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Hotline Sort: Snowe Gives Obama Failing Grade

March 27, 2012
5) Washington Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna wants to debate Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee 15 (yes, that's not a typo) times in the gubernatorial race. The AP reports an Inslee spokeswoman said on Monday that Inslee won't participate in a June 12 Spokane debate because the sponsoring organization had operated in bad faith by releasing a statement in January confirming the debate before the Inslee campaign agreed to it. She added that Inslee has agreed to three debates, and will likely agree to about six. 4) Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is considering a gubernatorial bid, has over $453,000 in the bank, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. But since February, Barrett has raised $72,712 and spent $55,322 -- netting only about $17,000. 3) Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., will pay a second fine per his agreement with Elizabeth Warren to curb the influence of outside groups in the Senate race. The American Petroleum Institute ran issue ads mentioning Brown, so Brown will make a donation to the charity of Warren's choosing. 2) Meanwhile, the Boston Globe looks at Brown's stepped-up focus on women voters:

This month, Brown has made radio ads, written a letter, appeared on CNN, and spoken on the Senate floor to reinforce his support for giving women a greater role in combat, and for reauthorizing the federal Violence Against Women Act.

1) As The Supreme Court continues hearing a case over President Obama's health care law, new polling shows many Americans unhappy with it: -- In the new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, Americans stand against requiring individuals to buy health insurance. When asked if "the federal government should or should not be able to require all Americans to obtain health insurance or else pay a fine," just 28 percent said they supported the mandate; 66 percent opposed it. Impressions of the law as a whole produced more mixed results: 43 percent of adults said they favored it and 46 percent opposed it. -- A new CBS/New York Times poll shows that 51 percent disapprove of requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance coverage by 2014 while 45 percent approve. On the law as a whole, 47 percent disapprove while 36 percent approve.
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