The view from D.C.

Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., has its own newspaper, Roll Call, and it has been keeping track of the musical chairs surrounding Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat since Harry Reid bowed out of the 2016 race.

“The Republican field has been slow to develop, in part because the focus has been on [Nevada's] legislative session,” Roll Call reported this week in a piece on possible GOP contenders. As befits a D.C. newspaper, it took notice particularly of a U.S. House member, Joe Heck.

“He has had proven success winning in the competitive 3rd [House] district, pulling off a 7-point victory in 2012, even as President Barack Obama won the swing territory by 1 percent. Heck would also start off with a financial advantage, having finished the first quarter with $920,000 in his campaign account.”

For reasons generally ranging from reluctance to lack of gravitas, Roll Call generally counts out of the running Brian Sandoval, Brian Krolicki, Bob Beers (the only announced candidate) and Mark Hutchison.