House and Senate will likely have new small business leaders next year. Who’s in line?

Outside of Ohio, Steve Chabot’s name may not mean much to small business owners.

However, he may soon be one of their most influential representatives in Washington.

Rep. Chabot (R) is the most likely candidate to replace Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) as chairman of the House Small Business Committee at the end of the year, according to a congressional staffer familiar with the discussions. Graves will be stepping down in accordance with self-imposed six-year term limits agreed to by all House Republicans.

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In the Loop: Obama really wants Ruemmler for AG, but can he get her confirmed in time?

We’ve written  that President Obama and senior players at the White House really, really want to nominate former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler to replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

One potential hurdle, we noted, is that she’s never been confirmed by the Senate, which may make it harder to get her through the Senate during the post-election lame-duck session scheduled to begin Nov. 12.

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Pat Roberts started October with $1.3M in campaign account for stretch run

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) started the month with $1.3 million in his campaign account for the final stretch of his tough reelection campaign against independent challenger Greg Orman.

Roberts raised nearly $1.7 million from July to September. Faced with a competitive August primary and a tough race against Orman, the incumbent spent about $2.4 million during that time.

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Romney redux? Democrats focus on GOP candidate’s corporate past in Georgia race.

MARIETTA, Ga. — After attacking President Obama over his handling of the Ebola crisis and the Islamic State terrorist group, businessman and Republican Senate candidate David Perdue turned defensive this week when asked about his record on outsourcing jobs.

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The Fix: The Cory Gardner high school football ‘controversy’, explained.

Cory Gardner figures that what he needs to know about big-league politics he learned as a fullback and middle linebacker for an eastern Colorado high school so small that the guys had to play both offense and defense.

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She The People: In North Carolina, same-sex marriage goes to church

CHARLOTTE — Standing ovations, applause, the sounds of tambourines — and rainbow colors everywhere, on banners and flags and adorning the stoles around the shoulders of clergy celebrating the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina. In a city known for its churches, Holy Trinity Lutheran hosted an interfaith service that resembled a party, as a crowd of 250 — including many same-sex couples and their families — filled seats downstairs and in the balcony.

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The Fix: Jon Stewart on the ridiculousness of debate season

After all the endless debates of the past two weeks, we should have a really good idea about what all the Senate candidates stand for, no?

Or not. As Jon Stewart points out, there was a lot of talk about Obama from both parties — nothing good — lamenting the Obama-Pryor, Obama-Landrieu, Obama-Aiken economies and trying to capitalize on the fear caused by ISIS and Ebola — as well as plenty of evading the problem of having any firm stances on policy (looking at you and Kynect, McConnell) — but not too much else.

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The Fix: QUIZ: Can you tell which Senate race this debate line came from?

When outside groups start tinkering in unfamiliar states with an eye toward making the Senate/House redder or bluer, and national media cover every close race like a presidential one, you start to notice something about how congressional races unfold. Mainly that it becomes harder and harder to tell them apart, as campaigns begin using the same attacks in the same fashion, and candidates render themselves in the blandest tones possible, hoping that blending in is the least painful path toward victory.

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Federal Diary: Federal workers facing tougher time if GOP wins control of the Senate

Republicans have a good chance to win the Senate on Nov. 4. No one expects them to lose the House.

So what would a Capitol Hill controlled by Republicans mean for millions of people — federal employees, retirees and their families — directly affected by congressional action?

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DNC plans to pump up House, Senate campaign funds in push toward Election Day

The Democratic National Committee is preparing to transfer large sums of campaign cash to the party’s House and Senate campaign committees in the run-up to Election Day, according to party officials familiar with the plans.

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The Fix: The 13 best Fix posts of the week

Kick back and relax with my favorite posts from the expanding Fix posse from the week that was.

1. Why this Joe Biden gaffe matters

2. Why losing the Senate could help make President Obama’s last two years more productive 

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The Fix: The Washington Post’s election model gives Republicans a 95% chance of winning the Senate. Um, what?

The Washington Post’s Election Lab — our statistical model designed to predict outcomes of the various races on the ballot this fall — is currently showing Republicans with a 95 percent chance of winning the Senate. While most political handicappers suggest Republicans have an edge in the battle for the Senate majority, few would say it is as heavily tilted toward the GOP as Election Lab. And, even other statistical models — kept by FiveThirtyEight and the New York Times — project far more caution about the likely outcome in 25 days time. I reached out to John Sides, Ben Highton and Eric McGhee, who put together the model behind Election Lab,  for some answers.  Our conversation, edited only for grammar, is below.

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Clinton documents on Monica Lewinsky and Whitewater to be released Friday

The Clinton Presidential Library is releasing the seventh batch of previously unseen documents from his presidency Friday. And a big chunk of this document dump can be summed up in one word: scandal.

The papers will cover some of the biggest crises of the Clinton presidency, including the pardon of financier Marc Rich; Whitewater; Vince Foster, the former White House counsel who committed suicide; Lani Guinier, who Clinton unsuccessfully tried to be head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division; and — of course — Monica Lewinsky.

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The Fix: The 13 races that will decide Senate control

The six seats most likely to flip party control in our newest Fix rankings of the Senate are all currently controlled by Democrats — a series of ratings that suggest Republicans are poised to pick up the six seats they need to retake control of the upper chamber in 25 days time.

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Meet Larry Pressler, the one-man band shaking up the battle for the Senate majority

Larry Pressler doesn’t roll deep.

The independent Senate candidate has one paid campaign staffer. His driver is his wife, Harriet. He is his own campaign manager. Compared to his opponents, he’s only raised pocket change.

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GOP Senate hopeful in Alaska preaches “more freedom, less government”

The Fix: Seen one Senate debate this year? Then you’ve seen them all. [VIDEO]

For those of you who’ve been closely watching the midterm elections, it can sometimes feel like all the candidates are saying the same things. Well, that’s because they are.

Listening to the latest round of Senate debates Tuesday night — in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia and Colorado — we couldn’t help but ask: Is there an echo in the room?

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Pat Roberts: The ‘rest of the country’ counting on Kansas for Senate majority

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) made an urgent plea for another term Wednesday, telling viewers during an afternoon debate that the Republican Senate majority depends on his reelection.

“The eyes of the nation are on Kansas,” Roberts said. “The rest of the country is counting on us to get it right this election. It will be up to us, to Kansas, to determine who will be in the majority.”

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Five things debate-a-palooza revealed about the battle for the Senate

Candidates debated Tuesday in five battleground Senate races — North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia and Colorado — offering a glimpse at their strategies during the final 27 days of the campaign.

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In the Loop: Does it matter that we don’t have a surgeon general in place right now?

In the midst of the Ebola crisis, the United States doesn’t have a confirmed surgeon general in place.

President Obama’s choice to be the nation’s “top doctor” couldn’t get the votes in the Senate in March, largely because of pressure from the National Rifle Association.

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