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New GOPer in Fla. Special: Hotline's Wake-Up Call! - Brought to You by American Medical Association

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  • The Obama administration "received a clear warning" from a consulting firm in late March that the Oct. 1 launch of the new federal health insurance exchange "was fraught with risks." (Washington Post)
  • In the FL-13 Special, a "Republican primary election battle materialized at virtually the last minute on Monday," as state Rep. Kathleen Peters (R) "filed to run against" lobbyist David Jolly (R). (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In GA SEN, four "top staffers" -- his general consultant, campaign manager, political director and an adviser -- resigned from Rep. Phil Gingrey's (R) campaign on Monday. (Daily Caller)
  • In MI SEN, a day before she plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) declined to say on Monday whether she would support McConnell as GOP leader in 2015 if he wins reelection next year. (Hotline reporting)
  • In VA SEN, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), in "his first interview" since losing the governor's race, "did not rule out" running against Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year. Cuccinelli: "There is no such thing as an unendangered Democrat who promised, as Mark Warner did, on video, sitting in his Senate office, 'I would not vote for a health-care plan that doesn't let you keep health insurance you like.'" (Washington Post)
  • In ID-02, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson (R). (release)
  • In RI GOV, Clay Pell (D), grandson of former Sen. Claiborne Pell (D), "filed a notice ... forming an exploratory committee" on Monday, describing it "as 'a practical step' in his decision-making process." (WPRI-TV)
  • "San Diegans will go to the polls Tuesday for the special mayoral election, choosing from 11 candidates to replace Bob Filner, who resigned in August following a sexual harassment scandal. Because it's unlikely any one candidate will get more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top-two finishers is expected to be scheduled for sometime in February." (U-T San Diego)


  • According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of national adults, conducted Nov. 14-17, 42% approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, while 55% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 17-20, 48% approved of Obama, and 49% disapproved. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


The most notable finding from the ABC/WaPo poll: By a sizable 16-point margin (37-21%), voters are more likely to back a candidate who opposes the health care law than supports it. That margin grows to a whopping 31 points (46-15%) in Romney states, home to four vulnerable Democratic senators on the ballot next year.

• Peters's entry into the FL-13 special seems to pit her name recognition and experience in local office against Jolly's organization and likely strong fundraising, but it's not going to be that simple. Peters raised a quarter-million dollars in her first state House run last year, and the local media coverage and heavy-hitting supporters Jolly earned -- including Young's widow -- have already boosted him among locals.



  • "Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister's family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz's many kindnesses shouldn't be used to distort her position." -- Dick Cheney, on the spat between his two daughters, Mary and WY SEN candidate Liz Cheney (R), over same-sex marriage (Casper Star-Tribune)
  • Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) "is returning to his roots and opening a new law practice" that "includes on its payroll his eldest daughter, Cate Edwards." (New York Times)
  • "[T]hey weren't the uncles I never knew. They were the uncles that everybody talked about and reflected about. The beautiful thing is that they left full lives of accomplishment, even though they were so young." -- Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who "had not yet been born" when John F. Kennedy was killed and was a year old when then-Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) was assassinated (Providence Journal)
  • "[Now-Indiana Gov.] Mike Pence told me, you will hug me one day when you realize having your family here will help." -- Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), on why he moved his family to the D.C. area (Roll Call)
  • "[Toronto Mayor] Rob Ford's prime-time TV tour: America's new nightmare?" (Toronto Globe and Mail)


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  • The longest state name is "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
  • The winner was Robert Geist, but he didn't submit a new question. So here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "When Ben Cayetano was first elected Hawaii governor, he won a 3-way race, with this former Honolulu mayor and already 3-time gubernatorial candidate finishing second." The 1st correct answer gets to submit the next question.



"If you've been treated unfairly and you believe you have a legal case, all of us at Edwards Kirby are available to help you." -- Edwards, pitching his new law firm to the New York Times


"I said I could help him. Which I really believed I could. And quite frankly -- well, depending on your perspective, I really have." -- Rielle Hunter, on first meeting Edwards in New York (GQ)

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

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