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Osborn Hits Sasse in NE SEN Ad; Landrieu, Walsh to Air Positive Spots; Comstock, Love Win GOP Nods

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • In NE SEN, former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R) launched a new TV ad attacking Midland University President Ben Sasse (R) for comments he made in support of Obamacare in 2009 and 2010. Osborn’s campaign says the buy is for about $200,000 in the state's four top media markets. (Hotline reporting)
  • Also in NE SEN, the Lincoln Journal Star endorsed Osborn in the GOP primary (Lincoln Journal Star), while the Omaha World-Herald endorsed banker Sid Dinsdale (R). (Omaha World-Herald) Meanwhile, the Madison Project endorsed Sasse. (release)
  • In GA SEN, former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) released a new TV ad saying she will "fight for conservative principles and get results," unlike her opponents, who she labels "career congressmen" and an "out-of-touch millionaire elitist." (release)
  • In LA SEN, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) released a new TV ad featuring Boysie Bollinger, a Lockport ship builder who says he is a Republican and argues that "Louisiana can't afford to lose" Landrieu. (release)
  • In MT SEN, Sen. John Walsh (D) launched two new TV ads. One is a biographical spot highlighting his military service, while the other ad touts his work on veterans' issues. (Hotline reporting)
  • In NH SEN, Senate Majority PAC (D) is out with a new TV ad tying former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) to "big oil." The spot is backed by a $212,000 buy. (Hotline reporting)
  • In OR SEN, the Oregonian endorsed pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby (R) in the Republican primary. (Portland Oregonian)
  • In CA-31, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) released his first TV ad, featuring him answering questions from his grandmothers, over the weekend. (release) Attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes (D) also released a biographical TV ad. (release) 
  • In NH-01, American Unity PAC "has pledged to spend $120,000 to back" University of New Hampshire professor Dan Innis (R), "including $65,000 in" TV ads "on WMUR-TV in the coming weeks." (WMUR-TV)
  • In OH-14, the American Hospital Association's PAC "will place $115,410 in" TV ads "to support" Rep. Dave Joyce (R). (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • In UT-04, 2012 nominee Mia Love (R) "clinched the party's nomination by securing more than" 78% "of the vote Saturday." (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • In VA-10, state Del. Barbara Comstock (R) won the Republican nomination Saturday in the race for retiring Rep. Frank Wolf's (R) battleground district, giving the local and national GOP a rare opportunity: the chance to add a high-powered woman to its federal ranks. (Hotline reporting)
  • In WV-02, the Senate Conservatives Fund released a new radio ad urging voters to support former Maryland Republican Party chairman Alex Mooney (R) in the May 13 primary. (release)
  • In WV-03, Rep. Nick Rahall (D) released a new TV ad "that harkens back to the Pace picante sauce commercials from the 1990s." The spot says that "out-of-state billionaires from New York City" are paying for the ads attacking Rahall. The campaign "put $75,000 behind the spot." (Roll Call)
  • In AR GOV, former President Bill Clinton "will be the star attraction at a fundraiser for" former Rep. Mike Ross (D) "next month." (Politico)
  • In KS GOV, the FBI "is exploring whether confidantes of" Gov. Sam Brownback (R) "operated influence-peddling operations in Kansas pivoting on personal access to the ... governor and top administration officials." (Topeka Capital-Journal)
  • In MD GOV, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) "prevailed in a straw poll ... Saturday among Democratic activists in Western Maryland, among the more conservative regions of the state." (Washington Post)
  • In MA GOV, the National Association of Government Employees PAC released a new TV ad attacking 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) for his time as the CEO of an insurance company. (Boston Magazine)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

 

• For all the attention paid to GOP prospects in the Michigan Senate race, it's the other Democratic-held open seat that could end up being their better pickup opportunity. Joni Ernst has quietly melded support from the establishment (Branstad, Romney) with strategic grassroots backing (Palin, Senate Conservatives Fund) -- with fundraising being her main weakness. But as a compelling GOP nominee (female Iraq war vet) in a swing-state Senate race, money will come in if she wins the primary. Bet on Iowa quickly moving up the list of top Senate pickup opportunities, especially with Ernst as the standard-bearer. -- Josh Kraushaar

