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House GOP focusing on women, minorities for 2020 challengers

May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice…

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Senator Tim Scott & Congressman John Ratcliffe

April 1, 2019

Great to have Senator Tim Scott in Dallas this morning for breakfast with Congressman John Ratcliffe!

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Will Hurd Has Defied Both Liberals and Donald Trump. Is He the Future of the GOP or a Party of One?

March 13, 2019

Will Hurd opened with a joke. “Oh, you want to ask me about the wall? I was figuring we’d talk about the Spurs,” he said. “We’re talking about the Spurs’ victory last night, is that right?” It was a chilly February morning in Washington, D.C., and Hurd, a Republican congressman representing Texas’s Twenty-third District, which includes more than a third…

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Arkansas congressman unveils care proposal; employer-penalty repeal among provisions in health bill

March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Under legislation introduced Monday evening by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., employers who don’t provide health insurance for their employees would no longer be penalized. The measure would also raise caps on premiums for older, high-risk Americans while allowing new restrictions on enrollment for those seeking insurance through state exchanges. The Republican-backed 2017 tax law eliminated the “individual…

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National Democrats target 5 Texas GOP congressmen as 2020 cycle begins

January 28, 2019

National Democrats have five Texas Republican congressmen in their crosshairs as they begin the 2020 election cycle looking to build on their gains here in November. As part of its first digital ad campaign of the cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul of Austin, Chip Roy of Austin, Pete Olson of Sugar Land, Kenny Marchant of Coppell and John Carter of Round Rock. They…

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U.S. Rep McCaul to have new foreign affairs job in Congress

December 5, 2018

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who represents Katy in Washington, D.C., will return to Capitol Hill with a different position than the one he held before the elections. McCaul was selected by the House Republican Conference to serve as the senior member of the GOP on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress. In a statement released by his…

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Granger Selected as New Top Republican on House Appropriations

November 30, 2018

Texas Rep. Kay Granger will likely take over as the House Republicans’ lead appropriator in January after the GOP Steering Committee recommended her on Thursday. The full House GOP Conference is expected to ratify the decision Friday. While it’s possible the conference could overrule the Steering panel recommendation, conference approval is typically a formality. The closed-door decision ends months of speculation about…

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4 House Races Still Uncalled Nearly 2 Weeks After Midterms

November 19, 2018

Officials have yet to determine the winner in four House races nearly two weeks after the midterm elections. Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to his GOP challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, on Sunday, drawing the final uncalled Senate race to a close. Nelson trailed Scott in a manual recount by roughly 10,000 votes. House Democrats have long since passed the threshold for a majority that…

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Cost of 2018 election to surpass $5 billion, CRP projects

November 5, 2018

This year’s midterm election cycle is slated to become the first and only member of the $5 billion club. The Center for Responsive Politics projects that more than $5 billion will be spent during the 2018 election, making it by far the costliest congressional election cycle in U.S. history. “We expected to see the numbers climb, as they typically do,…

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Scalise raises $4.8 million, nearly doubling haul from second quarter

October 24, 2018

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced Thursday that he raised more than $4.8 million in the third quarter, almost doubling his total from the previous three-month period. The Louisiana Republican has raised $15 million this election cycle, including $2.5 million from the second quarter of this year, and has sent $5 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), according to his office. In…

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House Republicans Considering Leadership Bids — So Far

August 10, 2018

House Republicans will have a new leader next Congress since Speaker Paul D. Ryan is retiring, but will there be additional changes in their top ranks? The answer to that question will depend in large part on whether Republicans can hold onto their majority in the November midterms, and if they do, how the speaker’s race unfolds. Regardless of those outcomes, though,…

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GOP super PAC builds footprint in TX-7, TX-23

July 31, 2018

With less than 100 days until Election Day, a leading Republican super PAC working to protect the House majority is digging in on field efforts in two of Texas' most competitive races. The Congressional Leadership Fund, the top outside group aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, has had offices open since December in the 7th and 23rd congressional districts, where Republican…

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Scott campaign says he raised $10.7M in second quarter

July 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign says he raised $10.7 million in his first full quarter as a Senate candidate, an eye-popping number three times larger than any quarter ever posted by his opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. “Florida families have had enough of career politicians in Washington who care more about their own jobs than the well-being of the…

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U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan raises nearly $4M, holds donor retreat during Texas visit

April 8, 2018

As Republicans fight to preserve their majority in Congress' lower chamber, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan swung through Texas this week for a retreat with about 100 GOP donors, a series of fundraisers and to promote legislation like last year's sweeping tax overhaul. The Wisconsin Republican raised almost $4 million with events in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi,…

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Scalise hits campaign trail after June shooting

March 14, 2018

Steve Scalise just relearned to walk a few months ago after a near-death experience in a shooting last June. But the House majority whip isn’t letting mobility challenges stop him from hitting the campaign trail. The Louisiana Republican in a closed-door Republican Conference meeting Wednesday announced that he would be transferring $1 million to the House GOP’s campaign arm. That’s…

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House GOP campaign groups post record hauls

January 10, 2018

Two prominent outside groups aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) combined to raise $66 million in 2017, record hauls that Republicans will need as they seek to maintain a majority in the House amid stiff political headwinds. The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), which raised less than $500,000 in the last off-year, pulled in $26 million in 2017 and has $15…

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Thunderous Applause As House Passes Tax Overhaul

December 22, 2017

Speaker Paul D. Ryan gaveled the passage of the GOP tax overhaul to thunderous applause from Republicans in the chamber. Click here to see the full article and video.

