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AR SEN Airwar Ramps Up; Q2 Fundraising Numbers Start to Trickle In; Crist Launches First FL GOV Spot

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  • Three new TV ads are out this morning in AR SEN: Crossroads GPS is criticizing Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for supporting Obamacare and voting with President Obama "95% of the time" in an ad that is backed by $435,000. (Hotline reporting) Pryor's spot goes after recent comments Rep. Tom Cotton (R) made questioning Pryor's faith. (release) And Cotton's ad "features the Sheriff of Faulkner County, the area devastated by tornadoes in April," who defends the congressman on distaster relief. (Politico)
  • In CO SEN, Crossroads GPS released a new TV ad attacking Sen. Mark Udall (D) for opposing construction of the Keystone pipeline. The spot is backed by $460,000. (Hotline reporting)
  • In GA SEN, the Chamber of Commerce launched a new TV ad praising Rep. Jack Kingston (R) as a "trusted conservative." (Hotline reporting)
  • In HI SEN, "[i]n a taut and punchy performance," Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) "on Monday night sought to depict" Sen. Brian Schatz (D) "as unprepared for the legislative rigor of the Senate" during a televised debate. "While Schatz held his ground on the substance of the issues and did not get drawn in to a fight, Hanabusa took every opportunity to poke at the senator." (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • In IA SEN, the League of Conservation Voters released a new TV ad attacking state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) for her "wrong priorities" on education and the environment. (release)
  • In KY SEN, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition launched a new TV ad attacking Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for "dodging the tough questions." The spot is backed by $715,000. (release) Grimes also released a new TV ad featuring a retired coal miner who criticizes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Medicare. (release)
  • In LA SEN, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) criticizes Obamacare in his second TV ad. (release)
  • In MN SEN, businessman Mike McFadden (R) is out with a new TV ad featuring his youth football team. One of the kids in the spot says that McFadden says "Washington's fumbling our future." (release)
  • In MT SEN, Sen. John Walsh (D) released a new TV ad attacking Rep. Steve Daines (R) over Medicare. (release) Daines is also out with a new TV ad hitting Walsh over Obamacare and Social Security. (release)
  • In NH SEN, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) raised $2.8 million in the second quarter and had $5.1 million cash on hand. (WMUR-TV)
  • In OR SEN, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) raised $1.8 million in the second quarter and had $3.5 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • In TN SEN, state Rep. Joe Carr (R) is airing a new TV ad accusing Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) of running against the tea party, voting for bank bailouts and supporting amnsesty for illegal aliens. (release)
  • In WV SEN, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) "will join" Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) "for a campaign event ... next week." (Charleston Daily Mail)
  • In FL-02, attorney Gwen Graham (D) released two new TV ads focusing on the need to find bipartisan solutions. "The campaign said $58,000 was behind the ads." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In CA-17, Rep. Mike Honda (D) raised "over $500,000" in the second quarter and had "more than" $1 million cash on hand. (release)
  • In CA-52, Rep. Scott Peters (D) raised "more than $700,000" in the second quarter and had $1.9 million cash on hand. (release) Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) raised $613,000 and had $1.4 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In IL-10, Rep. Brad Schneider (D) raised "more than $795,000" in the second quarter and had $1.9 million cash on hand. (release) Former Rep. Bob Dold (R) raised "more than $610,000" and had $1.6 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In IL-13, Rep. Rodney Davis (R) "raised more than $550,000" in the second quarter and had $1.3 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In KS-04, Koch Industries is supporting Rep. Mike Pompeo (R) over former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R). (Politico)
  • In FL GOV, former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) launched his first TV ad of the race, touting his record in office while pledging to raise the minimum wage, support equal pay laws and increase education funding. (release)
  • In GA GOV, state Sen. Jason Carter (D) "raised more than $2 million" in the second quarter and had "more than $1.8 million" cash on hand. (release)
  • In ME GOV, a new PAC "that is supporting" Rep. Mike Michaud (D) "said Monday that it will launch a television advertising campaign worth at least $2 million in the run-up to the November election." (Bangor Daily News)
  • In OH GOV, Gov. John Kasich (R) is out with a TV ad focusing on his efforts to reduce the deficit and taxes and create new jobs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • In RI GOV, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) released a new TV ad touting her efforts to expand a local homeless shelter and improve the state's crime victims fund. (release) Former Department of Education official Clay Pell (D) is also up with a new TV ad highlighting his Coast Guard experience. (Daily Kos)


