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Christie Shines in Iowa; Peters, Snyder Lead Mich. Polls; Walker Calls for Common Core Repeal

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  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) "multicity leapfrog across Iowa, where he made time for everyone from big business chiefs to tips-earning waitresses, confirmed his own suspicion that people here really do love him. ... During his debut Iowa visit of the 2016 presidential election cycle," Christie "was ostensibly here simply to drum up money for Republicans competing in 2014 races. He was the guest star at three private fundraisers. ... The passion for Christie was most obvious at a meet-and-greet open to the general public at a Marion cafe, where Iowans said his force-of-nature personality would be the perfect fit for the Oval Office." (Des Moines Register)
  • House Speaker John Boehner "said Thursday he doesn't have 'as much optimism as I'd like to have' that a bill to address the flood of Central American children crossing into the U.S. will get through the GOP-controlled chamber before the end of the month." (Los Angeles Times)
  • In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) "on Thursday night tried to undercut" Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's (D) "main political strength -- her legislative experience -- by claiming that she often talks about her record in the state Senate because she has not been very active in Congress. Hanabusa countered" in the final debate before the Aug. 9 primary "by suggesting that Schatz has embellished his record in the Senate." (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • In IA SEN, VoteVets Action Fund is up with a new TV ad featuring a veteran who praises Rep. Bruce Braley (D) on Social Security and the Renewable Fuels Standard. The group "is spending $250,000 on the ad." (Quad-City Times)
  • In MN SEN, Sen. Al Franken (D) released a new TV ad highlighting his efforts to improve food safety. (release)
  • In FL-26, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo (R) released two TV ads, one in English and one in Spanish. (release)
  • In MI-03, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed attorney Brian Ellis (R) over Rep. Justin Amash (R). (release)
  • In AZ GOV, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas (R) released a TV ad in which the narrator says "he's the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration, stood up to the gay lobby and opposed liberal judges." (Arizona Capitol Times)
  • In CT GOV, Christie will stump for 2010 candidate Tom Foley (R) in Greenwich on Monday. (release) Foley and state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R) sparred in a debate Thursday "over who is a political insider and who is best equipped to fix Connecticut's budget problems, including limiting spending." (AP)
  • In FL GOV, former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) named Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein (D) as his running mate, "adding a needed South Florida Hispanic face to the ... ticket." (Miami Herald)
  • In NY GOV, allies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "announced on Thursday that they were starting a new party to rally female voters, which would have its own ballot line in the November election. ... It was both a salvo directed" Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) "and a nose-thumbing to" Cuomo's "critics on the left." (New York Times)
  • In KS GOV, former Rep. Jan Meyers (R-KS) "said Thursday she has not endorsed" state House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D), "contrary to an announcement by the Davis campaign this week." (Kansas City Star) The Alliance for Freedom "is spending at least $246,000 on radio and television advertisements ... praising" Gov. Sam Brownback (R). (AP)
  • In RI GOV, what "began as a polite, four-way debate among the Democratic candidates ... erupted Thursday into a war of words between" Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D) and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) "over taxes and pensions and political fortitude." (Providence Journal)
  • In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) "said Thursday he wants Wisconsin to repeal the Common Core education standards it has adopted along with most other states." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


  • In MI SEN, a new EPIC-MRA poll of LVs, conducted July 12-15, shows Rep. Gary Peters (D) leading former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) 45-36%. In the previous poll, conducted May 17-20, Peters led 44-38%. (Detroit Free Press)
  • In MI GOV, the EPIC-MRA poll shows Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) 46-43%. In the previous poll, Snyder led 47-38%. (Detroit Free Press)
  • In MA GOV, a weekly Boston Globe poll of LVs finds Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) ahead of 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) 39-36%. Coakley also leads the Democratic primary by 34 percentage points. (Boston Globe)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Consider it a testament to how polarizing Rep. Justin Amash is among Republicans that his opponents are doubling down in the face of defeat. Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Ellis, Amash's opponent, only two and a half weeks before the primary, even though Ellis has repeatedly trailed Amash by about 20 points in automated polling. And Ellis's FEC report showed that he spent another $400,000 of his own money in the last quarter, bringing his personal investment in the race to $800,000 total. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• The fundraising side of campaign finance reports usually gets the most attention, but the other side of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) ledger was more interesting in the second quarter. Landrieu's $3.4 million in spring expenditures -- comparable to what some 2012 Senate candidates spent in their campaigns' home stretches -- highlights what outside spending does to campaigns. She spent big money airing positive TV ads in the spring following a barrage of outside attacks in the few months beforehand. -- Scott Bland

