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Sen. Joni Ernst headlines Arizona fundraiser for Sen. John McCain's 2016 campaign

Sen. John McCain takes advantage of Congress’ district work period this week with a fundraiser on Friday in his home state. The Arizona Republican will throw a high-dollar party in Scottsdale for his 2016 campaign, which would find him running for a sixth term in the Senate. Party organizers are calling the fundraiser a “winning women luncheon,” and a look at the bold-named lady attendees on the invite certainly drives home the idea. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst – a conservative darling since she shot onto the national stage last year with her memorable hog castration-themed TV ad about cutting government ...

PT Round-up: Cleveland gets Ready for Hillary, Gov. Chris Christie parties in New Hampshire, and Jeb Bush fundraises like crazy; plus, the return of Eric Cantor to Party Time!

Since it’s the Monday of a holiday weekend, party people, we hope this weekly roundup finds you snuggled up against the cold snap that’s kicking the backsides of Northeasterners – or, perhaps, prepping for a party! With Congress out of D.C. on one of those enviable “district work periods,” the usual Capitol Hill hotspots won’t see their usual Party Time traffic. But PT’s social calendar shows that politicians aren’t totally taking the week off, shaking their moneymakers in their home states instead of the District. The partying schedule this week takes us from Alabama to Arizona, from Wisconsin to Wyoming, ...

PT Round-up: President Obama headlines San Francisco fundraiser, Gov. Chris Christie goes to Iowa, Jeb Bush parties for Right to Rise PAC and Heather Podesta throws funder for Democrats; plus, Valentine's Day fun

Ready those checkbooks, party people, because fundraiser season just revved into high gear. After a quiet January (at least by Party Time standards), politicians are prepping for a busy week – and month – of receptions, luncheons and breakfast gatherings. It’s basically the opposite of what Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., suggested last month. In a blog post, Deutch floated the idea of “Fundraising Free February,” where members of Congress would pledge to “put the permanent campaign on hold when we are in Washington and Congress is in session.” The response so far? Crickets, according to the Palm Beach Post. Although ...

PT Round-up: Sen. Rand Paul goes to Iowa, Rep. Gwen Moore raises money over breakfast, Sen. Harry Reid revs up for 2016, and a Democratic challenger to Sen. Rob Portman parties in D.C.

Hello, party people! After a jam-packed January full of 2016 positioning, we are diving right into February, hearts full of anticipation. What will this next month bring? Already, Party Time can tell there is plenty more presidential politicking on the horizon. On Thursday in Washington, the American Principles Project – a nonprofit that advocates on social conservative issues – hosts two governors who have their eyes on a higher office. Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., will keynote a lunchtime discussion about hot button topic Common Core, where tickets go for $50 a plate. In the evening, former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, ...

PT Round-up: Rep. Barbara Comstock has an open house, Wisconsin judges party hard, Ready for Hillary throws D.C. fundraiser, and Rep. Steny Hoyer hits the slopes

Hiya, party animals! As we wrap up this first month of the 114th Congress, politicians continue to keep their noses to the grindstone, filling their days with votes, meetings and press conferences. From what Party Time can tell, all that actual working is keeping members of Congress away from the real halls of power – the fundraising funhouses that bring together wealthy donors and the politicians who love them. Over here at PT, we do our very best to keep track of all of the political partying, whether it’s happening on K Street or Main Street. But we need your ...