Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Freshmen lawmakers get their feet wet

8:09 pm Nov. 16, 2014

It’s one thing to run a campaign for Congress. It’s another to win a race for the U.S. House and Senate. And then, it’s a completely different challenge to come to Capitol Hill and not

Republicans press budget fight over immigration

10:29 am Nov. 13, 2014

Even before President Obama has issued executive actions on immigration, Republicans in the Congress are calling for the approval of a plan to block the Obama Administration from granting work permits and green cards for people in the United States illegally.

“Unfortunately, since the president seems intent on bypassing the people’s representatives in Congress, we must do the only thing we can and exercise our power of the purse,” said Rep.

A day of smiles for Republicans

11:23 am Nov. 12, 2014

With no fanfare just after 9:30 this morning, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell – soon to be Senate Majority Leader – entered the Capitol, flashing a gigantic smile on his face, giving me a wave as he headed up the stairs to his office just off the Senate floor.

It could have been any other day of the year – but McConnell’s smile gave away the excitement of Republicans right now,

Election questions loom for Democrats

7:41 pm Nov. 11, 2014

As the lame duck session of the Congress begins on Wednesday afternoon, Democrats return to Capitol Hill looking at election losses that will see them not only in the minority in both the U.S. House and Senate, but also in a number of state legislatures around the country.

“Look, the last election that produced so few House Democrats was the one in 1928,” said Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) in an email

Still counting votes for Congress

8:11 pm Nov. 10, 2014

Even as newly-elected lawmakers get ready to fly to Washington, D.C. for freshmen orientation meetings this week, there are still some races for the U.S. House and Senate that still haven’t been settled, a week after voters went to the polls on Election Day.

As of now, Republicans have picked up seven seats in the U.S. Senate, and still have the chance to win two more. The GOP leads in

Immigration looms as late year flash point

5:40 pm Nov. 6, 2014

Even as Republicans get ready to take charge of the U.S. Senate in January, all signs are pointing to a intense political showdown before that change in power occurs over executive actions on immigration by President Obama, which could well thrust the issue to the top of the agenda in the new Congress.

A day after the President made clear he would push ahead with unilateral actions, Speaker John Boehner joined

More questions about election polling

7:46 pm Nov. 5, 2014

After seeing polls in 2012 that often produced a result which underestimated support for President Obama and overestimated the backing for Republicans, the quick review of polling in the 2014 elections raises even more questions

Republicans swamp Dems, take over Senate

4:47 am Nov. 5, 2014

Whether it meets your personal definition of a “wave” election or not, Republicans won a major victory at the polls on Tuesday, winning more than enough seats to take control of the Senate, bolstering their