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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