CNN Democratic Presidential debate - Last Vegas, Oct. 13 at 9 PM. Criteria: 1% in 3 polls: Invited to participate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee. VP Joe Biden will be able to participate if he has declared before the 13th. (Politico)
Speaker John Boehner (R, OH) - retiring from Congress at the end of October. (Politico)
9/15/2015 - Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is considering running for president, as a Democrat. If Trump can do it, he can do it! (USA Today)
Handicapping the 2016 Senate races from Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report: 1/ Pure Toss-Up: Johnson (R-WI); FL open seat (Rubio, R); NV open seat (Reid, D). 2/ Tilt Democrat: Kirk (R-IL); Tilt Republican (Toomey (R-PA); 3/ Lean Democrat: Bennett (D-CO); Lean Republican: Ayotte (R-NH); Burr (R-NC); McCain R-AZ); Portman (R-OH); 4/ Republican Favored: Isakson (R-GA); IN open seat (Coats, R); 5/ Remaining seats are safe Democratic and safe Republican seats.>
8/22/2015 - The 114th congress has 54 Repubs and 46 Dems (includes Ind).
2016 Election: 30 Repubs and 36 Dems are not up for election.
Handicapping the 2016 Senate Races (Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report):
Safe seats: 14 Repubs and 8 Dems;
Competitive seats:10 Repubs and 2 Dems. (specifics to follow)