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  • In CO SEN, Rep. Cory Gardner (R) has reserved $900,000 in airtime on broadcast and cable TV "from June 10 through the end of the month." (Roll Call)
  • In IA SEN, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) released a new TV ad attacking state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) over her record on spending. "Joni Ernst's ads are heard to forget, but her record just doesn't cut it," the narrator says in the spot. (release)
  • In LA SEN, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) "is launching his first TV ad" of the race "next week, focusing on" his opposition to Obamacare. The "ad will be rolled out statewide later this month after the initial, $150,000 launch in the New Orleans area." (AP)
  • In MS SEN, "leaders of" pro-Sen. Thad Cochran (R) "outside groups were meeting Wednesday to discuss strategy going forward after" state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "narrowly finished in first place in the primary. ... Sources raised the possibility that Cochran's supporters might shift their focus to other contests now." American Crossroads (R) "announced Wednesday afternoon that it wouldn't get involved in the contentious" June 24 runoff. (National Journal)
  • Also in MS SEN, the "Hinds County Sheriff's Department is investigating why three people, including a high-ranking ... McDaniel campaign official, were found locked in the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson hours after an election official says the building was closed early Wednesday morning." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • In NH SEN, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) "resigned as an advisor to an obscure Florida firm from which he had received stock options valued at $1.3 million. He said he also relinquished all stock holdings." (NH Journal)
  • In OR SEN, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) released his first TV ad of the race, highlighting his "middle class roots." (release)
  • In CA-25, podiatric surgeon Lee Rogers (D), who finished third in the June 3 primary, endorsed state Sen. Steve Knight (R) over former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R). (Roll Call)
  • In CA-33, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr (R) and state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) "emerged as the top finishers in the crowded race to succeed" Rep. Henry Waxman (D). Former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel (D) conceded Wednesday morning. (Los Angeles Times)
  • In MS-04, the AP called the GOP primary for Rep. Steven Palazzo (R), who defeated former Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor (R) 50.5-43% with 100% of precincts reporting. (AP)
  • in IA GOV, the RGA launched its first TV ad of the race, attacking state Sen. Jack Hatch (D) for failing to release all of his tax returns. "The spot will run statewide on broadcast and cable TV, with the total buy exceeding $500,000." (Des Moines Register) Gov. Terry Branstad (R) also released a 60-second statewide TV ad "touting his administration's accomplishments." (Sioux City Journal)
  • In MA GOV, venture capitalist Jeff McCormick (I) released his first TV ad. "President Kennedy once said let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer," he says in the spot. "Those words are truer now than ever." The campaign is spending $100,000 to air the ad. (Boston Globe)
  • In MD GOV, "One State, One Future," an "independent expenditure group ... funded largely by labor unions launched" a TV ad "claiming that" Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) "is 'unfit to be governor' because of a pair of controversies that dogged his campaign last fall." (Washington Post) Gansler is out with two new TV ads attacking Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) over the state's health care exchange. (release)
  • In MI GOV, the DGA "has reserved more than $6 million in Michigan airtime this October." (Politico)
  • In RI GOV, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D) released a new 60-second biographical TV ad highlighting his humble beginnings. (Politico)


  • In SC SEN, a new Clemson University Palmetto poll of frequent Republican voters, conducted May 22-29, shows Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) leading the GOP primary with 49%. State Sen. Lee Bright (R) is in second with 9%, while 35% are undecided. (release)
  • According to a new CNN/ORC International poll of national adults, conducted May 29-June 1, 43% approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, while 55% disapprove. Those figures are unchanged from the previous poll, conducted May 2-4. (release)
  • According to a new Fox News poll of national RVs, conducted June 1-3 by Anderson Robbins Research (D)/Shaw & Company Research (R), 40% approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 54% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted May 10 and 12-13, 44% approved and 49% disapproved. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• The latest Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania shows Republican Gov. Tom Corbett trailing Democrat Tom Wolf by twenty points, making it the third recent poll to show such a margin between the two. This is a stunning gap for an incumbent, but it wasn't long ago that another Pennsylvania Republican suffered a similar fate. Former Sen. Rick Santorum lost his Senate seat in 2006 to now-Sen. Bob Casey by 17 points, and in comparison polls in that race had him trailing Casey by an average of 12 percentage points. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• Gary Peters is trying to get ahead of the game among Midwestern Dems when it comes to grappling with the EPA's new carbon rules, asserting his skepticism about the plan while also using the opportunity to slam Republican Terri Lynn Land as a climate science denier. In this case, the Peters campaign is seeing the EPA regs as a Democratic opportunity to stick Land with an unpopular position they've sought to highlight for months. -- Andrea Drusch



