutors to disregard state marijuana laws and file criminal charges in states, like California, where cannabis is legal. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has urged the nation’s federal prosecutors to disregard state marijuana laws and file criminal charges in states, like California, where cannabis is legal. Photo: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press The silver lining of Trump’s “war” on California 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For left-leaning Californians, there’s a silver lining to the Trump administration’s proposal to reopen the long-protected California coast to offshore oil … [Read more...] about The silver lining of Trump’s “war” on California