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April 11, 2018

'This Is Going To Be A Challenging Year': Ryan Retirement Adds To GOP Worries

As House Republicans poured out of the closed-door meeting where Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told them he won't run for re-election this year, there was a constant theme: Things are on track. All is well. And a sitting speaker's decision to call it quits after less than three years in charge of the House chamber shouldn't be taken — at all — as a sign the GOP is facing an increasingly challenging election cycle.

November 01, 2017

Paul Ryan Is Choking On His Own Mystery Meat (11/1/17)

House Republicans were supposed to unveil their tax proposal today, but it has been put off — and not, as you might imagine, because they’re a bit worried that their grand opening might be overshadowed by the indictment of Trump’s campaign manager and sworn testimony of collusion between campaign officials and Russia.

November 01, 2017

House Republicans eye capping property tax deduction (11/1/17)

House Republican leaders have offered to preserve the property tax deduction that benefits a huge swath of homeowners from California across America to the Carolinas.

But their plan could come with a hitch.

November 01, 2017

Wisconsin GOP candidate Kevin Nicholson says Paul Ryan has a 'light footprint in the state' (11/1/17)

Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson has a bit of a Paul Ryan problem.

The political outsider who is trying to claim the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate next year appears to be trying to figure out a public stance on the Republican House speaker from Janesville.

November 01, 2017

Can This Guy Beat Paul Ryan? (11/1/17)

Randy Bryce came roaring out of obscurity on a quest to defeat Paul Ryan. Can an ironworker topple the speaker of the House?

November 01, 2017

Paul Ryan Immediately Regrets Asking Trump to Name the GOP Tax Bill (11/1/17)

If there’s one thing at which Donald Trump has succeeded, beyond acquiring wives and making the case for abolishing the Goldwater Rule, it’s branding. Instead of developing real-estate properties itself, the Trump Organization mostly licenses its founder’s name for multi-million dollar fees, in what Forbes once called, “a low-effort, low-risk, high-reward cash flow proposition.” After a string of bankruptcies, Trump rebranded himself as a successful C.E.O. by playing one on a reality-television show, slapping his name on everything from steaks to vodka to menswear in the process. He even convinced 63 million Americans to vote for him, after successfully rebranding Jeb Bush,Marco Rubio, and, eventually, the entire Republican Party.

October 31, 2017

Randy Bryce Is the Perfect Fit for End Citizens United (10/31/17)

End Citizens United’s mission is to promote campaign finance reform, and they have taken a step in that direction by endorsing Randy Bryce for Congress. Bryce has declared himself to be someone who wants to end the corruption that is running rampant in politics today, so he is just the person they need to help them push their agenda forward.

October 31, 2017

Can “the Iron Stache” Really Take Down Paul Ryan? (10/31/17)

Randy Bryce was looking for another hit. On a weekday afternoon in August, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st District sat at his kitchen table, staring into the camera lens of his laptop. Bryce is a union ironworker when he is not running for office, and he was surrounded by traces of his craft. Four pairs of heavy high-topped work boots were scattered across the cluttered apartment he shares with his 11-year-old son on the second floor of a multifamily house. A weight machine took up most of the living room. The stairway smelled of cigarettes.

October 31, 2017

House Democrats urge Paul Ryan to ready action plan should Trump try to disrupt Mueller probe (10/31/17)

A group of House Democrats wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday, urging him to issue a statement in support of special counsel Robert Mueller and explain what "actions" he would take if President Trump fires him or disrupts his investigation.

The letter claims Trump has already dismissed FBI Director James Comey in order to hamper the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. With the indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, the Democrats say Trump could attempt a similar sabotage of the inquiry.

October 30, 2017

Paul Ryan On Former Trump Campaign Officials Getting Indicted: I Love Tax Reform (10/30/17)

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he’s too focused on tax reform to be distracted by President Donald Trump’s former campaign officials getting indicated for money laundering and conspiring against the United States.

“I really don’t have anything to add [about the indictments], other than nothing is going to derail what we’re doing in Congress because we’re working on solving people’s problems,” Ryan said in a Monday radio interview on WTAQ’s “The Jerry Bader Show,” based in Wisconsin.

October 30, 2017

A Capital Consumed by Talk of Scandal and Suspicion (10/30/17)

The president seethed with resentment, his party ducked for cover and the opposition chortled with glee. Lawyers counseled clients. Lawmakers tried to change the subject. Campaign veterans fretted that colleagues may be wearing a wire. And everyone wondered about a guy named George Papadopoulos.

October 30, 2017

Cruising on the Trump Titanic (10/30/17)

Arggghhh! The Trump Titanic hit a pretty big iceberg this morning! But well-to-do passenger Paul Ryan isn’t panicking. He still wants his caviar, and thinks the string quartet isn’t anywhere close to playing “Nearer My God To Thee.”

“Nothing’s going to derail what we’re doing in Congress,” Ryan said on WTAQ’s “The Jerry Bader Show,” which broadcasts from not-that-wealthy Green Bay, Wisconsin, where everyone who’s no one with an estate over $11 million is clamoring for estate tax repeal.

