Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney raises big money again in July, the Arizona Republic endorses Jeff Flake, Sarah Palin stumps for Sarah Steelman, and Quayle's ticket to Congress may be expiring.
11) Roseanne Barr has finally found a Party. After losing the Green Party nomination, she won the presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party on Saturday.
10) Rep. Jesse Jackson's, D-Ill., wife is speaking out on the congressman's depression. The Chicago Sun-Times:
She also dispelled rumors that her husband, who is being treated for depression at Mayo Clinic, attempted suicide or was receiving help for alcohol and drug addiction.
"His collapse was D-Day for us," said Sandi Jackson, who tells Sneed her husband had become "completely debilitated by depression."
9) Republicans are calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a liar for his suggestion that Romney hasn't paid taxes for a decade.
"I am not going to respond to a dirty liar," RNC chair Reince Preibus said on ABC's "This Week."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on CNN's "State of the Union," that Reid is "lying" and "making things up" about the candidate's taxes.
8) Rep. David Schweikert is pulling away from Rep. Ben Quayle in Arizona's 6th District GOP primary, Roll Call reports. Roll Call:
With Arizona voters eligible to begin mailing in their primary ballots last Thursday, knowledgeable observers say Schweikert has more local support and a better ground game. A recent Schweikert internal poll bolstered that narrative, as has his campaign's aggressive strategy and the perception that Quayle was elected to Congress in 2010 on the name identification coattails of his father, former Vice President Dan Quayle.
7) Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake got the Arizona Republic's endorsement in the GOP Senate primary over businessman Wil Cardon.
6) Last week Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., wrote a Politico op-ed hitting his opponent Elizabeth Warren on "you didn't build that." Now, Warren is up with her own Politico op-ed opening with the line "I meant what I said." Warren:
We've got to close those loopholes and end the special breaks -- so small businesses have a level playing field and a fair chance to succeed.
When small businesses grow and flourish, we should applaud their success, and the companies should benefit from their hard work and clever ideas. But here's my point: If a business makes it big, the reward shouldn't be the ability to rig the system to stop the next guy.
Meanwhile, Brown's wife Gail Huff is taking a leave of absence from her part time television reporter job to join the campaign full time.
5) Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal
cut a television ad
for Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy
, as we get close to their August 14 primary.
"I'm supporting Chris Murphy, the candidate that can help me break the gridlock and get results," says Blumenthal in the ad.
4) Sarah Palin campaigned
for Missouri Senate candidate Sarah Steelman
in the final weekend before Tuesday's GOP primary.
"She has had the guts to go against the grain," said
Stay tuned to Hotline on Call
later today for our preview of the tight GOP primary in Missouri.
3) Americans United for Change and AFSCME are launching a $280,000 ad buy hitting two GOP Senate candidates (Dean Heller
in Nevada and Denny Rehberg
in Montana) and three GOP Reps. (Jim Renacci
in Ohio, Dan Lungren
in California, and Steve King
in Iowa) on voting to extend the Bush
See the ad targeting Heller here
2) The first round of headline speakers announced
for the Republican National Convention: Florida Gov. Rick Scott
, Sen. John McCain
, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
, Ohio Gov. John Kasich
and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
So looks like we can take Rice, Haley and Martinez, considered longshots in the veepstakes, off that list.
1) Another big fundraising month for Mitt Romney
. Romney, the RNC, and a joint fundraising committee brought in $101.3 million in July. They ended the month with $186 million in the bank. Obama has yet to release his fundraising totals for the month.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports
that President Obama
has "has spent more campaign cash more quickly than any incumbent" in recent history.