PENNSYLVANIA | PA-17 | PA-13 | PA-11 | PA-9 | PA-5 | PA-4 | PA-2

Federal Court Takes Up GOP Challenge of New House Map

Daylin Leach won’t run for the new PA-04 seat.

Feb. 26, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

“A new congressional map in Pennsylvania on Friday survived a request from eight of the state’s Republican congressmen that federal judges throw it out immediately, but the case remained far from settled days before candidates will start collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot. Hours after they were appointed to the case, a three-judge panel declined to temporarily hold up implementation of the map put in place by the state Supreme Court on Monday. … The three federal judges laid out a schedule for the parties to elaborate on their legal positions, including a March 9 hearing in Harrisburg.” (AP)

PA-02: Former Wells Fargo executive Michele Lawrence (D) will challenge Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) in this Philadelphia-based district. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PA-04: State Sen. Daylin Leach (D) officially ended his congressional bid in a Facebook post. “Leach’s statement, which was posted online shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, came a little more than two months after the Inquirer and Daily News first reported that eight women who had either worked for Leach or the Pennsylvania Democratic Party had accused the three-term senator of subjecting them to unwanted physical contact or sexually charged conversations.” He was recruited by national Democrats to run for the old PA-07, but was considering running in the Montgomery County-based PA-04.

Leach: “I typically do not back down from a challenge, but the more these individuals direct attacks at my family — including my children — the more we, as a family asked, ‘Is this worth it?’ and ‘What’s the big payoff?’” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PA-05: Former federal prosecutor Ashley Lunkenheimer (D), former CIA officer Shelly Chauncey (D), 2016 PA-02 can­did­ate Dan Mur­off (D) and medical researcher Molly Sheehan (D) all announced they will switch from the old PA-07 to the new PA-05, a safe Democratic seat. (Reading Eagle)

PA-09: Ber­wick Coun­cil­man An­drew Sheck­t­or (R) will jump from the old PA-11 to the new PA-09. Retired CIA officer Scott Uehlinger (R) will jump from the old PA-15 to the new PA-09. (Reading Eagle)

PA-10: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) announced he won’t run for Congress against Rep. Scott Perry (R). Redistricting made the seat marginally more competitive and DePasquale was viewed as a top Democratic recruit. (

PA-11: Non­profit ex­ec­ut­ive Jes­sica King (D) will jump from the old PA-16 to the new PA-11. (Reading Eagle)

PA-13: State Rep. Stephen Bloom (R) “announced Monday that he will continue his bid for Congress, seeking to represent citizens of the new 13th Congressional District.” He had previously announced a bid for the old PA-11, which Rep. Lou Barletta (R) is vacating. (Carlisle Sentinel)

PA-17: 2016 nominee Erin McClelland (D) will challenge Rep. Keith Rothfus (R) in the newly drawn district, which is more competitive than Rothfus’s old PA-12. “McClelland has challenged Mr. Rothfus twice before, losing by 62-38 percent in 2016 and by 59-41 percent in 2014. After those fights, her campaign committee holds more than $54,000 in debt with $861.89 in cash on hand.” Also expected to run in this district: former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb (D). (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

What We're Following See More »
Former Pilot Steve Dickson to Head Federal Aviation Administration
8 hours ago

President Donald Trump will nominate former airline pilot Steve Dickson to be administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, a move that comes amid a major crisis for the agency following the fatal crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX passenger jets in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the White House said Tuesday.

Trump Threatens New Sanctions Against Venezuela
10 hours ago

"President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he may impose new strict sanctions on Venezuela in another attempt to force President Nićolas Maduro from office. ... Trump’s remarks came during a joint Rose Garden press conference with new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro." The two are working on a rocket launch facility in Brazil, and Bolsonaro is weighing whether to allow "U.S. or international forces to mass along his border with Venezuela."

Rosenstein Not Leaving DOJ Yet
15 hours ago
Prosecutors Weighing Whether to Charge Greg Craig
1 days ago

A long-running federal investigation into former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig "is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge a prominent Democrat as part of a more aggressive crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying." Federal prosecutors in New York have transferred the case to Washington. ... The investigation centers on whether Mr. Craig should have disclosed work he did in 2012 — while he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom — on behalf of the Russia-aligned government of Viktor F. Yanukovych, then the president of Ukraine. The work was steered to Mr. Craig by Paul Manafort."

Feds Raided Broidy's Offices Last Year
1 days ago

"Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica. Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans."


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.