For GOP's Scalise, being No. 3 boosts popularity

FILE - This Aug. 21, 2014, file photo shows Republican House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., talking with elections officials as he signs up to run for re-election in Baton Rouge, La. The Louisiana conservative, elected six years ago, is already a powerful member of the House leadership, No. 3 in the lineup. Ahead of the midterm election he's taking all the necessary steps, running an ad and reaching out to voters, even though his three opponents have raised zero dollars. At right are Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, and Merietta Norton, general counsel for the Secretary of State's office. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Let's count the ways Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise has grown in popularity since he became the third most powerful man in the Republican-led House.

U.S. Ebola czar invited to testify at House hearing on Friday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee has invited Ron Klain, President Barack Obama's new Ebola "czar," to testify on Friday at a congressional hearing examining the U.S. response to the virus, a committee official said. It was not immediately known if Klain, a veteran high-level government policy adviser and political operative, will attend the hearing, which will be chaired by California Republican Representative Darrell Issa, a frequent Obama critic. The committee has also invited Dr. ...

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!In a new video, the Kentucky Republican brags about lowering the boom on sexual harasser Bob Packwood. The whole story is pretty different.

At rallies, Obama casts 2014 as key for his legacy

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign rally for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., at Chicago State University on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)CHICAGO (AP) — Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama cast Democrats' success in this year's midterm elections as a chance to further the policies he's fought for in the White House. "Don't give up now," he said. "Not after we've made this much progress."

Kennedy name carries weight in Connecticut race

In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. of Branford, left, and Republican Bruce Wilson of Madison, right, candidates for the 12th Senate District, shake hands after their debate in Guilford, Conn. They will face each other in the Nov. 4 general election. (AP Photo/New Haven Register, Peter Hvizdak)BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bruce Wilson Jr. finds himself in rarified Republican company that includes Mitt Romney and Richard Nixon. Like those two before him, he is running against a Kennedy.

For Tim Scott, incumbency is best campaign tool

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott laughs during a news conference where it was announced he would replace U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate, at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Scott is seeking to add two years to his tenure — what's left of the term of DeMint, who left the Senate in January 2013 to take the helm of the Heritage Foundation. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tim Scott has had virtually no opposition as he marches toward winning the remaining two years in the term of former Sen. Jim DeMint. And, given his name recognition and incumbent status, the South Carolina Republican has been able to rely less on campaigning and more on the visibility that accompanies his official duties.

LePage's style at center of Maine governor's race

FILE - This Oct. 8, 2014, file photo shows Republican Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, center, making a face after taking the stage to debate other gubernatorial candidates in Portland, Maine. To some in Maine LePage is hot-headed and divisive. Others consider his unconventional approach to governing a breath of fresh air. In a tight three-way race for governor marked by fights over welfare, health care and jobs, the core question often focuses on LePage's abrasive leadership style. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — To some in Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is hot-headed and divisive. Others say the hard-charging former mayor has found his own way to be effective in a state with a proud independent streak.

Colorado candidate's town shapes immigration view

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2014, dusk descends over the small rural town of Yuma in eastern Colorado. This farming hamlet of 3,200 near the Nebraska border is home to an increasing number of Latino immigrants drawn to work in the nearby corn and hog farms. Yuma is the hometown of Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, one of the GOP's current hopes for seizing the Senate back from Democrats. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)YUMA, Colo. (AP) — In Colorado's close Senate race, Republican Cory Gardner is facing questions about immigration policy that are shaped by life in his hometown.

Sikh massacre in India is issue in California race

CORRECTS TO TARA SINGH KANG FROM TARA SING KANG - Harmeet Dhillon, left, speaks with Tara Singh Kang, and his wife Rachhpal during a precinct walk to gather support in the Sikh community for Congressional candidate Doug Ose in Elk Grove, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Sikh political activists in California are campaigning against freshman Democratic Rep. Ami Bera for what they call his refusal to acknowledge the Indian government's complicity in the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in 1984. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anger stemming from a 30-year-old religious clash in India that left thousands dead has crept into one of the closest and most expensive congressional races in the country.

Outgoing Tennessee lawmaker ribs newly laid-off reporter
By Les Neuhaus KNOXVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - An outgoing Tennessee lawmaker representing a Knoxville district admitted on Friday to sending a ridiculing message on social media to a newly laid-off political reporter. State Senator Stacey Campfield, a Republican, confirmed that he sent a public Facebook message on Thursday that said, “so, Do YOU have any comments now?” to Cari Wade Gervin, a former government reporter for Knoxville’s Metro Pulse. Gervin, along with the entire staff of the 23-year-old alternative weekly newspaper, was laid off this week by the Knoxville News Sentinel, owned by ...

Walker, Burke disagree on Wisconsin's economy

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, right, and Democratic challenger Mary Burke prepare for a televised debate Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the WMVS-TV studio in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Benny Sieu)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrat Mary Burke argued during a debate Friday in Wisconsin's hotly contested governor's race that Republican incumbent Scott Walker mismanaged Wisconsin's finances, leading to a projected $1.8 billion budget shortfall, and enacted tax cuts that benefited the wealthy over the middle class.

Clinton to stump for Grimes as new poll favors GOP
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Candidates in Kentucky's combative U.S. Senate race are bringing in outside help with two weeks to go as Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes will campaign with Bill Clinton on Tuesday and a trio of Republican congressmen will stump for Sen. Mitch McConnell beginning Monday.

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