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- In HI SEN, a "state Circuit Court judge on Thursday ruled that the state Office of Elections can proceed with a vote Friday for two precincts in Puna that could not open for Saturday's primary in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle." Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D), "who trails" Sen. Brian Schatz (D) "by 1,635 votes in the Democratic primary, ... had asked for a temporary restraining order to delay the vote until residents in Puna have had more time to recover from the storm." (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
- Crossroads GPS, "is reserving $3.1 million of TV commercial airtime in five Democratic-held congressional districts:" CA-07, CA-52, IL-10, IL-12 and WV-03. (Politico)
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "will hold a retreat in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, this weekend with donors to boost" two Senate candidates: Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). (Roll Call)
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) "scheduled to be in Colorado this weekend campaigning for" CO SEN candidate/Rep. Cory Gardner (R). On Aug. 26, Portman will appear "at a campaign event for" NH SEN candidate/former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) and speak "at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College." (Columbus Dispatch)
- In MT SEN, state Sen. Dave Wanzenried (D) "said he's ending his efforts to succeed" Sen. John Walsh (D), "leaving only two main candidates still in the intraparty contest:" rancher Dirk Adams (D) and state Rep. Amanda Curtis (D). The nominating convention takes place Saturday in Helena. (Helena Independent Record)
- In MS SEN, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "wants a court to exclude 25,000 Hinds County votes — plus those from several other counties — from the June 24 runoff results and declare him the winner of the ... GOP primary. McDaniel filed a lawsuit against" Sen. Thad Cochran (R) "on Thursday. If he's not declared the winner, ... McDaniel asks the court to order the state Republican Party to hold a new statewide primary and require it to prevent 'party raiding' by Democrats." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
- In LA SEN, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) raised $629,000 from July 1-Aug. 2 and had $5.6 million cash on hand, while Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) raised $576,000 and had $5.5 million cash on hand. (New Orleans Times-Picayune) Meanwhile, the super PAC Campaign for Conservative Leadership "has pledged a 'six figure'" TV and digital ad "campaign to help elect ... Cassidy." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
- In OR SEN, Freedom Partners launched a new TV ad criticizing Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) over a lack of productivity in Washington and rising health care costs. (release) Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) also released a new TV ad expressing concern over the national debt. (Politico)
- In CO-06, Rep. Mike Coffman (R) "played up his willingness to work across the aisle and his support for measured immigration reform Thursday during his first debate with" former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D). "But Romanoff hammered Coffman hard during a sometimes-feisty debate that stretched nearly two hours. .. Romanoff's camp seized on a moment in which Coffman lost track of the right words, after the moderator asked him about women's reproductive rights. 'I'm pro-life," Coffman said, to applause. 'I'm proud of that, and I do not support personhood. But I do support women's access to, uh...' He struggled to find the phrase, until someone in the crowd shouted 'birth control.'" (Denver Post)
- In FL-02, the DCCC launched a new TV ad attacking Rep. Steve Southerland (R) for supporting "tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy" and handing "the middle class the bill." (Tampa Bay Times)
- In FL-18, former Connecticut state Rep. Alan Schlesinger's (R) first TV ad of the race calls former state Rep. Carl Domino (R) a "closet liberal" and shows him walking with former Gov. Charlie Crist (D). Domino also released a TV ad calling Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) "a piece of the problem" in Washington. (Palm Beach Post)
- In FL-26, "Mitt Romney plans to campaign Monday in Miami with" Miami-Dade school board member Carlos Curbelo (R). (Miami Herald)
- In NY-19, the Environmental Defense Action Fund "rolled out a $250,000 television, print and digital ad buy promoting" Rep. Chris Gibson (R). The buy is part of a larger "seven-figure ad campaign to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections." (Politico)
- In AZ GOV, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones (R) "has infused her campaign with another $758,000 in the final sprint to the primary election." (Arizona Republic) Outgoing Gov. Jan Brewer (R) "is looking to raise $500,000 to help" former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (R) and the candidate she endorsed for secretary of state. (Phoenix Business Journal) Smith is also out with a TV ad touting Brewer's endorsement. (Hotline reporting)
- In CT GOV, Vice President Biden "will return to Connecticut" on Aug. 20 "for a pair a fundraisers, one in Greenwich for the" DGA "and the other in Stamford for the Connecticut Democrats. ... A joint public appearance" Gov. Dan Malloy (D) "is also in the works at Goodwin College ... to promote a workforce development initiative." (Hearst Connecticut Media)
- In FL GOV, a "TV station in Fort Myers, Fla., pulled" a NextGen Climate Action Committee ad "that targeted Gov. Rick Scott (R), after receiving a cease-and-desist notice." (The Hill)
- In HI GOV, former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (R) released a new TV ad touting his experience as a judge. (Daily Kos)
- In IA GOV, state Sen. Jack Hatch (D) "lobbed charges of scandal and mismanagement from a hay-bale strewn stage in the cattle barn at the Iowa State Fair, which" Gov. Terry Branstad (R) "batted aside as 'wild accusations'" in the first debate of the campaign. (Des Moines Register)
- In ME GOV, the "Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund will spend at least $500,000 to elect" Rep. Mike Michaud (D) "and dozens of other candidates to the Maine Legislature." (Portland Press Herald)
- In MA GOV, the Mass Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee, which is "supported by local unions and the" DGA, "has bought more than $3.1 million worth of television time" in Boston and Springfield from Sept. 10-Nov. 4. (Boston Globe)
