- Pres. Obama pushed Senate Dems to "support a grand bargain" that would "shrink the deficit, trim entitlements, raise revenue and eliminate" sequestration over lunch at the Capitol on Tuesday. He will meet with House GOPers on Wednesday and with House Dems and Senate GOPers Thursday (Roll Call).
- The DCCC raised a record $6.3M in February and ended the month with $7.6M CoH and $10.9M in debt. The NRCC has not yet released its February totals (Washington Post).
- SC-01 Special: Ted Turner son Teddy Turner (R) released his fifth TV ad, responding to state Rep. Chip Limehouse's (R) "shameful, negative campaign" against Turner (Wake Up Call! reporting). Absentee voting so far "points toward light turnout for Tuesday's primaries" (Charleston Post & Courier).
- MA SEN Special: The three GOP candidates -- state Rep. Daniel Winslow (R), ex-U.S. Atty Michael Sullivan (R) and ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez (R) -- sparred over the sequestration and other issues in their first debate last night (Boston Herald).
- VA GOV '13: Ex-DNC chair Terry McAuliffe (D) remains reluctant to discuss "his lack of state government experience." McAuliffe, asked to name the members of the governor's cabinet: "Maybe could, maybe couldn't. That's not what I'm going to do here today because that's not what I'm talking about" (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot).
- KY SEN: Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell released his first TV ad of the cycle, 20 months before Election Day, responding to attacks by "far-left special interests" (On Call).
- MI SEN: '98 AG candidate/ex-MSU trustee Scott Romney (R) will not run for the seat, according to a source who spoke with him yesterday (Roll Call). But Romney niece Ronna Romney McDaniel (R) "said she's 'looking at'" a bid (Detroit News).
- PA GOV: '12 SEN nominee Tom Smith (R) will not run, according to a spokesperson (Politics PA).
- TX GOV: State GOP chair Steve Munisteri said he knew how the race, which could feature both AG Greg Abbott (R) and Gov. Rick Perry (R), would look, "but declined to share his knowledge" (Dallas Morning News).
- WH '16: Patriot Super PAC is a running TV ad targeting VA Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) in NH, following a similar ad in IA. Both are voiced by '12 VA SEN candidate Jamie Radtke (R) (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot).
- According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of nat'l adults, conducted 3/7-10 by Abt-SRBI, 50% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his job as POTUS, while 46% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 1/10-13, 55% approved of Obama, and 41% disapproved (release).
- According to a new McClatchy-Marist poll of nat'l RVs, conducted 3/4-7, 45% of voters approve the job Obama is doing as POTUS, while 48% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 12/4-6, 50% approved of Obama, and 44% disapproved (release).
- NJ SEN: A new Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. PublicMind poll of NJ Dem RVs, conducted 3/4-10, shows Newark Mayor Cory Booker leading the Dem primary over Rep. Rush Holt, 50-7%, with Rep. Frank Pallone at 4%. Among all RVs, Booker leads talk show host Geraldo Rivera (R), 52-21% (release).
- PA GOV: A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of PA RVs, conducted 3/6-11, shows Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) leading Gov. Tom Corbett (R), 42-39%, and '10 SEN nominee/ex-Rep. Joe Sestak (D) leads Corbett, 47-38% (release).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• The retirement of Democratic senators in states like Michigan, Iowa and South Dakota may help the reelection prospects of GOP governors -- enticing potential challengers to run for the upper chamber instead of the governor's mansion. Dems will also have to split their focus between retaining the Senate seat and knocking off the gubernatorial incumbent.
• Corbett's polling numbers continue to show a tough road to reelection, but Pennsylvania voters' lack of familiarity with Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz gives Republicans hope that they can define her as too liberal for the state, relying on her decades of votes in Congress and the state legislature and her previous career leading a women's health clinic.
• Despite poor polling, ME Gov. Paul LePage (R) and PA Gov. Tom Corbett (R) are both hoping they don't make history next year. Neither state has defeated a governor running for re-election for decades, and in the mid-term of a Democratic president, it would be especially embarrassing for a GOP governor to be thrown out of office.
• Phil Gingrey's decision to walk back his support of a high-capacity magazine ban -- putting him at odds with the NRA in a crowded GOP primary -- and his defense of Todd Akin -- potentially pricking up the ears of Karl Rove, et al -- looks like a sign that he's prepping for a SEN announcement. So does his decision to rehire an old consultant. But it also puts pressure on Paul Broun, who hasn't walked away from some of his own controversial statements.
• Booker faces challenges in securing the Dem nod next year. To be sure, he's ticked off alot of establishment Dems, and those local leaders do have some sway over the primary ballot. But, as today's FDU poll shows, Booker remains very popular among the state's Dem voters. That popularity should give Holt and Pallone pause about throwing their hats in the ring, even with establishment support.
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Scientist Confident That Robot Internet Will Not Lead to Destruction of Mankind" (New York Magazine).
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- FL LG Jennifer Carroll (R) has resigned just two days after state law enforcement officers interviewed her "about her involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit that operates Internet cafes in Florida. Officials from Allied Veterans and Nelson Cuba, the president of the Jacksonville Florida Order of Police, were arrested on racketeering charges after an investigation by the IRS and Secret Service" (Florida Times-Union).
- "Ultimately, it may be that the differences are just too wide" -- Obama, on working with Republicans on a grand bargain (ABC News).
- Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is holding a "Beyoncé (and Bob)" fundraiser at the singer's July 29 concert at the Verizon Center in Washington (Center for Public Integrity).
- "I think this initial overture is very welcome. but it needs to be followed up with concrete working sessions that extend many hours, where we're all locked in a room, occasionally thrown something to eat, until we reach agreement on some of the very big issues facing us" -- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), on Obama sitting down with members of Congress this week (CNN).
- Billionaires Charles and David Koch "are interested in Tribune's newspaper assets, which include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, according to sources familiar with situation" (Reuters).
- "I felt it was a civic duty. I couldn't sleep after I watched it. I felt like I had a duty to expose it" -- the bartender who filmed the "47 percent video," who will reveal his identity tonight on MSNBC's "Ed Show" (Huffington Post).
- A bill now on MS Gov. Phil Bryant's (R) desk "would bar counties and towns from enacting rules that require calorie counts to be posted, that cap portion sizes, or that keep toys out of kids' meals. 'The Anti-Bloomberg Bill' garnered wide bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature in a state where one in three adults is obese, the highest rate in the nation" (NPR).
- "Of all the flash mobs I've ever seen, this is the best." -- George H.W. Bush, after Texas A&M students organized a flash mob in his honor (NBC News).
- "Help me finish what my dad couldn't" -- a campaign sign for Rick Santorum son John Santorum's campaign for president of his class at the Citadel in SC (BuzzFeed).
- "Twinkies may be back on shelves by summer, Greenwich firm says" (AP).
- When writing the "Federalist Papers," Hamilton, Madison, et al used the pen name "Publius."
- The winner is Bob Greene, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Who is the only American president to hold a doctorate in Political Science?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Obama's Liberal Goals Collide With 2014 Campaign Map
- What Paul Ryan's New Budget Means for Health Care
- The Most Adorable Tax Break
- An Ingenious Business Model: Speak Spanish and Serve Immigrants
- How the Humble Telephone Is About to Bring Internet to the Masses (Again)
"We're not going to refight the past" -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (Yahoo! News).
"Ryan: New House Republican budget includes ObamaCare repeal" (Fox News).
Sarah Mimms, Editor