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- In NC SEN, American Crossroads (R) launched a new TV ad in support of state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), calling him "true to our values." The narrator says Tillis has "the conservative guts to replace Obamacare with honest healthcare reforms" and "protect our voter ID law." (Hotline reporting)
- In AR SEN, Americans for Prosperity launched a new 60-second TV ad attacking Sen. Mark Pryor (D) over Obamacare. The ad will run statewide "starting Tuesday for three weeks backed up by $540,000 ad buy." (ABC News)
- In GA SEN, the Ending Spending Action Fund is out with a new TV ad attacking philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) "for supporting higher tax rates and ... Obamacare. ... Ending Spending is the first outside group aligned with the GOP to run a" TV ad against Nunn. The super PAC "is putting roughly $150,000 behind the spot." (Wall Street Journal)
- In HI SEN, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed Sen. Brian Schatz (D) over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-01). (Huffington Post)
- In KY SEN, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition released a new TV ad touting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's opposition to the death tax. (Politico)
- Also in KY SEN, businessman Matt Bevin (R) is airing a new TV ad accusing McConnell of caving to Obama on the debt ceiling and Obamacare. "30 years is enough. Too liberal, too long," the narrator says to close the spot. (The Hill)
- The 60 Plus Association released a round of TV and radio ads in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee members for sponsoring "legislation that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare." The targeted senators include members of both parties: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). (release)
- In AZ-07, retiring Rep. Ed Pastor (D) endorsed Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox (D) "in the crowded Democratic primary race to succeed him." (Arizona Republic)
- In the FL-19 Special, 2012 candidate/former state Rep. Paige Kreegel (R) launched his first TV ad of the race, featuring his wife Erika, who highlights Kreegel's experience as a doctor and in the state legislature. (release)
- In MI-04, Rep. Dave Camp (R), "who has in recent years chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, will not seek reelection this year, adding to the growing number of Michigan members of Congress heading toward the exits. ... Camp is a key ally of House Speaker John Boehner." (Detroit Free Press)
- In MI-08, former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R) "confirmed Monday he'll be in the running". Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett (R) has also "set up a" Facebook page "to push his own candidacy." (Oakland Press)
- In NC-07, former state Sen. David Rouzer (R) "went up on air last week with his first ad of the cycle." In the spot, Rouzer, who is driving in his truck, says: "We've got one more chance to turn it around, and that chance is right now. Let's take our country back." The ad "will air district-wide on cable and on broadcast in the Wilmington market." (Roll Call)
- In PA-13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed state Sen. Daylin Leach (D). (Roll Call)
- In CO GOV, former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) "believes he pulled off what most folks thought was impossible: collecting enough voter signatures in less than a month to make the ... primary ballot. ... Beauprez is the only one of the seven Republicans running for governor who is trying to get on the ballot solely through the signature route." Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R), "who turned in his petitions last Thursday, collected signatures and plans to go through the state party assembly on April 12. The others are going only through the assembly, where they must receive 30 percent of the delegate vote to get on the ballot for the June 24 primary." (Denver Post)
- In MA GOV, businessman Mark Fisher (R) "will challenge in court on Tuesday the results of the party convention denying him a spot on the September primary ballot. ... Fisher was denied access to the ballot when he failed to gather enough votes at the GOP convention two weeks ago, as determined by party officials." (MassLive.com)
- In MI GOV, the RGA launched its second TV ad of the race, attacking former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) for supporting the stimulus package as footage of rain appears on screen -- similar to the group's first ad. "The Shauer is over," an unidentified man says to close the spot. (release)
- In PA GOV, businessman Tom Wolf (D) released another new TV ad, which shows Wolf driving in a Jeep. In the spot, Wolf says: "We've got to stop politics as usual in Harrisburg, and stand up for the middle class for a change." (PoliticsPA.com)
- In the Washington, D.C., mayoral race, the candidates "made final preparations Monday to get core supporters to the polls for the Democratic primary, an effort that could make all the difference in an election widely expect to attract low participation. After two weeks of weather-dampened early voting in an election that has generated little excitement across the city, the front-runners," Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D), "agreed that the outcome would hinge on Tuesday's turnout." The polls close at 8 p.m. (Washington Post)
- And in the Balboa High School student body presidential race, George Michael Bluth released a hard-hitting contrast ad against Steve Holt! (YouTube)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• American Crossroads's second ad aimed at a Republican primary audience -- a 30-second spot that touts North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis's conservative bona fides -- comes a week after the GOP super PAC ran another positive ad in support of Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan. The missives suggest a new, more cautious 2014 gameplan for the establishment-friendly group, which may be shying away from caustic attacks on fellow conservatives in favor of a more positive approach toward the candidates it supports. -- Alex Roarty
• The end-of-quarter fundraising email blitz might be over, but Democrats should expect to keep seeing plenty of appeals for money over the next few weeks. Paul Ryan's budget release turned into a big online fundraising draw for the party last year, and he's putting out the 2014 version today. -- Scott Bland
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Firefighter who rescued 6-foot python: 'I would do it for any creature'" (Muskegon Chronicle)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "'Imperial Presidency' Becomes a Rallying Cry for Republicans" (New York Times)
- "American Encore, a new conservative group created by ... Sean Noble, is airing a" 60-second TV ad "in Nevada attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for proposing IRS regulations that would reign in outside political groups." The group "is spending $30,000 to air the commercial for a week on Las Vegas cable." American Encore aired a similar ad targeting Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) last week. (CNN)
- "In an under-the-radar last-minute push," Obama "took to the airwaves to urge people in his home state to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act." A TV ad "that began airing in Illinois on Saturday features the president speaking directly to the camera urging viewers to sign up for insurance and reminding them of the March 31 deadline for coverage in 2014." (Wall Street Journal)
- "2014: The year committee chairmen left town" (Washington Post)
- The DNC "is entering this campaign season with millions of dollars in debt, gambling that money spent now on technology and organizing efforts will outweigh the burdens of red ink." (Wall Street Journal)
- "A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate" (NPR News)
- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) "is not running for re-election, but that doesn't mean she's done raising money. After essentially going dormant for almost a year, Bachmann's" PAC "is again sending out email fundraising solicitations. ... Just 5 cents of every dollar MichelePAC raised ended up going to campaigns" in 2013. (MPR News)
- "For the first time in almost a century, the Wisconsin state Legislature may vote to expel one of its members." State Rep. Bill Kramer (R) "has been accused of groping and sexually harassing two women, nearly three years apart." (National Journal)
- "We definitely saw the Galifianakis bump." -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, on the effect Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns" with comedian Zach Galifianakis had on Obamacare enrollment (Huffington Post)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Obama holds an event to honor the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox. (White House, 11:35 a.m.)
- The Senate is back at 10 a.m., while the House returns at noon.
- Obama has a private lunch with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (White House, 12:15 p.m.)
- The Capitals host the Dallas Stars. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
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- The Funk Brothers recorded more number one hit singles than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley combined. The band's record label was Motown Records, and its two flute players were Dayna Hartwick and Thomas "Beans" Bowles.
- The winner is Tim Petersen, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which state has the third-longest Republican-held U.S. Senate seat? How many years has the GOP held it, and which senator currently holds it?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
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"I bet this is the shortest email you'll receive today." -- Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), in a fundraising email, 4:08 pm, 3/31
"Still the shortest email you'll receive today with CORRECTED LINK." -- Cicilline, in a fundraising email, 4:55 pm, 3/31
Adam Wollner, Editor
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