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- GOPers "fanned out on the political talk shows on Sunday to express outrage" over news that the IRS gave "special scrutiny" to "groups applying for tax-exempt status ... with 'Tea Party' or 'Patriot' in their names," in addition to groups "seeking to 'make America a better place to live' or 'criticize how the country is being run'" (New York Times).
- MA SEN Special: A new OnMessage Inc. (R) poll of LVs, conducted 5/5-7 for ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez (R), shows Rep. Edward Markey (D) leading Gomez, 46-43% (National Journal).
- NJ GOV '13: Gov. Chris Christie (R) is going on the air Monday with an ad backed by $800K that paints state Sen. Barbara Buono (D) "as a tax-hiker who is yoked to unpopular" ex-Gov. Jon Corzine (D) (Politico).
- VA GOV '13: AG Ken Cuccinelli (R) released his second statewide TV ad Monday, promoting "his plan to cut" $1.4B "in personal and business taxes" (Washington Post).
- Houston Mayor '13: Mayor Annise Parker (D) "formalized her intent" on Saturday to seek reelection (Houston Chronicle).
- GA SEN: Rep. Tom Price (R) "plans to seek" reelection to the House (Marietta Daily Journal). Ex-Sec/State Karen Handel (R) said Friday she "will let everyone know my decision in the very near future" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
- SD SEN: Ex-Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) announced Monday "that she will not run for office" (Sioux Falls Argus-Leader).
- IA GOV: State Sen. Jack Hatch (D) on Friday "confirmed" he'd opened a GOV cmte with the state Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board but "said it still represented only 'an acknowledgment that I'm thinking about it'" (Des Moines Register).
- MD GOV: Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Saturday endorsed LG Anthony Brown (D), who "kicked off his campaign Friday night in Largo" (Washington Post).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Herseth Sandlin's decision not to run is a win for the progressives who pushed Rick Weiland in an attempt to provide an alternative to the Blue Dog former rep. But is the DSCC's recruiting loss a win for the GOP as well? Her exit will likely help Dems avoid a potentially damaging primary, but it leaves the party without a top-tier candidate to challenge former Gov. Mike Rounds.
• The Suffolk University poll released last week showing Markey up by 17 points is beginning to look like an outlier. In addition to Gomez's internal, a WBUR poll unveiled last week and two IVR polls conducted since the primary have put Markey's lead in the single digits.
• Price opting against a Senate race means Handel is likely in. That would be good news for Jack Kingston, who has been courting Gov. Nathan Deal's allies for months. There's not much love lost between Handel and Deal after their 2010 primary and runoff battle.
• Virg Bernero joined the list of Mark Schauer endorsers in MI GOV on Friday, and it's clear Democrats have pinned their hopes on the former rep. to win back the governor's mansion. Dems have given Schauer a clear field and pledges of support from most other potential candidates, and the DGA appears to be on board as well. The nomination is his if he wants it, but the continued pressure might be an indication there's some reluctance on his part.
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- Pres. Obama "plans to attend" a June 12 fundraiser for the DNC at the home of Joseph W. Blount in Miami Beach, FL (Miami Herald).
- HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius "has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement" the '10 health care law, "two people familiar with the outreach said" (Washington Post).
- Ex-campaign mgr. Jake Ball loaned $250K from Sen. Mike Crapo's (R-ID) campaign account in '08 "to a friend who contends someone else later stole it," a loan that hadn't previously "been reported separately in Crapo's public FEC filings, a potential violation of the agency's rules." Ball resigned last week as district dir. for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) (AP).
- The race for UT GOP chair "is shaping up to be a duel" between "establishment" GOPers and "tea party activists" (Salt Lake Tribune). Also at issue in this weekend's state GOP convo "are changes to how delegates gather and select candidates through what's known as the caucus and convention system for choosing nominees" (Deseret News).
- Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) "had stomach-shrinking gastric bypass surgery" on Feb. 28, "the day the House voted on the Violence Against Women Act." Reed's office "told reporters he missed that vote because of a 'stomach issue,' which was technically accurate, if imprecise" (Buffalo News).
- Ex-House staffer Morton Avigdor "confirms he's been in talks" with ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) "about working on an expected" NYC mayoral campaign (Crain's).
- At an LGBT fundraiser Sunday for NYC mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio (D), "'Amber,' who strutted onstage as Reba McEntire, joked that she and the candidate once tripped on acid while 'riding horses naked through my pastures,'" and another performer "gave de Blasio a pseudo lap dance" (New York Post).
- "Payday lenders and the Harry Reid connection" (Salt Lake Tribune).
- Strategy Group for Media (R) pres. Rex Elsass "won a temporary restraining order" Friday against ex-Pres. Nick Everhart, "requiring Everhart to turn over ... any records he might have taken from the company" after his April firing (Columbus Dispatch).
- ABC News' Barbara Walters "will announce on Monday morning, definitively and with no regrets, that she is calling it a career" (New York Times).
- Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is the first woman to give birth twice during her Congressional term.
- We didn't get a third correct response (congratulations to Brian Bartlett and Bruce Cox for answering correctly). Here's a bonus Mother's Day question: "Which Apollo astronaut's mother's maiden name was 'Moon?'" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
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- RNC Will Host GOP Pollsters This Week
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"It may not be exactly like the Bataan Death March, but there are some similarities" -- an unnamed freshman Dem rep., on fundraising efforts to hold competitive seats (Boston Globe).
"Jim, the reason I'm calling is because I want you to write me out a check for $4,000, the maximum allowed by law. And because we don't trust you to actually mail that check, we're going to send over a couple of furloughed DPW workers to beat the check outta ya" -- "Tommy Carcetti," "dialing for dollars" for his Baltimore mayoral campaign ("The Wire").
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Steven Shepard, Executive Editor
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