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Kingston Out With New GA SEN Ad; Pro-Sasse Super PAC Hits Osborn in NE SEN; Two New Ads in ID-02

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  • In GA SEN, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) launched a new TV ad focusing on his plan that "requires able-bodied adults on welfare and food stamps to work for their benefits." The spot "will air on broadcast and cable stations all across Georgia." (release)
  • In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) raised $601,000 in the first quarter of 2014 and has $2.4 million cash on hand, while Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) raised $428,000 and has $1 million cash on hand. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • In IL SEN, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) "is throwing his support behind" state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R). "Kirk said a month ago that he would not campaign for Oberweis, in order to protect his working relationship with" Sen. Dick Durbin (D). Kirk: "I will be campaigning for Jim Oberweis." (WJBC)
  • In LA SEN, Keep Louisiana Working released a new TV ad attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) for reenacting a Senate hearing in a recent TV ad. The spot is backed by a $180,000 buy and "will run on network and cable TV statewide." (Washington Times)
  • In MN SEN, businessman Mike McFadden (R) released a new hockey-themed TV ad attacking Sen. Al Franken (D) for supporting Obamacare and higher spending and taxes. "The ad buy is small, $9,800 on Twin Cities cable, though the campaign says it plans to make additional buys soon." (MPR News)
  • In NE SEN, Ensuring a Conservative Nebraska, a super PAC backing Midland University President Ben Sasse (R), released a new TV ad attacking former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R), saying his "campaign is funded by Washington lobbyists who support Obamacare." The group's lone $100,000 contribution in the first quarter came from Sasse's great uncle, Rupert Dunklau. (Omaha World-Herald)
  • In the OK SEN Special, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R). (release)
  • In OR SEN, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) launched her first TV ad, saying she knows "first hand how devastating Obamacare is for Oregeon families and patients."(AP)
  • In CA-25, former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) released a TV ad in which he promises to repeal Obamacare, support a balanced budget amendment, and cut spending. (Los Angeles Times)
  • In ID-02, attorney Bryan Smith (R) released a new TV ad in response to attacks on his career as a trial lawyer. The spot features Shellie Long Kendrick, who was represented by Smith in her case against an insurance company that denied her health coverage after she was diagnosed with cancer. (release)
  • Also in ID-02, Defending Main Street launched a new TV ad attacking Club for Growth president Chris Chocola for "launching misleading attacks against" Rep. Mike Simpson (R). The spot goes on to defend Simpson, calling him House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's "worst nightmare." (Wall Street Journal)
  • In MI-11, attorney Dave Trott (R) is airing his first TV ad focusing on on Congress's lack of productivity while labeling himself as a political outsider. (Detroit Free Press)
  • In NY-01, a newly formed super PAC called the U.S. Jobs Council is out with a new TV ad tying 2010 candidate George Demos (R) to Pelosi. (
  • In OH-14, the Chamber of Commerce released a TV ad supporting Rep. Dave Joyce (R), saying he has "supported bills that create jobs, cut needless regulations, and cut spending." (release)
  • In FL GOV, Let's Get to Work, Gov. Rick Scott's (R) political committee, released a new TV ad highlighting his humble upbringing and Navy service. The TV and online ad buy is for $2 million. (release)
  • In MD GOV, Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) released a new 15-second TV ad, saying "health care is a right." (Washington Post)
  • In MI GOV, the RGA launched its fourth TV ad attacking former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) for "wrong, expensive choices," this time highlighting his support for a fee on nursing home beds. (release)


  • According to a new Fox News poll of national RVs, conducted April 13-15 by Anderson Robbins Research (D)/Shaw & Company Research (R), 42% approve of the job President Obama is doing, while 51% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted March 23-25, 40% approved and 53% disapproved. (release)
  • In ME GOV, a new Pan Atlantic SMS poll of LVs, conducted March 31-April 5, shows Gov. Paul LePage (R) at 39%, compared to 37% for Rep. Michael Michaud (D) and 20% for 2010 candidate Eliot Cutler (I). (release)
  • In NH GOV, a new WMUR Grante State poll of LVs, conducted by the New Hampshire Survey Center from April 1-9, shows Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) with a double-digit advaantage over her potential Republican opponents. She leads activist Andrew Hemingway (R), 49-22%; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas (R), 50-27%; and businessman Walt Havenstein (R), 49-19%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• The growing trend of candidates firing guns in TV ads, thus demonstrating conservative or rural bona fides (or, even better, that they're "straight shooters"), is getting over-served. McFadden's first spot, featuring a hail of slap shots at an ice rink, is a fun Minnesota twist on the fad, right as the NHL playoffs begin. -- Scott Bland

