Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.19.17

Updated

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told reporters yesterday that his panel is examining Jill Stein’s Green Party presidential campaign for potential “collusion with the Russians.”

* House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly received a standing ovation from the House Republican conference this morning when, in response to retirement rumors, he said he’s not going anywhere. Of course, if Ryan were more credible, it’d be easier to believe his rhetoric.

* Remember that story out of Michigan I recently mentioned, with local residents who want to end gerrymandering in their state? It looks like they’ve succeeded in getting their issue on the statewide ballot: “A group calling itself Voters Not Politicians has turned in more than 425,000 signatures with the goal of asking voters whether they want to completely change how the state draws its political maps. The group turned in all the signatures required, and some 100,000 extra signatures as padding.”

* The last five leaders of the NRCC reportedly gave a private briefing to House Republicans yesterday, with a specific warning to those elected since 2010. “The general tenor was: This is not a year like most of you have seen, because you’ve not seen wind in your face,” former Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.) said.

* After going up against the Trump administration on multiple fronts, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin (D) announced yesterday he’s running for Congress, hoping to replace Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D), who’s giving up her seat to run for governor.

* In Tennessee, Army veteran James Mackler (D) ended his Senate campaign over the weekend and threw his support behind former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D).

* And while Alabama’s Roy Moore still hasn’t conceded, his fellow Alabaman, Sen. Richard Shelby (R), said yesterday that the Republican Party is “blessed” that Moore lost. Shelby reportedly added that the country is “better off” following Doug Jones’ victory.