Democrats Confident In Regaining House | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Democrats Confident In Regaining House

Play associated audio
Political observers are waiting to see which side will dominate Capitol Hill after the election.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcolman/542403931
Political observers are waiting to see which side will dominate Capitol Hill after the election.

Local Democrats think they have a shot at retaking the U.S. House after this year's elections, but analysts say they're not expecting any drastic changes.

The big question on political observers' minds is, who will hold the gavels on Capitol Hill next year? Democrats report momentum on their side after they've launched a series of attacks on the GOP for the party's stance on gender issues, like contraceptive coverage.

But Dave Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the Cook Political Report, says Democrats are getting a little ahead of themselves by thinking they can retake the House.

"We're not seeing a wave election," he says. "What we're seeing is more of a whirlpool where in one set of Districts, Democrats have the advantage of a political environment that's much closer to 2008, and in another set of Districts it's looking a lot like 2010. And the net result is not a large exchange of seats in the House."

As for local races, House seats in Virginia aren't expected to change hands this year. But Democrats have a shot at picking Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's Sixth District seat in Maryland.

NPR

Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.
NPR

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

A pilot found himself hungry during a midflight delay. But instead of just buying a pizza for himself, he bought 50 pizzas for the entire Frontier Airlines plane.
NPR

Administration Officials Defend Funding Request To Stem Border Crisis

President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
NPR

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.