October 24, 2017

Key progressive group makes first 2018 endorsements (10/24/17)

A key progressive group is making its first round of new congressional endorsements as it looks to boost its allies ahead of potential 2018 clashes with top Republican lawmakers.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) announced Tuesday morning that it would back Democrats Randy Bryce, the Wisconsin ironworker running to take on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R); Andy Kim, who hopes to challenge Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.); and Katie Porter, who is running for the right to challenge Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.).

October 23, 2017

From hard-hat worker to political hardball, Randy Bryce challenges Paul Ryan for Congress (10/23/17)

For now, Randy Bryce is the Democratic contender from central casting.

He's a union ironworker and military veteran. A 52-year-old guy who survived a bout of cancer. A son looking out for his mother and father who are both battling health problems.

October 22, 2017

Can Democrats win the House? (10/22/17)

There’s the smell of revolution in the air. That can happen when you have a president who lost the popular vote by nearly three million ballots and has an approval rating stuck below 40 percent for the last five months.

October 20, 2017

Social Security Works PAC backs Randy Bryce for Congress (10/20/17)

Democrat Randy Bryce, who is running for the congressional seat held by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, this week won the endorsement of the Social Security Works PAC.

“The people of Wisconsin's 1st District deserve a representative who will fight to expand Social Security and Medicare, not destroy them,” said Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, president of the PAC. “Randy Bryce, who is intimately familiar with the struggles working families face, will be that representative. I enthusiastically endorse his campaign to repeal and replace Paul Ryan.”

October 19, 2017

Candidates With Labor Union Ties Seek to Unseat Paul Ryan (10/19/17)

Two Democrats with roots in organized labor are vying for a long-shot chance of unseating House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in the 2018 midterm election.

October 19, 2017

Ryan’s friends flee as frustration with Trump grows (10/19/17)

Paul Ryan’s governing caucus is dwindling.

A number of the speaker's closest comrades in the House have called it quits in recent weeks because they're tired of President Donald Trump's antics, depressed over the GOP's dearth of legislative accomplishments this year or have personal reasons. Whatever the causes, the departures are certain to make Ryan's job as House speaker harder, depriving him of loyal lieutenants in a conference already riven by ideological and stylistic divisions.

October 18, 2017

1st District candidates report congressional fundraising (10/18/17)

The most recent federal campaign finance numbers are in for the 1st Congressional District, and they include the first look at Democrat Cathy Myers’ fundraising

October 17, 2017

House challengers build war chests for 2018 (10/17/17)

House candidates across the country are raking in cash ahead of the pivotal 2018 midterm elections, with Democrats looking to make a play for the House majority.

While incumbents sport a heavy fundraising advantage over their challengers, a handful of challengers, mostly Democrats, are finding early fundraising success, according to new Federal Election Commission filings. Others have already loaned their campaigns sizable resources to fill their coffers.

October 17, 2017

Cathy Myers: The time is now to impeach Donald Trump (10/17/17)

Donald Trump is clearly unfit for the office he holds and poses an immediate threat to the safety and security of this country, which is why I support his impeachment.

October 12, 2017

Can Democrats Beat Ryan, Grothman? (10/12/17)

But the only district in Wisconsin where Democrats have much hope of vanquishing a Republican incumbent is the first district seat held by Paul Ryan. It is the least gerrymandered of the five congressional seats they hold in Wisconsin: Trump won it by about 10 points, 52.6 percent to 42.3 percent.

And the Democrats have fielded two strong challengers, Randy Bryce, an army veteran and iron worker, and Cathy Myers, a teacher and Janesville School Board member. Bryce quickly took the lead with a powerful video that went viral, after getting coverage from both Esquire magazine
and Daily Kos, whose headline declared “Wow!…a must see video.”

October 04, 2017

Progressives hoping to empower voters, take on election, drug issues (10/4/17)

Local and regional progressives called for an end to gerrymandering and pushed their agenda during a panel discussion Wednesday night.

Hosted by Forward Kenosha and Our Wisconsin Revolution, the event at Bristol Oaks Country Club featured Kenosha County Board supervisors Dayvin Hallmon and Leah Blough, Milton Mayor Anissa Welch, Janesville School Board Trustee Cathy Myers and Beloit City Council Alderman Clinton Anderson.

September 13, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey endorses Randy Bryce and rips House Speaker Paul Ryan (9/13/17)

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Obey of Wausau on Wednesday endorsed iron worker Randy Bryce's bid to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan.

In unusually harsh language, Obey attacked Ryan, claiming that he "has, for far too long, gotten away with his finely tuned act of being a moderate policy wonk, fighting the good fight on behalf of his constituents in southeast Wisconsin."

September 06, 2017

This West High and University of Iowa alum is running for Congress against Paul Ryan (9/6/17)

Cathy Myers remembers getting involved in her first campaign at the age of 10.

The high school English teacher, Democrat and Iowa City native caught the politics bug at a young age. Long before she ever thought she would challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan for Congress, she has memories of handing out flyers as a child to campaign for her father, former Iowa legislator, county supervisor and Coralville mayor Dick Myers.

May 17, 2017

Paul Ryan: 'I do' have confidence in Trump (5/17/17)

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he still has confidence in President Donald Trump, following a tumultuous 48 hours when the President has been criticized -- including by those in his own party -- about whether he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Wisconsin Republican was asked on his way out of a news conference whether he still had confidence in Trump, and he responded, "I do."

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