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  • "[A] bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 failed to advance in the Senate Wednesday, garnering less than the 60 votes needed to move ahead. The bill failed 54-42. ... Democrats have pledged to bring the bill back up again and again. In reality, the minimum-wage bill is one part of Democrats' 2014 election-year legislative agenda, intended to energize voters and draw a contrast between Democrats and the GOP." (National Journal)
  • In NC SEN, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "will stump on Monday for" physician Greg Brannon (R). (Politico)
  • Also in NC SEN, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) endorsed state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R). (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) is out with a new TV ad touting his support for stricter gun laws. (Politico)
  • In MS SEN, Club for Growth Action released new TV and radio ads attacking Sen. Thad Cochran (R) for refusing to debate state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R). (release)
  • In the OK SEN Special, Rep. James Lankford (R) released a new TV ad showing him at a diner talking with voters about his opposition to Obamacare. (release)
  • In FL-13, "Pinellas County's Democratic chairman left a bluntly worded voicemail telling" Rev. Manuel Sykes (D) "he would be 'persona non grata' if he followed through with plans to run. ... Sykes was the only announced Democratic candidate ... but he said Wednesday he has now decided not to run after all." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • In ID-02, Rep. Mike Simpson (R) is out with a new TV ad touting the endorsement he recieved from 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R). (release)
  • In NC-07, American Action Network and YG Network "will unveil a $150,000" radio ad, direct mail and robocall "campaign aimed at supporting" former state Sen. David Rouzer (R). (Politico)
  • In GA GOV, Gov. Nathan Deal (R) launched a new TV ad highlighting his goal "to make Georgia the number one place in the country in which to do business." (release)
  • In MA GOV, former Gov. Bill Weld (R) endorsed 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R). (Boston Globe)
  • In NM GOV, former Department of Agriculture official Lawrence Rael (D) launched his first TV ad of the race, highlighting his vision for the state. (New Mexico Telegram) The Better New Mexico PAC also released a new TV ad attacking Gov. Susana Martinez (R) for comments she made in a recently released audio recording. (New Mexico Telegram)
  • In PA GOV, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) released a new radio ad attacking Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) as too liberal and businessman Tom Wolf (D) as "a job-killing bureaucrat." (release)
  • Also in PA GOV, Treasurer Rob McCord (D) is out with a new TV ad attacking Wolf's company for using a cabinet manufacturer in Indiana. (PoliticsPA) Wolf responds to recent attacks from his primary opponents in his latest TV ad. (PoliticsPA)
  • In RI GOV, former Department of Education official Clay Pell (D) loaned his campaign another $1.05 million. (WPRI-TV)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Rand Paul's last-minute endorsement of Greg Brannon is an eyebrow-raiser, since he showed few signs of interest in the race outside his pro forma endorsement of Brannon, and the fact he waited until the last minute to campaign for him. Paul's appearance should help turn out the grassroots for the tea party favorite, but it will only make a small dent since Brannon has been overwhelmed on the airwaves by Tillis and his allied outside groups. And Paul, as he looks to moderate his image in the runup to 2016, risks associating himself with a candidate who has made numerous controversial statements in the past. -- Josh Kraushaar

• Rep. David Jolly (R) isn't in the clear just yet. Manuel Sykes, who was considered a longshot to challenge Jolly, has dropped out of the race in FL-13 after receiving a phone call from the Pinellas County Democratic Party chairman saying Sykes would be "persona non grata" if he ran, adding that the DCCC has another candidate. This confirms that either developer Joel Cantor or another serious candidate is planning to give Jolly a run for his money in November. --Jack Fitzpatrick

• Chris Christie's spring and summer fundraising schedule makes it pretty transparent he's still interested in running for president. He's set to hold multiple fundraisers for Govs. Terry Branstad and Nikki Haley in the primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, and will pitch in for the reelection bid of oft-mentioned vice presidential candidate Susana Martinez in New Mexico. None of these races rank among the party's most vulnerable seats this year, but Christie will none-the-less be making the go-rounds for other, perhaps personal reasons. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "The Colorado Symphony Orchestra said Tuesday it will play a series of 'cannabis-friendly' fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry." (AP)



  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) "is calling for an independent review of the state's execution protocols after convicted killer Clayton Lockett had an apparent heart attack 43 minutes after his execution began." (Tulsa World)
  • "Shifting Demographics Tilt Presidential Races in American Suburbs" (Wall Street Journal)
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and the United Federation of Teachers "are on the verge of announcing a deal to settle a nearly five-year labor dispute in which the union has sought more than $3 billion in back pay from the city." (New York Times)
  • "Hawaii lawmakers have passed the state's first minimum wage increase since 2007, raising it from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour and phasing in the change over four years." (AP)
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) "doubled down on controversial remarks he made about race over the weekend." Thompson "had argued Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ... is an 'Uncle Tom' who doesn't stand up for African Americans." (CNN)
  • "An Illinois House committee has voted a second time to approve $100 million in state funding to bring" President Obama's "presidential library and museum to Illinois. The Executive Committee's 7-4 party-line vote comes two weeks after a controversial vote on the same measure. Republicans blasted the earlier vote as improper, as it was recorded as 9-0 using the roll call from a previous day, despite only five Democrats and no Republicans attending the meeting when the first vote was taken." (WBBM-TV)
  • "After overcoming years of fiscal dysfunction that stemmed in part from an antitax ballot referendum," California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) "is trying to call ... voters to the ballot again -- this time to approve a constitutional amendment requiring that surpluses be used to pay down municipal debt and create an emergency fund." (New York Times)
  • "What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?" (Politico Magazine)
  • "With the Supreme Court's term winding down and Republicans' midterm election prospects on the rise, some liberal legal advocates want Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire this summer. That way," Obama "can appoint a like-minded successor while the Senate is still under Democratic control." (Roll Call)
  • "Andy Barkett, the former senior Facebook engineer who was hired less than a year ago to oversee" the RNC's "data and technology overhaul, will be taking a diminished role at the committee." (Huffington Post)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "gathered a group of House conservatives in his office Tuesday night, talking about immigration and House GOP leadership elections slated for after the midterm elections." (Roll Call)
  • Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll (R) said "she felt cheated by" Gov. Rick Scott (R) "and his top staff for abandoning her 13 months ago when she was abruptly asked to resign the state's second highest office. ... Carroll said she was excited about her upcoming tell-all biography, to be released Aug. 27. ... She also said she'd like to run for office again, possibly elsewhere, and would be better prepared next time." (Florida Times-Union)


Downside of a GOP-Controlled Congress? Republicans Will Need Ideas to Advance


  • The House is back at 9 a.m., while the Senate returns at 9:30 a.m.
  • The Constitutional Accountability Center hosts a panel discussion titled "Home Stretch at the Supreme Court." (National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivers remarks at Global Women in Finance Symposium. (Treasury Department, 11 a.m.)
  • Vice President Biden participates in a private event for the DCCC at the Democratic National Committee. (1:15 p.m.)
  • Obama honors the 2014 National Teacher of the Year and finalists. (White House, 2:25 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!


  • Maryland was last represented by two Republican senators, Charles Mathais and John Glenn Beall, in 1977.
  • The winner is Erik Olson, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Name the city that was the final home for Lana Peters, previously known as Svetlana Alliluyeva. Lana was the only daughter of Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin. After her defection she remarried a member of the Taliesin West community and ended up settling close to her final home due to her connection to the original Taliesin community." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"CBS chief defends 'moderate' Colbert" (Politico)


"To sit here at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper, that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face." -- Stephen Colbert, at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner (YouTube)

Adam Wollner, Editor


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