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Begich, Sullivan Launch AK SEN Ads; RGA Releases Third SC GOV Ad; GOP Insiders Court Bush for 2016

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  • In AK SEN, Sen. Mark Begich (D) launched a new TV ad highlighting his efforts to allow drilling at the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. "We had waited decades to drill here in the National Petroleum Reserve. But Washington was still saying no, all because they didn't want to build a road here." Begich says in the spot. "It took five years, but I got the road approved. Next year, the oil starts flowing. ... [S]ooner or later Washington will figure out that I don't take no for an answer." (Politico)
  • Also in AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) released his first two TV ads of the campaign. The first, a 30-second spot, focuses on Sullivan's accomplishments throughout his career. The second, a 60-second spot, features his wife Julie, who tells this story of how they met. "He's accomplished a lot, but more than anything, Dan has a big heart and a strong commitment to making things better in Alaska," she says in the ad. (Politico)
  • In AR SEN, Senate Majority PAC (D) launched a new statewide TV ad attacking Rep. Tom Cotton (R) for getting "paid handsomely working for insurance companies and corporate interests" before coming to Congress. "The real Tom Cotton: a politician we just can't trust," the narrator says to close the spot. (release)
  • In IA SEN, businessman Mark Jacobs (R) launched a new TV ad hitting Rep. Bruce Braley (D) for referring to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" at a private fundraiser earlier this year with a group of trial lawyers. The spot "will air on cable in eastern Iowa." (Roll Call)
  • In MI SEN, Senate Majority PAC (D) launched a new statewide TV ad, saying that with former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) "insurance companies will be able to deny you coverage when you get sick. Women's access to preventative health care would be cut, while their costs would increase." To close the spot, the narrator says, "Now you know what the billionaires know. They know Terri Lyn Land is for them, and not for us." (release)
  • In MN SEN, Sen. Al Franken (D) "was joined by" Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at a campaign event Saturday at Macalester College in St. Paul." (MPR News)
  • In NE SEN, FreedomWorks PAC withdrew its support for former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R) and endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse (R). FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe: "Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the establishment? At this point, it is clear that Shane Osborn formed allegiances with [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class. For us, that progression away from the grassroots has tipped the balance." (release)
  • Meanwhile, Osborn raised "more than" $550,000 in the first quarter of 2014 and has "about" $600,000 cash on hand. (Politico)
  • Also in NE SEN, Senate Conservatives Fund released a new TV ad supporting Sasse, calling him "the rock solid conservative choice" in the race. "Sasse will stand up to career politicians because he's not one of them," the narrator says. The spot began airing on Saturday and "will run on broadcast and cable television networks across the state for two weeks. ... The cost of the media buy is $280,000." (release)
  • In CO GOV, former state Sen. Norma Anderson (R) endorsed former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R). (Denver Post)
  • In CT GOV, Gov. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) "on Friday confirmed what most observers had long expected: He's running for a second term." (Hartford Courant)
  • In SC GOV, the RGA launched its third TV ad in the race, hitting state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) on Obamacare. (release)
  • In NJ-01, former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb (R) "will announce his candidacy ... Monday." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • In NC-03, a "well-funded conservative outside group is devoting significant money to make" Rep. Walter Jones (R) "the first incumbent to fall this cycle, but Republicans in the state are skeptical the sudden burst of spending will ultimately be enough to take Jones out." (Roll Call)
  • "Many of the Republican Party's most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy. Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) "political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of" Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), "prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP's brightest hope to win back the White House." (Washington Post)
  • In the Washington, D.C. mayoral race, "[d]espite predictions that more ... residents would vote early, ... the opposite has turned out to be true -- a sign of potentially historic low turnout and a reason for new uncertainty in Tuesday's already fluid Democratic primary." (Washington Post)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Facing a continuing stream of on-air attacks from AFP in Michigan, last week Rep. Gary Peters (D) became the latest presumptive Senate nominee to start his TV campaign early, following in the footsteps of McConnell, Daines, Pryor, Landrieu, Walsh, and Begich before him. Will Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) be next to start TV, given how much flak he's taking in earned and paid media over his farming comments since last week? -- Scott Bland

•FiveThirtyEight recently pointed out that the lack of non-partisan polling in key Senate races is making some contests tough to gauge, and at least one gubernatorial race is suffering the same affliction. The most recent public poll released on the race between Gov. Nikki Haley and Democrat Vincent Sheheen in South Carolina was from last December. . The only indicator of where the race stands is the RGA's continued barrage of attack ads against Sheheen, making it one of just a small handful of top-targeted races where the committee has gone on TV so far and signaling the race could be closer than previously thought. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "A teenager has published a study suggesting the federal government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs by switching to a thinner typeface that uses less ink." (AP)


