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Ailing Republican senator's resignation jolts political world

Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) retirement announcement knocks over a series of dominoes.

Richard Painter Mulls Trying to Throw Senate Race to Pro-Trump Republican

He’s contemplating a run for Al Franken’s former Senate seat as a Democrat or independent.

A Fake Republican Runs In Minnesota

(John Hinderaker) The GOP has an opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in Minnesota. After the Democrats forced Al Franken out of office, Governor Mark Dayton appointed his Lieutenant Governor, Tina Smith, to serve until the general election in November. Show More Summary

GOP Hopeful Chris McDaniel’s Old Radio Site Mocked Women and Minorities

Justin Sullivan/Getty A website for Mississippi Republican senate hopeful Chris McDaniel’s former talk radio show prominently featured inflammatory commentary about women and minorities, telling liberal women to “shave… your face” and...Show More Summary

Democrats Release Infrastructure Plan With $80 Billion for Grid Upgrades

Senate Democrats released a $1 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday framed as a way to give Republican "tax giveaways" for the wealthy back to the American people. While the plan is unlikely to be embraced by President Trump or gain...Show More Summary

Nov. 2018: Senate Races

The odds are that the Republicans will continue to control the Senate in 2018. The electoral map is very unfavorable to the Democrats, with many vulnerable Democrats up for reelection and only two such Republicans. But even if the GOP keeps control, their victory margin matters. It will determine how much maneuvering room that McConnell […]

Bank Error

On Tuesday, 17 members of the Democratic conference in the Senate joined the Republican majority to weaken banking regulations passed under Dodd-Frank. Their case for backing the bill, which opponents say will damage oversight needed...Show More Summary

Why Would Anyone Join this White House?

Playbook: “Many very qualified Washington Republicans have said some version of this to us: Tax reform is done. Infrastructure is not likely to happen. The House could easily flip. The Senate Republicans will have a tough 2020 cycle. In other [...]

Trump critic and former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter may run for Franken’s Senate seat — as a Republican

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Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter on Wednesday announced that he’s considering running for Al Franken’s old Senate seat. Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reported Wednesday that Painter, a never-Trump Republican fixture on the cable news circuit, is building an exploratory...

The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi announced he will resign on April 1 due to declining health, creating another special Senate election in November. Here's a running list of all the lawmakers calling it quits.

Heidi Heitkamp Ranked 2nd Among Senate Incumbents Most Likely to Lose in 2018

Senator Heidi Heitkamp The folks at NBC News have a ranking they’re calling the “list of the Top 10 Senate seats that could switch parties in November.” Second on that list, behind Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, is North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Show More Summary

Did House Republicans leak a senator's texts to conservative media?

When Republicans use the House Intelligence Committee to attack the Senate Intelligence Committee, something important is amiss.

Cruz campaign calls don’t want Texans to know about the primary

Days before the Texas primary, one of Sen. Ted Cruz's primary opponents was the target of the senator's own campaign calls. Rather than asking Stefano de Stefano, a Republican running … Click to Continue »

A gun-loving Texas senator could give Washington its best shot at passing gun safety

Texas Sen. John Cornyn insists congressional Republicans must strengthened the same national background checks system many gun rights advocates in his own state want to abolish. His plan may be … Click to Continue »

After Parkland, a tale of two Virginia politicians: Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart

The Senate Democrat met with mothers seeking gun control. A Republican who wants to replace him visited a shooting range.

Daniel Frisiello mails white powdery substance to Trump. Jr

Reuters reports that Daniel Frisiello was arrested for mailing threats and a “white powdery substance” to Donald Trump, Jr as well as Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, actor and Republican U.S. House of Representatives candidate Antonio Sabato Jr., interim U.S. Attorney for California Nicola Hanna and a law professor at Stanford University. Frisiello’s […]

Iowa Senate passes bill banning abortions once heartbeat is detected

The Iowa Senate voted Wednesday in favor of legislation to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Senate File 2281 passed the chamber on a 30-20 vote, and now heads to the Iowa House where Republicans hold a 59-41 majority. If...Show More Summary

WATCH: GOP Senator Forced To Apologize After Calling More Than Half Of America ‘Dumbasses’

On Thursday, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch, who is retiring to make room for Mitt Romney in the US Senate, proved once again that anyone who gets praised by Donald Trump publicly is probably an asshole in private. During a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank that’s bankrolled countless Republican campaigns over [...]Show More Summary

Kentucky Senate pulls bill to outlaw child marriage following opposition by conservative group

Senate Republicans in the state legislature pulled a bill to outlaw child marriage in Kentucky, Insider Louisville reported this week, following opposition from the conservative group Family Foundation of Kentucky on claims that it takes away parental rights. Introduced by State Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R) to the State Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Bill 48 would set […]

Poll: Heitkamp and Cramer Neck and Neck in Senate Race, Campbell Leads Among Republicans in House Race

From left: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND, and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-ND. (Herald graphic/Sam Easter) The folks at Gravis Marketing have released polling for North Dakota’s House and Senate races, the tax reform bill, the abortion issue, gay rights, and immigration. Show More Summary

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