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Schatz Edges Hanabusa in Hawaii; Mont. Dems Nominate State Rep.; Grand Jury Indicts Perry

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  • In HI SEN, "[i]n one of the most narrow, dramatic races in state history," Sen. Brian Schatz (D) edged Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) "in their campaign for the Democratic nomination. ... Schatz finished 1,769 votes ahead of Hanabusa. He had a 1,635-vote lead following Saturday's primary election that ended with two Hawaii island precincts unable to cast ballots because of surrounding damage from Tropical Storm Iselle. A total of about 1,500 ballots were cast in" Friday's "makeup election. ... The Hawaii County clerk previously said there were 8,269 registered voters in the two precincts, and 1,448 had already cast early mail or walk-in ballots." (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • In MT SEN, state "Democrats Saturday chose" state Rep. Amanda Curtis (D) "as their new ... candidate, putting the largely untested, freshman lawmaker up against" Rep. Steve Daines (R). "Delegates at a state party nominating convention — called to choose a replacement for" Sen. John Walsh (D), "who resigned from the race ... in the wake of a plagiarism scandal — chose Curtis over" rancher Dirk Adams (D) by a nearly 2-to-1 margin." (Billings Gazette)
  • "A steamed" Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "on Saturday decried a Travis County grand jury's indictment of him on two felony counts, saying allegations that he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for the state's anti-corruption unit were politically motivated." Perry: "We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution. This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen." (Texas Tribune)
  • "Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told a judge Friday that the state couldn't organize special elections to fill seven newly drawn congressional seats until March 2015 at the earliest. But even that schedule 'in all likelihood violates federal law requiring that members of Congress be elected on November 4, 2014, and serve two-year terms,' lawyers for Detzner wrote in a court filing in Leon County Circuit Court." (Orlando Sentinel)
  • The NRSC "raised more than $5 million" in July and "has almost $27 million" cash on hand. (AP)
  • In AK SEN, Crossroads GPS reserved $1.25 million in TV airtime from "Wednesday through Sept. 3." (Alaska Dispatch News) Alaska's Energy/America's Values is up with a TV ad comparing former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) to Ronald Reagan and former Sen. Ted Stevens (R). (Hotline reporting)
  • Also in AK SEN, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) endorsed 2010 nominee Joe Miller (R). (release)
  • In IA SEN, state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) "says she has experienced unwanted sexual attention in the U.S. Army, has seen other women face it, and, as a commander, had to deal with a rape accusation against one of her Iowa soldiers." Ernst: "Yes, personally, I have experienced harassment. But never to a point that I felt I needed to elevate it to senior leaders. It was always something I was able to address on my own. And I have known of other cases where women have been harassed or assaulted." (Des Moines Register)
  • Also in IA SEN, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) "will air a new statewide TV ad beginning today highlighting his work securing 'respite pay' for Iowa National Guard soldiers who served in Iraq." (Des Moines Register)
  • In KY SEN, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) released a new TV ad attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for voting against raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits, and voting for corporate tax breaks. (release)
  • In NC SEN, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) released his first TV ad of the general election, emphasizing that he grew up "in the real world." (release) The 501(c)(4) nonprofit group Carolina Rising is also airing a TV ad praising Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on education. The spot is backed by $1.5 million and will run for two weeks. (release)
  • In GA-12, the NRCC is out with a TV ad criticizing Rep. John Barrow (D) for voting with President Obama. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In NJ-03, former Randolph Township Mayor Tom MacArthur (R) released a new TV ad touting his business experience. (Daily Kos)
  • In NV-03, Rep. Joe Heck (R) highlights his medical experience in a new TV ad. (Ralston Reports)
  • In AR GOV, former Rep. Mike Ross (D) spent $1.1 million on fall ad time, raised $307,000 in July and had $344,000 cash on hand. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R) raised $276,000 in July and had $829,000 cash on hand. (Arkansas News)
  • In CT GOV, "Grow Connecticut, Inc., an independent expenditure group that just paid nearly $200,000 to run ads opposing" Gov. Dan Malloy (D) "was created last year by the campaign-finance law firm of" businessman Tom Foley (R). (Connecticut Mirror)
  • In FL GOV, the Republican Party of Florida is out with a new TV ad "going after" former Gov. Charlie Crist's (D) "ties to a convicted Ponzi schemer, while Crist released his own TV ad attacking Gov. Rick Scott (R) "for everything from his "lies" about education funding to his pleading the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a deposition." (Miami Herald)
  • In NM GOV, Gov. Susana Martinez (R) released a new TV ad attacking Attorney General Gary King (D) for raising taxes. King is also out with a TV ad touting his education and minimum wage plans. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
  • In WI GOV, former Trek executive Mary Burke (D) released a new TV ad attacking Gov. Scott Walker's (R) record on job creation. (release)


