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Paul Ryan's PAC cuts checks for 2018 GOP House campaigns

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Ryan leaves the podium after holding a press conference. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

Speaker Paul Ryan's PAC will make its largest one-time transfer of the year, giving $715,000 to 143 members of the GOP House Majority for their 2018 campaigns, an aide told Axios:

  • Each of the 143 members will get $5,000 from the Speaker, who raised $44 million last year — a record for a House Speaker in an off-year.
  • Over 140 GOP House chiefs are invited over to Team Ryan's office this morning, where they can pick up the checks and enjoy coffee and bagels.

More midterms: ABC News' George Stephanopoulos announces a rolling "18 for '18" — the network's current picks for the 18 hottest midterm races:

  • Senate: Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • HousePennsylvania 18, Illinois 6, New Hampshire 1, New Jersey 7, Texas 7, Utah 4, Virginia 10 and Washington 8.
  • Governor: California, Colorado, Florida and Michigan.
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Generation Z's next battleground: lowering the voting age

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Tens of thousands participate in the March for Our Lives Rally. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Washington, D.C. is on the verge of becoming the first major U.S. city to allow people as young as 16 to vote in local and federal elections, including for president — under a proposal that has gotten support from a majority of the District’s council and the mayor.

Why it matters: Lowering the voting age to 16 from 18 is a direct attempt to capitalize on the post-millennial generation’s brewing political activism and power that have been radically heightened by the country’s increasingly polarized climate.