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Idaho 2nd Congressional District: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), who is facing a challenge from Club for Growth supported attorney Bryan Smith (R-ID), was endorsed by the National Rifle Association this week.

Illinois 13th Congressional District: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) defeated attorney and Tea Party activist Erika Harold 55-41 percent.

Illinois 16th Congressional District: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) defeated Tea Party supported primary challenger David Hale by a wide 78-22 percent margin.

Minnesota 7th Congressional District: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced this week he will seek another term in November.

Pennsylvania 6th Congressional District: Businessman Mike Parrish (D) dropped out on Tuesday, leaving physician Manan Trivedi (D) as the lone Democrat in the open seat race.


Overall: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $6.8 million in February, ending the month with $18.1 million cash on hand and $1.2 million in debt.

Colorado: State Senator Owen Hill (R-CO) ended his campaign for Senate this week, clearing the field for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

Illinois: GOP voters went to the polls on Tuesday and nominated State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-IL). Oberweis, who has lost several other races previously, defeated businessman Doug Truax (R) 56-44 percent. Oberweis will be a heavy underdog against U.S. Dick Durbin (D-IL) in November.

Michigan: Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) hosted a fundraiser for Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R-MI) this week. The Michigan Senate race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) has risen on the national radar screen as Land's campaign has run surprisingly strong.

North Carolina: Pastor Mark Harris (R-NC), whose campaign has been languishing in the polls, is preparing to go negative against GOP front-runner Thom Thillis (R-NC). The Harris campaign is preparing to attack Thillis for among other things accepting campaign contributions from GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, who also happens to be a gay rights supporter.

A look ahead            


Monday, March 24 – The House Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the U.S. Capitol Police budget at 4:30 p.m. in HT-2 in the Capitol.


Tuesday, March 25 – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Syria After Geneva: Next Steps for U.S. Policy at 10:00 a.m. in 419 Dirksen.

Tuesday, March 25 – The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Teacher Preparation: Ensuring a Quality Teacher in Every Classroom at 10:00 a.m. in 430 Dirksen.            

Washington by the numbers                        

$10 billion - Cut to the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program in April.

1 - Number of
House Republicans who face a primary challenger after Club for Growth targeted 10, highlighting tea-party groups’ lack of recent electoral success.

They said what?

"My Lithuanian-born mother would be proud her son made Vladimir Putin's American enemies list.” -- Sen. Dick Durbin, after hearing he would be sanctioned by Russia (National Journal)

Washington humor

"The situation in Ukraine keeps getting more tense. And now Vladimir Putin has moved 10,000 troops to the Russian-Ukrainian border. Russia says its troops are there only for a training exercise. When asked what they're training for, Russian officials said, 'Invading Ukraine.'" –Jimmy Fallon?


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