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Equal Pay Bill Fails; Senate Majority PAC Defends Braley in IA SEN; Ready for Hillary Raises $1.7M

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  • "As expected, a bill intended to close the gender pay gap fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance through Congress" on Wednesday, "with a vote of 53-44." The measure "failed to garner any Republican support." (National Journal)
  • In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2014 and has just under $2 million cash on hand. (Politico)
  • In CO SEN, Rep. Cory Gardner (R) raised $1.4 million in the first quarter and has $2.1 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • In GA SEN, "American Future Fund, a heavy-spending national conservative group, is preparing to shake up the ... race by throwing its support behind" former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R). (Politico)
  • Also in GA SEN, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2014 and has $2.1 million cash on hand. (release) Rep. Paul Broun raised $345,000 in the first quarter and has $230,000 cash on hand. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) raised $326,000 in the first quarter. (
  • In IA SEN, Senate Majority PAC (D) is airing a new TV ad featuring two farmers defending Rep. Bruce Braley (D). "People can say what they like, but we know Bruce," one of the farmers says. "And we know he's got our back," the second farmer says to close the spot. The group "is spending more than $210,000 on the ad." (Quad-City Times)
  • In NE SEN, four of the Republican candidates "met Wednesday for a debate in Lincoln." Midland University President Ben Sasse (R), former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R), banker Sid Dinsdale (R) and attorney Bart McLeay (R) all "said they want smaller government, less spending and claim to be fiscal conservatives." (KETV-TV)
  • In CA-21, former congressional aide Amanda Renteria (D) raised "more than" $300,000 in the first quarter. (release)
  • In CO-06, Rep. Mike Coffman (R) raised $594,000 in the first quarter and has $1.85 million cash on hand, while former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) raised $604,000 and has $2.1 million cash on hand. (KDVR-TV)
  • In IA-03, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw (R) raised $204,000 in the first quarter and has $168,000 cash on hand. (Des Moines Register)
  • In MA-06, Marine veteran Seth Moulton (D) raised $454,000 in the first quarter and has $651,000 cash on hand. (Boston Globe)
  • In WV-03, Rep. Nick Rahall (D) raised $325,000 in the first quarter and has "about" $1.1 million cash on hand, while state Sen. Evan Jenkins (R) raised $200,000 and has "about" $500,000 cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In WI-01, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) raised $1.4 million in the first quarter, the largest total of any quarter in his career, and has $4 million cash on hand. (release)
  • In AR GOV, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) launched a new TV ad touting his conservative credentials. "Arkansas' next governor will have to stand up to Washington liberals like President Obama and Nancy Pelosi," Hutchinson says in the spot. (Hotline reporting)
  • In FL GOV, former President Bill Clinton will attend a DGA fundraiser in Florida on May 6. (Politico)
  • In IL GOV, the RGA contributed $750,000 to businessman Bruce Rauner's (R) campaign "[f]or the second consecutive month." (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • In MD GOV, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) released a new TV ad focusing on the impact adopting his son, Jonathan, has had on his life. (release)
  • In MI GOV, the RGA launched its third TV ad of the race, attacking former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) as "a politician who's made wrong, expensive choices." The ad points to Schauer's support for a tax on bottled water as an example of the "rainy, gloomy days" of the past, but the narrator says "Michigan's coming back without taxing water." (release)
  • In PA GOV, businessman Tom Wolf (D) released new TV ad featuring his daughters, Sarah and Katie. "As the father of two daughters, I'm especially sensitive to the fact that women are only paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes when they do the same work, Wolf says in the spot. "Truth is, when we shortchange anyone in Pennsylvania we all lose out." (PoliticsPA)
  • Ready for Hillary raised $1.7 million in the first quarter, bringing the group's total haul to more over $5.75 million since it launched about a year ago. (National Journal)


  • In AR SEN, a new Opinion Research Associates poll shows Sen. Mark Pryor (D) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R) 48-38%. (The Hill)
  • In IA SEN, a new Suffolk University poll shows state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) at 25% businessman Mark Jacobs (R) at 23% in the GOP primary, while radio talk show host Sam Clovis (R) is at 7% and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker (R) is at 4%. In hypothetical general election contests, Braley leads Jacobs, 37-31%; Ernst, 38-30%; Whitaker, 38-27%; and Clovis, 38-25% . (release)
  • In IA GOV, the new Suffolk poll also shows Gov. Terry Branstad (R) leading state Sen. Jack Hatch (D) 42-32% in a general election matchup. (release)
  • In WI GOV, a new St. Norbert College/Wisconsin Public Radio poll shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading former Trek executive Mary Burke (D) 56-40%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• There's a fairly short list of interesting, intra-party challenges to Democratic incumbents this year -- Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Mike Honda (D-CA) top the list -- but Seth Moulton's (D) strong fundraising quarter in MA-06 highlights that race as one to watch, too. Rep. John Tierney (D) has never previously raised as much money in a quarter as Moulton's $454,000, and Moulton already outraised him in the final quarter of last year. -- Scott Bland

• Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bipartisan Medicaid expansion bill Wednesday, marking the third time he's blocked the efforts of the Democrat-controlled legislature to pass the measure. The problem is that only three other GOP governors lead Democrat-controlled state houses -- Chris Christie, Susana Martinez and Brian Sandoval -- and all have forged compromise agreements to allow for Medicaid expansion in their states. LePage's outright opposition to compromise goes against the political grain of his state and sets him in a class of his own, which is likely to spell his political doom. -- Karyn Bruggeman



  • "Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year -- possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner to step aside immediately after November's midterm elections. The conservatives' exasperation with leadership is well known. And now, in discreet dinners at the Capitol Hill Club and in winding, hypothetical-laced email chains, they're trying to figure out what to do about it. Some say it's enough to coalesce behind -- and start whipping votes for -- a single conservative leadership candidate. Others want to cut a deal with Majority Leader Eric Cantor: We'll back you for speaker if you promise to bring aboard a conservative lieutenant." (National Journal)
  • Sen. Angus King (I-ME), "who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans. He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands." King: "I'll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine." (The Hill)
  • Eleven "Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing ... Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month." (Wall Street Journal)
  • Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere "has been calling" Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) "since Tuesday night to ask for his resignation, but has yet received no response." (The Hill)
  • McAllister "has backed off his request for an FBI investigation into who leaked a security video to media that showed the congressman in a passionate embrace and kiss with a former married staffer." (Monroe News Star)
  • "Republican billionaires Paul Singer and Seth Klarman are supporting gay rights activists in a $2.2 million campaign to get the ... House to extend workplace protections to the LGBT community. An umbrella group called Americans for Workplace Opportunity wants a vote on a bill passed by the Senate before the end of the year." (Politico)
  • "When it comes to politics," Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) "have very little in common. ... But the two -- who were spotted having a spirited discussion in the Capitol basement as they made their way to Tuesday votes -- have unveiled legislation they hope will increase apprenticeships in America." (National Journal)
  • TX GOV nominee/state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) will attend Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech on Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. (Dallas Morning News)
  • "A number of prominent Tampa area Democrats have been puzzling over invitations they got to a fundraiser last week for" Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). "Heading the list was Scott's likely ... opponent," former Gov. Charlie Crist (D). "According to interviews and Facebook postings, others receiving invitations included current and former Democratic Party officers, candidates, campaign staffers and committed grass-roots activists. None can explain why." (Tampa Tribune)
  • "A secretly recorded video produced by a conservative activist shows" Wisconsin state Senate President Mike Ellis (R) "talking about creating and raising money for a committee to run negative ads against his Democratic opponent -- which would be illegal for a candidate to do in Wisconsin. ... Ellis issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging the conversation but saying he learned the next day the proposal was illegal and did not pursue it." (Wisconsin State Journal)
  • Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) "is pushing a bill that would name a part of Frenchman Mountain, located just east of Las Vegas, after" Ronald Reagan. "The House Natural Resources Committee approved Heck's bill by voice vote Wednesday." (AP)
  • IA SEN candidate/radio talk show host Sam Clovis (R) "says he believes many congressional Republicans want to impeach President Obama. The only thing standing in their way, Clovis said in an interview, is the color of the president's skin. ... He said the impeachment of President Bill Clinton didn't end well." Clovis: "Now we have a situation where race is thrown into the cards as well. Whether we like it or not, race is an issue." (Daily Times Herald)
  • "Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one. The cover image of next month's Rolling Stone magazine featuring the 'Veep' star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution." (AP)


White House women get the short end of the pay stub



  • The House returns at 9 a.m., while the Senate is back at 9:30 a.m.
  • Obama delivers remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act in Houston. (LBJ Presidential Library, 12:50 p.m. ET)
  • Sens. Booker and Scott hold a live Facebook Q&A session on their new bill, the LEAP Act. (1:45 p.m.)
  • The Nationals wrap up their three-game series with the Marlins. (Nationals Park, 4:05 p.m.)
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  • President Taft threw the ceremonial first pitch at National Park in 1911, which was renamed Griffith Stadium in 1920, and is now the site of the Howard University Hospital.
  • The winner is Ethan Rosenkranz, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "One of Kanye West's early hits included a musical sample which was recorded by the same man that helped develop the A-10 'Warthog' and the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Name the Kanye West song as well as the record producer." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Alec Baldwin Targets Ex-Romney Aide in Twitter Tantrum" (ABC News)


"Alec Baldwin says goodbye to 'public life'" (CNN, 2/24/14)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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