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Iowa Dems Consider Caucus Changes; More Outside Money Flows Into Ark.; McDaniel Eyes Miss. Challenge

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  • "Spurred in part by pressure from the party's national leadership — which includes a number of Clinton allies — the" Iowa Democratic Party "is considering ways to expand participation in its caucuses, which have been structured in ways that prevent many voters from taking part. Possible changes include the use of absentee ballots and online voting, allowing those physically absent to participate in the caucuses, which typically occur on a cold winter night and last for hours." (Los Angeles Times)
  • In AR SEN, the Government Integrity Fund, which has boosted Rep. Tom Cotton (R), "plans to launch a ... $1.1 million television ad buy over the next six weeks." (Politico) The National Education Association "will spend $430,000 over the next two weeks on broadcast and cable ads on behalf of" Sen. Mark Pryor (D). (Washington Post)
  • In MS SEN, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "is likely to challenge the results of the ... primary runoff," state Sen. Michael Watson (R) "said Tuesday, but is still gathering evidence." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger) Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) "campaign is denying reports from a conservative blogger that it was trying to buy votes in Lauderdale County." (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • In GA SEN, Citizens for a Working America is out with a 15-second TV ad focusing on "Khalid Satary, a Palestinian felon accused of funneling campaign money to" Rep. Jack Kingston (R) "via illegal straw donors." The group has invested $1 million in the runoff so far. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In AK SEN, Sen. Mark Begich (D) released a new TV ad featuring three current and former Alaska mayors, including one Republican, who tout his record on energy and jobs. (release)
  • In NH SEN, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) "raised more than $2 million during the" second quarter. (WMUR-TV)
  • In HI SEN, Sen Brian Schatz (D) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) "went toe-to-toe ... Tuesday night in the first of five scheduled joint appearances. ... For all the talk of the intensity of the race, the ... forum was rather relaxed and less an exchange of differences than it was a contrast in styles and philosophies." (Honolulu Civil Beat)
  • In LA SEN, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) endorsed Rep. Bill Cassidy (R). (release)
  • In NY-24, former federal prosecutor John Katko (R) raised $329,000 in the second quarter, "his best fundraising quarter to date," and had $357,000 cash on hand. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
  • In AZ GOV, former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones (R) "loaned her campaign $1.6 million in the first five months of the year." State Treasurer Doug Ducey (R) raised "nearly $933,000" over the same period, while former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (R) raised "about $900,000," including $150,000 on his own cash. Businessman Fred Duval (D) raised "nearly $914,000." (AP)
  • In CO GOV, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised $171,000 from June 12-25 and had $579,000 cash on hand, while former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) raised $183,000 and had $35,000 cash on hand. (Denver Post)
  • In FL GOV, the Florida Democratic Party released a new TV ad attacking Gov. Rick Scott (R) over education cuts and tuition increases. (release)
  • In HI GOV, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) is out with a TV ad touting his record on education. (Daily Kos)
  • In MA GOV, 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) raised "about $400,000" in June and had "about" $1 million cash on hand. Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) raised $173,000 and had $490,000 cash on hand, while former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Don Berwick (D) raised "about $163,000" and had $225,000 cash on hand. Treasurer Steven Grossman (D) raised $151,000 and had $932,000 cash on hand. (Boston Globe)


  • According to a new national Quinnipiac University poll of RVs, conducted June 24-30, 40% approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, while 53% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted in late March, 42% approved and 50% disapproved. (release)
  • In PA GOV, a new Philadelphia Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll of RVs, conducted June 23-29, shows businessman Tom Wolf (D) leading Gov. Tom Corbett (R) 47-25%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Truly ugly numbers for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who's trailing Democrat Tom Wolf, 47 to 25 percent in a new Franklin & Marshall poll. In fact, there are more undecided voters than Corbett supporters in the survey. Could the governor perform worse than Rick Santorum, whose 41% tally in 2006 was considered a low-water mark for incumbents? And Corbett's running in a favorable political environment for the GOP, while Santorum faced one of the worst years for Republicans in recent history. -- Josh Kraushaar

