Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Hawaii primaries are tomorrow, Crossroads GPS will take down a Heitkamp ad, Cardon still hasn't bought network ad time, and Bachmann has no time for formatting.
9) Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., is worried about radical Islam in the Chicago suburbs. Salon:
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh went on another anti-Islam tirade Wednesday, calling for an end to "political correctness" in dealing with the "radical strain of Islam" he described as an imminent danger to America.
"It's a real threat," Walsh said at a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village, Ill. "And it's a threat that is much more at home now than it was right after 9/11."
8) A few weeks ago, Reid Wilson wrote a post called "Michele Bachmann Wants You to Panic," on Bachmann's "breathless pleas for immediate cash, lest the evil liberals knock her out of office."
Thursday, she sent out a fundraising request titled "I am being targeted," that included the line "This is so important I didn't even take the time to format this email."
7) Ad barrage in the New Mexico Senate race: Republican nominee Heather Wilson is up with a new spot calling Democratic nominee Martin Heinrich an extremist for not supporting the Keystone pipeline.
Meanwhile, American Future Fund launched an six-figure statewide ad buy Thursday hitting Heinrich on "wasteful spending."
And Heinrich released an ad giving the "Top 5" reasons he hasn't "'gone Washington."
6) Crossroads GPS has said it will cease running an ad that accuses North Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp
of spending taxpayer money on private planes as attorney general.
Heitkamp had called the statement "completely false" and asked television stations to stop running the ad.
5) Rep. Jesse Jackson
, D-Ill., is expected
to come home in a matter of weeks -- he's been getting treatment for depression. According to staff, he'll run
for reelection this fall.
4) Arizona GOP Senate candidate Wil Cardon
says he's going to air a new ad, but his campaign still hasn't bought any network advertising time, the Arizona Capitol Times reports
After spending millions of his personal wealth funding a primary campaign against Rep. Jeff Flake
, Cardon went off the air just weeks before the August 28 primary. He has continued to lag Flake badly in polls, but his campaign denied that they were winding down.
3) Happy Aloha Friday
! But the Hawaii primaries are on Saturday -- stay tuned to Hotline on Call
today for previews of primaries for Senate and the 2nd Congressional District. We'll post results Sunday morning.
Here's Democratic Senate candidate Ed Case
's latest ad
, arguing he has the momentum going into tomorrow.
2) A draft of the Democratic Party's official platform includes supporting gay marriage, the Associated Press reports
1) The Democratic Convention will feature some Republicans. Politico
Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents -- and plan a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who "would devastate the American middle class," Democratic sources tell POLITICO.
According to convention planning documents, the three-night convention in Charlotte, N.C., early next month will seek to "[e]xpose Mitt Romney as someone who doesn't understand middle class challenges" while also burnishing "the President's image as someone whose life story is about fighting for middle class Americans and those working to get into the middle class."
The most innovative - and harshest - element of the preliminary program is a nightly "social contrast" in which two people describe their personal experience with a hot-button issue - one lauding the president's actions, the other taking Romney to task. "Each paired-testimonial should have an 'unexpected' participant," the documents say.