Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Primary Day in Neb., W. Va.; Senate Energy Bill Fails; Pro-Begich Forces Buy $7.5M in Fall Ad Time Primary Day in Neb., W. Va.; Senate Energy Bill Fails; Pro-Begich Forc...

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


Primary Day in Neb., W. Va.; Senate Energy Bill Fails; Pro-Begich Forces Buy $7.5M in Fall Ad Time

Wake-Up Call! is Hotline's daily morning briefing on campaigns and elections. Click here to subscribe.


  • "For most of the campaign, two Republican primary candidates" in NE SEN -- Midland University president Ben Sasse (R) and former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R) -- "gobbled up headlines, the top of the polls, and the attention of more than $3.5 million in outside group spending. But the de-facto two-man race has been shattered by" banker Sid Dinsdale (R), "whose surge in the last two weeks has made him the talk of the state's primary to replace retiring" Sen. Mike Johanns (R). Voters will also cast ballots in the NE GOV primary. Polls close at 9 p.m. ET. (Hotline reporting)
  • In WV-02, there isn't a "clear-cut favorite in the crowded, seven-way GOP primary for" Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's (R) seat, but if former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney "can win the nomination, he won't be the only one claiming victory." Mooney "is running with the backing of the Senate Conservatives Fund. ... SCF, whose backing of anti-incumbent challengers has earned the enmity of other Republicans, endorsed candidates in a half-dozen House races this election to help put more like-minded conservatives in Congress—and create a bench of recruits for higher office in later years." Polls close in West Virginia at 7:30 p.m. ET. (Hotline reporting)
  • "Amid a dispute about amendments, a bipartisan bill on energy efficiency has fallen short in the Senate, and with it the chamber's opportunity to vote on the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline. The energy bill from" Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) "fell by a 55-36 vote, with just three Republicans voting to end debate on the bill." (National Journal)
  • In AK SEN, Sen. Mark Begich (D) released a new TV ad touting his efforts to improve health care access for veterans. (release) In addition, the "independent expenditure arm of" the DSCC "has begun booking airtime ... running from Sept. 23 through Election Day. The full size of the buy is about $3.5 million." (Politico) And Put Alaska First, the pro-Begich super PAC, "plans to buy more than $4 million worth of prime television advertising space on major stations across the state eight weeks before" the general election. (Alaska Dispatch)
  • In GA SEN, former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) released a new TV ad casting her GOP opponents as "millionaire elitists and career politicians." (release)
  • In IA SEN, state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) told the Des Moines Register's editorial board on Friday: "We don't know that there were weapons on the ground when we went in, however, I do have reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That was the intelligence that was operated on. I have reason to believe there was weapons of mass destruction. My husband served in Saudi Arabia as an Army Central Command sergeant major for a year and that's a hot-button topic in that area." In a "clarifying statement Monday afternoon, Ernst said it's clear that Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction at the time of the U.S. invasion in 2003, but that Iraq had used them in the past." (Des Moines Register)
  • Also in IA SEN, the Chamber of Commerce endorsed Ernst. (release)
  • In KY SEN, businessman Matt Bevin (R) released a new TV ad featuring Tina Gilmour, who says she's "voted for Mitch McConnell for years, but over time, he's changed." (release)
  • In NH SEN, Shaheen is out with a new TV ad touting her efforts to help small businesses. (release)
  • In SC SEN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) released a new TV ad highlighting his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. (release)
  • In SD SEN, the Chamber of Commerce endorsed former Gov. Mike Rounds (R). (release)
  • Patriot Majority USA launched a new TV ad campaign to thank members of Congress "for their opposition to the radical Tea Party agenda." The total ad buy is for more than $700,000 and will benefit: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in AZ-01, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) in FL-18, Rep. Joe Garcia (D) in FL-26, Rep. Adam Smith (D) in WA-09, and Rep. Ron Kind (D) in WI-03. (release)
  • In ID-02, attorney Bryan Smith (R) released a new TV ad accusing Rep. Mike Simpson (R) of supporting "a scheme to give amnesty to illegal aliens." (release)
  • In MI-03, the Citizens United Political Victory Fund endorsed Rep. Justin Amash (R). (Politico)
  • In MI-11, businessman David Trott (R) released a new TV ad saying he helped save dozens of jobs at a local company. (release)
  • In NY-01, the Chamber of Commerce endorsed state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R). (release)
  • In NC-02, former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco (D) "died after an accident in his home on Monday -- the day before he planned to concede ... to his opponent in the Democratic primary," pop singer Clay Aiken (D). (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • In CO GOV, 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R) is endorsing former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R). (KDVR-TV)
  • In FL GOV, the Republican Party of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott's (R) campaign and the Let's Get To Work Committee together raised over $3 million in April. (release) Former Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) campaign and political committee raised $2.2 million in April. (Miami Herald)
  • In NM GOV, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) raised $561,000 "in the past month, which was more than twice as much as the five Democrats seeking to challenge her." Martinez has $4.2 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • In PA GOV, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) raised $2.8 million from April 8-May 5 and had $6.3 million cash on hand (PoliticsPA). Treasurer Rob McCord (D) raised more than $1.2 million, $1 million of which was personal loans and contributions, and had $668,000 cash on hand (PoliticsPA). Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) raised $746,000 and had $1.3 million cash on hand. (PoliticsPA) Businessman Tom Wolf (D) raised $638,000 and had $1.6 million cash on hand. (PoliticsPA) Former Department of Environmental Protection secretary Katie McGinty (D) raised $174,000 and has $806,000 cash on hand. (PoliticsPA)
  • Also in PA GOV, the "final debate among the four Democrats ... veered between responses to policy questions and efforts to bend answers into attacks on front-running" Wolf. (AP)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• It's not often single days matter in the span of a long campaign. But Monday might be an exception, after an effort to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (which, of course, has overwhelming support in Louisiana) irrevocably collapsed in the Senate. If Mary Landrieu loses narrowly, whether in November or early next year, her allies and critics alike might trace her defeat back to what happened yesterday. -- Alex Roarty

