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Judge Orders Redrawing of Fla. Congressional Map; New AFP Ads in Iowa, N.C.; Gardner Raised $2.7M

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  • "A judge threw out Florida's congressional map late Thursday, ruling that the Legislature allowed for a 'secret, organized campaign' by partisan operatives to subvert the redistricting process in violation of the state Constitution. ... Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis said that two of the state's 27 districts are invalid and must be redrawn, along with any other districts affected by them. ... The case ... is expected to be appealed and ultimately decided by the Florida Supreme Court." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In GA SEN, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) raised $1.6 million from May 1-July 2 and had $1.16 million cash on hand. Businessman David Perdue (R) "raised $974,000 from others and loaned himself $500,000" and had $783,000 cash on hand. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In IA SEN, the Sierra Club Political Committee and the Environmental Defense Action Fund launched a new TV ad attacking state Sen. Joni Ernst's (R) positions on federal pell grants and environmental regulations. The spot is part of a $1 million campaign by the two groups and the League of Conservation Voters. (release) Americans for Prosperity released a new TV ad highlighting Rep. Bruce Braley's (D) "farmer" comments. The total TV and digital buy is for $800,000. (Daily Caller)
  • In NC SEN, Americans for Prosperity "launched a $300,000 ad campaign" attacking Sen. Kay Hagan (D) over "runaway spending" in Washington. (Wall Street Journal)
  • In AK SEN, Sen. Mark Begich (D) "raised over $1.25 million" in the second quarter. (release)
  • In CO SEN, Rep. Cory Gardner (R) raised $2.7 million in the second quarter and had "more than $3.4 million cash on hand." (release)
  • In MN SEN, Sen. Al Franken (D) "raised over $3.3 million" in the second quarter and had "over $5 million cash on hand." (release) Businessman Mike McFadden (R) raised $1.1 million and had "more than $2 million" cash on hand. (AP)
  • In SD SEN, former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) raised $800,000 in the second quarter and had "about $775,000" cash on hand. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
  • In AZ-01, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) raised $420,000 in the second quarter and had $1.3 million cash on hand. (release)
  • In CA-21, former Senate staffer Amanda Renteria (D) raised 408,000 in the second quarter. (release)
  • In CA-52, former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) "reserved $1.2 million in TV airtime" from Sept. 15 through Election Day. (Roll Call)
  • In GA-01, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed state Sen. Buddy Carter (R). (Savannah Morning News)
  • In GA-12, Rep. John Barrow (D) raised $580,000 in the second quarter and had $1.9 million cash on hand. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In IA-03, former state Sen. Staci Appel (D) "raised more than $425,000" in the second quarter and had "more than $725,000" cash on hand. (AP)
  • In NY-23, Rep. Tom Reed (R) "raised more than $660,000 in the second quarter" and had $1.3 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In HI GOV, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) raised $889,000 and spent $3.9 million in the first half of the year, while state Sen. David Ige (D) raised $243,000 and former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (R) raised $371,000. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Abercrombie had $1 million cash on hand, compared to $82,000 for Ige and $203,000 for Aiona. (Hawaii News Now)
  • In IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner (R) released a new TV ad attacking Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) record on jobs, education and taxes. (release)
  • In FL GOV, the Republican Party of Florida released a new TV ad criticizing former Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) record on education, jobs and debt. (release) The Florida Democratic Party is out with a Spanish-language TV ad attacking Gov. Rick Scott (R) over education. (release)
  • In SC GOV, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) raised $1.05 million in the second quarter and had $4.5 million cash on hand, while state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) raised $505,000 and had $1.7 million cash on hand. (Columbia State)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Redistricting always seems to rear its head somewhere mid-decade. This cycle, it's Florida's turn. The court action against Florida's congressional map probably won't impact this election cycle, but any changes it may force to Rep. Dan Webster's (R) FL-10 in 2016 or beyond could be big. Already, the district's R+6 rating might be a lagging indicator by the next presidential election, given how fast the Democratic-leaning Puerto Rican population has expanded in Central Florida, and any changes will just magnify that effect. -- Scott Bland

• Neil Abercrombie's Democratic primary challenger, David Ige, has received increased attention as indicators show him in a rare, competitive primary race against an incumbent. But new fundraising reports show Ige is running his campaign on a shoestring budget: Abercrombie outraised him more than 3-1 in the first half of the year and has 12 times as much cash on hand. The huge discrepancy would make a primary upset all the more shocking come August. -- Karyn Bruggeman

