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  • 14 open House seats, few takeover opportunities in coming election

    WASHINGTON More than 90 percent of House incumbents routinely get re-elected, so open seats are a hot commodity. Five months into the 114th Congress, 14 House members have announced their departure, but just four of the seats they are leaving behind can be considered competitive.
  • As ocean drilling expands, Obama administration turns blind eye to offshore fracking

    America's coastal communities got some disturbing news recently when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell pledged to open "vast areas" of the ocean to oil drilling. Under the shadow of the anniversary of the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Obama...

    Why don't more women run for office?

    Why don't more women run for office?
    No congressional seat is owned lock and stock by a family, particularly given public antipathy to those who hold office. But it was tempting to think that might be the case for the Capps family of Santa Barbara. Walter Capps, a UC Santa Barbara religion...

    Rep. Lois Capps of Santa Barbara announces she will retire in 2016

    Rep. Lois Capps of Santa Barbara announces she will retire in 2016
    Rep. Lois Capps, a former nurse known for a kind demeanor in a Congress where that quality is often lacking, announced Wednesday that she would retire when her term expires next year. The Santa Barbara Democrat was elected to Congress in a 1998 special...

    A voting-rights pioneer, Cuban dissidents among State of Union guests

    A voting-rights pioneer, Cuban dissidents among State of Union guests
    A mom who is an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally will be the guest of a California congressman at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech. An Alabama lawmaker invited a 103-year-old voting-rights pioneer, who is portrayed in the movie "Selma,"...