April 17, 2017

4-17-2017 Senate & House Articles….

Sanders: Democrats should have put more into Kansas special
Kevin Robillard, Politico

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that Democrats should have done more to help a special election candidate in last week’s surprisingly close Kansas race. Democrat James Thompson, a veteran and civil rights attorney who Sanders endorsed, lost by just 6 percentage points to Republican Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes in the heavily Republican 4th District.

Nashville attorney, Iraq War vet announces Democratic run for Corker’s Senate seat
Joey Garrison, The Tennessean

James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, will on Monday become the first Tennessee Democrat to announce plans to run in 2018 for the state’s U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee. Mackler cited his military background repeatedly in a news release provided to The USA Today Network – Tennessee ahead of the formal announcement, saying he’s “running to restore respect, honesty, and most importantly, integrity in Washington.”

Pro-Trump group launches a $3 million ad campaign to prop up House allies
Robert Costa, The Washington Post

Hours before the Republican health-care plan fizzled last month, White House officials marched to the Capitol and urged party leaders to call for a vote on the House floor. Several of them later groused privately that they wanted a list of who was with President Trump and who was against him.

Two Republican lawmakers face anger, from their own voters, on health care
Sean Sullivan and Kelsey Snell, The Washington Post

Inside a government building here, far-right Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) scolded his party’s leaders for rolling out an “ill-advised” health-care bill and blamed House Speaker Paul D. Ryan for the ensuing debacle. The next evening on a college campus nestled in the Rocky Mountains, moderate Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) held the House Freedom Caucus – to which Yoho belongs – culpable for the legislation’s defeat.

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