• In the course of a day, Alaska's outside spending forecast skyrocketed. Put Alaska First's $4 million fall TV reservation, by itself, single-handedly outstrips all outside spending in Begich's last race in 2008. At the same time, the DSCC booked $3.5 million in the state. That much money going into a state like Alaska only foreshadows the massive spending we can expect in states with more expensive media markets. -- Andrea Drusch

• Mitt Romney's crusade to promote electable GOP candidates shows no sign of stopping: He's set to endorse former Rep. Bob Beauprez in the Colorado governor's race today. Beauprez is a relative moderate in a GOP field that includes immigration hard-liner Tom Tancredo and Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who is known for his efforts to implement stricter voting laws. Beauprez would face a tough race against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper if he wins the June primary, but poses less of a threat to the GOP brand than some of the alternatives. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "Police say a 31-year-old man has been arrested after he drove to a Louisiana state police headquarters while drunk to file an accident report." (AP)


  • "Tea Party Activists See Own Groups Among Washington Adversaries" (New York Times)
  • CA-52 candidate Carl DeMaio (R) "is attacking his opponent for pension double-dipping but he appears to be plagiarizing National Journal to do it. DeMaio has claimed to have authored a 'report' finding that 102 members of Congress are drawing a government pension atop their congressional salaries. ... But his 'report' looks like little more than a copied-and-pasted version of a National Journal database that accompanied a cover story last June on congressional double-dipping. ... DeMaio called late Monday to say he was 'mortified' by the situation." (National Journal)
  • "If the Republicans don't do it, they shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016." -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, joking about how the GOP should react if Congress doesn't pass immigration reform this year (Politico)
  • "Bobby Jindal, raised Hindu, uses Christian conversion to woo GOP base for 2016 run" (Washington Post)
  • "Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she's wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what's up with that." -- GOP strategist Karl Rove, referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's (D) fall in December 2012 (New York Post)
  • "In an historic transfer of power," Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D) "on Monday became the first openly gay woman to ascend to the head of the California Assembly." (Sacramento Bee)
  • "Listen, I'm going to be 65 years old in November. I never thought I'd live to be 60. So I'm living on borrowed time." -- House Speaker John Boehner, stopping short of fully committing to serving another term (Politico)
  • "Letters to priest provide rare insight into life of Jackie Kennedy" (Irish Times)
  • "Mary Manchin, the mother of" Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) "passed away Monday at the age of 91." (Beckley Register-Herald)
  • "Last week, someone apparently broke into" former President James Garfield's "tomb in the Cleveland suburbs and stole 13 commemorative spoons from a display case. ... The evidence left behind by the burglars ... included a broken stained-glass window, a T-shirt, two cigarette butts and, of course, an empty bottle of Fireball cinnamon whiskey." (Washington Post)
  • "Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) Picks His Ear And Eats It" (America Rising)


"Take Taft's bathtub out of storage, because we are getting President Chris Christie." -Stephen Colbert predicts 2016



  • The Senate returns at 10 a.m., while the House is back at 1 p.m.
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) speaks at an American Enterprise Institute event on poverty. (AEI, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks at a National Press Club Luncheon. (NPC, 12:30 p.m.)
  • President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White. (White House, 3 p.m.)
  • Secretary of State John Kerry hosts a reception and dinner with female senators. (State Department, 6:30 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!


  • Presidents Andrew Jackson, Rutherford Hayes and Bill Clinton were all born after their fathers died.
  • The winner is Sam Kaplan, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In two presidential elections the two major parties' nominees were both generals. Name the years of the elections and the major party candidates and the names of the two major parties." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Rubio said he didn't think Clinton deserved a passing grade for her time at the State Department, saying he thought she earned an 'F.'" (ABC News)


"Although my school grades were never impressive, I was a voracious reader, and I studied church literature and other sources of information to learn all I could about the church's teachings." -- Rubio, in his autobiography, "An American Son" (Salt Lake Tribune)

Adam Wollner, Editor

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Sign up form for the newsletter
comments powered by Disqus