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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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"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader, my leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Associated Press/File)

Pelosi says she's staying: 'I think I'm worth the trouble'

Defiant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she's not going anywhere, brushing back complaints from rank-and-file Democrats that she has led them to political oblivion and insisting that whatever the election losses she has overseen, she is "worth the trouble." Published June 22, 2017

Jan Yanes and other backers of House Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff had red-state blues Tuesday night in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

Democrats at a loss for explanation after another special-election defeat

After losing another special election that party leaders had hoped would signal a rebuke of the Trump presidency, Democrats on Wednesday cast about for someone or something to blame: from Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House Democrats, to ill-managed campaigns to candidates who were too liberal — or not liberal enough. Published June 21, 2017

Karen Handel makes an early appearance to thank her supporters after the first returns come in during her election night party in the 6th District race with Jon Ossoff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Republican Handel wins runoff for Georgia seat in House

The high hopes Democrats had of striking a political blow against President Trump in the battle for Georgia's open congressional seat were shattered Tuesday. Republican Karen Handel emerged victorious in the runoff race for the U.S. House seat in Georgia's 6th Congressional District -- beating back the "Resistance" movement and defending a seat in the wealthy Atlanta suburbs the GOP has held for decades. Published June 20, 2017

Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District talks to supporters during a stop at a campaign office in Chamblee, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. The race between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is seen as a significant political test for the new Trump Administration. The district traditionally goes Republican, but most consider the race too close to call as voters head to the polls on Tuesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Ossoff tries to overcome Pelosi ties in Georgia House race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is not on the ballot in the runoff race Tuesday for Georgia's open congressional seat, but Republicans are pushing to make sure the California Democrat is on voters' minds when they go to the polls. Published June 19, 2017

Republican Karen Handel campaigns at a restaurant in Johns Creek, Ga., Friday, June 16, 2017, ahead of runoff election to replace former Rep. Tom Price. Democrat Jon Ossoff is trying for an upset over Handel in the GOP-leaning 6th Congressional District that stretches across greater Atlanta's northern suburbs. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz) ** FILE **

Handel: Ad politicizing Scalise shooting is 'disgusting'

Republican Karen Handel on Monday called on a GOP-aligned group to pull a television ad that warns a vote for her opponent Democrat Jon Ossoff is a vote for the "unhinged left" that is celebrating the shooting of Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Published June 19, 2017

Bikers for Trump canvassed a suburban Atlanta neighborhood this weekend on behalf of a Republican Karen Handel in a hard-fought runoff race against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, carried the group's flag from door to door. (Seth McLaughlin/The Washington Times)

Bikers for Trump rumble into Georgia with message in Handel vs. Ossoff election

The political activity from Bikers for Trump is symbolic of the interest that the Georgia race has drawn from both parties as well as outside groups battling for bragging rights in a closer-than-expected battle. The historically Republican 6th District was once Newt Gingrich's seat, but Mr. Trump carried it by less than 2 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in November. Published June 18, 2017

Television crews line the emergency entrance at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was taken after being shot in Alexandria, Va., during a Congressional baseball practice. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Corey Stewart: Democrats have 'blood on their hands'

A day after falling just shy of winning his party's gubernatorial nomination in Virginia, Corey Stewart blamed Wednesday's shooting that left a member of Congress and others wounded on Democrats. Published June 14, 2017

In this March 16, 2016, file photo, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Lawmakers cheer news that congressional game is still on

House leaders received a standing ovation Wednesday after announcing the congressional baseball game is still on, hours after a gunman opened fire on members of the Republican squad as they squeezed in a final practice before their charity showdown with their Democratic colleagues. Published June 14, 2017

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the House Freedom Caucus whose conservative GOP members derailed the Republican health care bill last week, leaves a closed-door strategy session with Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and the leadership as they try to rebuild unity within the Republican Conference, at the Capitol, in Washington, in this Tuesday, March 28, 2017, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

David Brat: Shooting could force rethink of town hall security

Rep. David Brat said Wednesday's shooting in Virginia shows how exposed lawmakers can be in public and could force elected leaders to rethink security at the sometimes unruly town hall meetings they hold in their home districts. Published June 14, 2017

FILE - In this Wednesday April 5, 2017, file photo, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, center, speaks to the media during a news conference on Medicaid expansion prior to the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Northam and Tom Perriello are promising fierce resistance to Trump's immigration positions and are embracing policies such as allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Our Revolution knocks WaPo endorsement of Northam in Va. gubernatorial race

The political organization that rose from the ashes of Sen. Bernard Sanders' presidential campaign is urging voters to ignore The Washington Post's endorsement of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary, saying the newspaper has a bad track record and lost some credibility last year when it backed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. Published June 9, 2017