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Two More Republicans Leaving House: One Running for Senate

Rep. Kevin J. Cramer (R-ND) announced February 16 that he will be running for the U.S. Senate this November against Heidi Heitkamp, who is coming to the end of her first term representing North Dakota.

Heitkamp talks like a moderate back in North Dakota but votes like a liberal in Washington, DC. For example, she voted against the important tax cut bill in December that is putting more money into the pockets of the American taxpayer and helping businesses create more jobs. Heitkamp can be defeated in November.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4) had also announced he will not seek re-election in November and plans to leave politics. Gowdy has been known for his sharp questioning of witnesses when he was heading the Benghazi select committee and as Chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

This is a seat that can be won by a solid conservative. CVF will be keeping this seat high on our list.

Posted February 16, 2018

Republican Open House seats November 2016

To date, thirty Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced they will not be seeking re-election in November 2018. Most will be retiring from politics. The dozen running for Senator or Governor are marked with "*" in the list below.

Many are solid conservatives. Some are not. Conservatives need to win as many of these seats are possible. Conservative Victory Fund will be involved in the campaigns for many of these seats to help ensure conservatives are elected.

District Current Incumbent
AZ-2 Martha McSally *
CA-39 Ed Royce
CA-49 Darrell Issa
FL-6 Ron DeSantis *
FL-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
ID-1 Raul Labrador *
IN-4 Todd Rokita *
IN-6 Luke Messer *
KS-2 Lynn Jenkins
MI-11 Dave Trott
MS-3 Gregg Harper
NJ-2 Frank LoBiondo
NM-2 Steve Pearce *
OH-16 James Renacci *
PA-9 Bill Shuster
PA-11 Lou Barletta *
PA-15 Charlie Dent
SD-0 Kristi Noem *
TN-2 John J. Duncan Jr.
TN-6 Diane Black *
TN-7 Marsha Blackburn *
TX-2 Ted Poe
TX-3 Sam Johnson
TX-5 Jeb Hensarling
TX-6 Joe Barton
TX-21 Lamar Smith
TX-27 Blake Farenthold
VA-6 Bob Goodlatte
WA-9 Dave Reichert
WV-3 Evan Jenkins *
Posted January 25, 2018

Republican Open Senate Seats in 2018

Retirements from Senate

Arizona, Jeff Flake

Tennessee, Bob Corker

Utah, Orrin Hatch

Posted January 23, 2018

Democrats Pushing for More Government Control of Your Health While Obamacare Failing

From: SENATE REPUBLICAN COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
As Obamacare Fails, Left Demands Trillion Dollar Government Takeover
'Not All The Calls To Repeal The Affordable Care Act Are Coming From Republicans,' 113 Democrats Want To Replace Obamacare With $32 Trillion 'Government-Run& Plan'
WALL STREET JOURNAL: "It's not too much to say this is a defining moment for whether the GOP can ever reform runaway entitlements. If Republicans fail, the next stop is single payer." ("The Senate's Health-Care Advance," The Wall Street Journal, 6/23/2017)
Former-President Obama, Senate Democrat Leaders, & Liberal Groups Have Called For Even More Government In 'Obamacare 2.0'
THE WASHINGTON POST: "Obamacare looks shaky & This, in turn, has rekindled calls on the left to create a European-style 'single-payer' system, in which the government directly pays for every American's health care." (Editorial, "Single-Payer Health Care Would Have An Astonishingly High Price Tag," The Washington Post, 6/18/2017)
"Not all the calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act are coming from Republicans. Three N.J. House Democrats are among 113 sponsors of legislation to replace the health care law& with a government-run, single-payer plan."("3 N.J. Democrats Also Want To Repeal Obamacare. But They Have A Very Different Solution," NJ.com, 6/17/2017)
"Obamacare 2.0: ... President Barack Obama is laying out a blueprint for addressing unsolved problems with his signature health law, including a renewed call for a 'public option' to let Americans buy insurance from the government." ("Obamacare 2.0: Obama Calls For Revisiting The Public Option," The Associated Press, 7/11/2016)
· "Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and most Senate Democrats coalesce around a government-run insurance agency as part of the solution to Obamacare cost woes..." ("When It Comes To A Public Option, It's A Battle Of Wills," Morning Consult, 10/03/2016)
· "Adding a government-run insurance option... has long been a goal of liberals." ("Senate Dems Unveil New Public Option Push For Obamacare," The Hill, 9/15/2016)
"Senate Democrats and liberal groups are unveiling a new push to add a public option on ObamaCare ... The effort is led by senators including Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), on track to be the next Democratic leader, and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)..." ("Senate Dems Unveil New Public Option Push For Obamacare," The Hill, 9/15/2016)
· SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): "I signed on to ... a provision for us to consider a public option when it comes to health insurance." (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S. 5916, 9/21/2016)
· "Thirty-three mostly liberal Democrats, including all the Senate leadership, have signed onto a ... Senate resolution introduced last Friday to add the public option to Obamacare..." ("Democratic Liberals, Moderates Feud Over Public Option," Politico, 9/22/2016)
Government Plan 'Would Have An Astonishingly High Price Tag' - '$32 Trillion'
THE WASHINGTON POST: "[T]he government's price tag would be astonishing. When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a 'Medicare for all' health plan in his presidential campaign, the nonpartisan Urban Institute figured that it would raise government spending by $32 trillion over 10 years, requiring a tax increase so huge that even the democratic socialist Mr. Sanders did not propose anything close to it." (Editorial, "Single-Payer Health Care Would Have An Astonishingly High Price Tag," The Washington Post, 6/18/2017)
· "To realize the single-payer dream of coverage for all and big savings, medical industry players, including doctors, would likely have to get paid less and patients would have to accept different standards of access and comfort. There is little evidence most Americans are willing to accept such tradeoffs." (Editorial, "Single-Payer Health Care Would Have An Astonishingly High Price Tag," The Washington Post, 6/18/2017)