  • "GOP has built-in advantage in fight for US House" (AP)
  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) "has not yet committed to senior House Republican leaders that he's running for re-election in November. ... The Ways and Means Committee chairman has not yet filed for re-election, and Michigan's deadline is" April 22. (Politico)
  • "Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether" (New York Times)
  • "In a 60-second, introductory ... ad released last week," SD SEN candidate/former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) "touts his state's economy and quality of life — but it's unclear if any of the people featured in the ... ad are actually from the Mount Rushmore State. ... [E]ach of the photos in the ad are available for purchase on stock photo sites like Getty and Shutterstock." (Roll Call)
  • "GOP Sees a New Path for Senate Through Iowa" (Wall Street Journal)
  • "Sheldon Adelson: Wild card" (Politico)
  • "The Charlotte City Council is scheduled to meet Monday to select a new mayor, but after days of intense lobbying among members, there is still no consensus on who should replace" former Mayor Patrick Cannon (D). (Charlotte Observer)
  • Former Penn State assistant football coach Jay Paterno, "son of the late longtime head coach, said Friday afternoon he was dropping his bid for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Paterno, who shook up the race on the strength of his name alone, acknowledged that a legal challenge to his nominating petitions was likely to knock him off the ballot or at least tie him up in court." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • "The roller coaster ride for Michigan's recently married same-sex couples continued Friday with the announcement that their nuptials would be recognized by the federal government -- despite the fact that they state won't, even though they are legal." (Detroit Free Press)
  • Jeremiah Denton Jr., "a retired Navy rear admiral and former U.S. senator who survived nearly eight years of captivity in North Vietnamese prisons, and whose public acts of defiance and patriotism came to embody the sacrifices of American POWs in Vietnam, died March 28 at a hospice in Virginia Beach. He was 89." (Washington Post)
  • "Eric Fehrnstrom, a prominent national Republican consultant" and "longtime adviser to Mitt Romney, is enrolled as a member of the class of 2016 at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, pursuing a master's degree in theological studies. ... While Fehrnstrom remains active in politics ... such a dramatic new tack in his career surprised some longtime associates, who said it was tough to envision the trench warrior of two presidential campaigns stepping into the role of theological scholar. But former colleagues say Fehrnstrom has adopted a softer tone in recent months, reaching out in a manner they did not associate with the famously aggressive strategist." (Boston Globe)
  • "Can 'the Traitor' Jesse Benton Unite the GOP?" (Daily Beast)
  • "Ronald Reagan used his platform on radio to run for president of the United States? I had no idea. ... I'm going to take it where it goes." -- Retiring Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who will host his own radio show after leaving office, responding coyly when asked about running for president in 2016 on "Fox News Sunday" (Time)
  • 2012 TN-03 candidate Scottie Mayfield says 2014 TN-03 candidate Weston Wamp (R) "secretly recorded a conversation they had when Wamp came to his home to talk him out of supporting" Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R) "in the August ... primary." (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
  • "He gave me a 16 percent chance of being reelected, he gave Heidi Heitkamp an 8 percent chance of being reelected, he gave Jon Tester a [34] percent chance of being reelected. So all polls are about like Nate Silver's predictions: good sometimes, bad most of the time." -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Washington Post)


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  • The New America Foundation holds a discussion on the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan 2014. (New America Foundation, 12:15 p.m.)
  • Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) delivers a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon address on mental health care reform. (National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.)
  • It's Opening Day for the Washington Nationals, as they take on the New York Mets at Citi Field. (MASN 2, 1:10 p.m.)
  • The Senate returns at 2 p.m.
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  • Kansas Gov. Alf Landon (R) coined the phrase "The New Frontier" as a presidential candidate in 1936.
  • The winner is Bill Pascoe, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Over the course of a decade, this band recorded more number one hit singles than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley combined. Name the band, its label, and two of its flute players." The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Whether it's the Koch brothers or [George] Soros on the left or Sheldon [Adelson] ... if you're going to have an election process that radically favors billionaires and is discriminating against the middle class -- which we now have -- then billionaires are going to get a lot of attention." -- Former House Speaker and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (R) (National Journal)


"He's a humongous supporter of Newt. They're friends. They're buddies. It's a true relationship." -- Former political consultant George Harris, on Adelson  (ABC News, Jan. 25, 2012)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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