Paul Ryan’s House Seat Is In Danger Of Flipping To Democrats

Paul Ryan’s seat is already being listed as competitive for Democrats after the Speaker of the House announced that he wouldn’t seek another term.
Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report looked at the impact of Ryan’s retirement, “More locally, Ryan’s exit puts his southeastern Wisconsin seat at risk for the first time since his initial election in 1998…But now, Republicans will have to start from scratch without Ryan’s $9.6 million campaign account against a Democrat armed with millions and a blue-collar profile. Democratic Army veteran and former ironworker Randy Bryce, perhaps better known as the “Iron Stache,” has been a national phenomenon on MSNBC and in left-leaning online fundraising circles for months. He ended March with $2.3 million on hand and will have a massive financial head start over the GOP field. But he also sports serious personal liabilities, including late child support payments.” read more

Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, Confirming Rumors Of His Retirement

After repeated denials of rumors about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plans to retire, it was confirmed on Wednesday that he will, in fact, be leaving Congress.

“This morning Speaker Ryan shared with his colleagues that this will be his last year as a member of the House,” said counselor to the Speaker Brendan Buck. “He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January. After nearly twenty years in the House, the speaker is proud of all that has been accomplished and is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father. While he did not seek the position, he told his colleagues that serving as speaker has been the professional honor of his life, and he thanked them for the trust they placed in him. He will discuss his decision at a press conference immediately following the member meeting.” read more

In key Kentucky House race, voters want their Obamacare

The 43-year-old stay-at-home mother, who suffers from diabetes, anxiety and depression, is one of more than 400,000 low-income Kentucky residents who obtained Medicaid coverage under President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act. Barr's vote last year to repeal Obamacare scared Anderson.

New House Ratings Show The Blue Wave Growing Into A Tsunami

The blue wave is growing into a tsunami as a new analysis reveals that Democrats need to win less than half of the competitive House seats to win back the majority.

Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report broke down the numbers, “Our latest ratings feature 55 competitive seats (Toss Up or Lean Democratic/Republican), including 50 currently held by Republicans and five held by Democrats. There are also three non-competitive seats poised to switch parties thanks to Pennsylvania’s new map (PA-05 and PA-06 to Democrats, PA-14 to Republicans). Overall, Democrats would need to win 27 of the 55 competitive races to win a majority. We continue to view Democrats the slight favorites for House control.” read more

GOP Wisconsin Governor Panics After Blue Wave Hits His State And Democrat Is Elected To Supreme Court

Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been left terrified after a Democrat was elected to his state’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, prompting a meltdown on Twitter.

Rebecca Dallet, a liberal judge, beat her conservative opponent, Michael Screnock, by a nearly 12-point margin.  This is a significant victory, given that Democrats typically have a difficult time winning in Wisconsin. Though the race was technically nonpartisan, Democrats clearly supported Dallet, while Republicans favored Screnock, who was actually endorsed by Gov. Walker. read more

Dutch Lawyer Gets Sentenced To 30 Days Of Prison Time After Taking Guilty Plea In Mueller Investigation

The first sentence in the Russia probe being led by special counsel Robert Mueller was handed down today.

Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch attorney who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with former Trump campaign staffer Rick Gates and suspected Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik, became the first person to face consequences in the investigation looking into whether Trump and his team colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. read more

Great News For Democrats As Trump Is Killing Republican Optimism

A Morning Consult poll revealed that optimism among Republican voters is plunging due to Trump being an anchor that is boosting Democrats ahead of the midterm election.

According to the poll, “But while Trump’s overall rating was little changed among GOP voters — falling 1 percentage point to 80 percent on the approval front and increasing the same amount, to 17 percent, in disapproval — there was a 22 point negative swing on the right direction/wrong track question, with 64 percent of Republicans saying the country is moving in the right direction and 36 percent taking the opposing view. In the March 15-19 survey, 75 percent of GOP voters were optimistic and 25 percent were pessimistic. Among Democrats, net approval in the latest poll slid 8 points, while independents had a 14 point decline.” read more