(CNN) – Jack Brooks, a former U.S. congressman from Texas, died Tuesday night in Beaumont Baptist Hospital after a sudden illness, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
At 89, Brooks passed away two weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
(CNN) – Two weeks after President Barack Obama's re-election, the "Blue" map keeps expanding as the last few "too close to call" congressional races break for Democrats.
They have won six of the seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that were undecided on Election Night with only Rep. Mike McIntyre's North Carolina result still subject to recount. A win there would push Democrats to 200 seats in the chamber compared with 234 for majority Republicans.
(CNN) – The key committee dedicated to electing Democrats to the U.S. House announced on Thursday several promotions as it builds a team for the 2014 congressional elections.
The group's political director, Kelly Ward, will take Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's top staff spot as Executive Director. The current communications director, Jesse Ferguson, and finance director, Missy Kurek, will become deputy executive directors.
(CNN) - Maine's independent senator-elect announced Wednesday he would caucus with Democrats, giving the party a ten-vote advantage over Republicans in the upper chamber.
Angus King made the announcement Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol, where he and other newly elected senators and representatives are convening for a week of orientation. They will be officially sworn in as lawmakers in January.
Washington (CNN) – Will she or won't she? Since last Tuesday's elections, speculation has swirled on Capitol Hill about whether House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would run for another term as leader or whether she would step aside.
Pelosi played coy with reporters as Congress returned for the lame duck session, holding a press conference Tuesday with the large group of newly elected Democrats, but then telling the press she wouldn't make an announcement until Wednesday morning.
(CNN) - Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Vernon Parker in the race for Arizona's 9th Congressional District, CNN projected Monday.
Sinema's win in the newly-created district adds one more seat to the list of pick-ups for Democrats in the House, putting the breakdown at 234 Republicans, 196 Democrats and two independents.
(CNN) – San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a Democrat, predicted Thursday Latinos will play an expanding role in the political future of Texas, a reliably red state.
"I think when you have that ground work and when you have the right candidates to excite folks, then you're going to start to see progress and within the next six to eight years, I believe that Texas will at least be a purple state, if not a blue state," Castro said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
Washington (CNNMoney) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that Democrats in Congress should use strong-arm tactics on Republicans to balance federal deficits and pull the nation from its economic malaise.
Bloomberg, an independent who has belonged to both parties, blamed "both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue" for undermining a full economic recovery. His comments were made in an appearance at the Economic Club of Washington.
(CNN) – Democrats released a party platform late Monday focused on improving the economic situation for middle class Americans, a central theme of President Barack Obama's presidential campaign and an issue the party hopes will win votes come November.
The Democratic platform also contains language endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time, a move that brings the party's official stance in line with that of the president, who said for the first time in May that he supports marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
(CNN)-The campaign arm for the House Democrats announced Thursday an outreach program targeting Hispanic Americans, underscoring the importance of the key group of voters in November's election.
Titled "Mi Congreso Mi Voto" the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's focused effort targets 16 congressional districts across eight states with large Hispanic populations. The House is currently controlled by Republicans by a 242-193 margin.