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DCCC Outraised NRCC in March; GOP Super PAC Hits Kingston in GA SEN; RGA Attacks Sheheen in SC GOV

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • The NRCC raised $9.9 million in March and has $31.1 million cash on hand. The DCCC announced last week it raised $10.3 million in March and has $40.2 million cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
  • The DNC raised $10.3 million in March and has $9.8 million cash on hand and 14.1 million in debt. Earlier this month, the RNC announced it raised $10.2 million in March and has $12.3 million cash on hand and no debt. (Hotline reporting)
  • "The State Department will delay its decision on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline until it has a clearer idea of how legal challenges to the pipeline's route through Nebraska will be settled. ... Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the delay as a political ploy aimed at punting the final call on the divisive project until after the midterm elections in November." (New York Times)
  • In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) released a new TV ad touting his conservative credentials, including his endorsement from the Club for Growth. (Politico)
  • In GA SEN, Citizens for a Working America, a conservative super PAC, is airing a TV ad attacking Rep. Jack Kingston (R) as a "career politician" and a "king of earmarks." The group "has put $500,000 behind the effort." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Also in GA SEN, Kingston "opened Saturday's Republican Senate debate by calling the contest 'an absolute street brawl.' The feisty candidates seeking to replace" retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) "proceeded to prove his point. ... On the issues, the seven candidates mostly agreed: They're against abortion, gun control, overregulation and immigration reform. So they threw elbows based on who was more opposed to those things." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In NC SEN, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "says he will participate in a WRAL News debate on April 23" after initially declining the invitation. (WRAL-TV)
  • In WV SEN, the Charleston Gazette endorsed Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), calling her "a bright facet in West Virginia's political scene." (Charleston Gazette)
  • In CA-33, the League of Conservation Voters endorsed both state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) and former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel (D). (Los Angeles Times)
  • In the FL-19 Special, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) endorsed businessman Curt Clawson (R). (Roll Call)
  • In NE GOV, Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) released a new TV ad attacking 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R) for "firing 900 people" and taking a "$1 million bonus" as "a Wall Street executive" and for trying to avoid paying property taxes on his home. (Lincoln Journal Star) State Sen. Beau McCoy (R) also released a new TV ad in which he knocks a President Obama bobblehead off of a fence post with his hand. (Omaha World-Herald)
  • In NM GOV, Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber (D) is out with a new radio ad attacking Gov. Susana Martinez (R) over the newly released audio recordings published by Mother Jones. (KRQE-TV)
  • In OH GOV, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) released a new radio ad attacking Gov. John Kasich (R) for raising "taxes on the middle class and seniors while giving the wealthy and corporations a tax cut he said would create jobs." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • In PA GOV, businessman Tom Wolf (D) launched a new TV ad featuring his parents and focusing on his support for policies that will benefit seniors. (PoliticsPA)
  • In RI GOV, former Rhode Island Gov. Philip Noel (D) endorsed Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D). (Providence Journal)
  • In SC GOV, the RGA launched a new TV ad attacking state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) as a "trial lawyer" who "defended "violent criminals who abused women and went to work setting them free." (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

 

• The latest push from Senate Republican operatives -- that the party has put deeply blue states Oregon and Minnesota on the 2014 map -- should be met with skepticism. But keep watching the races anyway: If Sens. Al Franken and Jeff Merkley are still under threat in September, it's a sure sign the GOP can win more attainable seats in states like New Hampshire and Colorado. And with them, the Senate majority. -- Alex Roarty

• The race for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's seat in his reliably Democratic Los Angeles-area district has apparently drawn so many qualified liberal candidates that the environmentalist League of Conservation Voters couldn't pick just one for an endorsement. LCV endorsed Ted Lieu and Wendy Greuel out of the 18 candidates on the June 3 primary ballot. In most states, it would be pointless to tell voters to support two different candidates, but LCV might be trying to take advantage of California's top-two primary system, in which members of the same party can face each other in the general election. If Lieu and Greuel make it to the general election, LCV will have put itself in a win-win position by supporting two environmentalists, a move it couldn't pull off in most states. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Mitch McConnell's pledge in March to "crush" the conservative outside groups looks like it's working. In NC SEN, Thom Tillis is within striking distance of the 40% necessary to avoid a runoff, thanks to outside spending from establishment groups. Rep. Jack Kingston has the momentum in the GA SEN primary, and will likely head to the runoff. Embattled Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson is getting crucial help from the Chamber, with an assist from Mitt Romney. And McConnell is expected to coast to victory over Matt Bevin, despite an early scare. Sen. Thad Cochran's June 3 primary may be the last chance for the tea party to make their impact felt for 2014. -- Josh Kraushaar

