House News & Analysis

The GOP Catch-22 — Donald Trump

by Stuart Rothenberg February 14, 2018 · 9:05 AM EST

Even if you think Republican leaders in Congress have shown no spine in responding to President Donald Trump’s more outrageous and inappropriate comments, you ought to be willing to acknowledge that GOP legislators are caught in a no-win situation.

It’s always tempting to tell incumbents of an unpopular president’s party…

Ratings Change: Nolan Announcement Shifts Minnesota Open Seat to Toss-Up

February 9, 2018 · 11:35 AM EST

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan announced his retirement Friday, leaving Democrats with a vulnerable open seat to defend in a cycle when they need to gain 24 seats for a majority.

On one hand, the open seat looks like a gift to Republicans considering Donald Trump carried the district by…

The Stunning ‘Role of Government’ Numbers

by Stuart Rothenberg February 8, 2018 · 9:12 AM EST

While most people seem fascinated by shifts in presidential job approval and national ballot tests, I’ve always thought that the “role of government” question asked in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The responses to that question offer interesting insights into how voters see…

West Virginia Senate: Last Democrat Standing

by Leah Askarinam February 2, 2018 · 2:30 PM EST

The path to a Democratic Senate majority cuts through West Virginia, where Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 42-point margin and the congressional representation has flipped from entirely Democratic to almost entirely Republican since 2000. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is the lone survivor.

But Democrats aren’t counting on losing…

Pennsylvania 18 Special: Race Starts to Heat Up

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 2, 2018 · 2:29 PM EST

Ready or not, here it comes. 

It’s been almost two months since the Alabama Senate race and the next congressional special election is just a little more than a month away. GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone and Democratic attorney Conor Lamb are set to square off on March 13 in…

New Jersey 11: Open Seat Shifts to Toss-up

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 2, 2018 · 2:28 PM EST

Writing about open seats is all the rage, but not all open seats are created equal. While South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s retirement isn’t a problem for Republicans because of the seat’s rightward lean, GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s retirement makes his 11th District of New Jersey even more vulnerable for…

Candidate Conversation - H.P. Parvizian (D)

February 2, 2018 · 2:27 PM EST

Candidate for Texas’ 2nd District

Interview Date: Jan. 31, 2018

Date of Birth: Aug. 16, 1977; Washington, D.C. 

Education: European Univ - Montreux, Switzerland (2004)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Parvizian is the underdog in the Democratic primary (non-profit executive Todd Litton is the frontrunner) in…

Candidate Conversation - Dino Rossi (R)

February 2, 2018 · 2:26 PM EST

Candidate for Washington’s 8th District

Interview Date: Jan. 29, 2018

Date of Birth: Oct. 15, 1959; Seattle, Wa. 

Education: Seattle Univ. (1982)

Elected Office: State Senate (former 2016-2017, 2012, 1997-2003); 2004, 2008 gubernatorial nominee; 2010 U.S. Senate nominee 

Current Outlook: Rossi is the likely Republican nominee in the open seat…

Candidate Conversation - Owen Hill (R)

February 2, 2018 · 2:25 PM EST

Candidate for Colorado’s 5th District

Interview Date: Jan. 30, 2018

Date of Birth: Feb. 17, 1982; Boonton, N.J.

Education: Air Force Academy (2003); Pardee RAND Graduate School (Ph.D., 2006)

Elected Office: State Senate; 2014 U.S. Senate candidate 

Current Outlook: As a sitting state senator, Hill is one of the most…

Candidate Conversation - Matt Heinz (D)

February 2, 2018 · 2:24 PM EST

Candidate for Arizona’s 2nd District

Interview Date: Oct. 18, 2017

Date of Birth: June 6, 1977; Midland, Mich.

Education: Albion College (1999); Wayne State School of Medicine (MD)

Political Office: Arizona House (former, 2009-2013); 2016 2nd District nominee

Current Outlook: Heinz is a credible contender in one of Democrats’ better…