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The Hill: Moderate Blue Dogs see new influence over Dem recruitment

The Hill reports:

Moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition are endorsing a slate of candidates Thursday in Republican-leaning districts, as they look to put their mark on the party’s 2018 midterm push.

The group has been working hand-in-glove with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on recruiting candidates, a departure from previous years when moderates found themselves kicked to the curb by the House Democratic campaign arm.

As Democrats look at an expanded battlefield that includes 24 GOP-held House districts won by Hillary Clinton in November, Blue Dogs believe their expanded seat at the Democratic campaigning table will help to broaden the party’s appeal to include more moderate voters.

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National Journal: Moderate House Democrats Grow Their Ranks

The National Journal writes:

As House Demo­crats start their fourth con­sec­ut­ive Con­gress in the minor­ity, the moderate bloc of the caucus ap­pears to be sta­ging a comeback.

The party’s two cent­rist co­ali­tions, the Blue Dogs and New Demo­crats, are re­port­ing a boost in mem­ber­ship for the 115th Con­gress, with slightly few­er than half of the in­com­ing fresh­man Demo­crats join­ing their ranks.

Lead­ers of the groups are tout­ing the in­crease as a prom­ising sign for the party as it struggles to win back eco­nomy-minded voters in swing seats. And some mem­bers hope to lever­age their num­bers in­to a lar­ger stra­tegic role in pre­par­a­tions for the midterms.

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The Hill: Democrats need to be ‘big tent’ party

The Hill writes,

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Friday said Democrats need to be a “big tent” party amid clashes over whether candidates are sufficiently progressive enough to be backed by the national party.

“I think we have to have a big tent,” Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the Oversight panel and a frequent television presence for the party, said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Because it’s one thing to say, ‘OK, I don’t want to be bothered with these folks.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘Let’s pull them under the tent, so we can be effective and efficient in getting something done.’ Period.”

Cummings also talked about how conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats helped the party win legislative victories in the Obama years.

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Arizona Capitol Times: Sinema, Biggs offer views on health care changes

The Arizona Capitol Times writes,

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who joined Biggs in a forum sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, said the original bill rolled out by House Speaker Paul Ryan, the American Health Care Act, was “bad.”

“It was basically Obamacare but worse,” she said.

Sinema, a member the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, said bipartisanship is the most effective way to pass health care reform.

“If (Ryan) wants to get something done, there is a group of Blue Dogs that are willing to do this,” Sinema said. “And we are fiscally conservative Democrats that are willing to find market-based solutions, and I think it would make a lot of sense for him to come and talk to us.”

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Orange County Register: New Democratic Congressman Lou Correa goes to Washington, D.C.

The Orange County Register writes,

Jose Luis Correa was the first in his family to graduate from high school, going on to earn MBA and law degrees from UCLA. He’s lived in the district nearly his entire life.

In the November race to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Correa trounced then-Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen, 70 percent to 30 percent.

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“He’s a good guy who knows how to get along with people,” Baugh said, noting Correa’s sensitivity to the priorities of his constituents. “He votes his district and he’s not beholden to one side or the other.”

Besides his burgeoning relationships on both sides of the Congressional aisle, this approach manifests itself in his membership in two moderate Democratic Capitol Hill groups, the Blue Dog Coalition and the New Democratic Coalition. He’s also building a reputation of lending early support to GOP-sponsored bills he agrees with.

While he opposed the GOP proposal to replace Obamacare, he readily acknowledges what he views as the shortcomings of the current plan and has called on Republicans to help fix it.

“I’m not a partisan guy,” Correa said. “I really hate the Republican versus Democrat stuff. Nobody has a monopoly on wisdom.”

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