-- It's not just Democrats who are avoiding their national convention. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., former Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle and former New Mexico Republican Rep. Heather Wilson announced that they'll be skipping the GOP convention in Tampa to campaign at home. Even in the current partisan environment, moderation is still a strong suit in several key races. Just ask Angus King in Maine. -- Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona used the events of the week to put some distance between himself and Obama. After the Supreme Court ruled on the federal health care law, Carmona said the measure still has "major flaws." He also announced he would not attend the Democratic National Convention. The story of Carmona's rise can't be told without mentioning that the president recruited him to run. But in a red state, its not a story we're likely to hear Carmona repeat much in the fall campaign. -- It's not every day rival candidates earn endorsements from the same group. But that's the case in Connecticut, where the League of Conservation Voters is backing former Republican Rep. Chris Shays, adding to a prior endorsement of Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy. Both candidates scored high on the LCV's National Environmental Scorecard and will receive fundraising help. -- A federal investigation isn't necessarily the end of the world (or the campaign). In Connecticut's 5th District, Democratic state House Speaker Chris Donovan and Republican businesswoman Lisa Wilson-Foley continue to pick up endorsements despite ongoing probes into their organizations. Donovan's former finance director was arrested on May 30 and charged with attempting to conceal the sources of donations to the candidate, while a federal grand jury is examining the nature of former Gov. John Rowland's involvement with Wilson-Foley's campaign. Donovan this week secured the endorsements of the Connecticut AFL-CIO and MoveOn, while Wilson-Foley gained the backing of Maggie's List. Much could change in the weeks before the August 14 primary, as the probes are ongoing -- indeed, there are reports of a possible raid at one of Rowland's offices on June 28 -- but for now, both campaigns remain afloat. -- Last week's Washington Post report on outsourcing at Bain Capital has given the Obama campaign -- and particularly Vice President Joe Biden, who spent two days touring Iowa this week harping on the issue -- fuel to use against Romney, who Democrats like to call the "outsourcer-in-chief." One sign that it's working (and that Romney's distinction between "outsourcing" and "off-shoring" is lost on voters): The Republican's campaign staff headed to the Post's offices on Wednesday seeking a retraction. A Post spokesperson told The Hotline after the meeting that the paper was "confident" in its reporting, meaning that we can expect to see more of the argument. -- CNN had a rough week. The network's second quarter ratings across the board were the worst since 1991. What's more, the network initially incorrectly reported the Supreme Court's health care ruling. CNN wasn't alone -- Fox also erroneously reported on the health care ruling -- which is a reminder that the saying "haste makes waste" is especially applicable in cable news.
What We Learned: The Tax Argument Cometh
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