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Ad War Starts in Fla. Special; Shaheen Reports $1.1 Mil. Raised; McKeon Expected to Retire This Week

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  • "The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday ... to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year, shrugging off the angry threats of Tea Party activists and conservative groups whose power has ebbed as Congress has moved toward fiscal cooperation." (New York Times)
  • "A long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday faulted both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in 2012. But the report "found no evidence of the kind of political coverup that Republicans have long alleged." (Washington Post)
  • In the FL-13 Special, both former state CFO Alex Sink (D) and former lobbyist David Jolly (R) launched new TV ads on Wednesday, one day after Jolly won the GOP primary. But Sink's ad buy was "six times larger" than Jolly's. (Roll Call)
  • In LA SEN, state Rep. Paul Hollis (R) "released Wednesday two television commercials promoting his bid." (Baton Rouge Advocate)
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) raised $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of last year and has $3.4 million cash on hand, her campaign said Thursday. (Hotline reporting)
  • Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), "the powerful chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will not seek reelection in 2014, according to several sources familiar with his plans." (Politico)
  • In MI-03, the Club for Growth (R) unveiled "what it called a 'six-figure' TV and radio ad campaign" on Wednesday hitting businessman Brian Ellis (R), who is challenging Rep. Justin Amash (R) in the primary. (Detroit Free Press)
  • In NE-02, Rep. Lee Terry (R) raised over $341,000 in the fourth quarter and has over $818,000 cash on hand, his campaign said Wednesday. (Hotline reporting)
  • In NJ-02, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) raised over $443,000 in the fourth quarter and has nearly $1.16 million on hand, his campaign announced. (
  • In VA-08, potential Democratic candidates for retiring Rep. Jim Moran's (D) seat "include a long list of current and former local and state officials from Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. Moran's brother, 2009 GOV candidate Brian Moran (D), "is not expected to run." On the Republican side, former congressional aide and current Aerospace Industries Association executive Micah Edmond (R) "filed paperwork Wednesday to run." (Washington Post)
  • In AR GOV, Rep. Mike Ross (D) raised "more than" $550,000 in the fourth quarter and has $2.5 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • Ross also released a new TV ad on Wednesday. (release)
  • In CO GOV, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised $421,000 in the fourth quarter and has $1 million cash on hand, while former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) raised $192,000 and has $109,000 cash on hand and Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) raised $117,000 and has $114,000 cash on hand. (Denver Post)
  • In IL GOV, state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R) raised $561,000 in the fourth quarter and has $234,000 cash on hand, while 2010 nominee/state Sen. Bill Brady (R) raised $74,000 and has $270,000 cash on hand. (Quad-City Times)
  • In ME GOV, Gov. Paul LePage (R) raised $719,000 in 2013, spent $146,000 and has $573,000 cash on hand, while Rep. Michael Michaud (D) raised $1 million, spent "nearly" $400,000 and has "over" $612,000 cash on hand. 2010 candidate Eliot Cutler (I) raised $945,000, including "more than" $250,000 of his own money, spent "close to" $600,000 and has $206,000 cash on hand. (Portland Press Herald)
  • In MD GOV, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) raised $5.4 million last year and has "slightly more than" $7 million cash on hand, while Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) raised $1.7 million and has $6.3 million cash on hand. Del. Heather Mizeur (D) raised "more than $1.1 million," including $280,000 in public financing, and has "about" $750,000 cash on hand. (Baltimore Sun)
  • In NE GOV, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) "is set to appear at a rally for" 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R) "in Omaha on Jan. 27. ... Ricketts and members of his family backed Walker during the" 2012 recall fight. (Omaha World-Herald)
  • In NY GOV, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) raised $7 million "in the past six months" and has "more than" $33 million cash on hand. (New York Times)
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) office announced Thursday they have retained the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP "to assist with the internal review" into the George Washington Bridge scandal. (Hotline reporting)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Shaheen's fourth-quarter fundraising tally is solid, but they're not the kind of numbers likely to scare off the still-pondering-a-run Scott Brown (R), a superstar fundraiser.

• Intra-party skirmishes come mostly in the Republican variety these days, but some Democrats having been expressing skepticism about the strength of their party's picks in a few key governors races, which doesn't bode well for their prospects. It started when Sen. Bill Nelson (D) threatened to run in Florida if Charlie Crist "gets into trouble." In Michigan, it was reported that UAW President Bob King still wanted state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to get in the race as recently as this month, and, in Ohio, Dennis Kucinich said "no comment" this week when asked if he intends to take on Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) in a primary.



  • The NRCC has quietly blacklisted the conservative political firm Jamestown Associates, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the decision, joining the NRSC in an apparent payback for the group's previous work targeting Senate GOP incumbents. (Hotline reporting)
  • The Blue Dog Coalition, down to 15 members, is adding "four members to their ranks this week": Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). (Washington Post)
  • "I'm running again. I'm going to outlive them all." -- Rep. Don Young (R-AK), 80, "asked if he was definitely running for another term" (The Hill)
  • "Cochran Baits Primary Hook With Catfish Fight" (Roll Call)
  • "I'm concerned with just the job that he's had -- not that it's a bad job, it's just that, how that's going to, I think, weigh heavily on the voters, to have a lobbyist who represents special interests, to now say that they're going to represent the people and be able to separate that." -- Florida state Rep. Kathleen Peters (R), who lost to Jolly in Tuesday's FL-13 Special primary, on Jolly's past as a lobbyist (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Christie "will meet with over 100 wealthy Republican donors on Sunday afternoon in Florida. Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, will host the private gathering." (Washington Post)
  • "I'm sure he knows best. I'm just a little country veterinarian from a small town in the great state of Oregon. So what do I know? I'm from a marginal district that they need to have that talks to people on a regular basis. Whatever." -- Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), confirming that White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was "dismissive" of Schrader's complaints about health-care premium increases (Buzzfeed)
  • "The White House has tossed the ball to" former NBA stars "Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning in new ads touting health insurance to begin running Thursday." (USA Today)
  • "Warren, Jindal to Speak at Minn. Fundraisers" (AP)


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  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Partly sunny this morning, then clearing. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds around 5 mph, becoming west this afternoon.
  • The House and Senate both return at 10 a.m.
  • The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee holds a hearing on security. (RHOB 2154, 9:30 a.m.)
  • The NTSB holds a news conference to unveil its 2014 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements. (Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 10 a.m.)
  • Jay-Z brings his "Magna Carter World Tour" to town. (Verizon Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Men's hoops: No. 1 Arizona hosts rival Arizona State. (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.)
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  • Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan played college football.
  • The winner is Neil Bhatiya, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "During his early radio career, Reagan did the play-by-play for which professional baseball team?" The 4th correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"The Blue Dogs could play a critical role if they could get a critical mass." -- Former Blue Dog Rep. John Tanner (D-TN) (Washington Post)


"Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) announced Tuesday evening that he will retire at the end of his term, a move sure to spark speculation that other veteran House Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns may instead head for the exits." (Politico, Dec. 2, 2009)

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

Adam Wollner, Editor


CORRECTION: Wednesday's Wake-Up Call! incorrectly labeled Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval as a Democrat. Sandoval is a Republican.

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