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Lankford Will Run for Okla. Senate Seat; Hagan Raises $2M; Texas's Davis Faces Questions About Bio

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  • "President Obama, acknowledging that high-tech surveillance poses a threat to civil liberties, announced significant changes on Friday to the way the government collects and uses telephone records, but left in place many other pillars of the nation's intelligence programs." (New York Times)
  • In the FL-13 Special, the DCCC launched a new TV ad on Tuesday, backed by a $200,000 ad buy, hitting former lobbyist David Jolly (R) for his work experience. (Politico)
  • In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) raised $705,000 in the fourth quarter of last year, outraising Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D), who brought in $455,000. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) raised "more than $2 million" in the fourth quarter and has $6.8 million cash on hand. (Politico)
  • In the OK SEN Special, Rep. James Lankford (R) officially announced his candidacy on Monday. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R), the favorite of some conservative groups, said in a statement late Monday that "he is honored by the number of people, statewide and nationally, encouraging him to run for the Senate seat, but he is not inclined to rush the decision." (Hotline reporting)
  • Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) had $1.8 million cash on hand at the end of the fourth quarter, "more than three times what he's had available at this point in any of his previous campaigns." (AP)
  • In CA-17, former Obama administration official Ro Khanna (D) raised $402,000 in the fourth quarter and has "nearly" $2 million on hand. Rep. Mike Honda (D) raised $250,000 and has $662,000 cash on hand. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • In FL-19, "a new TV ad" from the super PAC backing 2012 candidate Paige Kreegel (R) "criticizes" state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) for using her state Senate committee "to build name ID that could also help in a federal race." (Fort Myers News-Press)
  • In MN-07, Rep. Collin Peterson (D) raised $165,000 in the fourth quarter and has $358,000 cash on hand. (Hotline reporting)
  • In FL GOV, Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina and Obama 2012 digital director Teddy Goff have joined former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) campaign, the campaign said Monday night. (Miami Herald)
  • In IA GOV, state Sen. Jack Hatch (D) raised $447,000 in 2013 and has $237,000 cash on hand. (Des Moines Register)
  • In NY GOV, a new Siena College poll, conducted Jan. 12-16, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R), 67-19%. In the previous poll, conducted Nov. 11-14, Cuomo led Astorino, 63-24%. (release)
  • "A group of top Western New York Republicans" traveled to New York City on Monday to meet with Donald Trump (R) about a possible NY GOV bid. (Buffalo News)
  • In TX GOV, state Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) campaign "clarified details of her biography Monday after a Dallas Morning News report raised questions about details that she and supporters have highlighted." (Dallas Morning News)
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune endorsed Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) in his reelection bid. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • During his second inaugural address on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "plans to advocate a philosophy of limited government while touting compromise as a means to effect change, according to excerpts of the speech released by his office. ... The festivities are slated to go on despite forecasts predicting a snowstorm, the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal and new allegations from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that the administration threatened to withhold Sandy relief aid if she did not support a redevelopment project. The administration has denied Zimmer's charges." (Philadelphia Inquirer)


  • According to a new Pew Research Center/USA Today poll of national adults, conducted Jan. 15-19, 38% have a favorable opinion of Christie, while 34% have an unfavorable opinion. In the previous poll, conducted Jan. 9-13, 2013, 40% had a favorable opinion of Christie, and 17% viewed him unfavorably. (release)


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• The attacks over the chronology and severity of the personal challenges Davis has faced aren't about the events themselves; they're about undermining credibility. In that sense share a lot in common with those waged against Elizabeth Warren in 2012 over her Native American heritage. Davis's situation is another example of generalizations made in the national spotlight coming to a grinding halt in the era of relentless fact checking. But in their attempts to undermine credibility, both Warren and Davis's opponents have chosen to focus on sensitive issues (ethnicity, single parenthood, poverty) which aren't typically GOP strong points and could backfire.

• The big House race news we'll have an eye out for this week, apart from whether or not more members retire, is whether VA-10 Republicans decide on Thursday to nominate their candidate to replace departing Frank Wolf via a primary or a convention. The local committee is reportedly leaning toward a convention, which is giving some electability-minded Republicans heartburn after the statewide convention process in 2013.




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  • "Closings & Delays" (WTOP-FM)
  • National Journal Live holds a "Conversation with Charlie Cook" to share predictions for the 2014 midterm elections, followed by a question-and-answer session. (345 CHOB, 1:30 p.m.)
  • The Caps host the Sens in a capital-on-capital matchup. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
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  • Gerald Ford was drafted by a professional football team, and turned down that opportunity to coach collegiate boxing.
  • The winner is Martin Burns, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Which former speaker of the House was a Golden Gloves boxer?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



""The influential dental lobby is expected to go all out this year to protect [Rep. Mike] Simpson, one of only two dentists on Capitol Hill ... as the well-heeled Club for Growth has vowed to extract him from Congress. ... When the other lone dentist in Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. ... faced a tea-party challenger in 2012 backed by the Club for Growth, the independent-expenditure arm of the dental lobby sprung into action, pouring $150,000 into his race." (National Journal)


"You're a rabid anti-dentite! Oh, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs -- 'Hey, denty!' Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools!" -- "Cosmo Kramer" ("Seinfeld")

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