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Obama to Hit Fundraising Circuit; New Ad Hits Jolly in FL-13; Snyder, Land Lead Dems in Mich. Poll

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  • President Obama "has committed to holding more than 18 fundraisers to help Democrats this year, putting the full force of his political brand behind his party's efforts to gain seats in the House and prevent Republicans from snatching control of the Senate. The stepped-up commitment from the president stands in clear contrast to 2010, when Democrats complained Obama did too little to boost the party — and has been paying a heavy price ever since." (AP)
  • In the FL-13 Special, House Majority PAC (D) "is continuing to pound" former lobbyist David Jolly (R) "over Social Security" with a new ad. "The ad will run with the other House Majority PAC ad released this week and go through Feb. 25. House Majority PAC also poured another $100,000 into the race, for a total of $750,000, a spokesman said." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • A new EPIC-MRA poll of MI SEN LVs, conducted Feb. 5-11 for the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV/WOOD-TV/WILX-TV/WJRT-TV, shows former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) leading Rep. Gary Peters (D), 41-38%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 7-10, Peters led Land, 38-37%. (release)
  • In MS SEN, Sen. Thad Cochran (R) raised $500,000 "for his re-election over the last month ... his campaign said." (Hattiesburg American)
  • In WA-04, Rep. Doc Hastings (R) "will not run for re-election in November, concluding a 20-year career in Congress marked by zeal for conservative causes ranging from support for more energy development on federal lands to opposition to the Affordable Care Act."(Seattle Times)
  • In WV-03, Americans for Prosperity (R) "is spending about $30,000" on a new radio ad attacking Rep. Nick Rahall (D) on Obamacare. (Roll Call)
  • A new EPIC-MRA poll of MI GOV LVs, conducted Feb. 5-11 for the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV/WOOD-TV/WILX-TV/WJRT-TV, shows Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading former Rep. Mark Schauer (D), 47-39%. In the previous poll, conducted Sept. 7-10, Snyder led Schauer, 44-36%. (release)
  • In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Thursday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) warned the Obama administration and their liberal allies are waging "a silent war on religious liberty." Jindal, according to prepared remarks released by his office: "This war is waged in our courts and in the halls of political power. It is pursued with grim and relentless determination by a group of like-minded elites, determined to transform the country from a land sustained by faith — into a land where faith is silenced, privatized, and circumscribed." (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Cochran's $500,000 January is more than he raised in the entire fourth quarter (during most of which he was not yet an announced candidate for reelection). It's a sign that he recognizes that he's facing not just his well-funded opponent (state Sen. Chris McDaniel brought in $561,000 last quarter), but also the conservative outside groups that so quickly rallied around McDaniel when he jumped into the race. -- Steven Shepard

• Faced with a field of poorly-funded and scandal-clad Republican opponents, outside groups are leading the charge to knock off gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner in the Illinois GOP primary. Major unions including SEIU, AFSCME, and the Illinois chapters of the AFT and the NEA are spending big in the hopes of Rauner's early defeat. So far the groups have pooled more than $1.8 million into the Illinois Freedom PAC. The PAC went on the air with the first anti-Rauner TV ad this week, and is reportedly making another media buy for a second TV ad that will launch over the weekend. -- Karyn Bruggeman



  • "A federal judge struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban Thursday, finding that it violates the equal protection clause under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • "If you like what you're doing and you're physically able to do it, then why would you want to retire? This idea of retirement has always been one I cannot understand why people retire when they like what they're doing. ... My goal is to live to be 90 and serve ... 50 years. How's that sound? Not many have done that." -- 21-term Rep. Don Young (R-AK) (Washington Post)
  • "Brownback Leads Kansas in Sharp Right Turn" (New York Times)
  • "I think he's a real good retail politician and I think he handles town hall meetings really well. ... Wouldn't hurt to be a little more humble. Iowans really like their leaders to be hard-working and humble." -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) (Los Angeles Times)
  • TX GOV candidate/state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) "and Battleground Texas, a group of former Obama political organizers assisting her, have spent more than $1.5 million on operatives and vendors who were part of Obama's national re-election effort, campaign finance reports filed with the state show. More than half the expenditures listed on the Wendy Davis for Governor report alone have gone to members of the president's 2012 political team." (Dallas Morning News)
  • Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the 'State Marriage Defense Act' on Wednesday. ... If passed, the bill would cede marriage definition to states for federal purposes, which would effectively reverse the gains same-sex couples made after the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in the summer." (Washington Post)
  • "I respect Al Roker a lot. I've watched him on TV for many, many years. It's a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV. So I am comfortable with our decision-making." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), in response to Roker's criticism of his decision to keep schools open Thursday (New York Observer)
  • Roker apologized on the "Today" show Friday for predicting de Blasio would only serve one term as a result of the decision, but added: "Everything else I still stand by." ("Today")
  • "George Demos is the genital herpes of Long Island politics: he shows up at regular intervals, makes a terrible mess of things and disappears having accomplished nothing." -- New York Republican Party spokesman David Laska on the NY-01 Republican candidate running against state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R) in the primary. Laska later apologized for the comment. (
  • "'House Of Cards': The Real Life DC Edition" (NowThis News)


  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph
  • "Weather-related closings and delays for Friday in the D.C. area" (Washington Post)
  • The Center for American Progress (CAP) holds a discussion on the Obama administration's climate change and conservation record and agenda moving forward. (10 a.m.)
  • The U.S. men appear out of the medal hunt in the figure skating long program. (NBC Sports Network, 10 a.m.)
  • The U.S. men's hockey team faces off against Alex Ovechkin and Russia. (NBC Sports Network, 7:30 a.m. Saturday)
  • No. 17 Virginia looks to keep the momentum going at Clemson. (ESPN2, noon Saturday)
  • GW tries to bounce back when it hosts U-Mass. (Smith Center, 2 p.m. Saturday)
  • George Mason seeks to build upon its win this week at home against St. Bonaventure. (Patriot Center, 6 p.m. Saturday)
  • Maryland travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium one last time to face No. 8 Duke. (ESPN, 6 p.m. Saturday)
  • The NBA All-star slam-dunk contest features Wizards G John Wall. (TNT, 8:30 p.m. Saturday)
  • It's a classic Big East matchup between two hot teams when Georgetown faces St. John's at the Garden. (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m. Sunday)
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  • The USS Kearsarge is the only U.S. battleship not named after a state.
  • The winner is Dawson Hobbs, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What country was the first to officially recognize the U.S. as an independent country, and who was the head of state of that country?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term" -- Roker, in a tweet on Thursday


"Bill de Blasio scored a crushing victory over Republican Joe Lhota Tuesday to become New York's 109th mayor. ... With 97% of the precincts reporting, de Blasio held a commanding lead of 74% to 24% — the largest margin of victory by a nonincumbent in any mayor's race in city history." (New York Daily News; Nov. 5, 2013)


Adam Wollner, Editor

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard contributed to this article.

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