When Congressional Spouses (Allegedly) Misbehave

Nathan L. Gonzales July 24, 2017 · 8:59 AM EDT

With congressional job approval hovering around 17 percent, members of Congress are carrying their own baggage into their re-election races, even without the weight of a spouse in legal trouble.

Jane Sanders isn’t a stranger to the spotlight, as her husband, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, ascended the political ladder and nearly claimed last year’s Democratic Party presidential nomination. But now she’s in the news because of a federal investigation into a real estate deal and a corresponding bank loan during her tenure as president of the now-defunct Burlington College in Vermont.

A lawyer who chaired President Donald Trump’s Vermont campaign accused Jane Sanders of bank fraud and alleged that her husband pressured a bank to approve a loan to the college, The Associated Press reported.

Bernie Sanders, who is up for re-election next year, has described the accusations as “pathetic.”

Jane Sanders told The Boston Globe, “I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK.”

She’s certainly not the first (and won’t be the last) congressional spouse to be in legal trouble while a member seeks re-election or a candidate is involved in a serious race. Bernie Sanders has the advantage of running in Vermont…

Utah 3 Special: A Change from Chaffetz

Leah Askarinam July 21, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

You don’t have to be a political insider to have been keeping up with the special election in Utah’s 3rd District. Really, you could be a reader of Sports Illustrated, or a fan of the Boston Celtics or Utah Jazz.

The race has caught national attention for various reasons that have little do with…

Why ‘Single-Payer’ May Not Be Republicans’ Saving Grace in 2018

Nathan L. Gonzales July 21, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

Since Republicans’ repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act isn’t going quite as planned, party strategists have a plan to make their unpopular alternative look more appealing in comparison. 

Republicans are focused on getting Democratic congressional candidates on-the-record about their…

Colorado 7: The No-Longer-Perlmutter District

Leah Askarinam July 21, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

What happens when Ed Perlmutter doesn’t run in the “Perlmutter District?”

When the lines were revealed for Colorado’s new 7th District ahead of the 2002 elections, the seat was casually referred to as the “Perlmutter District” because it seemed tailor-made for the Democratic state senator.


New York 22: Taking on Tenney

Leah Askarinam July 21, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

It’s been only a few weeks since the Democrats secured Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi as an opponent to GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney in New York’s 22nd District, and the family members of the contenders are already fair play in this race.

As a member of the New York Assembly, Tenney challenged sitting…