• If Republicans are serious about becoming a more diverse party and fighting back against Democrats' "war on women" rhetoric, then Saturday was a good day. Two high-profile women who can raise funds prolifically won the Republican nomination in convincing fashion: In VA-10, Barbara Comstock took 54% of the vote in a firehouse primary with five other candidates, and in UT-04, Mia Love took 78% of the delegate votes at the state's Republican convention. Comstock will move on to a competitive general election in her swing district, and Love will likely win in a mostly conservative district. Considering that there are only 19 Republican women in Congress, Comstock and Love look like future lawmakers who could receive national attention. --Jack Fitzpatrick

• Rand Paul's activity over the past few days again demonstrates the Kentucky Republican is not content to rely solely on his libertarian base if he chooses to run for president. Paul is seeking to boost his establishment credibility, as he met with a group of key donors to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and announced he will attend the RNC's spring meeting in Memphis. From there, Paul continued his efforts to woo college students at Harvard before heading to Maine to speak at the state GOP's convention, where he placed first in the party's straw poll -- a testament to his support among the party's grassroots. -- Adam Wollner

• The Charlotte Observer reports that state House speaker Thom Tillis is changing his strategy in the final weeks before the primary, attacking his closest opponents for the first time, as well as doubling down on social issues. This story comes on the heels of the Raleigh News & Observer reporting that the main difference between primary candidates is Tillis's more moderate tendencies. His strategy adjustment is a big shift from just last week when he was praising the primary field in live debates and defending the group as "all good conservatives." -- Andrea Drusch

• Weekend news that the FBI is investigating former staffers of Gov. Sam Brownback (R) for potential influence peddling related to the state's Medicaid program offers one more reason to keep an eye on the Kansas governor's race. The incumbent's reelection bid has long held potential to become competitive. No news is generally good news for Brownback, but recent headlines over education funding -- and now an FBI probe -- continue to offer hope for Democrat Paul Davis. -- Karyn Bruggeman

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) "surrendered Monday morning to federal authorities in New York as he faces multiple charges connected to a restaurant business he operated before entering Congress in 2011, according to sources familiar with the long-running probe into the lawmaker's finances. (Washington Post)
  • "Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidates" (Washington Post)
  • "With the news ... that more than 600,000 Washington residents have acquired new health care plans through the state exchange," Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) "said it's unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed." McMorris Rodgers: "We need to look at reforming the exchanges." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
  • Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) "said Friday he was close to introducing a sweeping proposal that would overhaul the nation's immigration system. The plan will include a path to citizenship for undocumented children and a mechanism to give legal status to adults in the country illegally who have not committed other crimes." (Dallas Morning News)
  • "The country's leading gay rights groups and donors, after a decade focused on legalizing same-sex marriage, are embarking on a major drive to win more basic civil rights and workplace protections in Southern and Western states where the rapid progress of the movement has largely eluded millions of gay men and lesbians." (New York Times)
  • "How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November" (New Republic)
  • "Several potential Republican presidential candidates" -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) -- "courted gun-rights supporters Friday at the National Rifle Association's annual convention, talking up their pro-gun credentials while imploring the crowd to fight not just for their Second Amendment rights but for other freedoms they say are being threatened." (AP)
  • "I don't think U.S. senators make that much money." -- IA SEN candidate/businessman Mark Jacobs (R), in an interview that aired on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. (Des Moines Register)
  • "The House ethics committee is inquiring into the campaign finances of" Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), "who has been questioned repeatedly over the last year about misreported campaign contributions and deficient disclosures." (Houston Chronicle)
  • "Governor With Eye on 2016 Finds His Rise Under Scrutiny" (New York Times)
  • "I'm the only Republican running this year that every crazy liberal in the country's heard of." -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking at a campaign event in Booneville, Ky. (Los Angeles Times)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

President Obama bows to our new robot overlords in Asia

 

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivers remarks to the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit. (Marriott Wardman Park, 10 a.m.)
  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) participates in an American Enterprise Institute discussion on anonymous campaign expenditures. (AEI, 12 p.m.)
  • The House and Senate return at 2 p.m.
  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks on budget and economic policy at George Washington University. (Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 2 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • The Chicago Bears won eight NFL championships while while calling Wrigley Field home.
  • The winner is Jamie Schell, and here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "There are four colleges that have produced both a Super Bowl winning quarterback and a U.S. president. Name the schools." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"I think he's flattering me. I wish I looked that good." -- Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, on former President George W. Bush's painting of him (NBC News)

...CHASER

"He is a loathsome, offensive brute. Yet I can't look away." -- "Mr. Armstrong" inspecting "The Kramer" in Seinfeld

Adam Wollner, Editor

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