  • "On Tuesday night," physician Annette Bosworth (R) "lost the" SD SEN "race she spent the last year seeking. Twelve hours later, she was arrested. Now Bosworth faces 12 felony charges: allegations she lied on her petitions to get on the ... ballot. Also charged is" former SD SEN candidate Clayton Walker (I), "who was kicked off the ... ballot last month for the same petition problems that led to his nine charges Wednesday." (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
  • "Texas GOP taking aim at parts of Perry's legacy" (AP)
  • "Indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson told state investigators that he laundered tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to" Sen. Mike Lee's (R-UT) "successful 2010 ... campaign at" former Utah Attorney General John Swallow's (R) "request — a flagrant violation of federal election law." (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "became nearly $3 million richer in 2013, according to new financial disclosure records. ... Overall, McConnell's financial holdings were worth at least $12 million in 2013." (The Hill)
  • NY-19 candidate Sean Eldridge's (D) "newly released financial disclosures show he holds tens of millions of dollars in investments in a variety of companies including Hudson Valley breweries, organic farm shares, Facebook and global energy firms." (Capital New York)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) "has lent her name to a fundraiser for the group Ready for Hillary." (Politico)
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) "chief of staff has been subpoenaed to testify Monday before the legislative committee investigating the politically motivated tolls lane closures to the George Washington Bridge." (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • "Manziel, Staubach help their cities in bid to land GOP convention" (Dallas Morning News)
  • "Kansas City had a surprise visitor Wednesday night — former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife. ... Cheney urged the" GOP convention site selection committee "to consider an early summer convention." (Kansas City Star)
  • The "Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block gay marriages in Oregon." (Portland Oregonian)
  • "A Florida circuit judge will decide by the end of the month whether state legislators violated the law and drew up political maps for Congress that were designed to help Republicans in the 2012 elections. The 12-day trial that wrapped up Wednesday included allegations of a 'shadow process' in designing the maps, testimony about secret meetings, deleted emails and the cozy relationships between political consultants and legislators." (AP)
  • "Redistricting reform needs to happen in Ohio and — if the legislature fails to act — citizens should take the matter into their own hands," Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) "told an Akron audience Wednesday." (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • "Ohio might make it illegal for insurance to cover abortions, even in cases of rape, incest and when pregnancy threatens a mother's life." (Columbus Dispatch)
  • "Mayor de Blasio challenges President Obama to game of basketball" (New York Daily News)


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  • The Senate returns at 10 a.m., while the House meets for a pro forma session at 3 p.m.
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Jill Biden host a discussion on college affordability and student loans. (White House, 11 a.m.)
  • The Nationals host the Phillies. (Nationals Park, 4:05 p.m.)
  • The National Archives and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress hold a discussion on the role of Congress in international crises. (National Archives, 7 p.m.)
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  • Former Sen. Edward Brooke (R-MA) is the oldest living former senator.
  • The winner is Wayne Oldham, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which congressional district in the Old Confederacy never joined the 'Solid South' and has been represented by a Republican since 1867? Who now represents that district?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Putin: Hillary Clinton Has 'Never Been Too Graceful' in Statements" (NBC News)


Jocelyn Landis: "Grace isn't something you can pick up at the market."

Elaine Benes: "Alright, alright, look -- I don't have grace, I don't want grace, I don't even say grace, OK?" (Seinfeld)

Adam Wollner, Editor


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