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Majority Whip Race Heats Up; Chamber Back on Miss. Airwaves; EMILY's List Launches NC SEN Campaign

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  • "The last best hope for the tea party to win a House leadership post after the stunning primary defeat of" House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "is the race for majority whip. ... Three Republicans" — Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) — "spent the weekend campaigning to succeed" Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) "as majority whip should he win Thursday's election to replace Cantor — an election McCarthy has all but clinched in recent days." (Washington Post)
  • McCarthy will face a challenge for the majority leader position from Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), who jumped into the race last Friday. (National Journal)
  • "[T]he billionaire Koch brothers and scores of wealthy allies have set an initial 2014 fundraising target of $290 million which should boost GOP candidates and support dozens of conservative groups -- including a new energy initiative with what looks like a deregulatory, pro-consumer spin." (Daily Beast) Meanwhile, Freedom Partners, the Kochs' umbrella group, "is pre-buying $30 million dollars of advertising this fall. The buy will be targeted throughout" Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Oregon. (Politico)
  • In MS SEN, the Chamber of Commerce launched a new statewide TV ad casting Sen. Thad Cochran (R) as "conservative, dependable," and "one of us." The group is spending $500,000 to air the spot, according to FEC records. (Hotline reporting)
  • In NC SEN, Women Vote! (D), the super PAC arm of EMILY's List, released its first TV ad of the race, attacking state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) for cutting education funding. The group is spending $3 million on a statewide ad, mail and online campaign. (release)
  • In LA SEN, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is out with another TV ad featuring a playful back-and-forth with her father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu (D). (Hotline reporting)
  • In CA-31, "House Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief:" Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) "has squeaked through a primary in the race" and will officially face retired Navy officer Paul Chabot (R) in the general election. (The Hill)
  • In CO GOV, former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) accuses Democrats "of lying about him and 'meddling' in the GOP primary" in a new TV ad. (Denver Post)
  • In MA GOV, Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) "won a solid but expected victory in the Democratic race ... at the state party's convention on Saturday, while" Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), "who holds a vast lead in public opinion polls, captured second place by a narrow margin." Former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director Don Berwick (D) "used his appeal to the party's left wing to pull within one point of Coakley at the convention, setting up a three-way race in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary." (Boston Globe)
  • In MD GOV, Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) is out with two new TV ads. One attacks Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's (D) record, while the other features his running mate, state Del. Jolene Ivey (D), who touts their early support for Obama. (Washington Post) The Baltimore Sun endorsed Brown. (Baltimore Sun)
  • In NM GOV, the RGA released a new TV ad attacking Attorney General Gary King (D) for "taking advantage of the perks of his office." (release)
  • In NY GOV, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout, "who failed in a surprisingly stiff challenge to" Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) "for the nomination of the progressive Working Families Party, will challenge Cuomo for the Democratic nomination." Teachout "will run alongside Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor known for his advocacy of net neutrality, as her lieutenant governor." (BuzzFeed) In addition, "New York Republicans will start taking on ... Cuomo on Monday with an ad attacking the incumbent for claiming New York is experiencing an economic renaissance." (New York Daily News)
  • In OH GOV, Gov. John Kasich (R) has $9.3 million cash on hand while Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) has $1.9 million cash on hand. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • In RI GOV, former Department of Education official Clay Pell (D) is out with his first TV ad, a 60-second biographical spot that highlights his work in the Obama administration. (Hotline reporting)


  • In NY GOV, a new Siena College poll, conducted June 8-12, shows Cuomo leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) 57-21%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Last week's primaries were extremely interesting, but none of them -- even Cantor's -- had a huge effect on the November general election. That will change next week: The GOP primaries for Colorado governor, NY-01, and NY-21 have become electability arguments, and who wins (especially in the House races) will impact the rest of the year. -- Scott Bland

• Still rankled over her 2010 Senate loss to Scott Brown, Democratic party activists denied Martha Coakley their endorsement over the weekend in the governor's race, and instead awarded it to Steve Grossman, setting up a three way primary with Don Berwick. Coakley's second place finish at the convention doesn't mean a primary loss is likely -- she's way ahead in the polls -- but it does mean the enthusiasm gap that plagued her in 2010 could resurface in this year's contest against Republican Charlie Baker. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "The mayor of a wealthy California town who was caught on camera tossing dog poop onto the walkway of a political opponent is being asked to resign by residents who say he smeared their image." (AP)