• Unless something radically changes in Massachusetts, it looks like Martha Coakley is going to win the Democratic primary in September, that is, according to an internal poll released by state Treasurer Steve Grossman's campaign done by the Global Strategy Group showing him down 23 points in the primary. There was some buzz after the state convention last month that former federal healthcare administrator Don Berwick could gain traction among the party's left wing, but with just two months remaining, time is running short to stage a come-from-behind upset. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• With the end of June comes the beginning of quarterly fundraising announcements, and you can expect the early ones to be impressive. John Katko, who is challenging Rep. Dan Maffei, announced raising $329,000 in the second quarter, giving him $357,000 in cash. That leaves him with about $900,000 less than Maffei, but the figure is still good news, pending the details in his FEC report, which is due July 15. Unless a large portion of his haul was self-funded -- Katko gave his campaign $45,000 early on -- the fundraising number could be cause for cautious optimism on his side. -- Jack Fitzpatrick



  • "It seems unlikely that, in Kansas of all places, Democrats could pull off an upset victory in 2014. But the state's traditional GOP lean masks what party operatives regard as one of their better, if unexpected, targets as the midterm elections approach: the Kansas governor's race." (National Journal)
  • "Since Republicans took control of the ... House in January 2011," Speaker John Boehner "has led a cost-cutting effort that has trimmed staff for House committees by nearly 20%, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. But the number of committee staff responsible for press and communications work has increased by nearly 15% over the same period." (USA Today)
  • "In striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Tuesday rejected" Gov. Steve Beshear's (D) "argument that the ban is needed because only opposite sex couples can procreate and maintain the state's birth rate and economy." U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II "stayed his ruling, putting it on hold pending the outcome of gay marriage cases from four states that are to be argued Aug. 6 at the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals." (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • "Bill and Hillary Clinton helped raise more than $1 billion from U.S. companies and industry donors during two decades on the national stage through campaigns, paid speeches and a network of organizations advancing their political and policy goals." (Wall Street Journal)
  • "The White House has not narrowed the gap between the average pay of male and female employees since ... Obama's first year in office. ... The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400. ... That is a gap of 13 percent." (Washington Post)
  • Senate Conservatives Fund "has called for defunding the" NRSC. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), "an NRSC vice chairman, ... has not rebuked the effort." (Roll Call)
  • Farmworker Raul Garcia (D) "will be the one to challenge" Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) "in November. ... Garcia was one of four write-in candidates certified to run against McCarthy in the June primary election. Those names were not on the ballot -- voters had to seek out who had qualified to run and then write in a name. Since the primary, elections officials ... have been counting up the write-in vote." (Bakersfield Californian)
  • New York state Sen. Tom Libous (R), "the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, has been indicted on a single count of lying to the FBI." (New York Observer)
  • "We call Bill the "Crustmaster', because his pies, I don't know what he does, whether he puts crack in them." -- Obama, on retiring White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses. "A straight-faced" First Lady Michelle Obama quickly responded 'no he doesn't. There is no crack in our pies.'" (CNN)
  • Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (L) "has been named the CEO of a new company that makes marijuana lozenges and creams for sale in states ... where recreational use of marijuana is allowed." (Albuquerque Business First)
  • Virginia state Del. Joe Morrissey's (D) "latest headlines involve accusations he had a sexual relationship with a teenage employee. Tuesday Morrissey appeared outside Henrico Court to refute the allegations. ... While detailing text messages he said will help prove his innocence, Morrissey dropped the F-bomb" on live TV. (WTVR-TV)


  • Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen delivers a speech on financial stability. (International Monetary Fund, 11 a.m.)
  • Baseball action: the Nationals close out their series with the Rockies. (Nationals Park, 6:05 p.m.)
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  • Arkansas is the birthplace of a 20th century U.S. president (Bill Clinton), General Douglas MacArthur, Johnny Cash and Billy Bob Thornton.
  • The winner is Curtis Rooney, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In which state was Grover Cleveland born, did James Garfield die, and was General George Washington headquartered for the winters of 1777 and 1780 during the American Revolutionary War?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



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Adam Wollner, Editor

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