  • According to a new national Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted Jun 24-30, Democrats lead the generic House ballot 41-39%. In the previous poll, conducted in late March, Democrats led 40-38%. (release)
  • The Quinnipiac poll also shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Ryan in the 2016 presidential race by margins of 7 to 9 percentage points. (release)
  • In NH GOV, a new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll of LVs, conducted June 19-July 1, shows Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) leading businessman Walt Havenstein (R) 55-29% and activist Andrew Hemingway (R) 54-28% in general election matchups. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• The second-quarter fundraising announcements in CA-52 are further evidence that Rep. Scott Peters may have an advantage over Carl DeMaio, but only a narrow one. DeMaio likely has far better name recognition than most challengers because of the national media attention he's received, and now he's only slightly behind in the fundraising race. Peters outraised DeMaio $700,000 to $613,000, and while Peters has more cash on hand, DeMaio's $1.4 million is more than most challengers have. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Charlie Crist is up with his first TV ad in Florida, a positive spot focused on the working class and what he'll do if he wins back his old job. Gov. Rick Scott's team has already been attacking Crist on the airwaves for months, and is expected to outspend Crist two-to-one over the course of a very expensive campaign. A steady stream of attacks will be lobbed from both camps between now and Election Day, but the race will come down to who can convince voters their four year gubernatorial record merits a second shot, regardless of money. -- Karyn Bruggeman



  • "Sweeping changes to North Carolina's voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, should be put on hold until at least after the November election, the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge Monday." (AP)
  • Obama "plans to speak Wednesday" in Denver, but he "won't be sharing the stage with three Colorado Democrats now in the fight of their political careers:" Sen. Mark Udall (D), Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and CO-06 candidate/former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D). (Denver Post)
  • "Wall Street Offers Clinton a Thorny Embrace" (New York Times)
  • "Clinton has responded for the first time to recent criticism of her successful 1975 legal defense of an accused rapist, telling a British website that she was 'appointed' to the case against her will and that ultimately she was just doing her 'professional duty' as an attorney to defend him." (ABC News)
  • The RNC "is expected Tuesday to choose between two cities — Dallas and Cleveland — to host the party's 2016 presidential nominating convention." (Washington Post)
  • "An appeals court has blocked" Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's (R) "executive order denying driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants who have work permits through ... Obama's deferred-action program." (Arizona Republic)
  • Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) "is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes." (Washington Post)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on "Monday turned down what he characterized as ... Obama's offer for a 'quick handshake on the Tarmac' when the president arrives in Austin on Wednesday. But Perry said he would juggle his schedule to accommodate a 'substantive meeting' with Obama on border security any time during his two-day visit to Texas." (Austin American-Statesman)
  • Rand Paul and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) "plan to announce today their intention to sponsor legislation, which they call the 'REDEEM Act', to change the government's focus from punishing low-level drug offenders to helping them re-enter society." (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • "Behind Harry Reid's war against the Koch brothers" (Politico)
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "made New York the 23rd state in the nation to allow marijuana for medical use, signing into a law a bill that had recently passed the state legislature." (New York Observer)
  • "At least a half-dozen on-duty law officers in uniform took part in a reelection event Monday for" Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) despite state "laws saying public employees must avoid political activity during working hours." (Tampa Tribune)
  • "The Letters That Warren G. Harding's Family Didn't Want You to See" (New York Times Magazine)


Alternative Titles for Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices'



  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies at a Senate Armed Services Committee closed hearing on the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Capitol, 9:30 a.m.)
  • The Senate meets at 10 a.m., while the House returns at 2 p.m.
  • Obama hosts the Diplomatic Corps Reception. (White House, 2 p.m.)
  • World Cup semifinals: Brazil v. Germany (ESPN, 4 p.m.)
  • The Nationals host the Orioles. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy.
  • The winner is Lee Forlenza, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "General Douglas MacArthur signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Allied Powers. Who signed on behalf of the United States?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will run — and win" (Politico)


"We'll get someone who can win." -- Romney (AP)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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