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Hotline Sort: Aloha Saturday

August 10, 2012
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.

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