• John Kasich, Rick Scott and Scott Walker, all of whom courted controversy during busy first terms, have all gone up with positive ads in the past week, using their cash advantage to reintroduce themselves to voters. Their Democratic rivals have comparatively limited resources for early response ads, a boon for GOP incumbents because being on the air while your opponent is dark offers big benefits in the polls -- think Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania or Bruce Rauner in Illinois. If Democrats stay quiet in these races to save resources, seeing polls shift towards the GOP won't be a matter of if, but when. -- Karyn Bruggeman



  • "For much of the past year, voters still weary from the record onslaught of advertising during the 2012 presidential election season have been bombarded with new television ads sponsored by senators seeking another term in 2014. Where campaigns once carefully husbanded their advertising cash for late blitzes in the two or three months leading up to Election Day, strategists now say it pays to begin talking to voters earlier than ever. Since Dec. 30, 11 incumbent senators from both parties have spent a total of more than $6.2 million on television ads. ... At the same time, non-incumbents running for Senate seats have spent $7.6 million in early advertising." (Washington Post)
  • "Republican leaders are telling the party's House members that persistent criticism of the federal health-care law is the best path to victory this fall regardless of how the law's implementation evolves ahead of the November elections." (Wall Street Journal)
  • Vice President Biden "really did get ahead of" President Obama "on accepting gay marriage in 2012 -- and the White House really wasn't happy about it, despite the two leaders' many attempts to claim otherwise. That's the story laid out in Jo Becker's new book, 'Forcing the Spring,' which documents the past few years of successful efforts to expand the legalization of gay marriage." (Politico)
  • "The law firm that cleared" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "of any involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal gave $10,000 to" the RGA "nine days before" it released the report. (Bergen Record)
  • "Rep. Vance McAllister kissed. Now can he make up with voters after the scandal?" (Washington Post)
  • Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) "has returned to the courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case." (AP)
  • "In my opinion, she is the prototype of a person we would want to be president of the United States. ... In short, it don't get no better." -- AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (National Journal)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson (D) "on Wednesday was installed as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, becoming the first Sacramento mayor to lead the organization in its 81-year history." (Sacramento Bee)
  • MT-AL candidate Matt Rosendale (R) "launched an ad on statewide television Monday that depicts him shooting a drone as a protest against the government spying on citizens." (Helena Independent Record)
  • "A Cadillac that was allegedly once owned by" Biden "is currently for sale on Craigslist for $15,000." (Business Insider)


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  • White House press secretary Jay Carney and CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett will speak at a George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs event. (10 a.m.)
  • Obama and Biden welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the White House. (11:05)
  • Obama and Biden meet with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. (White House, 11:40 a.m.)
  • Then, Obama and Biden meet with insurance executives. (White House, 1:35 p.m.)
  • First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a tour with juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools visiting Howard University. (2 p.m.)
  • The Nationals host the Cardinals. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 7, 1914. But as our winner poitnts out, it did not count towards his 714 career total since the Orioles were a minor-league team at the time. The first of his 714 home runs came on May 6, 1915 at the Polo grounds in New York, when Ruth was a member of the Boston Red Sox.
  • The winner is John Fairbanks, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Today is the anniversary of the end of the longest war in modern history, beginning in 1651 and ending in 1986. While the actual hostilities ended shortly after they began, neither side got around to actually calling a halt for 335 years. Who were the two combatants?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Joe and I decided it was time for a guys' trip." -- Obama, speaking in Pennsylvania with Biden on Wednesday (Reuters)


"This is the man cave, there's no women allowed in here." -- "Sydney Fife" in I Love You, Man

Adam Wollner, Editor

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