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6 Siblings of Ariz. Rep Appear in Political Ads— for His Opponent

Paul Gosar's brothers and sisters don't hold back

(Newser) - Recruiting one of your opponent's family members to appear in your political ad would be considered a minor coup; pulling in six of them would be quite "stunning." That's how ABC News describes the latest spots from David Brill, a Democrat running against GOP incumbent Paul... More »

Indicted Congressman Does U-Turn, Revives Campaign

Chris Collins says the 'stakes are too high'

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker who dropped out of a House race in upstate New York after being charged with insider trading has decided to drop back in. Rep. Chris Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump, said in a statement that constituents in his Buffalo-area district can now... More »

Democratic Surge Isn't Translating to Senate

FiveThirtyEight sees Republicans with strong chance of retaining control

(Newser) - The latest analysis from FiveThirtyEight.com about how the midterms will affect the Senate is good news for Republicans. The forecast gives the GOP a 67% chance of retaining control. Despite an expected strong performance by Democrats in House elections—one that could easily result in their party taking over... More »

Powerful Incumbent Loses Mass. Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley slams Trump, party establishment

(Newser) - Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a Massachusetts primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman—especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District. Pressley defeated 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, who had been endorsed by... More »

Abuse Allegations Surface Days Before Minn. Primary

Rep. Ellison denies abusing ex-girlfriend

(Newser) - An ex-girlfriend has made disturbing allegations of domestic abuse against US Rep. Keith Ellison, days before the Democrat faces a five-way primary for Minnesota attorney general. Karen Monahan says a Facebook post made by her son, who said he'd seen video of Ellison dragging her off a bed and... More »

Indicted GOP Rep Changes His Plans

Chris Collins suspends his re-election campaign

(Newser) - In an about-face, US Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading. Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying he will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term, the AP reports. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges... More »

Democrat Won't Concede in Ohio Special Election

Republican rival's lead is shrinking

(Newser) - President Trump has already congratulated the Republican candidate in a closely watched special congressional election in Ohio—but election officials say the race has actually tightened. Officials in Franklin County, where Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor are competing for a House seat, say they found 588 previously... More »

GOP Declares Victory in Tight Ohio Race

Trump congratulates Balderson on 'great victory'

(Newser) - The year's last special election for a House seat was too close to call Tuesday night—but that didn't stop Republicans from declaring victory in an Ohio district they've held since 1983, the Washington Post reports. GOP state Sen. Troy Balderson was 1,754 votes ahead of... More »

House Candidate Recovering After 2 More Surgeries

'She's a fighter'

(Newser) - South Carolina State Rep. Katie Arrington is in critical but stable condition after two major surgeries following a car crash Friday night, authorities say—and the Republican's associates say it would take a lot more than that to halt her bid for US Congress. Her campaign says she isn'... More »

House Takes Aim at US Opioid Addiction

New legislation encourages states to expand treatment through Medicaid

(Newser) - The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health-care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily, the AP reports. The legislation passed Friday by a vote of 396-14. It incorporates dozens of opioid-related bills that lawmakers... More »

These Dolls Made One Lawmaker 'Nauseous.' Now, a Possible Ban

US House approves bill barring import, sale of child sex dolls and robots

(Newser) - The concept behind a bill that made its way to the US House of Representatives made at least one lawmaker "nauseous," and apparently others, too, because the group passed the bill Wednesday and sent it onto the Senate. The Fresno Bee reports on the CREEPER (Curbing Realistic Exploitative... More »

GOP Lawmaker: 'I Am a Good Man and I'm an Alcoholic'

Rep. Garrett will not seek re-election

(Newser) - Rep. Tom Garrett says he won't seek re-election to the House this year—not because of reports he mistreated his staffers, but because he is an alcoholic. "Any person—Republican, Democrat, or independent—who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two... More »

Congress Passes 'Right-to-Try' Drug Bill

Law will let terminally ill patients bypass FDA

(Newser) - A "right-to-try" bill that allows terminally ill patients to request medication that hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration has passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Trump. The bill, which passed the Senate last August, sailed through the House Tuesday with a... More »

House Lawmakers Get Rowdy Over Firing of Chaplain

Democrat, Republican engaged in shouting match

(Newser) - A shouting match between a Democrat and a Republican over the firing of House chaplain Rev. Pat Conroy became so heated Tuesday evening that witnesses thought one of them might throw a punch. It began when GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur walked to the Democratic side of the floor and accused... More »

VP's Brother Is Frontrunner in Indiana GOP Race

Greg Pence is seeking brother's former House seat

(Newser) - The brother of Vice President Mike Pence is hoping his famous name and backing from other top Republicans will lift him to victory Tuesday in an Indiana congressional primary against an entrepreneur who mostly self-funded his campaign. Columbus businessman Greg Pence has never held public office. Still, he's considered... More »

After Outcry, House Chaplain Rescinds His Resignation

Rev. Pat Conroy says there was no cause for him to be booted

(Newser) - Uproar ensued after Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain to the House of Representatives since 2011, submitted his resignation under pressure from House Speaker Paul Ryan last month. Now Conroy, who originally planned to step down May 24, has rescinded that resignation, submitting a new letter to Ryan stating that there was... More »

House Chaplain Is 'First to Be Fired in the History of the US'

Father Pat Conroy says Paul Ryan asked for his resignation

(Newser) - Did Paul Ryan think the House chaplain was a meddlesome priest? Father Pat Conroy says that two weeks ago, the House speaker asked for his resignation but did not provide a reason, Politico reports. Democrats believe the priest, who was nominated by John Boehner in 2011, was forced out over... More »

Court Boots 6-Term GOP Congressman Off Ballot

Rep. Doug Lamborn plans to appeal

(Newser) - Republican US Rep. Doug Lamborn has fought off some tough primary challenges in his conservative Colorado district before. But this time, he might not even be on the ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday to kick the six-term congressman off the ballot because at least one of his petition... More »

With Ryan Out, Things Looking Up for the 'Iron Stache'

And more on what Ryan's retirement means

(Newser) - In explaining why he would not seek re-election in November, Paul Ryan on Wednesday used the phrase "weekend dad" at least three times. The House speaker noted that if he remained in Congress his three kids would "only know me as a weekend dad. That's it right... More »

Congresswoman Who Served 16 Terms Dead at 88

New York's 'tough as nails' Louise Slaughter was planning on going for her 17th term

(Newser) - An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year-old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, per the AP . She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led... More »

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