• We're used to seeing purple-seat Democratic incumbents run TV ads touting their independence and willingness to buck their party, but Rep. Jackie Walorski's latest ad in IN-02 is an unusual case in which a Republican touts her bipartisan credentials. "She stood up to her own party and supported the Violence Against Women Act to make women safer," the ad says. It also praises her work with Democrats to ease propane prices during a shortage. Whereas it's natural to see Appalachian Democrats denounce the party's stance on coal this cycle, and border-state Democrats to do the same on immigration, this year, it's odd to see a Republican apparently feel the need to distance herself from the party. -- Jack Fitzpatrick



  • "House Republicans are planning to sue ... Obama over delays in implementing Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner has been talking for a while about suing the president, but has been vague about what specific actions he would challenge. On Thursday, he announced his target: delays in the health care law's employer mandate." (National Journal)
  • "House Republicans, so worried that a swelling cash deficit will keep them from making big gains this November, have begun cracking down on dozens of lawmakers who haven't paid dues crucial to the party's campaign accounts. It's reached the point that ... Boehner has dispatched his own team to twist some of the stragglers' arms." (Politico)
  • "Among the co-hosts of" a Capitol Hill fundraiser for GA SEN candidate/philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) on Tuesday "was Virtual Murrell, an early leader of the Black Panther Party during its militant phase and later a political consultant who, in the mid 1990s, spent time in jail for using his perch in city government to extort local businesses." Nunn communications director Nathan Click: "Our campaign was unaware of Mr. Murrell's criminal history and disagrees with his comments." (National Review)
  • "Break the Immigration Impasse: Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform" (New York Times)
  • "Obama's appearance this year on Between Two Ferns — a Web-based parody talk show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis — was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program." (USA Today)
  • Obama "told the crowd of supporters" in Austin "that he's starting to feel like Mark Wahlberg's character in Martin Scorsese's The Departed." Obama, on dealing with Republicans in Congress: "I'm the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy." (Mediaite)
  • "Disgraced Congressman Randy 'Duke' Cunningham Is a Free Man Again" (National Journal)
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) "on Thursday appealed a decision from last month that struck down" the state's "ban on same-sex marriage." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) "told Rolling Stone that he was 'sorry' about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature's gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so 'rural' that, 'I don’t think there's roads.' ... That interview is no longer available on the Rolling Stone website, but the Colorado Republican Party discovered the quote about Colorado before it was taken down." (Colorado Observer)
  • Former IA-03 candidate/state Sen. Brad Zaun (R) "has decided against leaving the GOP to become an independent voter. Zaun became upset with his party because of a failed congressional bid." (Des Moines Register)
  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) "will officiate at the wedding of Arianna Brown, the daughter of" NH SEN candidate/former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) "on Sunday." (Boston Globe)
  • "[Y]ou show me a girl that swears and I'll show you an awful unattractive person." -- President Richard Nixon, in a batch of newly released White House tapes (Vanity Fair)
  • "A New Mexico county magistrate race that ended in a tie has finally come to a head, or rather, heads. Kenneth Howard Jr. made the lucky call in a coin toss ... in a Gallup courtroom, winning a four-year term as McKinley County magistrate judge." (AP)


How Rick Perry Greets Obama At The Airport



  • The House returns at 9 a.m.
  • Obama meets with company executives and their small business suppliers to discuss the economy. (Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 10:50 a.m.)
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivers keynote remarks at the RNC's "Taking Back the Future Women's Summit" luncheon. (Renaissance Hotel, 12 p.m.)
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks on the state-federal partnership during the opening session of the National Governor's Association summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. (1:30 p.m.)
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. (Pentagon, 1:45 p.m.)
  • World Cup: Brazil faces the Netherlands in the third-place match on Saturday (ESPN, 4 p.m.), and Germany takes on Argentina in the final on Sunday. (ABC, 3 p.m.)
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  • Chicago, Philadelphia and Miami have all held the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions in the same year.
  • The winner is Brian Riley, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which president was at one time a model for Cosmopolitan and Look magazines?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



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Adam Wollner, Editor

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