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- It's primary day in Alaska: former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R), Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and 2010 nominee Joe Miller (R) are vying for the right to take on Sen. Mark Begich (D) in November. "Tuesday's decisions come after the most expensive primary campaign in Alaska history, with the referendum on a 2013 oil tax cut drawing some $15 million in spending, almost entirely from industry groups trying to keep the new tax system in place, and more than $15 million from the campaigns of the GOP Senate candidates, along with their allies and opponents." (Alaska Dispatch News)
- The DSCC raised $7.7 million in July and has $32 million cash on hand. Over the weekend, the NRSC announced it raised more than $5 million and has nearly $27 million cash on hand. (release)
- The DCCC raised $11.5 million in July and has $56.7 million cash on hand, while the NRCC raised $8 million and has $47.5 million cash on hand. (AP)
- In IA SEN, Crossroads GPS launched a new TV ad criticizing Rep. Bruce Braley's (D) Veterans Affairs Committee hearing attendance record, while the DSCC released a TV ad tying state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). (Des Moines Register)
- In KY SEN, Kentucky Opportunity Coalition released two new TV ads backed by a total of $1.53 million. One spot says Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is "beholden" to President Obama, while the other ad focuses on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's push to end the "death tax." (release)
- In OR SEN, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) "is going up with a new ad ... focusing on his efforts to prevent companies from outsourcing jobs." (Roll Call)
- In SD SEN, former Senate aide Rick Weiland (D) released a new 15-second TV ad noting that he drives around the state in a minivan while his opponent uses a bus because he doesn't "have a lot of big-money donors." (release) Former Sen. Larry Pressler (I) is also out with a TV ad "featuring his refusal to take a bribe during the 1970s Abscam public corruption sting while previously serving in Congress. The clip includes former TV anchor Walter Cronkite's coverage of Pressler at the time." (AP)
- In CA-07, Rep. Ami Bera (D) released a new TV ad focusing on his support for the "No Budget, No Pay" Act. (release)
- In FL-02, attorney Gwen Graham (D) is out with a new TV ad touting her bipartisan approach. (The Hill)
- In FL-18, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) is on a run in his latest TV ad, which emphasizes his refusal of congressional perks. (release)
- In MA-06, Marine veteran Seth Moulton (D) released a new TV ad accusing Rep. John Tierney (D) of passing just one bill during his 18 years in Congress, missing "more votes than most other members," and of being "fined $83,000 for illegal campaign activities." (The Hill)
- In AR GOV, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) released a new TV ad calling his granddaughter his inspiration for his plan to offer computer science classes in all Arkansas high schools. (KARK-TV)
- In AZ GOV, "GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons dumped another $1 million into the ... race in an effort to help" former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones (R). (Arizona Republic) Meanwhile, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) endorsed state Treasurer Doug Ducey (R). (release)
- In CO GOV, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said "he has changed his mind since his first run for governor and now opposes the death penalty, but the immediate fate of convicted killer-turned-campaign-issue Nathan Dunlap is still unclear. The next governor will decide when or if the man who killed four restaurant employees, including three teenagers, in 1993 will be put to death." (Denver Post)
- In KS GOV, the RGA released a new TV ad attacking state House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D) as "another tax-and-spend Obama liberal." (release)
- In OH GOV, a "potentially massive exodus from" Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's (D) "campaign is afoot, with several of the Democratic nominee's top aides and experienced Ohio political consultants transitioning away from a campaign seemingly under a constant siege of negativity. FitzGerald's campaign manager Nicholas Buis and communication director Daniel McElhatton have left their posts. Press secretary Lauren Hitt may also leave, and consultants Aaron Pickrell and Louis Capobianco also are leaving." (Columbus Dispatch)
- Also in OH GOV, the RGA released a new TV ad highlighting that Fitzgerald went 10 years without a permanent state driver's license. (release)
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and Bill Clinton "will return to Iowa next month as headliners for the 37th Harkin Steak Fry. ... It will mark Hillary Clinton's first public appearance in Iowa since losing the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses in early 2008. ... The Harkin Steak Fry, hosted annually by" Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), "frequently attracts the top names in Democratic politics." (Des Moines Register)
- Hillary Clinton will also head "to San Francisco in October for a fundraiser with" House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "focused on House Democratic women candidates." In addition, Clinton is "expected to headline fundraisers for the rest of the party's major campaign committees" this fall. (The Hill)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Gov. Bobby Jindal, like many other White House hopefuls, has been making the rounds to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But before he can completely turn his attention to a presidential bid, he will have to deal with a couple of contentious issues back home that could jeopardize his standing. Louisiana faces a projected $1.2 billion budget shortfall, and Jindal's decision to withdraw the state from the Common Core has put him at odds with the superintendent he appointed, local business leaders and other former allies. -- Adam Wollner
• Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) took more votes against his party than any House member running for reelection in 2013-2014, splitting from the majority of Democrats 170 times in 516 votes. That won't stop Republicans from tying him and parts of his voting record to President Obama, but he has some rebuttal material to work with. In the Senate, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) took more votes against her party than anyone else, with Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), both up again in 2016, close behind. -- Scott Bland
• One election flying under the radar today is a state Senate special in Virginia to fill the seat of Democrat Phil Puckett after his abrupt resignation earlier this year. Republicans are expected to pick up the seat and cement a new 21-19 majority in the previously split chamber, further weakening Gov. Terry McAuliffe's hopes of passing Medicaid expansion, a central pillar of his 2013 campaign. -- Karyn Bruggeman
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) "says he directly thanked ... Obama in a phone call for his support during the Democratic primary. ... The White House says that in addition to endorsing Schatz, Obama recorded a robo-call on his behalf that went out to Hawaii residents on Election Day." (KITV-TV)
- The "House Ethics Committee ... said it is reviewing a matter involving" Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) — something Petri "himself requested amid questions of a potential conflict over his advocacy for a defense contractor in his district in which he owned stock." (National Journal)
- "Inside the Kochs' plan to beat Harry Reid" (Politico)
- "With ... Obama's approval ratings lately barely cracking 40 percent, plenty of Democrats will keep their distance from the president heading into the midterms. ... Not" FL GOV candidate/former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), "who said ... he hopes to be campaigning side by side with the president." (Tampa Bay Times)
- "Obamacare Losing Punch as Campaign Weapon in Ad Battles" (Bloomberg News)
- IL GOV nominee/businessman Bruce Rauner (R) "revealed to a small group in a private meeting that the closest he was to 'punching someone' in the governor's race came after a dust-up before last Spring's Greek parade with" Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) "camp. Quinn's campaign says it doesn't know what Rauner is talking about." Rauner: "You know what, they tried to, his people tried to kick me out of the parade. You know what, it's the closest I've come to punching someone in this race. I said, I said I ain't leaving this parade, this is not a Democratic parade, this is a Greek-American parade, and I'm working for every family in this state. You know what, I pushed those guys aside, we went to the front of that parade, high-fives and selfies all up and down. You know what, they were clapping and cheering. They loved every part of the message." (Chicago Sun-Times)
- "Todd Tiahrt posts message from Paul Davis on Facebook, riles some conservatives" (Wichita Eagle)
- "Officials running the marijuana legalization measure on the Oregon ballot say they have reserved $2.3 million in TV advertising for what they say will be the most expensive pro-marijuana campaign in the state's history." (Portland Oregonian)
- "Operating a shoestring campaign of about $50,000 in contributions so far," FL GOV candidate/former Libertarian Party of Florida chairman Adrian Wyllie (L) "is in the midst of a monthlong statewide campaign tour of craft breweries." (Tampa Bay Times)
- "A 23-year-old" New Hampshire "Republican Party staffer tasked with wearing a chicken suit and clucking at Democratic office holders was arrested during a small town parade on Saturday." (WMUR-TV)
- Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's (R) "face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are 'Benefiting Providence School Children' and have helped hundreds of students attend college. But in recent years, no money from the sauce's sales has been donated to Cianci's charity scholarship fund. ... From 2009 to 2012, the sauce made a total of $3 in income." (AP)
- "James M. Jeffords, who rose from Rutland (Vt.) roots to become a Republican congressman and senator before breaking with his party in 2001, died Monday morning. He was 80." (Burlington Free Press)
- Former Rep. Fernand St. Germain (D), "who served" RI-01 "from 1961 to 1989, died Monday. ... He was 86." (Providence Journal)
- On a happier note: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) "is engaged. The 81-year-old introduced Anne Garland Walton as his fiancee, to applause, during 'Candidate Sunday' at an Anchorage mega-church on Sunday." (AP)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Election Day 2014 countdown: 77 days.
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack participates in a news conference with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to discuss the Value Added Producers Grant program in Loudon, N.H. (2 p.m.)
- Obama returns to Martha's Vineyard at 5:50 p.m., and will stay there until Aug. 24.
- The Nationals host the Diamondbacks. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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- Tony Blair was once a member of a Grateful Dead cover band.
- The winner is Carten Cordell, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What was the name of the restaurant where the supposed Tony Blair-Gordon Brown pact was established in 1994?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
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"McDonnell was 'Mr. Honest,' former aide says at corruption trial" (Washington Post)
"Wow! I'm Mr. Manager!" -- "George Michael Bluth"
"Well, manager. We just say manager." -- "Michael Bluth" ("Arrested Development")
Adam Wollner, Editor
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