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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez is backed by the liberal wing of his party, but fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn seeks the same vacant congressional seat. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

Gomez poised to beat Ahn, win California special election

Latino voters appear poised to power one of their own, California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, to victory Tuesday in a special congressional election that has turned into a test of the power of two ascendant minority communities. Published June 5, 2017

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 19, 2017, after members of the House of Representatives were briefed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cummings raises concerns over potential emolument violations by Trump

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called on The Trump Organization Wednesday to shed more light on the moves it has made to shield President Trump from possible violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Published May 24, 2017

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie speaks during a tea party debate at Goochland High School in Goochland, Va., Saturday, April 22, 2017. He and two others face off in a primary on June 13. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Gillespie touts experience, Bush ties in new ad in Virginia governor's race

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie makes the case in a television ad that the experience he has gained working in the political trenches -- including as an adviser to President George W. Bush -- has given him the expertise needed to improve the lives of middle-class families. Published May 24, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (Associated Press)

Staffer says Sanders failed to harness liberal energy

A former top outreach staffer for Sen. Bernard Sanders' presidential campaign says that behind the scenes the operation was at times a mess as the candidate surrounded himself with his own group of insiders and failed to harness the progressive energy out in the country. Published May 18, 2017

President Donald Trump walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Trump went to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., where he gave the commencement address. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Progressives stick with impeachment demand

Progressive groups doubled down Thursday on their calls for President Trump's impeachment, arguing the selection of a special counsel to handle the investigation in alleged Trump-Russian ties should not deter Congress from initiating the politically charged process. Published May 18, 2017

Using his troubles as an example, President Trump told the graduating class at the Coast Guard Academy, "You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never ever ever give up."

Democrat leaders try to tamp down calls for impeachment

Democratic leaders have tried to pump the brakes on impeachment, but calls are growing among the party's rank-and-file members on Capitol Hill and among progressive activists across the county fed up with President Trump. Published May 17, 2017

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam responds to a moderator during the Democratic debate with former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Virginia Democratic governor candidates split on gas pipeline

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello warned in a Virginia gubernatorial debate Tuesday that Dominion Energy's push to construct a natural gas pipeline in the state is "going to move Virginia backwards" -- as he sought to distance himself from Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the Democratic primary. Published May 16, 2017

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Perriello speaks at the site of the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, May 15, 2017. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

Conservative pasts haunting Virginia governor hopefuls

The Virginia gubernatorial primary has turned into a sprint to the left -- but it's a race for both Democratic candidates, who each have very prominent conservative baggage they're hoping voters will overlook. Published May 15, 2017

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez speaks at a protest against President Donald Trump's new travel ban order in Lafayette Square outside the White House, in Washington, in this Monday, March 6, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) ** FILE **

Tom Perez: Supreme Court ruling on N.C. voter-ID law a 'blow to Republicans'

Tom Perez, the head of the Democratic National Committee, on Monday celebrated the Supreme Court's refusal to reinstate North Carolina's voter ID law, calling it a "huge victory for voters and a massive blow to Republicans trying to restrict access to the ballot, especially in communities of color." Published May 15, 2017