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- The RGA raised $26.6 million in the second quarter and had $70.3 million cash on hand, the most money the group has ever had in the bank. (release)
- House Majority PAC (D) announced a third round of TV ad reservations worth $7.3 million for the final weeks of the 2014 campaign. The super PAC has now reserved about $20 million in fall airtime, including $2.1 million in the Phoenix media market. (release)
- In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) "raised more than $820,000" in the second quarter. (Hawaii News Now)
- In KY SEN, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new TV ad dismissing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes's (D) latest ad while tying her to President Obama. (release)
- In MI SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) raised $3.35 million, including a $1.2 million personal contribution, in the second quarter and had $5.25 million cash on hand, while Rep. Gary Peters (D) raised $1.96 million in the second quarter, but did not disclose his cash-on-hand totals. (releases)
- In NC SEN, Sen. Kay Hagan (D) raised "over $3.6 million in the second quarter" and had "over $8.7 million cash on hand." (release)
- In WV SEN, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) "raised more than $1.3 million in the second quarter" and had "nearly $5 million cash on hand." Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) raised $777,000, but did not disclose her cash-on-hand totals. (releases)
- In AZ-02, Rep. Ron Barber (D) raised "more than $550,000" in the second quarter and had "more than $1.55 million cash on hand." (release) 2012 nominee Martha McSally (R) placed $460,000 in TV "reservations in the Tucson media market for the final weeks of the" race. (Roll Call)
- In AZ-09, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) raised $582,000 in the second quarter and had $1.6 million cash on hand. (release)
- In FL-02, attorney Gwen Graham (D) raised $563,000 in the second quarter and had $1.57 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
- In MI-01, Rep. Dan Benishek (R) raised $487,000 in the second quarter and had $942,000 cash on hand. (Roll Call)
- In MN-08, businessman Stewart Mills (R) is out with a new TV ad attacking Rep. Rick Nolan (D) on gun rights. (politics.mn)
- In NJ-02, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) raised $411,000 in the second quarter and had $1.6 million cash on hand. (PolitickerNJ)
- In NY-18, former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) "loaned her campaign $500,000" in "addition to raising $256,000" in the second quarter and had $1.07 million cash on hand. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) raised $550,000 and had $1.75 million cash on hand. (Roll Call)
- In AZ GOV, Better Leaders for Arizona, an independent group supporting former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones (R), launched a $775,000 ad campaign attacking state Treasurer Doug Ducey (R) for using "front groups to smear his opponents" and acting "as if he's above the law." (Arizona Republic)
- In HI GOV, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) latest TV ad paints him as someone who "always stands up for the little guy." (Daily Kos)
- In MI GOV, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) "began purchasing $5 million in air time for the period between Labor Day and Election Day on broadcast television stations across the state." (Detroit News)
- In WI GOV, Gov. Scott Walker (R) raised $8.2 million in the first half of 2014 and had $7.6 million cash on hand, while former Trek executive Mary Burke (D) raised $3.6 million and had $2.5 million cash on hand. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- In NH SEN, a new WMUR-TV Granite State poll of LVs, conducted June 19-July 1, shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) leading former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) 50-38%. In the previous poll, conducted in early April, Shaheen led 45-39%. (release)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Democrats ran the table in Arizona's swing House seats in 2012. Now they have to defend them. About 1 of every 8 dollars worth of TV time House Majority PAC has reserved for the fall so far is in Phoenix or Tucson, highlighting one of this cycle's major battlegrounds. -- Scott Bland
• The RGA's record breaking second-quarter fundraising haul and cash-on-hand totals are a reminder of two things: RGA Chair Chris Christie's command over party donors and the impact that's bound to play in 2016 no matter who the GOP presidential nominee is, and how the party's major financial advantage will make otherwise tight races in 2014 tough climbs for Democrats, a pattern that's already emerging in state's including Florida and Wisconsin. -- Karyn Bruggeman
