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- In AR SEN, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) raised "more than" $1.35 million in the first quarter of 2014. (AP) Cotton also launched a new TV ad pushing back against an ad Senate Majority PAC (D) ran against him. "After 24 years, [Sen.] Mark Pryor has become unfaithful to the truth," the narrator says to close the spot. (KATV-TV)
- In IA SEN, state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) "has cited her National Guard duty to rebuff criticism for missing more than half of the votes in the Iowa Senate this year. ... However, a review by The Gazette ... shows that few -- 10 percent, or 12 of the 117 missed votes -- came on days when she was on active duty." (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
- In KY SEN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2014 and has $10.4 million cash on hand, while businessman Matt Bevin (R) raised $1.1 million. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
- In LA SEN, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) launched a new 60-second TV ad highlighting her support for the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. (release)
- In MS SEN, the Chamber of Commerce launched a new TV ad attacking state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) as a "personal injury, class action trial lawyer" who uses "the courts to seek an enormous payday." (release)
- In NC SEN, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "is planning to skip a major ... debate ahead of the Republican primary" on May 6. The Tillis campaign told WRAL-TV, which is hosting the televised April 23 debate, that it had a "long-standing commitment" that day. (Raleigh News & Observer)
- In NH SEN, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) raised $275,000 from March 15-31 "and didn't spend any money." (WMUR-TV)
- In OR SEN, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) raised "nearly" $1.05 million in the first quarter and has $3.6 million cash on hand. (release)
- In TN SEN, state Rep. Joe Carr (R) raised $255,000 in the first quarter and has $460,000 cash on hand. (release)
- In VA SEN, former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie raised $2.2 million in the first quarter. (Politico)
- In AZ-01, House Majority PAC (D) launched a new TV ad attacking state Rep. Andy Tobin (R) for "giving special tax breaks to help insurance companies, but increasing prescription costs for Arizona seniors." The ad buy is for $250,000. (release)
- In AZ-02, House Majority PAC (D) launched a new TV ad, attacking 2012 nominee Martha McSally (R) for supporting raising the retirement age and privatizing Social Security. The ad buy is for $115,000. (release)
- In FL-02, Rep. Steve Southerland (R) raised $509,000 in the first quarter and has $1.2 million cash on hand. (release)
- In the FL-19 Special, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed businessman Curt Clawson (R). (WZVN-TV)
- Also in FL-19, Clawson released a new TV ad that shows footage of ocean waves rolling onto a beach. The text on the screen reads: "30 seconds of quiet. A break from attack ads from Lizbeth Benacquisto & Paige Kreegel's friends," referring to his rivals in the GOP primary. "The campaign has put $110,000 behind the spot." (Roll Call)
- In ID-02, Club for Growth Action launched a new TV ad attacking Rep. Mike Simpson (R) for supporting the 2008 Wall Street bailout. The spot shows a clip of Simpson saying: "I voted for the $700 billion bailout. Everybody got that? My name's Mike Simpson. I voted for the $700 billion bailout." (release)
- Also in ID-02, Simpson raised $420,000 in the first quarter and has $872,000 cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
- In IA-03, Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R) launched his first TV ad highlighting his accomplishments in office and his support for voter ID. Schultz also raised $171,000 in the first quarter and has $136,000 cash on hand. (Des Moines Register)
- Also in IA-03, former state Sen. Staci Appel (D) raised $264,000 in the first quarter and has $470,000 cash on hand. (Des Moines Register)
- In MN-07, Rep. Collin Peterson (D) raised nearly" $218,000 in the first quarter and has $522,000 cash on hand. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
- In NH-02, Rep. Annie Kuster (D) raised $402,000 in the first quarter and has $1.3 million cash on hand. (WMUR-TV)
- In NY-21, former Bush administration aide Elise Stefanik (R) raised $268,000 in the first quarter and has "more than" $350,000 cah on hand, while documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf (D) raised "more than" $205,000 and personally loaned his campaign another $200,000, leaving him with "over" $400,000 cash on hand. (Albany Times Union)
- In PA-06, Chester County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ryan Costello (R) raised $344,000 in the first quarter and has $307,000 cash on hand. (PoliticsPA)
- In UT-04, 2012 nominee Mia Love (R) raised $454,000 in the first quarter and has $632,000 cash on hand. (Deseret News)
- In VA-10, state Del. Barbara Comstock (R) raised "more than" $750,000 in the first quarter and has $520,000 cash on hand. (Politico)
- In KS GOV, Road Map Solutions is out with a new TV ad praising Gov. Sam Brownback (R) for the school financing bill the state legislature approved earlier this month. (Larence Journal-World)
- In MN GOV, Gov. Mark Dayton (D) raised "about" $189,000 in the first quarter and has $733,000 cash on hand. (AP)
- In NE GOV, 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R) released a new TV ad touting his conservative values. (release)
