Will There be More Republican Women in the House Next Year?

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 9, 2020 · 4:17 PM EDT

With just 13 women on Capitol Hill, House Republicans don’t have any room for error if they want to boost their numbers. After this year’s initial batch of primaries, however, and looking ahead at primaries to come, Republicans are at risk of simply breaking even when it comes to their female…

Coronavirus and Campaign Ads: How the Pandemic Is Playing on TV

by Jacob Rubashkin April 8, 2020 · 9:15 AM EDT

The attack ad began as many do: ominous music, stock photos of people looking worried, a narrator gravely intoning on the failure of Montana Sen. Steve Daines to protect his constituents’ healthcare. 

But this ad, which was produced by Democratic group Protect Our Care and aired on March…

Be Careful When Explaining House Retirements

by Bradley Wascher April 7, 2020 · 11:05 AM EDT

When now-former Rep. Mark Meadows officially resigned from Congress earlier recently, there wasn’t much shock among the Republican Party. After all, Meadows, known for leading the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had initially stated his intentions to not seek re-election, as he foresaw an…

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): Senate is (Still) In Play

April 3, 2020 · 2:30 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

The spread of coronavirus has thrown even the most mundane tasks into uncertainty, yet the fight for the Senate remains the same. Control of the Senate was on the line before the health crisis and continues to be at stake in November.

Over the last year,…

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): Alabama - Kansas

April 3, 2020 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). July 14 GOP Runoff (new, rescheduled date). Due to the coronavirus response, Republicans won’t have a nominee until mid-summer. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville ($1.1 million in the bank on Feb. 12) finished first in the primary…

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): Kentucky - New Mexico

April 3, 2020 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kentucky. Mitch McConnell (R), elected 1984 (50%), 1990 (52%), 1996 (55%), 2002 (65%), 2008 (53%) and 2014 (56%). May 19 primary. The same reasons Democrats nationally love to hate the majority leader, make him difficult to defeat for re-election. McConnell’s effort to help President Trump shape…

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): North Carolina - Wyoming

April 3, 2020 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina. Thom Tillis (R), elected 2014 (49%). In the face of a multi-million dollar GOP effort to influence the Democratic primary, Iraq War veteran/former state Sen. Cal Cunningham won the nomination 57-35 percent over state Sen. Erica Smith. Republicans reveled in watching outside…

Amidst Coronavirus Crisis, Presidential Race Takes Shape

April 3, 2020 · 2:26 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

Even though the coronavirus is a historic global event, the most important political event over the last couple months was the near end of the Democratic primary and the likely nomination of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden isn’t a perfect candidate,…

Candidate Conversation - Jason Atkinson (R)

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 3, 2020 · 2:25 PM EDT

Oregon’s 2nd District — Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: Jan. 31, 2020

Date of Birth: Nov. 6, 1970; Sacramento, Calif.

Education: Southern Oregon Univ. (1992); Willamette Univ. (MBA, MPA 1996)

Elected Office: State Senate (former); State House (former); Gubernatorial candidate (2006)