• We've been wondering for a while now whether conservatives groups would skip Sen. Lamar Alexander's primary in Tennessee, especially since some are still engaged in Mississippi. It might be too late to move the needle on a well-funded, well-liked incumbent like Alexander, but the Tea Party Patriots' endorsement of state Rep. Joe Carr could be the beginning of chain reaction for other like-minded groups. Judging from their reluctance to talk about this race, plenty of them still seem to be considering it. -- Andrea Drusch
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Obama praised" Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) "suggestions in a private meeting" in Dallas "for more resources at the border. ... And he called pointedly on Texas Republicans to help Congress move quickly on the White House's request for an emergency $3.7 billion." (Dallas Morning News)
- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) "was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison. ... U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence in a packed courtroom five months after a jury convicted Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
- "An Adams County District Court judge on Wednesday declared Colorado's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but he immediately stayed his ruling." (Denver Post)
- "The Utah attorney general's office announced Wednesday that it will appeal the 10th Circuit Court's decision last month upholding same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court." (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Vice President Biden "will be returning to Detroit next week to speak at Netroots Nation." (Detroit News)
- "As the Depeche Mode song goes, 'Everything counts in large amounts.'" -- Florida GOP consultant Rick Wilson, on Gov. Rick Scott's (R) spending advantage in his reelection race. (National Journal)
- "The Nebraska Supreme Court will announce as soon as Thursday that it will hear oral arguments in the case over the Keystone XL pipeline's route in early September, effectively postponing any final federal decision on the controversial project until after the midterm elections." (Washington Post)
- "By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said." -- 2012 MO SEN nominee Todd Akin (R), writing about his infamous "legitimate rape" comments in his new book (Politico)
- "HBO's Michael Lombardo and his partner, architect Sonny Ward, will host a $5,000-per-person roundtable discussion with" First Lady Michelle Obama "at their Los Angeles home on July 15, with proceeds benefiting the" DNC. (Hollywood Reporter)
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) "administration is weighing a travel schedule that would send the governor to locations including Israel and Puerto Rico, an itinerary that would mark the first time he has left the country since he took office in 2011." (Wall Street Journal)
- CO SEN candidate/Rep. Cory Gardner (R) "is expecting his third child." (KREX-TV)
- Team Press Pass claimed victory at the 6th annual Political Pursuit trivia contest, hosted by National Journal Hotline, on Wednesday night. The Washington Post's Paul Kane, Bloomberg News' Greg Giroux, the New York Times' Jonathan Martin, Roll Call's Shira T. Center and the Los Angeles Times' Mike Memoli all took home Genius Trophies after defeating the Members Only and Hotline Insiders teams. Check out all of last night's action on Twitter here.
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- The House Veterans' Affairs Committee holds a hearing on on mental health care for veterans. (Cannon House Office Building, 9:15 a.m.)
- The House and Senate return at 10 a.m.
- Obama delivers remarks at a DNC roundtable event in Austin. (10:50 a.m.)
- Obama gives a speech on the economy in Austin. (1:15 p.m.)
- The Senate Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on Obama's request for emergency funds to address the border crisis. (Dirksen Senate Office Building, 2:30 p.m.)
- Biden delivers remarks at the Roosevelt Institute Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony and receives the Freedom Medal. (Mandarin Oriental, 7 p.m.)
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- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the most recent former chairman of the Senate Republican Conference to have run for president, and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is the former chairman of the Senate Republican Conference who most recently ran for president.
- The winner is Jeffrey Last. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Name the three cities that have hosted both the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions in the same year." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Meet the Republican Who Could Take Hawaii Away From Democrats
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- Obama Upends Politics in Yet Another State by Taking Julian Castro
- Obama's Texas Two-Step
- Forget LeBron, It's Free Agency Season for Greens
"Poll: Most Americans Want to Hear Less From Palin" (Wall Street Journal)
"Sarah Palin still open to political show" (Politico)
Adam Wollner, Editor