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AFP Makes Major AK SEN Ad Buy; Milton Wolf Faces Backlash Over X-Rays; RGA Back on Air in AR GOV

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  • In AK SEN, Americans for Prosperity's (R) "newest 30-second spot opens by accusing" Sen. Mark Begich (D) "of breaking his promise that Obamacare wouldn't throw anyone off their existing health insurance. But ... the ad pivots to accuse the incumbent of also supporting a carbon tax, an issue of particular resonance in oil-rich Alaska. ... The ad is set to air for three weeks statewide, with a buy of $430,000 -- a large purchase in the cheap state." (Hotline reporting)
  • In KS SEN, physician Milton Wolf (R) "sought forgiveness Sunday from anyone offended by his posting to Facebook of gory medical images of dead and injured people, and attacked primary rival" Sen. Pat Roberts (R) "for allegedly engaging in character assassination. The tea party favorite and Overland Park radiologist responded to a story published Saturday by The Topeka Capital-Journal and a tidal wave of condemnation Sunday about X-ray imagery he uploaded to the social media site and sadistic jokes he made online about individuals killed by gunfire or harmed in other ways." (Topeka Capital-Journal)
  • The DNC raised $6.6 million in January and has $5.7 million cash on hand and $15.9 million in debt. (Hotline reporting)
  • In GA-12, businessman Eugene Yu (R), "who joined the crowded" GA SEN race, "said Saturday he would instead challenge" Rep. John Barrow (D). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Americans for Prosperity - New Hampshire (R) "will launch a more than $500,000 television advertising effort" against Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) in NH-01 and Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D) in NH-02 for supporting the Affordable Care Act. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
  • Also in NH-01, "Republican donor and philanthropist" Peter Paul "is setting up a" super PAC "whose first goal is to help his friend" University of New Hampshire professor Dan Innis (R) "become a congressman. NH Priorities PAC, which has been filed federally, will also try to help get other, so far unidentified, Republicans into state primaries and the general election. Sources say Paul is starting off by putting about $500,000 of his own money into the ... effort and is looking to double that through fundraising." (New Hampshire Union Leader)
  • In AR GOV, the RGA released its second ad of the race, linking former Rep. Mike Ross (D) to President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and attacking him for voting for the bailouts and the stimulus package. "The ad ... is part of the RGA's original six-figure buy in the race." (Politico)
  • In MI GOV, the DGA launched a TV ad on Friday that features former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for giving tax breaks to businesses that send jobs overseas, and paying for it by cutting money for education, taxing retirement and raising property taxes on seniors. (release)
  • In PA GOV, former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty (D) "has begun airing two biographical television ads shot mostly with an iphone in an informal 'home movies' cinematographic style." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) "declined again Sunday to answer whether he knew of the existence of a secret email system in his Milwaukee County executive office. Instead, during the appearance on 'Fox News Sunday,' Walker called the controversy over the release of thousands of emails 'old news' and said Democrats were trying to switch the subject from his budget successes." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • "In the heat of the 2010 governor's race," Walker "urged both county employees and campaign aides to go to news websites and post comments promoting him and his record, newly unsealed documents show. It was just such anonymous posts by a county worker on campaign issues that prompted prosecutors to expand a secret 'John Doe' investigation ... to also examine whether taxpayer dollars were being used illegally to finance political operations." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Top Democratic strategist Bill Hyers has been a man of mystery since wrapping up New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's successful campaign in November, but one thing is clear: the man has a penchant for governors races. Hyers was originally thought to be signing on with Allyson Schwartz's campaign in Pennsylvania, then skipped over to work for Charlie Crist in Florida before ditching that plan and landing at Hilltop Public Solutions. Hyers may ultimately have his hand in multiple races this cycle. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed him on as chief strategist over the weekend, and he'll also be working as a consultant for Democrat Ed FitzGerald in Ohio. -- Karyn Bruggeman 

