DELAWARE AT-LARGE: State Rep. Bryon Short (D) ended his campaign for Rep. John Carney’s (D) seat, citing fundraising problems. (Delaware Public Media)
FL-02: Eagle PAC Forum is backing attorney Mary Thomas (R) in the race for Rep. Gwen Graham’s (D) seat. (release)
State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D) said she is considering entering the race. (Tallahassee Democrat)
FL-05: The Supreme Court’s decision Monday to uphold the “one person, one vote” principle marks a “potential legal setback for … Rep. Corrine Brown (D), … whose legal challenge to Florida’s court-ordered redistricting plan includes complaints that non-voting prison inmates are counted in her district’s population.” (Tampa Bay Times)
IN-03: State Sen. Jim Banks (R) and former Wisconsin state senator Pam Galloway (R) drew an A+ rating from the NRA, while farmer Kip Tom (R) received an A and state Sen. Liz Brown (R) got an A-. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
MD-08: National Nurses United endorsed state Sen. Jamie Raskin (D). (release)
PA-02: “Ten months after” Rep. Chaka Fattah’s (D) wife, Renee Chenault-Fattah, “finalized paperwork on the sale of her 1989 Porsche convertible to a lobbyist friend of her husband’s, the former NBC10 news anchor continued to insure the sports car and keep it in her garage. Now, federal prosecutors say they have a recording that proves Chenault-Fattah still considered the car to be her own nearly a year later and knew its January 2012 sale for $18,000 was little more than a sham. The tape — which prosecutors intend to play next month at the corruption trial of her husband … could expose Chenault-Fattah to criminal liability, they said in court filings late last week.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
PA-09: The National Right to Life Committee endorsed Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R) reelection. (PoliticsPA)
Shuster and 2014 challenger Art Halvorson (R) will take part in a forum April 16, hosted by the Uniontown Herald-Standard. (Uniontown Herald-Standard)
TN-08: Shelby County Land Bank administrator Dawn Kinard will take an unpaid leave of absence to serve as campaign manager for Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell (R). (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
TX-19: Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald endorsed former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington (R), while Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson (R) picked up support from former TX-19 candidate Donald May (R). (Lubbock Avalanche Journal)
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"White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Trump’s campaign promises on immigration were 'uninformed.'”
"House GOP leaders on Tuesday night pitched a new strategy to avert a looming government shutdown that includes children's health funding and the delay of ObamaCare taxes. Lawmakers need to pass a short-term stopgap bill by midnight Friday, when money for the federal government runs out. The latest GOP plan would keep the government’s lights on through Feb. 16, and be coupled with a six-year extension of funding for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The continuing resolution or CR would also delay ObamaCare's medical device and Cadillac taxes for two years, and the health insurance tax for one year starting in 2019."
"A key Senate negotiator and White House official on Tuesday expressed little hope for an immigration deal this week but nonetheless predicted that Congress can avoid a government shutdown." Marc Short, the White House Capitol Hill liaison, said he's optimistic about a deal on DACA overall, but not this week. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn also said he doubts an agreement can be made before week's end.
"Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen confirmed that President Trump used 'tough language' in an Oval Office meeting last week over immigration policy, but she said she did not hear him describe some African countries and Haiti as 'shithole countries,' as has been reported." When pressed she, also said she "didn't know" whether Norway was a predominately white country.