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Hotline's Wake-Up Call!

RNC to Compress W.H. Nod Process; Christie Campaign Subpoenaed; Why Boehner Won't Run for President

January 24, 2014

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • IN MI SEN, Rep. Gary Peters (D) raised "more than" $1 million in the fourth quarter of last year. The campaign has not yet disclosed its year-end cash on hand total. (release)
  • In AZ-01, state House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) raised more than $242,000 in the fourth quarter. (release)
  • In CO-06, Rep. Mike Coffman (R) raised $405,000 in the fourth quarter and has $1.48 million cash on hand. (KDVR-TV)
  • In NY-18, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) raised $380,000 in the fourth quarter. (Politico)
  • Former California Rep. Frank Riggs (R) "has entered the race for" AZ GOV. "He plans on privately funding his bid." (Arizona Republic)
  • In PA GOV, Rep. Allyson Schwartz's (D) campaign said Thursday she "would no longer serve as an honorary chairwoman of the centrist think-tank Third Way, a group that enraged liberal activists in December when its leaders wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed criticizing the party's populist agenda." (Hotline reporting)
  • "The Republican National Committee is likely to greatly compress its presidential nominating process under rules passed by a key party committee Thursday, in hopes of uniting behind a stronger nominee headed into the 2016 presidential election." (Washington Post)
  • "Federal prosecutors digging into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal have issued subpoenas to" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) reelection campaign and the state Republican Party "as the widening probe into allegations that the governor’s office abused its power gathers steam." (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • On Thursday, Priorities USA Action "announced that it was formally aligning itself with" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "and would begin raising money to fend off potential opponents for 2016." (New York Times)
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) encouraged Republicans to embrace issues like abortion and poverty, which "Democrats hope to seize on in the next two election cycles" at a RNC luncheon Thursday. The 2008 presidential candidate also stirred up controversy when he said Democrats make women believe "they cannot control their libio ... without the government." (Hotline reporting)

NUMBER BRUNCHING

  • According to a new CBS News poll of national adults, conducted Jan. 17-21, 46% approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, while 47% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Dec. 5-8, 42% approved of Obama, and 50% disapproved. (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• Just 17% of registered voters tell Gallup that most members of Congress deserve reelection, a historic low the likes of which has typically preceded major House turnover. But consider this, from the same poll: Even though congressional approval and that reelection number have never been lower, 46% of voters still say their member of Congress deserve reelection. That's also lower than ever -- but it's really not that bad. The mythic high-turnover, anti-incumbent election may be an impossibility.

• Schwartz's departure from Third Way is evidence of a growing rift between the party's base, which is fighting for a more robust progressive agenda, and some of its more moderate elements, which want it to emulate the centrist tack taken by former President Clinton. Schwartz is the nominal, early frontrunner in Pennsylvania, and her opponents could exploit the perception that she isn't liberal enough for the party's primary voters.

 

HAIR OF THE DOG

    "Watch out for exploding toilets." (AP)

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • "Madam Secretary of the Universe" (New York Times Magazine)
  • Pop singer Clay Aiken (D) "is assembling a political team for a run" in NC-02, "sources told WRAL News on Thursday. Aiken ... is expected to make an official announcement next month." (WRAL-FM)
  • "Allan Levene really -- really -- wants to serve in Congress. So much so, that he plans to run in four states: Georgia. Minnesota. Michigan. Hawaii." (CNN)
  • "Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative commentator and best-selling author, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate." (Reuters)
  • "Putting New Spin on Sin City, Las Vegas Woos G.O.P. for 2016 Convention"(New York Times)
  • SC SEN candidate/state Sen. Lee Bright (R) "is giving away an assault rifle as part of his campaign." (WNCT-TV)
  • "Koch World 2014" (Politico)
  • "Listen, I like to play golf. I like to cut my own grass. You know, I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. And I'm not giving that up to be the President of the United States." -- House Speaker John Boehner, on Thursday's "Tonight Show," on why he doesn't want to be president (AP)
  • Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating (R) "said Thursday that he is considering a possible run to replace" Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), "one week after the cancer-stricken GOP senator announced he will leave Congress after 2014." (Politico)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "signaled Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use -- not legalization, but the softening of punishment for pot users in the border state." (Houston Chronicle)
  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) "said he does not want to be speaker of the House, a declaration that will cause reverberations in Republican leadership circles in Washington." (Politico)
  • "A high-wattage gathering of Hollywood moguls feted" New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in Brentwood, Calif., on Thursday night, "raising nearly $600,000 for his reelection campaign and quietly discussing their hope that Cuomo will seek presidency, if Hillary Clinton decides not to run." (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who "is mounting a long-shot challenge from the right against" Sen. John Cornyn (R) "has made virtually no public appearances in Texas as questions mount about his campaign finances. ... Stockman has missed 17 straight House votes since Jan. 9 -- including one on the $1.1 trillion omnibus federal spending package he promised on Twitter to vote against." (AP)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

Net Neutrality's Fight For the Internet

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Sunny. Highs around 20. Northwest winds around 10 mph, becoming west this afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -6 this morning.
  • Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president Randy Johnson participate in a discussion on economic case for passing immigration reform in 2014. (National Press Club, 1:30 p.m.)
  • The Caps are in Newark to take on the Devils. (Comcast SportsNet, 7 p.m.)
  • "Monster Jam" invades Verizon Center. (7:30 p.m.)
  • The Battle for the Orange Line is renewed when GW heads to Fairfax to face George Mason. (Patriot Center, noon Saturday)
  • Georgetown needs to control Doug McDermott if they hope to escape Omaha with a win over Creighton. (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. Saturday)
  • For the night owls: No. 8 Stan Wawrinka faces No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Austrailian Open. (ESPN, 3:30 a.m. Sunday)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • Actor Josh Hopkins is the son of former Rep. Larry Hopkins (R-KY).
  • The winner is Bernard Jones, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Prior to Ernie Fletcher's election in 2003, who was the last Republican governor of Kentucky?" The 4th correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"This is the future that remains to be won. And it will be won. Conclusion. We are standing on the threshold of a new era of American progress." -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in his State of the State Address Thursday. (National Journal)

...CHASER

"Damn it! Who typed a question mark on the teleprompter? For the last time, anything you put on that prompter, Burgundy will read!" -- "Ed Harken" in Anchorman.

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

Adam Wollner, Editor

Steven Shepard contributed to this article.

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