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Shea-Porter Making A Comeback

Former Rep. Carol Shea Porter (D-N.H.) announced Thursday that she will run again for the seat that she lost last year to Rep. Frank Guinta (R).

"During my two terms serving the good people of New Hampshire's First District, I always worked for what I call the bottom 99% of Americans, and I never forgot that public office is a public trust," Shea-Porter wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 5:36pm

The DSCC's Muddled Endorsement Strategy

What makes Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) different from Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)? They are both Democratic Members of Congress who are running for open Senate seats, but so far just one of them has landed the endorsement of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 4:43pm

Dems Plan To Contest Six GOP Senate Seats

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray said she plans to expand the 2012 Democratic playing field Thursday, highlighting six GOP-held Senate seats she believes Democrats can win.

The Republican-held seats where Murray said the DSCC is "aggressively recruiting" candidates in are Massachusetts, Nevada, Indiana, Maine, Arizona and Texas. She said the races are either in states where Democrats hold an advantage, states where shifting demographics play in their favor, or contests featuring "bloody" Republican primaries.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:32pm

DSCC: Giffords Shooting Changed Arizona Politics

The tragic January shooting that critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and took the lives of several others changed Arizona's political landscape, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray said Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 1:49pm

McCarthy Aide Compares Members To "Hanoi Jane"

A top aide to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on Thursday suggested Republicans who have problems with the continuing resolution hitting the floor Thursday are committing a sin akin to Jane Fonda heading to Vietnam.

In an email to chiefs of staff sent Thursday morning, Pete Meachum, McCarthy's director of member services, forwarded a link to a Weekly Standard post praising the continuing resolution. Those who are using opposition to the resolution to better position themselves are hurting the fight, he implied.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 12:05pm

Berkley Running For Senate In Nevada

Updated 12:29 p.m.

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) will run for the seat vacated by retiring Sen. John Ensign (R), she said Thursday, giving Democrats a top recruit in a race that already features a marquee Republican in Rep. Dean Heller (R).

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:31am

Congressional Insiders: Boehner Won The CR Showdown

Members of Congress in both parties believe that House Speaker John Boehner gained the most from the deal he struck with President Obama on the continuing resolution, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:35am

Congressional Insiders Expect Debt Limit Attachments

A plurality of Democratic members of Congress and the overwhelming number of Republicans believe that spending caps and entitlement reforms will be attached to the debt limit increase, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:34am

DCCC Cuts Debt By 60 Percent

Updated at 1:26 p.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has slashed the once-imposing debt it held by 60 percent in just three months and is now just $8 million in the red after having $19.5 million in debt this January.

That paydown now puts them on par with their GOP counterparts. The National Republican Congressional Committee is now also $8 million in the red - although they outraised the DCCC for March, pulling in $10.2 million to the DCCC's $10 million.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:21am

Hotline Sort: Nelson And Nelson

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee makes impressive fundraising progress, while a committee could decide the date of Florida's presidential primary. Meanwhile, a sitting senator gets outraised by his upstart challenger. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:50am