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The Nearly $4 Billion Price Tag for the 2016 Midterm Elections

OpenSecrets_logo_2colorThe Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks spending in U.S. politics and the effects it has on elections and policy, projects that nearly $4 billion will be spent during this year’s midterm elections. That figure accounts for the most spending on a midterm election to date, an estimated $333 million more spent this year than 2010′s $3.6 billion midterm spending.

“That figure makes this year’s election by far the most expensive midterm ever. The candidates and parties alone will combine to spend about $2.7 billion, while outside groups will likely spend close to $900 million on their own — a figure that veers close to the $1.3 billion spent by outside groups in 2012, when the hyper-expensive presidential race was fueling the fire.”

“By the end of the battle, when totals for every category are added together, Team Red will outspend Team Blue, CRP projects. GOP and conservative-leaning candidates, party committees and outside groups will spend at least $1.92 billion, compared to at least $1.76 billion their rivals on the Democratic and liberal-leaning side will spend.”

For more on CRP’s costly projection, click on over to the OpenSecrets blog.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” Skips Midterm Election Coverage

evening-news_2014The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, recently came out with the findings of a study it completed on midterm coverage during ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening news programs. MRC counted the full and partial campaign reports from September 1 – October 20, 2014 across networks and compared those numbers to the same date range in 2006.

While during the 2006 Midterm Elections, ABC’s “World News Tonight” aired a combined 36 full and partial campaign stories. During the time observed this year, that number was zero. CBS’s “Evening News” and NBC’s “Nightly News” aired 58 and 65 reports, respectively, in 2006, whereas in 2014, those numbers dip to 14 and 11, respectively.

FishbowlDC’s question to ABC News of whether the midterms would make “World News Tonight” coverage in the less than two weeks leading up to Nov. 4 has yet to be answered.

Mystery Visitor Surprises Rep. David B. McKinley’s Staff

6309112271_ae691e3d3f_oRoll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” blog caught wind of an unexpected and lost visitor in the Cannon building this afternoon. The tiny, red sweater wearing guest was located in the office of Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV).

Who exactly was it? That’s yet to be determined. But this afternoon’s Drudge link might solicit eyes that can help identify.

Stay tuned, via Roll Call’s Warren Rojas, here.

National Journal Debuts Revamped Hotline Race Tracker

Hotline Race Tracker Landing Page

With just two weeks until November’s midterm elections, National Journal’s enhanced Hotline Race Tracker was repositioned before the paywall today to offer users detailed information on specific state races.

Visitors to the site navigate by state, with the opportunity to choose from a list of upcoming elections. Users choose a specific race and are brought to a page compiling recent poll results, campaign finance data, and the social media activity and reach of candidates.

Come election day, NJ’s Hotline Race Tracker will move to, and be updated with state and race specific results in real time. And on Wednesday, November 5, National Journal will digitally produce the ”New Member Yearbook” on the 114th Congress, available in print the following week.

Information provided in the tool, which was built in-house, is also downloadable for subscribers, who exclusively have access to the latest Hotline coverage specific to each race. Tracker information for non-subscribers will be accessible through November 7.

CQ Roll Call and Crowdpac Announce Congressional Power Rankings

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.07.41CQ Roll Call and Crowdpac announced the completion of the inaugural Congressional Power Rankings, insight into members of Congress most influential on topics ranging from abortion and the environment to foreign policy and the economy.

CQ Roll Call editors and reporters ranked lawmakers in each issue section for Crowdpac, an organization that provides Americans with non-partisan information about political candidates and issues.

Political topics are explored based on the five most influential politicians on said topic; the 10 candidates most focused on that issue; official Democratic and Republican positions on it; and recent articles, relevant committees, and resources.

For more on the rankings, click on over to Crowdpac.

Implications of Midterm Elections Explored at CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference

Two days after the 2014 midterm elections, National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Rob Collins and his counterpart at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Guy Cecil will come together to discuss what just went down at the CQ Roll Call Election Impact Conference.

Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni will moderate the discussion with Collins and Cecil on the determined and yet-to-be-called Senate races of this year’s election cycle on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at The Liaison Capitol Hill.

The day-long event will also feature opening remarks from Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report. Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis (R-VA) and former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) will discuss how the new Congress will affect the legislative process. RC politics editor Shira T. Center will moderate the “What Happened?” panel with Rothenberg Political Report’s Nathan Gonzales, NBC News’ Perry Bacon, HuffPost’s Mark Blumenthal, and RC’s Abby Livingston. And RC’s David Hawkings will moderate the “What’s Next?” panel comprising RC’s Niels Lesniewski, Emily Ethridge, and Megan Scully and the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker.

The day is in partnership with GovLoop, National Review, Senior Executives Association, Federal News Radio, Federal Computer Week, Young Government Leaders, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

To register, click here.

A Toast for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Recent Publication of Off the Sidelines


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Last night at the home of Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, friends and Washington media gathered to toast Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her recent publication of Off the Sidelines. Milstein introduced Sen. Gillibrand, who offered remarks and signed copies for attendees.

In attendance: CBS’s Rita Braver, MSNBC’s Andrea MitchellTIME’s Jay Newton-Small, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Tammy Haddad, SKDKnickerbocker’s Kelley McCormickKyle Volpe, POLITICO’s Daniel LippmanUS News’ Nikki SchwabThe Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Karen FinneyKathleen Sebelius, Gen. George Casey and wife Shelia, Bob Barnett, John Coale, Mark Ein, and Jayne Sandman.

Roll Call Asks Readers to Choose Upcoming Coverage

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Have a suggestion for which House and Senate races Roll Call should cover in the run up to the midterm elections? Perfect! Because they have a poll for you to help guide their coverage.

“Unfortunately, there are still a few races we haven’t covered yet from the ground — and we’re running out of time,” writes Shira T. Center, Roll Call’s politics editor. ”We’d like help from you, our readers, to pick two of Roll Call’s final campaign stops this cycle.”

The outlet has asked readers to choose whether Alexis Levinson will cover the Senate race in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Carolina and if it’s sending Emily Cahn to California’s 52nd, Colorado’s 6th, Nebraska’s 2nd, New Jersey’s 3rd, New York’s 11th, or Minnesota’s 8th.

Interesting approach. Vote here.

CQ Roll Call Unveils the 50 Richest Members of Congress

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 13.10.43With Congress back in session, CQ Roll Call has unveiled its 24th annual list of the 50 Richest Members of Congress. The list is based on financial disclosure forms from every member of Congress, including delegates. For the first time this year, Roll Call has published the complete list of Representatives, Senators, and Delegates that filed a financial disclosure form.

At the top of the list this year and last is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) with a net worth of more than $350 million. Rounding out the Top 10 is Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA). Read more

Roll Call’s Abby Livingston to Moderate West Virginia Candidate Forum on August 29

Abby LivingstonRoll Call staff writer Abby Livingston will moderate a 1st and 2nd district candidate forum in West Virginia on Friday, August 29. Republican Rep. David B. McKinley and Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer III in the 1st district and former Maryland GOP chairman Alex Mooney and West Virginia Democratic chairman Nick Casey vying for the 2nd district will discuss current state issues.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a front-row seat to West Virginia politics,” Livingston said in a Roll Call press release. “The Mountain State is the center of the political world this midterm cycle.”

Prior to joining Roll Call, Livingston was a producer for CNN’s “John King, USA” and writer for CNN’s Political Ticker. Possibly the biggest fan of Bruce Springsteen and the Texas Longhorns, Livingston regularly reps The Bad News Babes in the Congressional Women’s Softball game and was named MVP for the press team in June.

The forum is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and will take place during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit in Sulphur Springs, WV at 9:30am.