Explore Wide-Ranging Views in the House

National Journal
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Feb. 6, 2014, midnight

State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle (R) “said that he’s giv­ing ser­i­ous thought to mount­ing” a bid to take on Rep. Alan Grayson (D). “If his fam­ily is ‘ex­cited about it’ — and ‘not just okay with it’ — Eisnaugle said he would eval­u­ate if he’s the best per­son to take on” Grayson. Eisnaugle: “And if it’s me. I’m pretty sure I’ll throw my hat in the ring.”

Want More On This Race? Check out the Hot­line Dash­board for a com­pre­hens­ive run­down of this race, in­clud­ing stor­ies, polls, ads, FEC num­bers, and more!

The “race wasn’t on his radar a couple weeks ago. But when” the GOP’s “top dogs — Or­ange Co. May­or Rich Crotty (R), state Rep. Steph­en Pre­court (R) and ex-state Sen. Dan Web­ster (R) — “all bailed on a pos­sible run, calls star­ted com­ing in ask­ing him to take a look, he said.”

Eisnaugle: “It gave me a sense of duty that I needed to start look­ing at this. The people of Cent­ral Flor­ida de­serve a con­gress­man who rep­res­ents the dis­trict. We don’t have that right now” (Dam­ron, “Cent­ral Flor­ida Polit­ic­al Pulse,” Or­lando Sen­tinel, 10/15).

Keiser Non-Per­man­ente

There’s “a scramble” by GOP­ers to “quickly uni­fy” be­hind a can­did­ate to take on Grayson,, and ideally, one with name ID “and deep pock­ets.” That’s prob­ably why there were “so many hope­ful whis­pers” re­cently that Keiser Univ. founder Belinda Keiser (R) would enter the race. But she took her name out of the run­ning last week. A Keiser spokes­per­son: “While she will not be a can­did­ate in this race, Mrs. Keiser be­lieves pub­lic ser­vice is a priv­ilege and a re­spons­ib­il­ity and may seek of­fice at a later time” (Dam­ron, “Polit­ic­al Pulse,” Or­lando Sen­tinel, 10/16).

Mean­while, ex-Gov. Bush son George P. Bush en­dorsed de­veloper Ar­mando Gu­ti­er­rez Jr. (R) in the race. Act­iv­ists Pa­tri­cia Sul­li­van (R) and Dan Fan­el­li (R) are also run­ning (Dam­ron, “Polit­ic­al Pulse,” Or­lando Sen­tinel, 10/19).

What We're Following See More »
FUNDING RUNS OUT ON FRIDAY
Federal Agencies Prepare for Govt Shutdown
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

As Congress continues to bicker on riders to a continuing resolution, federal agencies have started working with the Office of Management and Budget to prepare for a government shutdown, which will occur if no continuing resolution is passed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday night. The OMB held a call with agencies on Sept. 23, one that is required one week before a possible shutdown. The government last shut down for 16 days in 2013, and multiple shutdowns have been narrowly avoided since then. It is expected that Congress will reach a deal before the clock strikes midnight, but until it does, preparations will continue.

Source:
OBAMA’S ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACY IN THE BALANCE
Obama’s Clean Power Plan Faces Courts
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

President Obama's Clean Power Plan, a large pillar of his efforts to leave a lasting environmental legacy, "goes before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today." The plan "imposes the first national limits on carbon pollution from power plants." A number of consolidated cases finds 27 states challenging this plan, which was blocked by the Supreme Court in February pending decisions from lower courts. The states will argue that the government doesn't have the right to impose restrictions requiring them to shutter plans and restructure full industries.

Source:
UNCLEAR IF THIS WILL AFFECT POLLS
Instant Reaction: Clinton Won Debate
1 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

There seems to be a clear consensus forming about Monday's debate: Hillary Clinton was the winner. One focus group of undecided Pennsylvania voters, conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz, found 16 favored Clinton while five picked Donald Trump. In a Florida focus group organized by CNN, 18 of 20 undecided voters saw Clinton as the winner.

DIDN’T BECAUSE CHELSEA WAS IN THE ROOM
Trump Wanted to Bring Up Bill Clinton
2 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

As both candidates walked off the stage, Donald Trump lauded himself for being restrained and for not bringing up Bill Clinton. "I didn’t want to say—her husband was in the room along with her daughter, who I think is a very nice young lady—and I didn’t want to say what I was going to say about what’s been going on in their life," Trump said. Trump claims he stopped himself from hitting Bill Clinton because daughter Chelsea was in the room.

Source:
REPEATS CONTROVERSIAL CLAIM
Trump: Clinton “Doesn’t Have The Stamina” to be President
13 hours ago
DEBATE UPDATE

At the end of the debate, moderator Lester Holt asked Donald Trump if he stands by his statement that Hillary Clinton didn't have the look of a president. Trump responded by saying Holt misquoted him, instead saying that Clinton "doesn't have the stamina." Clinton responded by saying that when Trump visits 112 countries as secretary of state, he can talk to her about stamina.

×