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- GA SEN: Philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) and businessman David Perdue (R) "shared the stage together Thursday for the first time in their general election battle ... and both were itching for a fight. But while Nunn ... targeted Perdue, the Republican candidate focused his fire on" President Obama. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
- AR SEN: The Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed Rep. Tom Cotton (R). (release) The group and its super PAC spent around $400,000 bashing Sen. Mark Pryor (D) in 2013, but it hadn't yet made the official endorsement.
- WV SEN: Mitt Romney's campaign swing for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) helped her "raise more than $162,000 in" 10 days, her campaign said. (RealClearPolitics)
- AZ-01: Romney recorded a robocall for state House Speaker Andy Tobin (R). (Arizona Daily Star)
- CA-26: House Majority PAC has started sending direct mail hitting Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R). (Hotline reporting)
- FL-10: Rep. Dan Webster (R) "has established a special legal-expense fund to solicit donations to help pay for" court fights connected to the court-ordered redrawing of his district, which a judge ruled was drawn to "directly benefit Webster." (National Journal)
- TN-04: Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) "maintained his 38-vote lead over" state Sen. Jim Tracy (R) "in a closely watched ... primary after the last county certified its results Thursday night, increasing pressure on Tracy to concede the race." (Nashville Tennessean)
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- AK SEN: Americans for Prosperity launched a buy of more than $1 million hitting Sen. Mark Begich (D) for missing a series of votes. (release) Crossroads GPS attacks Begich over gender pay disparity in his Senate office with a $1.25 million buy. (release) Former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) emphasizes his military service. (Politico) And Begich's latest spot uses clips of Sullivan's GOP primary opponents criticizing him. (release)
- AR SEN: Americans for Prosperity criticizes Pryor for voting frequently with Obama and for Obamacare. (release)
- CO SEN: The DSCC targets Rep. Cory Gardner (R) over abortion with a $1 million buy. (release)
- LA SEN: The DSCC's first ad, part of a $2.5 million campaign, goes after Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) on veterans' issues. (release)
- MI SEN: The League of Conservation Voters launched a $400,000 campaign tying former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) to the Koch brothers. (Politico)
- NH SEN: NextGen Climate Action Committee links former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) to the Koch brothers and "big oil" companies. (release)
- NC SEN: Senate Majority PAC hits state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) for cutting education funding in a $800,000 buy. (CNN)
- WV SEN: Capito knocks Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) for supporting Obama's "war on coal" and Obamacare. (release)
- CO-06: Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) pledges to "fight to expand Pell grants and student loans." (release)
- GA-12: The NRCC hits Rep. John Barrow (D) over wasteful spending. (release)
- ME GOV: 2010 candidate Eliot Cutler (I) "challenges his opponents to a series of public debates." (Bangor Daily News)
- NH SEN: According to a new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll of LVs, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center from Aug. 7-17, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) leads Brown 46-44%. In the previous poll, conducted June 19-July 1, Shaheen led 50-38%. (release)
- NH GOV: The Granite State Poll also shows Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) ahead of businessman Walt Havenstein (R) 49-32% and activist Andrew Hemingway (R) 51-31%. (release)
- MA GOV: A new Boston Globe poll of LVs, conducted Aug. 10-12 and 17-19, shows Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) leading 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) 41-34% in a general election matchup. As for the Democratic primary, Coakley leads with 45%, followed by state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) with 24% and former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Don Berwick (D) with 10%. (release)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• One poll (much less one that, oddly, spent 10 days in the field) shouldn't erase a summer's worth of skepticism about Scott Brown's candidacy. But the notion that Brown has closed the gap against Jeanne Shaheen shouldn't surprise, either -- ahead of his September primary, it's a fair bet the former senator has at least consolidated Republican support and found a corresponding uptick in the polls. It's been tempting to count Brown out, but doing so is clearly premature. -- Alex Roarty
• Why is Arizona's state House speaker claiming that Central American children could be carrying Ebola into the U.S? Don't assume Andy Tobin made the claim without putting any thought into it. Immigration issues have been Tobin's best opportunity to tout his conservative bona fides as his Republican opponents run to his right. And with only four days left until a toss-up primary election, he may have decided that he needs to turn heads on the issue. -- Jack Fitzpatrick
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "on Thursday laid bare his troubled marriage during a remarkable day of testimony that revealed he and his wife are living separately for the trial and he is staying in his parish priest's rectory." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- "With an eye on 2016, Rand Paul takes his campaign-in-waiting to the operating room" (Washington Post)
- SD SEN nominee Rick Weiland (D) "says it was a 'light moment' when he called opponent and" former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) "'senator' during a public forum Wednesday. ... Weiland quickly corrected his remark to 'soon-to-want-to-be senator.'" (AP)
- "A federal judge on Thursday ruled Florida's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered the state to recognize marriages legally performed elsewhere. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, however, immediately stayed his order until after the appeals process is completed." (Miami Herald)
- Priorities USA Action sent "a $250,000 donation on Thursday to the" DGA. (Politico)
- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) "and his wife, Diane," joined President Obama "and the first lady for dinner on Martha's Vineyard on Thursday." (Boston Globe)
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "was a featured guest at one of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's dinner receptions for women leaders." (Tampa Bay Times)
- "I try to sit as far away from him as I can in meetings that I know are going to be stressful. I just hate getting that smell in my clothes." -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on House Speaker John Boehner's smoking habit (Time)
- State "Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald vowed to return to the Minnesota Republican Party's State Fair booth Thursday after she was banned and ordered by security to leave. ... MacDonald ... was endorsed at the party's state convention in May. ... She drew ire from party leaders who said most delegates were not aware of a drunken driving charge at the time of endorsement. ... This week, the party's executive committee revised its State Fair Policy to restrict access to candidates with pending criminal cases, and moved to bar MacDonald from the booth. MacDonald, who said she was notified Wednesday of the resolution, showed up anyway." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
- "Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh wants life in the fast lane for" IA SEN nominee Bruce Braley (D). "Walsh has penned a fundraising email for Braley and is raffling off a pair of VIP tickets for an upcoming Eagles show in the Hawkeye State." (The Hill)
- "Barack Obama Appears in Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways' Trailer" (SPIN)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Election Day 2014 countdown: 74 days.
- D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the new Chuck Brown Memorial Park. (11 a.m.)
- The Nationals open up a three-game series against the Giants. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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- Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) served the longest time in the House before making the jump to the Senate.
- The winner is Colin Brainard, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which Coen Brothers film features a governor of Mississippi, and upon which Texas politician is that character based?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- How to Win a Party Convention: Hotel Rooms, Big Money—and Swag
- The Boys of Summer: July's Biggest Super PAC Donors
- Florida Redistricting Fight Spawns a Lawmaker's Legal-Expense Fund
- Eric Holder's Challenge in Ferguson
- The Senate's Scattershot Approach to Ferguson
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"Jimmy McMillan, of 'The Rent is 2 damn high party,' upstages Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo" (New York Daily News, 10/19/2010)
Adam Wollner, Editor
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