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Obama to Address Health Exchange Issues; Hillary Clinton Stumps for McAuliffe; Tim Griffin Retiring

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  • President Obama "is expected to address" technical problems with the health-care exchange website "at a White House event Monday to highlight the law." The administration "said Sunday that it has enlisted additional computer experts from across the government and from private companies to help rewrite computer code and make other improvements" to the site, which has been plagued by technical defects that have stymied many consumers since it opened nearly three weeks ago ... 'troubles that [Obama] and his team find unacceptable,'" according to an administration official. (Washington Post)
  • "Administration officials say about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges," but "officials continue to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets." (AP)
  • The DNC raised $7.4 million in September and has $5.5 million cash on hand and "over" $17 million in debt. The RNC raised $7.1 million -- "the first time in 17 months" that they've been outraised by the DNC -- and has $11.2 million cash on hand and no debt. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The NRCC raised $5.3 million in September and has $15.7 million cash on hand. Both are below the DCCC's September haul and cash reserves. (National Journal)
  • In VA GOV, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) appeared at a rally on Saturday in Falls Church for former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (D), delivering "a speech full of hints and innuendo that kept prompting the crowd to burst out with whistling, cheering and applause." (NBC News) Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) campaigned for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Saturday in Lynchburg. (Lynchburg News & Advance)
  • In the LA-05 special, fewer than 24 hours "after securing the top two spots" in Saturday's primary election -- state Sen. Neil Riser (R) with 32% and businessman Vance McAllister (R) with 18% -- the candidates "were barely out of church Sunday before the race" for the Nov. 16 runoff "began to get chippy." (Monroe News-Star)
  • In GA SEN, former Federation of Korean Associations president Eugene Yu (R) planned "to launch the first TV ads of the 2014 season over the weekend." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) "says he will not seek a third term" in AR-02, "citing his young family as his primary reason. ... Griffin said he wanted to make his announcement 'sooner rather than later' in order for other candidates in the GOP field to have time to organize." (Talk Business)
  • In FL-13, Rep. Bill Young (R) died Friday evening following complications from back surgery. Young's death will prompt a special election, but "no one knows" when Gov. Rick Scott (R) will choose to hold the election. (Tampa Tribune)
  • In IN-02, University of Notre Dame official Joe Bock (D) "says he has been encouraged to run" against Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) by the DCCC and that "he could formally announce his candidacy by the end of the month." (South Bend Tribune)
  • In NJ-02, attorney Bill Hughes Jr. (D) "says he's likely to run" against Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R). (Politico)
  • In MD GOV, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) on Saturday "won the endorsement" of the Maryland State Education Association, "the state's largest teachers lobby," after "pledging that the group would be 'a full partner' with his administration on education issues." (Washington Post)
  • "Detroit mayoral contenders Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan went toe to toe in their first debate," which aired on Sunday morning, "sticking with the plans they've laid out to rescue the city's neighborhoods and attack violent crime." (Detroit Free Press)
  • D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) "says he plans to announce 'within the next few weeks' whether he plans to seek" reelection. (WAMU-FM)
  • "A trial date has been set for July 2014 in a case involving a legal challenge to Texas' redistricting maps and a request to require the state to once again adhere to preclearance requirements." (Houston Chronicle)
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) forthcoming book, scheduled for release on Nov. 19, "provides a detailed account of his 2011 battle against public unions, the campaign he won against their efforts to recall him, and his unhappiness with" former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) "and other Republicans he says didn't learn the lessons of his political victories." (AP)


  • According to a new CNN/ORC International poll of national adults, conducted Oct. 18-20, 38% think it is good for the country that Republicans control the House, while 54% think it's bad for the country. In the previous poll, conducted Dec. 17-18, 51% thought it was good for the country, and 43% thought it was bad. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• With the fiscal crises over, the national media is training its focus on the malfunctioning Obamacare exchange website. With news that the enrollment problems may persist into December, the heat will be on red-state Senate Dems up in 2014, all of whom supported the law and whose uninsured constituents are dependent on the federally-run exchange to receive health care benefits.