Obamacare's Record: 5 Years Of Skyrocketing Premiums
HHS Report: 'Average Premiums Were 105% Higher In 2017 Than In 2013'
SEN. MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Seven years ago, Democrats forced an unfair health care system on our country that they called the 'Affordable Care Act.' It turned out to be anything but. They told Americans it would lower their premiums - but Obamacare has increased premiums by an average of 105 percent in the vast majority of states on the federal exchange since 2013. Unless we act, we can expect similar trends for years to come." (Sen. McConnell, Floor Remarks, 6/26/2017)
THE OBAMACARE RECORD - 2013 to 2017
'Cost Of An Individual Obamacare Policy Has Increased By An Average 105 Percent'
Raw Premium Increases: $2,928 Per Year, $244 Per Month
"The cost of an individual ObamaCare policy has increased by an average 105 percent from 2013 to 2017 in all 39 states that have used the federal exchange, the Trump administration said Tuesday. & average premiums were 105% higher in 2017 than in 2013&" ("Obamacare On Federal Exchanges Increased By Average 105% Since '13: Report," Fox News, 5/23/2017)
HHS: "Increase in Individual Market Monthly Premiums in Healthcare.gov States: Raw Increase: $244, Percent Increase: 105%." (Emphasis Added; "Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013 - 2017," Department Of Heath And Human Services, 5/23/2017)
· HHS: "The average 2013 monthly premium from [Medical Loss Ratio] data submitted by individual market issuers in the 39 states using Healthcare.gov in 2017 was $232. The average monthly premium for plans purchased by individual market consumers in the 39 Healthcare.gov states was $476 in 2017."(Emphasis Added; "Individual Market Premium Changes: 2013 - 2017," Department Of Heath And Human Services, 5/23/2017)
'Cost Doubled In 20 Of The States And Tripled In Three'
"The HHS official said the cost doubled in 20 of the states and tripled in three of them."("Obamacare On Federal Exchanges Increased By Average 105% Since '13: Report," Fox News, 5/23/2017)
HHS: "All 39 states using Healthcare.gov experienced an increase in individual market premiums from 2013 - 2017. In 2017, 62% of States using Healthcare.gov saw premiums double from 2013 rates. Three states - Alaska, Alabama, and Oklahoma - saw premiums triple from 2013-2017." ("Average Health Insurance Premiums Doubled Since 2013," Department of Heath and Human Services, 5/23/2017)
· "Alabama: Average Monthly Premium & Dollar Increase 2013 vs 2017: $397; Percent Increase 2013 vs 2017: 223%"
· "Alaska: Average Monthly Premium & Dollar Increase 2013 vs 2017: $697; Percent Increase 2013 vs 2017: 203%"
· "Oklahoma: Average Monthly Premium & Dollar Increase 2013 vs 2017: $414; Percent Increase 2013 vs 2017: 201%" ("Average Health Insurance Premiums Doubled Since 2013," Department of Heath and Human Services, 5/23/2017)
Posted July 03, 2017

Ralph Norman explains why he is running in SC-5 June 20

I believe in America because I believe in South Carolina's Fifth District. Over the past two months, I have traveled this district. While the individuals I met each had different perspectives, different experiences, different challenges and different hopes, they were all bound by an unabashed optimism. They see, as I do, the incredible potential of our state and county.

South Carolina has long been a leader in principled policy. It is no wonder this year our Congressman, Mick Mulvaney, was called on by President Trump to play a key role in shaping a new budget. Congressman Mulvaney is making us all proud, and as one of the Republican candidates running to take his seat, I admit that his shoes will be hard to fill.

Now is not the time to take the easy road. I am running for Congress because I am called upon to do my part in building a better future for my children and for yours.

I want to put my qualifications to work. I am the only candidate with a successful business record, as well as proven experience - albeit brief - in the political arena. As a businessman, I have provided jobs for hundreds of people in our community and have helped to strengthen our local economy. I understand how the economy works, how to balance a checkbook, and how to deliver a product on time and under budget-skills Congress desperately needs.

During my time at the State House, I have represented my constituents as a principled conservative. The South Carolina Club for Growth, the state's leading conservative watchdog, agrees. Earlier this year, they presented me with the Taxpayer Hero Award and a perfect score on their legislative scorecard.

I take pride in my efforts and approach my responsibilities with the seriousness they deserve. While some politicians are content to go-along to get-along, I know that what happens in Washington has tremendous consequences here at home. I am not afraid to fight Democrats and I am not afraid to fight the leadership from my own party when they are wrong.

My allegiance is to you, the voter. I want to help get big government out of your life, help small businesses to thrive, and give you and your family the freedom to create, innovate and succeed.

As your next Congressman, I will be guided by the Tenth Amendment. I will be committed to returning power and decision-making to the states. I will empower middle class families in South Carolina; those frustrated with government, those who understand the value of personal responsibility, and those who believe in the virtues of faith in God.

I will fight to put our federal government's fiscal house in order, pass an amendment to the Constitution requiring balanced budgets, introduce term limits legislation, and repeal President Obama's misguided one-size-fits-all government-run health care plan.

Today, I am asking for your vote because I want the chance to help create more jobs, more wealth and more opportunity for us all.

I am asking for your vote so that, together, we can help make the American Dream the American reality.

Posted June 13, 2017
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