Getting Dave Re-elected Declared Top Priority for House GOP

Congressional Republicans, seeking to counter efforts by President Barack Obama and Democrats to win the House next year, are launching a program Monday aimed at preserving their 17-seat majority.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will unveil what it dubs the “Patriot Program,” which will provide support to the party’s most endangered incumbents.

Republicans say the objective is to shore up members facing the toughest races before the 2014 election season heats up in earnest. They say they want to spend much of next year focusing their firepower on vulnerable Democrats with an eye toward building on their majority.

“We know that Barack Obama’s most important goal is to get Nancy Pelosi elected speaker of the House,” Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, who is helping to oversee the Patriot Program, said in an interview. “This is an offensive program that will expand the playing field by helping keep members who are critical to our majority.”

The 11 Republicans who are being named to the Patriot Program are: Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California, Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Bob Gibbs and David Joyce of Ohio, Chris Gibson of New York, Joe Heck of Nevada, Steve Southerland of Florida and Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
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Rep. Dave Joyce outstrips congressional challenger Michael Wager in fundraising

Collecting big bucks from political action committees during the first quarter of 2013 helped newly elected GOP Rep. Dave Joyce outstrip the fundraising tally from his potential Democratic challenger Michael Wager.

Joyce, who is among the Democratic party’s top political targets next year, collected $172.500 from political action committees and $61,700 from individuals this year to finish the quarter with a $463,374 bankroll, newly filed Federal Election Commission reports show.

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Ohio: Joyce Raised $234,000 in First Quarter

Rep. David Joyce raised a strong $234,200 during the first quarter of this year, according to fundraising figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

Joyce, perhaps Ohio’s most vulnerable House Republican, ended last month with $463,000 in the bank.

Joyce’s haul shows he is taking his 2014 re-election seriously, building cash reserves for the Cleveland television market.

Democrats have already indicated they plan to target the 14th District as a pick-up opportunity in 2014. As early as December, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named Joyce as a top GOP target in an interview with CQ Roll Call.

Local Republicans picked Joyce as their nominee last August after now former GOP Rep. Steven C. LaTourette suddenly announced his retirement late in the cycle.

In November, Joyce defeated a perennial Democratic candidate by 15 points and coasted to a first term. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney carried the 14th District by 3 points.

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Rep. David Joyce looks back on first 100 days

Depending on what you’re doing, 100 days can either seem like a lifetime or go by in the blink of an eye.

I’d have to say, my first 100 days in Washington certainly falls into the latter category. I wanted to take some time to share with you what I’ve been working on in Washington for the people at home in Northeast Ohio.

As the son of a World War II veteran, my dad always talked about how, if our country didn’t get its financial house in order, the debt would be passed on to our children and grandchildren.

Well, no longer can we talk about our debt in terms of how it will affect the next generation, because it’s impacting us today — right now. Let me throw a couple of facts at you. We have borrowed as much as $3.8 billion a day and spent close to $200 billion last year just to pay the interest on our debt.


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Rothenberg: Is the House in Play? A District-by-District Assessment

Now, add districts where Obama almost won and Democrats had relatively weak House candidates. That would include two districts in Pennsylvania — now held by GOP incumbents Patrick Meehan and Michael G. Fitzpatrick — and one in Ohio (held by freshman Rep. David Joyce).



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Dave Meets With Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Farm and Dairy: Washington lawmakers talk budget cuts and sequestration with Ohio Farm Bureau, Kick

During a forum hosted by Reps. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, Farm Bureau members heard from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Ohio representatives Brad Wenstrup and David Joyce.

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“Violence is violence and it has absolutely zero place in our society”

Plain Dealer: Six Ohio Republicans buck party to back Violence Against Women bill, Sabrina Eaton

… “Violence is violence and it has absolutely zero place in our society,” said Joyce, who served as Geauga County’s prosecutor before his election to Congress. “Now victims of violence will receive crucial services they need and law enforcement will have the resources to help our most vulnerable.”

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