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 the seat itself. The early retirement and resignation of Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz—who was chairman of the House Oversight Committee—sent shockwaves through DC, especially since President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey just a week prior.

But this race gained attention before there was even an open seat to fill. Back in March, Chaffetz made a comment that sparked a national uproar about health care, suggesting some Americans would be able to afford insurance if they didn’t spend money on iPhones. Outraged donors throughout the country started pulling out their checkbooks for future Democratic opponent Kathryn Allen, including a high-profile donation from Rosie O’Donnell.

When the congressman resigned, a group of Utah conservatives found that Chaffetz’s departure offered an opportunity to introduce their new third-party, a self-described centrist party that offers an alternative for voters who find Republicans are moving too far right and Democrats too far left,…

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…

Candidate Conversation - Clayton Hinchman (R)

July 21, 2017 · 2:26 PM EDT

Candidate for Alabama’s 5th District

Interview Date: July 12, 2017

Date of Birth: Oct. 3, 1982; San Benito, Texas

Education: West Point Military Academy (2005); Georgetown Univ. (Master’s, 2010)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: While GOP Rep. Mo Brooks challenges…