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Hanabusa Wants to Postpone Friday's Vote; Dueling Ads in FL-02; Ranking the 2014 Gubernatorial Races

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  • In HI SEN, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) "on Wednesday asked a state court to delay Friday's vote in two Puna precincts that could settle her Democratic primary against" Sen. Brian Schatz (D). Hanabusa "is seeking a temporary restraining order ... to postpone the election until Puna residents have had more time to recover from Tropical Storm Iselle. A hearing has been scheduled for" Thursday morning. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan's (R) family "has given $300,000 to an independent super PAC that supports him" called Alaska's Energy/America's Values. (Alaska Dispatch News) Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) and 2010 nominee Joe Miller (R) participated in a televised debate without Sullivan last night. (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • In CO SEN, Sen. Mark Udall (D) released a new TV ad highlighting his efforts to help a small town recover after flash flooding in 2013. (release)
  • In NC SEN, the DSCC launched a $9.1 million ad buy attacking state House Speaker Thom Tillis's (R) record in the state legislature. The first TV ad hits Tillis for cutting education funding. (release)
  • In AZ-01, state Rep. Adam Kwasman (R) "will announce Thursday that he has cancer and was diagnosed a year ago." Kwasman said "he has a slow-growing blood cancer that was caught early, has presented no symptoms and will likely require no treatment for at least a decade. ... He said he did not tell the public because it has not affected him." (Arizona Republic)
  • In FL-02, Rep. Steve Southerland (R) released his first TV ad of the race, focusing on his efforts to limit government regulation, cut spending and repeal Obamacare. (The Hill) Meanwhile, Ocean Champions, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group, is out with a new TV ad hitting Southerland on fishery issues. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In WI-06, the AP "pulled back its call for" state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) "in the GOP primary. ... The AP now has Grothman leading" state Sen. Joe Leibham (R) "by 214 votes." A recount is likely. (WisPolitics)
  • In CT GOV, Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is out with a new TV ad highlighting a July press conference where businessman Tom Foley (R) said a group of workers "failed" after losing their jobs. (release)
  • In RI GOV, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) spent $1.4 million from July 1-Aug. 11, compared to $1.2 million for former Education Department official Clay Pell (D) and $588,000 for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D). (Providence Journal)
  • In SC GOV, former GOP state Rep. Tom Ervin (I) "issued his fourth statewide" TV ad "in a week that is part of a three-week, $2 million promotional blitz. ... The latest ad focuses on his education plan that includes cutting ties to Common Core." (Columbia State)
  • In TX GOV, Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), "already denounced by" state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) "for ruling against a rape victim while on the Texas Supreme Court, sided against three other women who sued in sexual assault cases. In five cases in which the victims had sued the assailant or a company for negligence in the attacks, Abbott decided against four during his tenure as a high court justice from 1995 to 2001." (Dallas Morning News)
  • In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) released a new TV ad featuring people who say they have found jobs, some of whom thank Walker. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Immigration isn't shaping up to be the winning issue Democrats once expected, at least not in this year's midterms.  Republicans are running ads attacking President Obama and Democrats for "amnesty" even in blue states, like New Hampshire and Michigan.  And the possibility that Obama could issue a sweeping executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants is concerning many Democratic strategists, who worry it could become a major vulnerability for the many red-state Democratic senators up for reelection in 2014. -- Josh Kraushaar

 • Pre-primary fundraising reports for candidates in Arizona and Florida are due today, which should give us a window into how competitive several major House races will be. In AZ-02, Martha McSally announced raising $382,000 in the 37-day period, which Rep. Ron Barber may not be able to match. Also keep an eye on AZ-01 to see if any of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's Republican challengers can show some respectable fundraising figures after previously struggling to raise money. And in FL-26, we'll see if Carlos Curbelo can come out of the late primary with enough cash built up to sufficiently challenge Rep. Joe Garcia, who had about $1 million more than Curbelo at the end of June. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Dan Sullivan has a lot of support lined up behind him for after next Tuesday's Alaska Senate primary, but right now that nomination is in serious jeopardy if a third of likely primary voters still can't tell him apart from the Anchorage mayor who shares his name. And for a guy whose biggest challenge seems to be identifying with voters, it doesn't seem like Sullivan is doing himself a favor by skipping live broadcast debates. -- Andrea Drusch

• Bruce Rauner's (R) wealth and party label have raised questions about his efforts to win over African-American and other minority voters in Chicago -- voters he needs to peel off in not insignificant numbers to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). Few statewide races in 2014 offer road maps for future GOP efforts to target minority voters in close contests, but Rauner's efforts, along with Florida Gov. Rick Scott's targeting of Hispanic voters and Sen. Thad Cochran's success with African-American primary voters earlier this year in Mississippi, could end up being useful examples for their party. -- Karyn Bruggeman 



  • "The Governor's Mansions Most Likely to Flip in 2014" (National Journal)
  • President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "on Wednesday tried to wind down the latest in a series of occasional public tensions and awkward slights. The two and their spouses were among 150 guests at a birthday celebration near where the president and his wife, Michelle, are spending their August vacation. The Obamas 'were happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton,' White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. 'The Obamas danced nearly every song. A good time was had by all.'" (Los Angeles Times)
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) "will make his first trip to Ferguson Thursday ... since the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old and a violent outbreak." (KSDK-TV)
  • "More than a year and a half into her Senate term," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) "is one of just four current U.S. senators who have not taken an official overseas trip. ... A Warren aide said the freshman senator is planning to join a congressional trip to Israel, but given her aggressive schedule campaigning on behalf of Senate Democrats it likely will come after the midterm elections in November." (Boston Globe)
  • "In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan seeks to ride backlash against state GOP leaders" (Washington Post)
  • "Internet giants Google and Yahoo must disclose who established several email accounts held by" Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), "along with his current and former employees, as part of a lawsuit pending in Tallahassee that says the governor routinely circumvented the state's open records law, a court ruled Wednesday." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) "was urged to resign after his April indictment for tax fraud and other crimes," he "told Fox Business Network in an interview." But "Grimm said none of his House Republican colleagues have told him to quit." (New York Daily News)
  • After Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "took some heat for partying with the 'rich and famous' in the Hamptons," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "is next in line. Cruz ... will be fêted Friday at the home of lawyer Bob Giuffra." (New York Post)
  • It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads" (AP)
  • Montezuma, Colo. "and its novice clerk have filed suit against every registered voter in the town, claiming that an election held last spring had numerous errors. The lawsuit ... lists errors that include numbers that don't add up and mismatched ballots that had to be patched together with the clerk's sewing machine. The lawsuit asks a judge to command all 61 registered voters in Montezuma to appear in court so the judge can sort out an election mess that the petition calls 'fatally flawed.'" (Denver Post)


Why Rick Perry Should Avoid The Iowa State Fair


  • Election Day 2014 countdown: 82 days.
  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joins Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) for a transportation meeting in Wasilla, Alaska. (7:30 p.m.)
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  • Massachusetts had three consecutive speakers of their state legislature convicted of crimes.
  • The winner is Joe Luchok, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "The father served three terms as a governor and his daughter is a seven-term member of the U.S. House. Name the father, the daughter, and the state they are from." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Heller challenges Reid to beard-off for Nevada's 150th" (Reno Gazette-Journal)


"Facial hair: Full, thick and square. Nothing sculpted. If you have to sculpt it, that probably means you can’t grow it." -- Ron Swanson's "Pyramid of Greatness"

Adam Wollner, Editor


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