• The special election to replace Young could be a harbinger of what's to come in key swing contests in 2014. The district is one of the most competitive in the country, and news earlier this month that Young would retire had already attracted the attention of both parties. But a protracted timeline and the possibility of securing a key victory months before Election Day 2014 will put even more pressure on the parties' top-tier candidates -- 2010 GOV nominee Alex Sink (D) and former St. Petesburg Mayor Rick Baker (R) -- to jump into the race. The results of the special election could be an indicator of which way the electorate is leaning just months ahead of the midterms. A possible March 11 election date could give the results of the election even more resonance for the national parties (not to mention Rick Scott), as several other contests in Pinellas County will drive up turnout that day.

• If Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) retires ahead of 2016, as many expect, it could set off a wild pursuit for his seat. Now-Sen. Jeff Flake (R) effectively had first refusal on the state's last open Senate seat in 2012, but the Grand Canyon State's congressional delegation contains plenty of pent-up ambition. According to the Arizona Republic, looking ahead to 2016 has already contributed to a staff shakeup for Rep. David Schweikert (R), while Rep. Matt Salmon (R) already demonstrated his statewide aspirations, and Rep. Trent Franks (R) seriously thought about it last time.



  • "We cannot in good conscience endorse a candidate for governor. ... This does not gladden us. Circumstance has brought us to this pass. This marks, we believe, the first time in modern Virginia that The Times-Dispatch has not endorsed a gubernatorial nominee." -- The Richmond Times-Dispatch's editorial board, declining to endorse a VA GOV candidate
  • "Do the write thing. Put [Lt. Gov.] Bill Bolling's name on your ballot on Nov. 5." -- The Charlottesville Daily Progress editorial board, endorsing Bolling, who isn't running, over Cuccinelli and McAuliffe
  • "She represents exactly what we need as a political party. We need to re-energize the base, rejuvenate our party and attract new talent, bring along the next generation. That's kind of the reason she's running." -- Dick Cheney, on his daughter, WY SEN candidate Liz Cheney (R). (USA Today)
  • Former House Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA), a 15-term congressman and former U.S. ambassador to Japan, died Friday morning "of complications from strokes, according to his wife, Heather Foley." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
  • "Tom had just been defeated for reelection, and I was retiring. In an unprecedented gesture of goodwill and comity, Tom invited me to assume the chair on the speaker's podium while he gave his farewell address. For the first time in 40 years, a Republican presided over the House, if only for a few minutes." -- Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-IL), remembering Foley (Washington Post)
  • "He said he was sorry he couldn't take the pain anymore and was it okay? He was willing to keep fighting. But the kids all said, 'Dad you don't need to be in pain because of us.'" -- Young widow Beverly Young, on Young's final days (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Rep. Joe Garcia's (D-FL) former chief of staff, Jeffrey Garcia (no relation), "will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request scheme during last year's elections ... as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office." (Miami Herald)
  • White House photographer Pete Souza and Patti Lease "were married in the Rose Garden Saturday night, according to a White House official." (CNN)


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  • The U.S. won the gold, silver and bronze in Tug-of-War at the 1904 Olympics.
  • That one stumped the Wake-Up Call! community, so here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "Which Cardinals pitcher was credited with wins in three of their four victories over the Red Sox in the 1946 World Series?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Everybody has a fantasy that governors or lawmakers make a lot of money. I'm going to take away that fantasy because a governor in the United States makes $108,000 per year, and from that you have to take out 33 percent in taxes ... it's not even enough to pay for private school for his children." -- María Belén Chapur, fiancée of Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) (Columbia State)


"He drew me a picture of a half a bike, and then for the next birthday or Christmas I got the picture of the other half a bike, and then he delivered the $25 used bike." -- Sanford ex-wife Jenny Sanford, describing her ex-husband as "cheap" (ABC News, 2010)

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor


CORRECTION: Friday's Wake-Up Call! misidentified the House seat held by NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R). Walden represents OR-02, not OR-05.

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