House News & Analysis

California 25: Legitimate Opportunity or Mirage?

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 28, 2019 · 1:52 PM EDT

A Democratic House member resigns but is it really at risk of a Republican takeover?

Less than a year after getting elected to Congress, Democratic Rep. Katie Hill announced her resignation from California’s 25th District amidst allegations of inappropriate relationships with staffers. On one hand, it’s easy to see why…

New York 11: The Big Apple’s Purple Island

by Leah Askarinam October 25, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

Republicans are heading to the city in their quest for the majority.

While urban areas have recently eluded Republicans, there’s one exception: Staten Island, where Republicans have historically prevailed in the toughest circumstances. That came to an end — or at least a pause — when Democrat Max Rose ousted…

Candidate Conversation - Jeremy Staat (R)

October 25, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Candidate Conversation - Jeremy Staat (R)

California’s 8th District — Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: Oct. 22, 2019

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1976 (Bakersville, Calif.)

Education: Bakersfield College (attended 1994-96); Arizona State Univ. (attended 1996-98, bachelor’s 2009); Liberty Univ. (master in education 2016; education specialist 2018, current doctoral student)

Mostly Smoke, and Little Fire, From Republicans to Democrats on Impeachment

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 11, 2019 · 9:13 AM EDT

Republicans are publicly celebrating impeachment as a political boon and trying to hold House Democrats’ feet to the fire with television ads and protests. But without credible challengers, it’s little more than expensive hot air.

Last week, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager bragged about turning up the heat on a…

New York 27: Less Vulnerable With Collins Departure

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2019 · 4:03 PM EDT

Not all House departures are created equal. Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation should make it easier for Republicans to hold his Buffalo-area seat, because the GOP should have a nominee without legal problems. But New York’s multiple ballot lines could complicate a special election, as it has in the past. 

Minnesota 7: Republicans Gopher It Again

by Leah Askarinam September 27, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Another cycle, another GOP run at Minnesota’s 7th District. But this time, it could be different.

No other Democrat is defending a seat in which Donald Trump received more support than Collin Peterson. And it’s not even close. Next in line is Rep. Anthony Brindisi in New York’s 22nd District,…

Candidate Conversation - Carl DeMaio (R)

September 27, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

Carl DeMaio (R)

California’s 50th District — Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: Sept. 11, 2019

Date of Birth: Sept. 14, 1974; Dubuque, Ia.

Education: Georgetown Univ. (1996)

Elected Office: San Diego city council (former); 52nd District nominee (2014)

Current Outlook: DeMaio is a credible contender in a complicated race. GOP…

Candidate Conversation - Don Sedgwick (R)

September 27, 2019 · 2:26 PM EDT

Don Sedgwick (R)

California's 45th District — Rating: Likely Democratic

Interview Date: Sept. 25, 2019

Date of Birth: Dec. 31, 1964; Encino, Calif.

Education: BYU (1989)

Elected Office: Laguna Hills City Council; Saddleback Valley Unified School District board member (1997-2014)

Current Outlook: Sedgwick looks like the early Republican frontrunner to…

Luke Skywalker and the Politics of Impeachment

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 26, 2019 · 8:44 AM EDT

As House Democrats move closer to impeaching President Donald Trump, I’m amazed by the collective certainty about how the storyline will play out. It’s assumed that history will repeat itself. But I can’t help but think of Luke Skywalker’s words of caution.

Up to this point, everyone is assuming that…

Nebraska’s 2nd District: High Stakes in Omaha

by Leah Askarinam September 13, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

Omaha, Nebraska is not only the center of the country, but could also be the epicenter of the 2020 elections next year. Nebraska’s 2nd District is a microcosm of the growing urban and rural divide, House Republicans need to hold the seat to take back the majority, and it might…