2012

Alan Grayson to Challenge Soto for His Old Seat
‘I don’t need anyone’s permission to run for office’

Former Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., will run for his old seat against Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson will challenge Rep. Darren Soto for his old seat in the Democratic primary.

“I don’t need anyone’s permission to run for office. What I’ve done is ask the people,” Grayson said. “I can run anywhere in the state; I could run from Key West to Pensacola.”

Gregg Harper Hopes Disability Internship Program Expands After His Departure
Retiring House Administration chairman cites his son as an inspiration

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., right, poses with his son Livingston and Vice President Mike Pence last year. Harper said Livingston was the impetus for his internship program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. (Courtesy Rep. Gregg Harper’s office)

As Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will grow and lead to more alumni getting hired.

Helping the disabled has been a priority for the Mississippi Republican since his election to the House in 2008. He has sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to help people with disabilities transition into adulthood, including his Transition toward Excellence, Achievement, and Mobility, or TEAM, Act in 2013, which stalled in committee.

Former Rep. Steve Stockman Found Guilty of 23 Fraud Charges
Faces decades in prison at sentencing scheduled for August

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, was found guilty of all but one of the 24 charges he faced. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A federal jury on Thursday found former Rep. Steve Stockman guilty of 23 felony charges related to misusing charitable contributions.

The former conservative firebrand was found guilty of all but one of the four wire fraud charges he faced, the Texas Tribune reported.

Paul Ryan’s Hits, Misses and Too-Soon-To-Tells
Speaker’s retirement comes with a lot of question marks

House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during his press conference Wednesday to announce his retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s decision to leave Congress next year will close a chapter to a whirlwind tenure as speaker and a record that has yet to receive a full reckoning.

The Wisconsin Republican took over the speaker’s gavel after John A. Boehner resigned in the face of increasing pressure from the more conservative wings of the House GOP caucus.

Jury Begins Deliberation in Stockman Case
Former Texas congressman had a history of trolling the media and voters

Closing arguments ended Monday in the fraud trial of former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ex-Aide Said He Lacked Character to Challenge Stockman
Former aide has agreed to testify against his former boss in hopes of a lenient sentence

An aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said he knew he was conducting illegal activity on Stockman's behalf. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former aide to former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman said he lacked the character to challenge Stockman in his alleged money siphoning scheme.

Jason Posey, who plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering last year, has testified against his former boss in Stockman’s trial for using money meant for charitable causes to pay for campaign and personal expenses without paying taxes.

Ex-Aide Testifies Stockman Planned to Have Him ‘Take the Blame for Everything’
‘I had been a complete fool for trusting Mr. Stockman,’ onetime aide says in former congressman’s fraud trial

A onetime aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman testified Tuesday that he realized the congressman was going to leave him holding the bag in a fraud scheme. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll file photo)

A former aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman testified Tuesday that the Texas Republican told him that he would be the person to take the blame for a fraud scheme.

Jason Posey is one of two aides who pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Stockman in his fraud trial in hopes of a more lenient sentence.

Former Stockman Aide Testifies ‘I Just Do What I’m Told’
Said he was ordered to write checks to himself and another aide in former congressman’s corruption trial

A former aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said when he introduced himself to other members of Stockman's staff he said, "I just do what I'm told." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A onetime aide to former Rep. Steve Stockmantestified in the Texas Republican’s fraud trial that his job was to “just do what I’m told.”

Jason Posey was one of two former aides to Stockman who pleaded guilty in an attempt to get a more lenient sentence, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Ryan Challenger Randy Bryce Raised $2.1 Million Last Quarter
Wisconsin Democrat faces long odds in challenge to speaker

Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, who is challenging Speaker Paul D. Ryan in the 1st District, raised $2 million in the last fundraising quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, a long-shot challenger to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, raised $2.1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, his campaign announced Monday.

Bryce, an ironworker, gained national attention last year for his campaign announcement ad that highlighted his personal story and took aim at Ryan for pushing for the repeal of the 2010 health care law.

Former Aide Testifies Stockman Misspent Funds
Thomas Dodd pleaded guilty last year to his part in misusing charitable donations

A onetime aide to former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, testified about Stockman’s use of charitable donations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)