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Immigration Bill's Uphill Climb; Super PAC on the Air for McConnell; Stupak Backs Schauer for MI GOV

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  • Pres. Obama "plans to deliver a speech Friday afternoon about how the Affordable Care Act will benefit women and their families" (Washington Post).
  • "The difficult road ahead for comprehensive immigration reform became more evident Thursday" as Senate GOP "critics mounted a sustained assault on the legislation, demanding that it include considerably greater border security measures before legalizing any undocumented immigrants" (Washington Post).
  • "ABC News has obtained 12 different versions" of post-Benghazi talking points "that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress" and to U.S. Amb. to the U.N. Susan Rice "before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack." The edits "appear to directly contradict" what WH Press Sec. Jay Carney "said about the talking points" last Nov. (ABC News).
  • L.A. Mayor '13: A new TV ad from Service Employees Local 721 "urges ... voters to 'make history' by electing" Cont. Wendy Greuel (D) the city's first female mayor (Los Angeles Times).
  • MA SEN special: Ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez (R), "facing questions about a $281,500 historic tax deduction on his Cohasset home, rejected calls Thursday from the media" and Dems "to release tax returns and other details about the deal" (Boston Globe).
  • KY SEN: The super PAC supporting Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection "is going up with its first commercial Friday," touting McConnell's "opposition to the Affordable Care Act" (Politico).
  • IA-01: Ex-state Sen. Swati Dandekar (D) "has formed" an exploratory cmte and "said she hopes to make an official decision on whether to seek the ... seat 'sometime this summer'" (Des Moines Register).
  • PA-13: Ex-Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D), "who lost her seat in Congress two decades ago after backing a deficit-reduction law, is making preparations for a comeback House campaign as she nears a final decision on the race." Senior political adviser Ken Smukler registered the 527 "Marjorie 2014" with the IRS on May 3 (Bloomberg).
  • ME GOV: '10 candidate Eliot Cutler (I) "is 'considerably closer to making a formal announcement later this year' that he will run" again in '14, "according to an email issued Thursday by his campaign organization." Cutler: "... I will run only if I can win a three-way race. So far everything suggests that I can" (Bangor Daily News).
  • MD GOV: LG Anthony Brown (D) "is expected to lay out several priorities, including a stepped-up focus on fighting racial and other disparities in health care, education and employment" when he launches his campaign Friday (Washington Post).
  • MI GOV: Ex-Rep. Bart Stupak (D) "released a statement" Thursday "backing" ex-Rep. Mark Schauer (D), whom Stupak said "can unify" Dems and "attract" indies (AP).
  • WH '16: In a USA Today op-ed, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) writes that this week's Benghazi hearing "raises new questions" about then-Sec/State Hillary Clinton's role in the admin.'s "efforts to portray the attack as the result of a spontaneous demonstration, despite abundant evidence to the contrary and efforts by one of her top lieutenants to intimidate those who were asking the right question" (USA Today).


  • L.A. Mayor '13: A new Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles poll of LVs, conducted 4/29-5/7, shows Greuel leading Councilor Eric Garcetti (D), 46-45% (Los Angeles Times).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• The treasure trove of Census data on the 2012 elections out this week gave the Obama campaign another reason to celebrate their success in changing the face of the electorate. But what stands out to us is just how many votes Democrats and Republicans alike left on the table. Just under half of eligible Hispanics showed up to vote. If that number grows to match white voter turnout, we'll be talking less about CO and NV as swing states and more about AZ and TX.

• If Schauer launches a GOV bid -- which seems to be the consensus at this point -- credit new MI Dem Chair Lon Johnson for quickly coalescing the party behind Schauer and Gary Peters. Johnson said his early focus would be candidate recruitment, and it's notable how quickly other potential candidates have moved to tout Peters and Schauer as the party's best options.

• John Barrow's decision to run for reelection has many GOP hopefuls reconsidering bids for his seat. Republicans are eying '12 candidate Rick Allen, who lost in the primary. He's a potential self-funder, and he can't be worse than '12 nominee Lee Anderson. But Barrow will get a boost in Augusta, where an open mayoral race will drive up African-American turnout.


    "The third ex-wife of Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa has filed an explosive, million-dollar Manhattan lawsuit against her crime-fighting former husband, calling him a liar, a swindler and a philanderer" (New York Post).


  • 35 sens. "have attached their names to legislation" introduced by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) "that would require" SEN candidates "to file their campaign finance information electronically" to the FEC, "rather than on paper" to the Sec. of the Senate (Bloomberg).
  • "[W]e've always had a wonderful understanding and agreement with New Hampshire that we would have the first caucus, and they would have the first primary. I think that system has worked well, and I'd like to see us keep it" -- IA Gov. Terry Branstad (R), dismissing "any suggestion" that his state "might move away from its traditional caucus system in light of" the RNC autopsy "discouraging" caucuses and convos as nominating processes (NBC News).
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) "wants a federal judge to consider" ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s (D-IL) "karaoke skills -- as well as his career in public service -- when" Jackson "is sentenced for improperly using" $750K in campaign cash "for personal purposes" (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
  • "A friend" of ex-Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) "who's implicated in a federal corruption investigation made a recording" of Rivera last year, "and now prosecutors have the evidence" (Miami Herald).
  • "A jury has begun hearing testimony in the trial" ex-Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ), who "is accused of siphoning money from clients of his insurance agency to pay for personal and political expenses" and "trying to engineer a land swap for personal gain" (AP).
  • Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), "an Army Reserve officer, has been selected for promotion" to brigadier gen., "one of the rare circumstances in which a member of Congress would be a reserve component general or flag officer" (Army Times).
  • Sweeps month: Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will be Jay Leno's "guest on NBC's 'The Tonight Show' on May 17" (Washington Post).
  • "I find him a very attractive young man" -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on meeting Prince Harry (The Hill).
  • Politico announced Thursday "that it will start testing a metered subscription system in six states" -- IA, MS, NM, ND, VT and WY -- and "internationally" (Politico).


  • Batters who strike out four times in a single game are said to have earned a "Golden Sombrero."
  • The winner was Mike Sewell, though he didn't submit a question for today. In honor of Mother's Day, here's a question from our "Political Pursuit" event last month: "Yvonne Brathwaite Burke was the first congresswoman to give birth while in office, but who was the first to give birth TWICE while in Congress?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"If you want to talk to the nation's leaders, maybe you shouldn't dress like you're in high school or college anymore" -- A security guard in the House Speaker's Lobby last year, to National Journal's Ben Terris (National Journal).


"Hey! Where did you get those clothes? At the toilet store?" -- "Brick Tamland" ("Anchorman").


Reid Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Polling Editor

CORRECTIONS: Thursday's edition incorrectly identified MO-08 special election nominee/state House Speaker Pres. Pro Tem Jason Smith's (R) office, and included an incorrect spelling for ex-Romney WH '12 staffer Gabriel Schoenfeld.

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