• We've written a lot lately about TV-vs.-digital political advertising, but the overall trend away from live television is coming into stark relief. A new bipartisan poll shows roughly 3-in-10 voters hadn't watched live TV in the week prior to the interview, except for live sports. From our conversations with media strategists, the coming political sea change is largely one of delivery: Content is content, whether viewed on a 50-inch LCD screen, or a handheld iPhone. But campaigns are still often slow to react to these changes in the way voters consume media. -- Steven Shepard



  • "Kentucky Challenger Sets Sights on Senate G.O.P. Heavyweight" (New York Times)
  • "Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to ... Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows — and onto other Democrats' toes. Messina is moving aggressively to capitalize on his newfound fame and status as the maestro who ran a masterful reelection campaign for a president mired in a slumping economy. ... Some Democrats question whether it's unwise to have a single figure wield so much influence, while many former colleagues see Messina less as a [Karl] Rove-like figure than as a deft operator who successfully implemented a strategy crafted by others." (Politico)
  • "In Kentucky Senate race, Bill Clinton plays a starring role" (Washington Post)
  • Former President George W. Bush is "stepping back into the spotlight to shine a spotlight of his own on post-9/11 veterans and his fight to take the 'Disorder' out of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." Bush teared up in an interview, which aired on Sunday, with ABC's Martha Raddatz: "I have a duty. ... Obviously I get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I have an emotional ... I'm in there with them." (ABC News)
  • "McConnell Sharpens His Game for Two-Front Battle" (NBC News)
  • "For generations, the two major political parties have taken strikingly different approaches to picking their presidential candidates: Republican primaries usually amount to coronations, in which they nominate a candidate who has run before or is otherwise deemed next in line, while the Democratic contests are often messier affairs, prone to insurgencies and featuring uncertain favorites. ... But as the early positioning for the 2016 presidential primaries gets underway, the two parties appear to be swapping their usual roles." (New York Times)
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) "is making clear he would oppose an immediate repeal of Obamacare." On Friday, Manchin said: "I have never supported repealing the Affordable Care Act because I came to Washington to find solutions to our country's problems." The Beckley Register-Herald "had reported Manchin as saying: 'I will vote tomorrow to repeal (the ACA), but I want to fix the problems in it,' but his Friday statement refutes that." (Roll Call)
  • California state Sen. Ron Calderon (D) "and his brother," former Assemblyman Tom Calderon (D), "were indicted on federal public corruption charges Friday stemming from a wide-ranging investigation that ensnared the senator's children and a hospital executive. ... Ron Calderon, 56, has agreed to surrender Monday on 24 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and tax fraud, officials said. The allegations, if proven, carry a combined maximum of 400 years in prison." (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • "Tonight we want to make sure all of you make yourselves at home. To which some of you are thinking, 'That's been the plan all along.'" -- Obama, addressing the National Governors Association Dinner on Sunday night (CNN)
  • "Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will fundraise alongside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday in Boston" for the RGA. (Washington Post)


The Epic End to Sochi



  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Sunny. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
  • The Senate returns at 2 p.m.
  • Obama delivers remarks to the NGA. (White House, 11 a.m.)
  • House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) is the National Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon guest. (12:30 p.m.)
  • Republican governors will discuss their visit to the White House in a press avail. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1:15 p.m.)
  • Jim Boeheim should be a little calmer when his formerly top-ranked Syracuse Orange visit Maryland. (Comcast Center, 7 p.m.)
  • Vice President Biden is a guest for Seth Meyers's first show as host of "Late Night." (WRC-TV, 12:36 a.m. Tuesday)
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  • P.T. Barnum was the mayor of Bridgeport, Conn.
  • The winner is Nick Fabiani, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "This year will mark the return of streetcars to D.C. At its peak, the D.C. streetcar system comprised well over 100 miles of track in D.C. alone. In what year did the last car leave the line?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on Sunday that Democrats could lose ten Senate seats in the midterm elections." (The Hill)


"She's going all the way. She's going to win this thing. I tell you right now, I predict she beats Romney." -- Matthews, on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), then a presidential candidate, in June 2011 (Business Insider)

Adam Wollner, Editor

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief


Steven Shepard contributed to this article.

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