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Paul Ryan gives huge fundraising boost to House Republicans

August 21, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan continued building a campaign war chest for House Republicans ahead a possibly treacherous midterm election, transferring another $1.5 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee in July. The transfer brought the total the Wisconsin Republican has raised for the NRCC to more than $27 million through July 31, and represented an increase of nearly $500,000 over what…

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Speaker Paul Ryan talks Trump after visit with Dallas veterans and Bush

June 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced himself Monday from President Donald Trump's criticism of British officials over the handling of a terror attack this weekend. "We are Great Britain's greatest ally in the war on terror," Ryan said after a visit to Dallas. "That doesn't need to be said but it should be repeated. Right now the proper message…

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Ryan transfers record $7M to House GOP’s campaign arm in March

April 4, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) kept up his frantic fundraising pace in March, transferring $7 million to the House GOP’s campaign arm just as it gears up for four special elections this spring. The March figure, which a GOP source shared with The Hill, is a record for the 47-year-old Speaker. It brings Ryan’s total transfers to the National Republican Congressional…

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Paul Ryan raised $5 million during Texas swing

March 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan raised big money – $5 million – for House Republicans during a recent barnstorm of Texas. Most of that sum will be directed toward the 2018 midterms, where Republicans will defend their majorities in both chambers. The Texas money raised went to three entities of Ryan's political arm: his personal re-election campaign, his…

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House GOP’s campaign arm raked in record $10M in January

February 6, 2017

The House GOP’s campaign arm hauled in a record $10 million in January, far outpacing past fundraising levels during the same time period. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) numbers, first shared with The Hill, included a huge $3.4 million transfer from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has become his party’s biggest fundraiser on Capitol Hill. The NRCC’s previous January…

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Paul Ryan collects more than a half million dollars in the Texas Hill Country

July 7, 2016

July 1st, 2016 Paul Ryan was in the Hill Country today, collecting more than a half-million dollars for his joint fundraising committee. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan spent lunch Friday at a Wimberley ranch, raising money for the GOP efforts to hold the House this coming fall. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus introduced his national counterpart, who sported a Green…

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Ryan has raised more than $30 million for the GOP since October

June 15, 2016

June 15th, 2016 | JAKE SHERMAN | Politico Speaker Paul Ryan will tell his Republican colleagues Tuesday morning that his political arm has raised more than $30 million for his party since he took the chamber's top job in October, a massive cash haul to help ensure the GOP keeps control of the House this year. Ryan (R-Wis.) will also…

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McCarthy raises big money for House Republicans

June 1, 2016

June 1st, 2016 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE | Politico House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy might have been denied in his quest to become speaker last year, but the California Republican has remained a fundraising powerhouse this cycle. McCarthy has donated $2 million — more than any other member of leadership — to GOP candidates and incumbents from his…

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Texas Money Floats Republican Efforts to Hold U.S. House Seats

April 29, 2016

April 29th, 2016 | Abby Livingston | The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — Jaws dropped on Capitol Hill a few weeks ago when Speaker Paul Ryan’s aides announced he raised $17 million in the first three months of this election year, much of it going to shore up re-election for his fellow GOP incumbents in the House. But what was not immediately clear…

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Ryan’s 2016 Role: GOP Frontman, Rainmaker

April 19, 2016

April 19th, 2016 | James Arkin | Real Clear Politics Paul Ryan may not be running for president this year, but he’ll still play a critical role in GOP election efforts this fall, and events last week provided the script. In a hastily scheduled press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters last Monday, the House speaker attempted to permanently…

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Hurd Outraises Gallego in New Fundraising Reports

April 17, 2016

April 17th, 2016 | Abby Livingston | The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON — The money race for Texas’ only competitive congressional seat is heating up. Freshman U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, raised about $511,000 in the first quarter of this year. This number far overpowers the $312,000 haul of his rival, Democratic ex-U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine. The two men are squaring…

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Paul Ryan’s Fundraising Goes Gangbusters

April 13, 2016

April 13th, 2016 | JANET HOOK | The Wall Street Journal House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin raised $17.2 million in the first three months of 2016, outpacing his predecessor as GOP fundraiser-in-chief despite his refusal to entertain the idea of being the party’s presidential nominee. More than $11 million of the money Mr. Ryan raised from January through March…

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Paul Ryan on record-breaking fundraising pace, big 2016 boost to House GOP

February 8, 2016

February 8th, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD | Washington Examiner Doubts about rookie House Speaker Paul Ryan's ability to advance a new GOP agenda and woo donors have been swept aside with his swift move to rewrite the Republican agenda and domination of fundraising. Supporters are responding to his quick efforts to challenge President Obama and offer the 2016 Republican ticket…

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Scalise raises $7.3 million for GOP in 2015

February 1, 2016

February 1st, 2016 | Megan R. Wilson | The Hill The Hill praising Scalise's hard work and incredible 2015 fundraising numbers. Lilly & Company is proud to be part of Team Scalise - Way to Go! House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) raised a historic amount of cash during his first full year in GOP leadership, taking in $7.3 million…

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