5) The Iowa legislature on Thursday approved
a measure that would set new congressional and legislative district boundaries, prompting Rep. Dave Loebsack
(D) to announce that he would move to Johnson County to run in the new 2nd District. The new map pairs him with Rep. Bruce Braley
(D) in the 1st District.
4) The budget compromise went to a vote
in Congress Thursday, and while it passed both chambers, 59 House Republicans rejected the measure. Twenty-seven of the 59 House Republicans who bucked the leadership were freshmen.
3) President Obama returned
home Thursday for the first time since formally announcing his re-election bid, using past and present stars of the Chicago Bulls (Derrick Rose included!) to cap an evening of fundraising that could bring in about $2 million.
2) The House is poised today to pass
Rep. Paul Ryan'
s (R-Wis.) budget plan, but the plan is sure to be derailed in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Keep an eye, particularly, on the Republicans in swing districts and how they split on the measure.
1) Montana promises to feature one of 2012's marquee Senate contests. On Thursday, we got a glimpse of the beginning of the money race between Sen. Jon Tester
(D) and Rep. Denny Rehberg
(R), and Tester came out on top. Tester's campaign announced that he raised $1.16 million during the first three months of the year, ending with $1.45 million cash on hand. Rehberg's campaign announced that he raised about $1.05 million, banking over $932,000, though $500,000 of what Rehberg announced as part of his first quarter haul was money transferred over from his House account; Rehberg only actively raised about $580,000 since the beginning of the year.
Elsewhere, Sen. Bob Casey
$1.1 million during the first three months of the year and had more than $2.1 million cash on hand at the end of the period, according to his campaign. Stay tuned to Hotline On Call
later today for a more complete Senate fundraising roundup and a look at who over-performed and underperformed during the 1st quarter.
Updated at 9:15 a.m. with further detail on Rehberg's fundraising figures