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New Super PAC to Back Nunn in GA SEN; Clinton in Ky. for Grimes; New Ads in KY SEN, FL-13, IL-13

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • In GA SEN, a new super PAC called "Georgians Together" formed "under the name of Keith Mason, former chief of staff to" Gov. Zell Miller (D), and "will be used exclusively to support" philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In KY SEN, former President Bill Clinton "plans to address some 1,200 people at a sold-out fundraiser in" Louisville Tuesday "on behalf of" Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), "bringing his political clout to one of the most closely watched and contentious Senate contests of this election cycle." (ABC News)
  • Also in KY SEN, businessman Matt Bevin (R) launched a new 15-second TV ad that states Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) "betrayed conservatives to give" President Obama "a blank check." The ad "has $30,000 behind it and will run on statewide cable." (ABC News)
  • The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition (R) released a new 60-second radio ad, which "is backed by a $75,000 buy," saying McConnell "is fighting Obama's anti-coal agenda at every turn." (Roll Call)
  • Senate Conservatives Fund (R) will also "go up on the air Tuesday with a 60-second radio ad attacking ... McConnell for his vote for the TARP bailout and other positions it claims 'betrayed Kentucky's conservative values.'" (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • In AR-04, Clinton will campaign for James Lee Witt (D), who served as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during his administration, in April. (AP)
  • "For more than two decades," former lobbyist David Jolly (R) "has kept silent about a 1989 accident that he said challenged his faith. But on Monday," the FL-13 Special candidate "talked exclusively with 10 News about his role in a fatal accident" that occurred when he was 16. "Jolly was driving home with a friend from a movie when he said he hit a man walking in the road. The man, Blair Warren Ropes, died. Jolly said Ropes' motorcycle had broken down. ... 10 News learned about the fatal accident through a tip, and Jolly questioned the motive. Why would someone bring up the incident 25 years later during a hotly contested political race? ... Jolly was not cited for the accident, adding he was 'exonerated of any culpability.'" (WTSP-TV)
  • Also in FL-13, the NRCC released a new TV ad on Monday highlighting the differences between Jolly and former state CFO Alex Sink (D) on the balanced budget amendment and Obamacare. (Roll Call)
  • Jolly also released a new TV ad, which features his mother and aunt, saying he will protect Social Security. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In FL-26, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) endorsed Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo (R) in a contested primary. (Miami Herald)
  • In IL-13, former judge Ann Callis (D) "released her first commercial Tuesday, a biographical ad highlighting her work with veterans in the legal system." (Hotline reporting)
  • In MI-12, Rep. John Dingell (D) "is leaving the Congress he's served for longer than anyone else in United States history." Dingell "won't seek re-election this fall to the seat he's held since 1955." (Detroit News)
  • In IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner (R) "added another $1.3 million of his own money to his bid ... bringing his out of pocket total to $5 million." (Chicago Tribune)
  • In NY GOV, a new Siena College poll, conducted Feb. 16-20, shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) leading Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R), 64-22%. In the previous poll, conducted Jan. 12-16, Cuomo led Astorino, 67-19%. (release)
  • In TX GOV, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) raised $2.85 million between her two campaign committees from Jan. 24-Feb. 22 and has $11.3 million cash on hand, while Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) raised "more than" $2.5 million and has "nearly" $30 million cash on hand. (Houston Chronicle)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

 

• Democrat Tom Wolf's $10 million in self-funding is starting to pay off in the Pennsylvania governors race. Wolf launched his fifth TV ad on Monday and has been the only candidate to go on broadcast in the Philadelphia market, and this media presence appears to be a game changer. A Harper Polling (R) (IVR) survey released Tuesday shows Wolf leading the Democratic primary field with 40% over presumed front runner Allyson Schwartz at 14%, and all others trailing. This is a complete reversal from Harper's last poll on the race in November, when Schwartz led the field with 22% and Wolf trailed at 5%. -- Karyn Bruggeman

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • Attorney General Eric Holder "on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory. ... Holder was careful not to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but said that officials who have carefully studied bans on gay marriage could refuse to defend them." (New York Times)
  • At a press conference following a National Governors Association meeting at the White House, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) "launched into a repeated assault on ... Obama's leadership in the shadow of the West Wing, in defiance of established bipartisan protocol." Jindal "said Obama is 'waving a white flag' by focusing on executive actions with three years left in his term." Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) "rose to challenge Jindal immediately after he spoke to reporters, calling his remarks on Obama waving a white flag 'the most insane statement I've ever heard.'" (Time)
  • In MI-12, Dingell's "retirement announcement has opened a rare congressional seat for younger party members in the Democrat-leaning district, where wife Debbie Dingell is considered the front runner. House Democratic aides and Michigan political figures said Monday that Debbie Dingell, 60, a Democratic power broker and chairwoman of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, has been having preliminary conversations about running for her husband's seat." (Detroit News)
  • In CO GOV, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) called former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) to encourage him to run. "Despite their friendship, Tancredo said he never said he would drop out of the crowded GOP race if Beauprez got in. ... [T]he influential conservative blog Red State pushed for a Beauprez candidacy but also suggested Tancredo get out and back Beauprez." (Denver Post)
  • "Stung by headlines that it's planning to sit out the 2014 cycle, the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is asking its donors to contribute to efforts to keep the Senate majority and take back the House. The memo, from Priorities executive director Buffy Wicks, insists to donors that the group is not sitting on the sidelines during a competitive 2014 midterms cycle." (Politico)
  • Former Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) "announced Monday ... he would seek to unseat" Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell (R) "next year. ... Landry ... already received the approbation of" 2015 LA GOV candidate/Sen. David Vitter (R). (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "directly endorsed Count My Vote's effort to replace caucuses with direct primaries" in Utah in an email to former Gov. Mike Leavitt (R), who is pushing the initiative that will appear on the ballot in November. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • "I was planning on making a major announcement tonight, but I decided tonight's your night. So I hope you'll invite me back." -- Vice President Biden, when newly minted "Late Night" host Seth Meyers asked him about running for president in 2016 (NBC)
  • Hall-of-Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Budweiser have partnered to launch a WhiteHouse.gov petition to "turn Major League Baseba''s Opening Day into a national holiday." The petition "requires 100,000 signatures within 30 days in order to advance to an administration review and response." (MLB.com)
  • "12 Retiring, Ex-, or Deceased Congressmen with Active Campaign Websites" (Smart Politics)

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ROOSTER'S CROW

  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries this morning, then a slight chance of snow this afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. West winds around 5 mph, increasing to around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of snow 20%.
  • The Senate returns at 10 a.m., while the House is back at noon.
  • Biden appears on the "The View" to promote the Affordable Care Act. (WJLA-TV, 11 a.m.)
  • Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner in the Oval Office. (11:30 a.m.)
  • The Wizards host the Magic. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
  • Obama also delivers remarks at the Organizing for Action Summit dinner. (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 7:10 p.m.)
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SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • The D.C. Streetcar system last ran in 1962.
  • The winner is Dan Moll, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "As John Dingell, the Dean of the House and the longest serving member of Congress, announces his retirement, how many members of Congress have served thirty or more years in Congress?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I'm learning from in the world of politics." -- Conservative rocker Ted Nugent, who recently campaigned for Abbott in Texas, in an apology last week for calling Obama a "subhuman mongrel" (CNN)

...CHASER

"Nugent says Obama administration is like Nazis" (Washington Post)

Adam Wollner, Editor

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

 

Steven Shepard contributed to this article.

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