Tales from the Trail

Hoyer, Clyburn compete for House leadership post

clyburn_stenyU.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will win his bid to remain in party leadership in the soon-to-be Republican-led chamber, a source close to Hoyer said on Sunday.

“We’re going to win,” the source said.

But a spokeswoman for the current House Democratic Whip James Clyburn, who’s trying to fend off a Hoyer challenge, fired back: “We dispute that.” She voiced confidence in Clyburn’s candidacy, saying he has broad support in the Democratic caucus.

With Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi running to be minority leader when the new House convenes in January, Hoyer and Clyburn — her two top lieutenants — are seeking the No. 2 job.

Hoyer and Clyburn are lining up support from fellow House Democrats, who are to votes in leadership elections when Congress returns for a lame-duck session.

Two leadership aides said they did not know who would prevail. But they said they expected the race to be effectively decided within the next 48 hours or so.

Fed’s challenge to Arizona immigration law piles pressure on Democrats

When President Barack Obama’s administration sued Arizona over the state’s tough-as-nails immigration law this week, he piled pressure on House Democrats in the state facing a tough battle for reelection in November, analysts say.

OBAMA/The administration on Tuesday argued that the Arizona law, which requires state and local police to investigate the immigration status of anyone who they reasonably suspect is in the country illegally, is unconstitutional and would sap law enforcement resources.

Analysts say the move wrong footed several House Democrats locked in competitive reelection races in the desert border state, where the new immigration law consistently scores solid poll ratings among a broad spectrum of voters.

Hoyer draws jeers, cheers at healthcare town hall

It was the largest town hall meeting of his career, and the crowd of 1,500 was raucous and ready.

When the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, arrived to promote healthcare overhaul, they pounced. FINANCIAL/

“You’re late,” a woman roared. Hoyer showed up nine minutes behind schedule for the meeting in Waldorf, Maryland.