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Poll Shows McAuliffe Ahead in VA GOV Race; SCF Targets Graham, Burr; Detroit's Mayoral Election Mess

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  • The DNC raised $3.9M in July and spent $5.4M, holding $4.1M CoH and $18.5M in debt. The RNC raised $5.9M, spent $6.3M, had $12.3M CoH and no debt (Hotline reporting).
  • The DCCC raised $4.4M in July and spent $3.0M, holding $14.6M CoH and no debt. The NRCC raised $4.4M, spent $3.6M, had $12.1M CoH and $750K in debt (Hotline reporting).
  • A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of VA GOV '13 LVs, conducted 8/14-19, shows ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) leading AG Ken Cuccinelli (R), 48-42% (release). VA GOP consultant Boyd Marcus, "whose client list has included" House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R) and ex-Gov. Jim Gilmore (R), "is endorsing" and "advising" the McAuliffe camp (AP).
  • In NYC Mayor '13, '09 nominee Bill Thompson (D) "rolled out a new ad Tuesday touting himself as the son of a public-school teacher" and criticizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) stewardship of city schools (New York Daily News). The Dem candidates will debate on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on NY1 (with a live simulcast on C-SPAN).
  • "The television air war is heating up in Boston's wide-open race for mayor, as candidates jockey to distinguish themselves in the crowded field with just five weeks until the preliminary election" (Boston Globe).
  • A MI state election panel "will have to decide who really won the Detroit mayoral primary" after Wayne Co. election officials on Tuesday "refused to certify shocking new election results, which would have invalidated about" 20K votes and "handed the primary win to" Wayne Co. Sheriff Benny Napoleon instead of ex-Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan. While the primary vote totals are in flux, Napoleon and Duggan will still meet in the 11/5 general (Detroit Free Press).
  • In KY SEN, EMILY's List endorsed KY Sec/State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) on Wednesday (release).
  • Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) "said Tuesday she will not run" for NC SEN (The Hill).
  • Senate Conservatives Fund is running a radio ad against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), charging Graham "with being insufficiently hostile" to the '10 health care law (Sunlight Foundation). SCF is also "going up with a small", $40K "radio ad buy against" Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), attacking Burr "for labeling" their "Defund Obamacare" campaign "the 'dumbest idea I've ever heard'", "a sign that conservative groups may target Burr" in '16 (Washington Post).
  • '10 FL GOV nominee Alex Sink (D) "had expected to decide" by 9/1 on whether to run again in '14, but it "may take a little longer." Sink: "I'm anxious to make a decision. ... It's a matter of weeks" (Tampa Bay Times).
  • Boston Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem opened a MA GOV fundraising account on Tuesday (Boston Globe).
  • WI Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) "are slated to help raise money" for IA Gov. Terry Branstad (R) at an event at the Capitol Hill Club in SE DC (Des Moines Register).
  • Cruz "says he plans to devote considerable energy toward getting like-minded conservatives elected" to the Senate in '14 (Texas Tribune).
  • Day Two of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's (D) "talks with city officials and an attorney for one of his chief accusers ended without resolution Tuesday but negotiations to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that could result in his resignation will continue, officials said" (U-T San Diego). The DNC "will vote on a resolution this week calling on ... Filner to resign" (CNN).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


Red flags for Cuccinelli in the new Quinnipiac poll: He's only winning 38% of women (and 44% of white women), indicating a sizable gender gap that McAuliffe is already exploiting. And only 74% of black voters say they're backing T-Mac, showing he has room to grow with the Dem base.

• Walker hasn't gotten the attention of Christie, Rubio and Rand, but he's every bit as serious about running for WH '16. His narrative is like Pawlenty's, but with more appeal to conservative activists. And it would come without the hype and expensive overhead. He's already quietly built relationships among IA GOPers; he'd be potentially formidable in the first caucus state.


    "German prosecutors are probing how a man was able to board an empty government jet used by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Wearing only underpants and high on drugs, he danced on a wing, sprayed foam around and pushed cockpit buttons" (Der Spiegel).


  • VA Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), appearing Tuesday at an event with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in Fairfax, "said he intends to serve out the rest of his term" (Washington Post).
  • Rep. Kerry Bentovolio (R-MI) "said Monday it would be a 'dream come true' to submit a bill to impeach" Pres. Obama. Bentovolio: "I went back to my office and I've had lawyers come in. These are lawyers, Ph.Ds in history, and I said 'tell me how I can impeach the President of the United States'" (Buzzfeed).
  • MI Gov. Rick Snyder (R) "is standing by" MI Treas. Andy Dillon (D) "in the face of allegations that Dillon assaulted his ex-wife as the fallout from an acrimonious divorce becomes increasingly public" (Detroit News).
  • "I never said that. You guys are all about gossip" -- ME Gov. Paul LePage (R), denying that he said that Obama "hates white people" (WCSH-TV). But two "additional sources ... confirmed Tuesday" that LePage made the comment at a state GOP fundraiser last week (Portland Press Herald).
  • MD Del. Don Dwyer (R) "was charged with drunken driving Tuesday" in Anne Arundel Co., "months after pleading guilty to operating a boat while drunk last summer" (Baltimore Sun).
  • An IA state trooper "who was ticketed last month for an April speeding incident while driving ... Branstad did not challenge the citation on Tuesday" in Hamilton Co. Magistrate Court (Des Moines Register).
  • "There is sex, but it has some really funny bits too. That's part of the reason I agreed to do it" -- Ex-Weiner virtual mistress Sydney Leathers, on her "full-fledged porn movie" being released on Wednesday, "Weiner and Me" (New York Daily News).
  • "I've turned down ambassadorships, because I don't want to go off to some country called Slovenia, Slovakia, Slovekia [sic]" -- NYC mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis (R), asked where he would live if not NYC (New York Times).
  • "Ending two months of speculation and conspiracy theories about the death of journalist Michael Hastings," the Los Angeles Co. coroner "has determined that the reporter died instantly from 'massive blunt force trauma' in the fiery June crash. ... Traces of drugs were found in Hastings' system, and the crash apparently came hours before his family planned to stage an intervention," though the drugs were not "likely to be a factor in the crash" (Los Angeles Times).
  • "Roger Ailes Fired His PR Chief, and Now He's All Alone" (New York Magazine).


  • John Adams broke the most Senate ties at VP, voting 29 times during his two terms.
  • The winner is Brian Bartlett, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "It was 74,003 days after the 27th amendment to the US Constitution was proposed in 1789 when it was finally ratified by the necessary three-fourths of the states in 1992 -- the longest amount of time to successfully adopt an amendment. Which amendment took the second-longest amount of time to become part of the Constitution?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"As a member of Congress, I strongly believe I have a responsibility to be truthful, even if that means delivering difficult news" -- Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), defending "his answer to a young girl on whether her father," an undocumented immigrant, "should be deported" (Chattanoogan).



"DesJarlais ... Pressured Mistress Patient To Get Abortion" (Huffington Post, 2012).

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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