• A lot of attention has been paid to the Republican Senate primary between Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse in Nebraska, but the state's GOP primary to replace Gov. Dave Heineman will be just as contentious, if not more so, in the final weeks before the May 13 primary. The ad wars are raging between political rivals Pete Ricketts and Jon Bruning, whose 2012 Senate bid was derailed by attack ads paid for by Ricketts's family. At the very least this race can be added to a growing list of strange ads run this year: State Sen. Beau McCoy's newest ad is sparking controversy for scene featuring him knocking an Obama figurine off a fence. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• Biggest losers from the State Department's decision to delay (again) the Keystone XL decision: red-state Senate Dems in energy-producing states, like Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Begich (D-AK). Sure, they can get attention for disagreeing with the Obama WH on the decision, but they've already made their positions known. Better to argue one's effectiveness by persuading the WH on the issue. -- Josh Kraushaar

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • "Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core" (New York Times)
  • "The GOP is making a bold play for a ... Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade. Republicans back in Washington think they've found the right candidate in" pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R), "who's raised more than $1 million and put her early opposition to" Obama's "health care law at the center of her campaign." (AP)
  • Napster co-founder Sean Parker "is poised to bring his considerable fortune into the political world with fresh intensity, retaining advisers to bring new focus and sophistication to his political enterprises and preparing to make a significant investment in the 2014 election cycle." (Politico)
  • "Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle" (New York Times)
  • "It's an appropriate thing to think about your successor, not only in this job. I'm just finishing the book by former Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates. He thought a lot about his successor, too. If you're interested in the job and in the kind of work that’s done, you have to have an interest in who's going to fill your shoes." -- Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, when asked if it's appropriate to take politics into account when making the decision to retire (ABC News)
  • "West Virginia Democrat's Uphill Run for Senate" (Wall Street Journal)
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "has hired the media firm that made a star last year of young Dante de Blasio and his Afro." (New York Daily News)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) "has already raised more than $2.3 million for Senate Democratic candidates this election cycle." (The Hill)
  • "Little-known Democrat tries to unseat Scott Walker" (AP)
  • "Amy Kremer, the Tea Party Express chairman who's played a major role in elections for the past five years, is resigning. ... Instead, Kremer will be doing consulting for" KY SEN candidate/businessman Matt Bevin (R). (CNN)
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) "plans to sign legislation" this week "that would vastly expand where Georgians can legally carry firearms." The bill, which passed in the final hours of this year's legislative session, would expand where Georgians may legally carry firearms, including schools, bars, churches and government buildings." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • "A train passing through a station in Milford, Conn. nearly took out" Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who "was standing in the yellow warning strip, just inches from the tracks, when the train barreled by." Blumenthal "was at a press conference on railroad safety violations." (KHON-TV)
  • "Bob Dole gears up to barnstorm Kansas again" (Kansas City Star)
  • Tom Farley, the brother of the late comedian Chris Farley, is seeking "to fill a seat on the Madison (Wis.) City Council." (Capital Times)

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • The White House holds the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll. (7:30 a.m.)
  • Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson participates in a media availability with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) following a Boston Marathon security briefing. (10:30 a.m.)
  • The Nationals open up a three-game series against the Angels. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • After finishing in the bottom three in the regular season standings in 2013, the Colorado Avalanche bounced back in 2014, finishing in the top three.
  • The winner is Kevin Meehan. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Who wrote the first presidential memoir after leaving office?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party." -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), delivering the weekly Republican address (release)

 

...CHASER

"What I really wanted to ask is why the hell I have to keep updating the apps on my iPhone all the time and why you don't fix that." -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), to Apple CEO Tim Cook during a May 2013 hearing (CNN)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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