• The latest automated poll from Georgia reflects a lot of what we've been hearing – that Rep. Jack Kingston still has the advantage heading into primary runoff. Despite Congress's unpopularity, Kingston is turning his 22 years of experience into a net positive, using it to highlight a conservative record where his opponent has none and to get a hand from his many friends on the Hill, who have helped rally intra-party support. -- Andrea Drusch

• As Obamacare becomes slightly less prominent on the campaign trail as an issue built to rally conservatives frustrated with the federal government and national policies, the Common Core education standards crafted by governors are slowly taking its place. Scott Walker on Thursday joined a growing list of GOP governors including Pat McCrory and Bobby Jindal calling on their states to repeal the standards. But don't expect the issue to be as easily tied to, or blamed on the president - the federal government didn't write the standards or force states to adopt them. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "A shoplifting suspect in southern Kentucky faces more charges after police say he ordered pizza to the police station as a prank." (WKYT-TV)


  • Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) "doesn't have a competitive election on the horizon. But the newly minted majority whip-elect raised and spent more money than in any quarter since his 2008 election as he campaigned for a Republican leadership position last month, following House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprising primary loss," including $30,000 in campaign donations to GOP colleagues including Cantor. (National Journal)
  • "Do I support the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case? I do." -- Christie, in response to a question while visiting a cafe in Iowa, according to a video posted by American Bridge (USA Today)
  • "As other Republicans travel the country laying the groundwork for 2016 presidential campaigns," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "is raising private-equity funds for oil and gas ventures. Bush ... has teamed with former Credit Suisse Group AG and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bankers to create an investment firm based in Coral Gables, Florida." (Bloomberg News)
  • Vice President Biden "gave his pitch to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party" Thursday at the Netroots Nation conference "in Detroit, hitting on themes of income and marriage equality, compassion for immigrants, expanded access to the ballot box and the need for more civil discourse in politics." (Detroit Free Press)
  • "If I decide to run, I will have a very specific agenda about what I think we should be doing. But right now, we have a big election, midterms 2014, that could determine the control of the Senate. And I'm not going to, you know, jump the line and start talking about 2016 right now." -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), in an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose (AP)
  • "Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned Florida's 2008 constitutional gay-marriage ban on Thursday, and ordered that two Key West bartenders and other gay couples seeking to wed be allowed to marry. ... The decision applies only to Monroe County, because it was filed in front of a state judge who has jurisdiction only in the county where he sits." (Miami Herald)
  • "One-candidate super PACs now essential for viability, especially in lesser House races" (Washington Post)
  • "Nearly five decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year's midterm elections. If Democrats hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters." (New York Times)
  • "The massive difference in how Democrats and Republicans raise money" (Washington Post)
  • "Legitimate rape is a law enforcement term and it's abbreviation for legitimate case of rape. If I had been choosing my words better, I should have said legitimate case of rape. And I have acknowledged that it is a poor choice of words." -- 2012 MO SEN nominee Todd Akin (R) (Huffington Post)


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  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivers the keynote address at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit. (10 a.m.)
  • The House meets at 11 a.m. in a pro forma session.
  • The National Civic Art Society hosts a briefing on the planned National Eisenhower Memorial. (Rayburn House Office Building, 12 p.m.)
  • The Nationals return from the All-Star break and open up a weekend series against the Brewers. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • Then-President Harry Truman lost the 1952 Democratic primary in New Hampshire.
  • The winner is Neil Bhatiya. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Which current U.S. senator has an identical twin brother that works in their home state's Department of Education?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Obama tries to connect with ordinary Americans – through junk food" (Washington Post)


"Obama claims broccoli is his favorite food" (Reuters)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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