House News & Analysis

‘Would You Rather?’ House Race Edition

Nathan L. Gonzales July 21, 2014 · 9:40 AM EDT

In the game “Would You Rather?” one is usually faced with a choice between two difficult and undesirable options.

“If you had a machete, would you rather amputate the feet of two friends or amputate one of your own feet?” asks the site Or, “Would…

Fight for the House About 2016, not 2014

Stuart Rothenberg July 18, 2014 · 4:00 PM EDT

With the 2014 midterm elections less than four months away, the fight for Congress is all about the Senate. On the other hand, the battle for the House of Representatives is about positioning for 2016 rather than about which party will control the chamber next year.

National poll…

2014 House Overview (July 18, 2014) Alabama - Indiana

July 18, 2014 · 3:59 PM EDT

Alabama (6 Republicans, 1 Democrat).
AL 6 (Open; Bachus, R). Former Alabama Policy Institute president Gary Palmer defeated state Rep. Paul DeMarco 64 percent to 36 percent. DeMarco finished first in the initial primary with 33 percent. Palmer will be a Member of Congress next year.


2014 House Overview (July 18, 2014) Iowa - Oklahoma

July 18, 2014 · 3:58 PM EDT

Iowa (2R, 2D).
IA 1 (Open; Braley, D). Former state House Speaker Pat Murphy (D) faces GOP businessman Rod Blum in the fall election, but Murphy starts off with the clear advantage. Republican prospects seem less than bright.
IA 3 (Open; Latham, R). Democrats (and EMILY’s List)…

2014 House Overview (July 18, 2014) Oregon - Wyoming

July 18, 2014 · 3:57 PM EDT

Oregon (1R, 4D).
OR 5 (Schrader, D). Kurt Schrader underperformed in 2012 against an underfunded challenger. That’s the only reason why this seat is mentioned at this point. Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith (R) barely had enough money to buy a couple nice televisions, let alone pay for…

Could Upbeat Economic News Help Obama, Democrats?

Stuart Rothenberg July 10, 2014 · 9:43 AM EDT

Last week’s news that the U.S. economy gained 288,000 jobs in June seems to confirm the upbeat economic assessments coming from many of the nation’s economists and Wall Street analysts.

The question is whether the data and increased optimism one might hear on CNBC will have an effect…

New Jersey 3: So Close, Yet So Far Away

Nathan L. Gonzales July 8, 2014 · 4:00 PM EDT

Democrats haven’t had a lot of success getting Members elected to Congress from New Jersey’s 3rd District in recent history. But they got a taste of it for one term and believe they can take the open seat back this year.

From Bill Cahill to Edwin Forsythe to…

Arizona 7: The Name Game

Nathan L. Gonzales July 8, 2014 · 3:59 PM EDT

Over 85 percent of all House seats are either safely Republican or Democratic, so primaries are of utmost importance in those because because they will choose the next Member of Congress. Democrat Ed Pastor is retiring from Arizona’s 7th District, leaving behind a safely Democratic seat that could be…

House Report Shorts (July 8, 2014)

July 8, 2014 · 3:58 PM EDT

Colorado’s 4th District. After falling short in one of the most famous Senate losses in recent political history, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is primed to become a member of the House of Representatives next year.

In 2010, Buck lost to appointed-Sen. Michael Bennet, 48 percent to…

Why Democrats and Republicans Can’t Be Friends

Nathan L. Gonzales July 8, 2014 · 11:44 AM EDT

Roll Call’s fearless Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni recently recapped the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game and described some of the bipartisan friendships that started to form on the field.

At the end of the post, she pointed to a common reason given to explain the increased…