In the past few days, a pair of Republican Congressmen from California have announced their retirement. Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Ed Royce (CA-39) were clearly in challenging races during a difficult political environment. Their retirements shift both races a bit more in the Democrats’ favor. However, the bigger story is the growing number of Republican retirements that is creating a wider playing field for Democrats to make gains in their effort to win control of the House. The more retirements we see in competitive races like these, the more likely it is that Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House again next January.