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Runoff Election Day in Georgia; DSCC Hits Iowa Airwaves; Christie Stumps for Foley in Conn.

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  • It's runoff election day in Georgia: In GA SEN, Rep. Jack Kingston (R) and businessman David Perdue (R) are vying to face philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D) in November. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce responded to Perdue's recent attacks against the group, saying he is "crying like a little baby" in a last-minute TV ad. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • The Peach State is also playing host to three safe-seat House Republican runoffs: In GA-01, state Sen. Buddy Carter (R) faces surgeon Bob Johnson (R) in the battle to succeed Kingston. In GA-10, Baptist pastor Jody Hice (R) faces businessman Mike Collins (R). And in GA-11, former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) squares off against former Rep. Bob Barr (R). Polls close in Georgia at 7 p.m.
  • More GA SEN: Ending Spending Action Fund is out with a TV ad attacking Nunn for supporting Obamacare and higher taxes. The super PAC spent more than $200,000 on the spot. (Roll Call)
  • In IA SEN, the DSCC released a new TV ad state attacking Sen. Joni Ernst (R) over Social Security. The spot is backed by a $514,000 buy. "The DSCC has already run ads this cycle in Montana and Arkansas." (Politico)
  • In CO SEN, the Environmental Defense Action Fund launched a new TV ad tying Rep. Cory Gardner (R) to "big oil" and the Koch brothers. The spot is backed by $400,000 and will run for two weeks in the Denver media market. (Hotline reporting) Gardner is also up with a new TV ad in which he says "we need to shake up the United State Senate" and "put in a new generation." (release)
  • The American Wind Energy Association launched new TV ads thanking Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) for supporting wind energy. (release)
  • In KY SEN, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition released a new TV ad accusing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) of running false ads. The group is spending $720,000 on the spot, which will air through the end of the month. (release) Grimes also released a new TV ad hitting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying it wasn't his job to bring jobs to the state. (release)
  • In NH SEN, Sen. Jeanee Shaheen (D) released a new TV ad touting her efforts to allow students to refinance their loans. (release)
  • In FL-13, Rep. David Jolly (R) "announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is 'fully appropriate' for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and 'traditional' ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the latter." (Washington Post)
  • In NH-02, the Club for Growth launched a new TV ad thanking state Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R) for opposing higher taxes and spending. (release)
  • In NY-11, "[f]ederal prosecutors want" Rep. Michael Grimm's (R) "tax evasion trial to start in October, a month before Election Day." (Staten Island Advance)
  • In NY-23, Rep. Tom Reed (R) released a 60-second biographical TV ad featuring his sister. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
  • In CT GOV, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "swooped into one of the richest neighborhoods in" Greenwich Monday for a fundraiser to boost 2010 candidate Tom Foley (R). "While Christie was warmly welcomed by wealthy Republicans, he was derided by gun-control advocates who protested his visit because of his stance on firearms. ... Before the fundraisers, Christie talked with suppertime guests at" a local diner. Christie: "We'll be here a lot between now and Nov. 4." (Hartford Courant)
  • In MA GOV, state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D) released his first TV ad, which doesn't mention Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) by name, but asks: "Who do you trust to grow our economy as governor? A career prosecutor? Or a proven jobs creator?" (Boston Globe)
  • In ME GOV, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) headlined a private fundraiser and a public rally for Rep. Mike Michaud (D) in Portland. "Patrick made it clear he wants to help Democrats both near and far win their elections in 2014." (National Journal)


  • According to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of New Jersey RVs, conducted July 14-20, 44% approve of the job Christie is doing as governor, while 41% disapprove. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• With President Obama's approval ratings on the slide and Hillary Clinton engaged on her book tour, there's space for other Democratic surrogates to get on the trail this summer. Patric certainly sounds interested in making his trip to Maine for Rep. Mike Michaud the first of many. -- Scott Bland

• The oil and gas industry’s shift in financial support away from Mark Udall underlines one of his biggest challenges. Udall has been straddling a line on fracking: He has big environmentalist support but came out against two anti-fracking ballot initiatives in the state, and the issue might be a lose-lose for him. The oil and gas money is moving away anyway, and environmental voters could end up unhappy with him over the ballot measures. -- Andrea Drusch



  • "Why Harry Reid Is Sidelining Independent Super PACs" (National Journal)
  • "We are not spending $100 million on Senate races. We do not have a budget. ... There is no set budget for the cycle and more importantly any group that meets with us and leaks any information true or untrue gets cut off." -- Andy Abboud, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's political aide, following a CNN report that Adelson may spend $100 million on the 2014 midterms (Ralston Reports)
  • "Charles Schumer: Adopt the Open Primary" (New York Times)
  • "We don't pay for landslides, and we don't invest in lost causes." -- Christie, when asked about the NY GOV race (Connecticut Mirror)
  • "President Obama and his wife, Michelle, could be the owners of a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million before the month is out. The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates. The White House said rumors regarding a home in Rancho Mirage are not true. But area real estate agents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Obamas are the buyers of the Rancho Mirage home." (Los Angeles Times)
  • "I'm in D.C., so I'm for it." -- Obama, when asked about D.C. statehood (Washington Post)
  • "Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, each contributed $1,250 to" AK SEN candidate/former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) "in April. ... Sullivan served as an assistant secretary of state in the Bush White House." (AP)
  • "I love New Hampshire." -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), when asked during a Facebook Q&A if she would visit the state (MSNBC)
  • "Elizabeth Warren, Mitt Romney backers won't take no for an answer" (Boston Globe)
  • Longshot NY-12 candidate Nick Di Iorio (R) "has been signed to star in a proposed reality show about candidates running in 'unwinnable' races. In a draft opinion released Monday, the Federal Election Commission said Di Iorio can appear on the series — as long as he doesn't get paid." (New York Daily News)


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  • The Senate returns at 10 a.m., while the House is back at noon.
  • Obama meets representatives of Apollo 11 to recognize the 45th anniversary of the first mission to land on the moon. (White House, 10:35 a.m.)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder delivers remarks at a Naturalization Ceremony for 70 citizenship candidates. (Justice Department, 11 a.m.)
  • Obama signs the "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act." (White House, 12:10 p.m.)
  • Obama attends a DNC event at 8:05 p.m. and a Senate Majority PAC (D) event at 9 p.m. in Seattle.
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  • Former Sens. John Warner (R-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA) also served as secretaries of the Navy.
  • The winner is Richard McDonnell. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "The daughter of which president was married to Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederacy, but died just three months into the marriage?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Stephen Colbert Asks Nancy Pelosi If She Has Naked Pictures Of John Boehner" (Huffington Post)


"I wouldn't recommend that anyone go on the show. I would think that it would be okay to go on if you were live-to-tape, but don't subject yourself to a comic's edit unless you want to be made a fool of." -- Pelosi (ABC News)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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