- In NM GOV, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) raised $1.5 million over the past five months and has "roughly" $4.2 million cash on hand. The top fundraiser in the Democratic field was Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber (D), who raised "more than" $811,000, including "at least $300,000 he gave his campaign and a $150,000 loan," and has $440,000 cash on hand. (Albuquerque Journal)
- In OH GOV, Gov. John Kasich (R) is set to launch his first TV ad of the campaign. "The 60-second commercial ... will air for one week. Sources estimated Kasich spent about $70,000 for Columbus media market air time and at least $350,000 statewide, though that total could be higher." (Columbus Dispatch)
- American Crossroads (R) raised "almost" $5.2 million in March and has "more than" $6.3 million cash on hand. (AP)
- In IA SEN, a new Loras College poll of LVs, conducted April 7-8, shows businessman Mark Jacobs (R) with a slight lead in the GOP primary at 19%, compared to 18% for state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), 7% for radio talk show host Sam Clovis (R), 4% for former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker (R) and 3.5% for car salesman Scott Schaben (R). 46.5% said they are undecided. (release)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Political newcomer Aaron Woolf initially appeared nonchalant about his campaign, but his fundraising numbers show an aggressive candidate: Despite entering the race more than halfway through the first quarter, Woolf raised $205,000 and loaned himself an additional $205,000. With more than $400,000 to spend after a late start, Woolf represents a strong opportunity for Democrats to keep retiring Rep. Bill Owens's seat. -- Jack Fitzpatrick
• Mary Landrieu's latest minute-long TV ad reiterates a theme we've seen from her campaign before: Fighting an unpopular policy from the Obama administration. Previously, she distanced herself from Obamacare, and now she's playing the same card on the oil and gas industry. For her and all red state Democrats this year, the more space between them and the White House, the better. -- Alex Roarty
HAIR OF THE DOG
"NJ Family's Dog Summoned For Jury Duty?" (KYW-TV)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie "apologized on Monday for casting doubt on a letter from" the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) "that urged the governor to name" Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) "as his successor. Abercrombie told the Los Angeles Times in an interview last week that whether the letter 'could be construed as Sen. Inouye's dying wish -- let me put it this way -- is problematic.'" (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
- "The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund are starting LeadingGreen, a collaboration that will steer donations to federal candidates and enlist the help of major donors in lobbying elected officials. ... The new initiative aims to raise and contribute $5 million directly to candidates this year ... separate from independent expenditure spending activities." (Washington Post)
- "Bill Clinton will headline the Ohio Democratic Party's state dinner on June 13." (Politico)
- "Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval ... in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting." (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- "Earlier this month," the Republican Party of Wisconsin's "Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a proposal that says the state party 'supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede.' ... Now, the matter will go for final approval to the delegates attending the" state party's "convention in Milwaukee on May 2-4." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- "If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention." -- The narrator of a new web ad from OH-08 candidate J.D. Winteregg (R), who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner in the GOP primary (National Journal)
- "I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives. If at some point that weren't the case, and I didn't support my mayor or my city councilwoman or my congresswoman or either of my senators -- and I'm lucky to live in a state where I have lots of women representing me, you know -- maybe then I'd have to ask and answer the question for myself, and come to a different answer." -- Chelsea Clinton, when asked about running for office one day (Fast Company)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Biden attends a memorial service marking the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. (12 p.m.)
- Secretary of State John Kerry attends a Passover Seder hosted by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. (7 p.m.)
- Obama hosts a Passover seder for friends and staff at the White House this evening.
- The Nationals take on the Marlins. (MASN 2, 7:10)
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- The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions offered Gerald Ford contracts, which he turned down to attend law school.
- The winner is Robert Law, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "On Sunday, Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years. Name the last golfer to accomplish this feat and the years he won those green jackets." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Winners and Losers in the Money Race
- Why You're Already Tired of 2014
- Playing the Name Game for 2016
- Inside Democrats' Plan to Oust Pennsylvania's Governor
- Why Can't Andrew Cuomo and New York Democrats Play Nice?
"VP Joe Biden to cheer on U.S. at the World Cup in Brazil" (Washington Times)
"I don't care about appreciation, I just want to win a soccer game." -- Mike Ditka, in "Kicking and Screaming"
Adam Wollner, Editor