- In MA GOV, a new Boston Globe poll of LVs, conducted Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 10-12, shows Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) leading 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) 40-32% in a general election matchup. Coakley also leads the Democratic primary with 45%, compared to 21% for state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) and 10% for former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Don Berwick (D). (Boston Globe)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• The big takeaways from Arizona's and Florida's pre-primary FEC reports: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's (D-AZ) challengers, led by Andy Tobin (R), are in bad shape; Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Gwen Graham (D-FL) are two of the top challengers in the country; and Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) are ready to pull away from their opponents with major TV airtime buys. -- Jack Fitzpatrick
• Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy's pre-primary fundraising reports are the first signs of movement in a race that's largely been put on the backburner due to its likely December runoff. Cassidy has kept a low profile for a battleground challenger, but up until now he's been trailing on the fundraising front while also accounting for a full month of additional campaigning after November 4. Even with this surge, he's still only brought in about 2/3 of what Landrieu has raised this cycle. -- Andrea Drusch
• Biden's public campaign schedule hasn't been overly busy this year, but with him heading to Connecticut for events with Gov. Malloy after a big rally for NV-03 candidate Erin Bilbray in Vegas a few weeks back, perhaps the veep is getting ready to turn loose for the fall campaign.-- Scott Bland
• Jan Brewer's late push in the Arizona GOP primary could be crucial in the governor's race, but it's also exactly that -- late. After endorsing Scott Smith last Thursday, it took Smith's camp a week to go up with a Brewer-themed endorsement ad, and Brewer is still trying to raise more money for her Arizona Legacy PAC to aid Smith and others farther down the ballot. With just 11 days left before the primary, it's clear her involvement ups the ante between Smith and Ducey, but could be too little, too late. -- Karyn Bruggeman
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Officers got into a standoff with an enraged cat early Tuesday morning after it allegedly trapped its owners in the bedroom of their Chula Vista home." (KGTV-TV)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Bill Clinton invited" incoming Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (D) "to the Clintons' home in Washington last week for a private dinner that friends described as a chance for Democratic leaders from different generations to become better acquainted. Castro ... traveled to New York in July to join" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), "as well as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, "at a children's song and dance performance for the Bronx Children's Museum’s youth arts program. And in March, Hillary Clinton sat next to Henry Cisneros, who served in her husband's Cabinet, at a private luncheon in New Mexico, where Cisneros said they discussed Castro and his political future." (Washington Post)
- "Katie McGinty, an environmental adviser to both Bill Clinton and" former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) "with large political ambitions, saw her political dreams dashed when she finished last in the Democratic governor's primary this spring. But instead of the setback hampering her political career, she's back on the fast track in Keystone State politics. Earlier this spring, McGinty was one of three Democrats running against" businessman Tom Wolf (D) "for the chance to take on unpopular" Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R); "now, as the head of Wolf's" PAC, "she's his top campaign surrogate, criss-crossing the state to blast Corbett and boost her former primary rival." (National Journal)
- President Obama "called again for 'peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson,' addressing for the second time the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the violent clashes between police and protesters that have ensued." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- "Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police" (Time)
- "After hundreds of exhibits and 45 witnesses over the past three weeks, prosecutors rested their corruption case Thursday against" former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) "and his wife, Maureen. Jurors — who received a good look Thursday at some of the luxurious gifts" then-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams "lavished upon the former first couple — were given a long weekend and will begin hearing evidence from the defense Monday." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "is adding his influential voice to the medical marijuana debate in Florida, saying the ballot initiative could harm Florida's reputation." (Tampa Bay Times)
- "Ad for Sam Brownback has visible Paul Davis sign in background" (Wichita Eagle)
- "OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder tries to teach" Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) "how to play 'Counting Stars' on guitar and concludes in the political ad that ... Hickenlooper should stick to his day job." Tedder: "This is going to break your heart. It's my professional opinion you do not have a future in music." (Colorado Springs Gazette)
- "Fender bender holds up Crist bus tour" (Miami Herald)
- "Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls." (Los Angeles Times)
- "F--- you, Governor. I'm calling your bullsh--!" -- Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D), in a tweet to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Election Day 2014 countdown: 81 days.
- The Nationals open up a three-game series tonight against the Pirates. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
- Indie rock band Arcade Fire performs at the Verizon Center on Sunday. (7:30 p.m.)
- Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!
- Former West Virginia Gov. Arch Moore (R) is the father and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) is the daughter.
- The winner is Dan Weiss, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Name two bands and two individuals that played at all three of the most prominent rock festivals in the 1960's: Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Altamont." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Obama: The Situation in Iraq 'Has Greatly Improved'
- Congress Isn't Ending the Pentagon-to-Police Weapons Program Anytime Soon
- How Congress Helped Create Ferguson’s Militarized Police
- Colorado Senator Defends Fracking, Says 'Burning Water' Helped Native Americans
- Watchdog: The FBI Spied on the Wrong People Because of Typos
"Let's not fall into a trap when the guy absolutely wants to be impeached." -- Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), on Obama (BuzzFeed)
"It's a trap!" -- "Admiral Ackbar" ("Star Wars")
Adam Wollner, Editor
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