  • "The official topic of the" Park City, Utah conference organized by Mitt Romney, "emblazoned on materials handed out to guests gathered here at a luxury Norwegian-inspired resort, was 'The Future of American Leadership.' But the unofficial theme was made clear not long into breakfast on Friday, when a guest asked" Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "the question on everyone's mind: Is Hillary beatable?" (New York Times)
  • "Idaho's state Republican Party convention degenerated into a fiasco Saturday after attempts to disqualify up to a third of the delegates attending appeared to be succeeding – and the convention ended up adjourning without electing a chairman, setting a platform or doing any of it scheduled business. ... Far from uniting the deeply divided party, the gathering ... degenerated into dysfunction. ... It also proved not to be the finest hour for Labrador, whom many looked to as the healer for the fractured party just a day after he announced that he's running for Majority Leader of the U.S. House; instead, he ended the convention facing jeers and walkouts from his own party members." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
  • "Cantor isn't one to slap backs, kiss babies, knock on doors, or work the room. Not everyone got to see him. Campaign events were by invitation. When Cantor announced hours at his district offices, it was staff members who'd hear constituents' concerns, not the congressman. Reporters were avoided." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • "What it's like on the Ready for Hillary Bus (when it's not broken down)" (Washington Post)
  • "President Obama signed an executive order Saturday evening, appointing an emergency board to mediate the" Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority "labor dispute, thus averting a lengthy strike." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • "Obama, in an address speech to" University of California-Irvine "graduates Saturday, took aim at congressional Republicans and others who dispute climate change, saying they posed a threat to the future. ... He noted that even those who objected to President Kennedy's goals for the space race never denied the moon existed or claimed it was made of cheese." (Los Angeles Times)
  • "Population Shifts Turning All Politics National" (New York Times)
  • "A (mostly) harmonious GOP banged noisemakers for the Iowa party leaders at the top of this fall's ticket and passed the agreed-upon platform, making" Saturday's "state convention one of the least contentious activists could recall." Rand Paul, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Sen. Rick Sanoturm (R-PA) each addressed the convention. (Des Moines Register)
  • Former IA SEN candidate Sam Clovis (R) "will be the Iowa Republican nominee for state treasurer after securing the party's nomination during the state convention." (Iowa Republican)
  • "Republicans come out of the 2014 primary season with little to guide them forward" (Washington Post)
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor "said she happened to be 'just shopping' at" an Arlington, Va., Costco on Saturday "when she spied" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) at the latest stop on her book tour. "She told Clinton she plans to read her book." Clinton responded: "You better, I love yours." (NBC News)
  • "This Mayoral Candidate's Ad Looks Like It Was Directed by Wes Anderson" (National Journal)
  • "'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes will host ... Obama at her Los Angeles home on July 23 to raise money for the" DNC. (Hollywood Reporter)



  • The State Department holds the "Our Ocean" conference. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers opening remarks. (9:30 a.m.)
  • Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) talk about the need to raise the minimum wage during a visit to Sweetgreen in Dupont Circle. (12:30 p.m.)
  • The Senate returns at 2 p.m.
  • The United States takes on Ghana in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Vice President Biden will be in attendance. (ESPN, 6 p.m.)
  • The Newseum holds a screening and discussion on the upcoming PBS film "Freedom Summer." (7 p.m.)
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  • Six sites -- five cities, plus the steamboat Cayuga -- served as temporary capitals of Texas in 1836.
  • No one mentioned the steamboat, so here's our Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first president to have a pilot's license?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I don't know why you lost the election, Mitt, but I know this: I was watching you on TV and I didn't see the Mitt Romney that I knew. You are a fun guy and you're easy-going and Obama is not. I've been in the room with him a little, too. He's stiff as a board and you've got it going on." -- Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), at Romney's Utah retreat (Washington Post)


"Mitt, you can't Etch-A-Sketch away your record. ... If private equity Mitt Romney met Governor Mitt Romney, he'd do what he says he likes to do. He'd fire 'em, and outsource the job!" -- Schweitzer, during his 2012 Democratic National Convention address (National Journal)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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