Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* There was an important ruling
out of Texas issued late on Friday: "Some of Texas' 36 congressional districts violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act, a panel of federal judges ruled Friday. In a long-delayed ruling, the judges ruled 2-1 that the Texas Legislature must redraw the political maps it most recently used for the 2016 elections."
* Fresh off his very narrow re-election victory, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) hosted a pair of town-hall events
in his district on Saturday, where he was confronted by quite a few progressive activists. The California Republican spent a fair amount of time distancing himself from Donald Trump during the forums. (Issa has, however, voted with Trump
so far in this Congress.)
* While it looked a couple of months ago as if Virginia Democrats were struggling to recruit candidates for state offices, the Richmond Times reports
that those troubles are over: There's been "an unprecedented rush of candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates this year fueled largely by opposition to Trump."
* Recognizing the importance of the 2020 elections when it comes to drawing district lines, former Attorney General Eric Holder, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe have begun raising money
for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
* Despite chatter last week about Republican recruiting former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to run for the Senate, the actor-turned-politician-turned-reality-show-host suggested
over the weekend he's not interested, at least not now.
* In a bit of a surprise, the Washington Post reported
over the weekend that "state prosecutors in Miami have an active investigation" into Steve Bannon's voter registration in Florida. read more