  • In NM GOV, a new Albuquerque Journal poll of LVs, conducted by Research & Polling Inc. from Aug. 12-14, shows Martinez leading King 50-41%. (Albuquerque Journal)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Turn out the lights; the party's over: Montana Democrats went through the motions Saturday, selecting a little-known state lawmaker as the party's replacement nominee. But it hardly matters -- top Democratic strategists are already privately conceding they no longer have a path to victory in Big Sky Country. Democrats hoping for a sleeper race to emerge are better off casting their eyes to West Virginia. -- Alex Roarty

• Gallup's latest poll shows, again, that while Americans are fed up with Congress in general, half of them still say their own member of Congress deserves reelection. Numbers that low have usually meant trouble for incumbents in November, but it likely won't on any broad scale in a few months. There just aren't enough members far out of step with their districts' political leanings anymore. -- Scott Bland

• Tom MacArthur's latest TV ad touches on women's pay equality in a way that seems to have potential for Republicans: It features employees of his insurance services company saying what it was like to work for him, including one who says "there's been no glass ceiling" because of MacArthur's "progressive leadership." By focusing on his private-sector experience and avoiding any sort of awkward "binders full of women" comments, MacArthur could at least mitigate any advantage Aimee Belgard has among women in the district. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Democrats are calling Sen. Mark Begich's race one of their best-run campaigns this cycle, in large part thanks to an unusual partnership between Senate Majority PAC and its local partner, Put Alaska First. The unofficial official Democratic Senate super PAC doesn't hand over the reins very often, but both sides concede it was a smart move given the damage the locally run effort has done to Republican Dan Sullivan. -- Andrea Drusch



  • House Speaker John Boehner "has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican allies. The Ohio lawmaker accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by" the NRCC. "He is spending Congress' August break on a 14-state bus tour to help the GOP hold the majority in the House, appearing at fundraisers for candidates." (AP)
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "laid out his highest priority races as he travels the country as the head of the" RGA. "And as the elections near, it means spending more time in his 'top six:'" Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, and Maine. (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • "New Jersey taxpayers have been billed $6.52 million so far this year by ... Christie's private attorneys dealing with the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal." (Newark Star-Ledger)
  • "Gov. Christie busts a move at Hamptons party" (New York Post)
  • "You can always tell when the D.C. folks are here; all you have to do is look at their shoes." -- Put Alaska First strategist Jim Lottsfeldt, on Alaska campaigns needing local care and feeding. (National Journal)
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "likes to travel in style. She insists on staying in the 'presidential suite' of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas. She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation — only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do. And she doesn't travel alone, relying on an entourage of a couple of 'travel aides,' and a couple of advance staffers who check out her speech site in the days leading up to her appearance, much like a White House trip, according to her contract and supporting documents concerning her Oct. 13 speech at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation fundraiser." (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • "I told you, this is a very personal decision I will make when I'm ready." -- Hillary Clinton, to Kevin Spacey, who is pretending to be Bill Clinton asking over the phone if she has decided what to get her husband for his birthday. (ABC News)
  • "In an unusual arrangement," former Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) "did not appear in the television studio with his rivals" during a FL-26 GOP primary debate on Sunday. "Instead, as he requested, he was patched in from outside the West Dade Regional Library early-voting site — purportedly because he was there meeting voters. As a result, the other contenders in the studio could not hear his responses. After the show, co-host Glenna Milberg wrote on Twitter that Rivera didn't end up campaigning at the site at all, despite the TV station's agreeing to his request 'in good faith.'" (Miami Herald)
  • "For more the two hours" last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "traveled Charlotte County with" Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) "by his side, dropping not-so subtle hints he wants" Putnam "to run for governor" in 2018. "During an event recounting the recovery efforts from Hurricane Charley 10 years ago, Bush offered some storm response advice because he said 'there may be a future governor in the room' turning toward Putnam." (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
  • "A state judge has tossed out an election for the Millard County Commission and ordered a new Republican primary for the seat after finding enough examples of illegal votes in the June faceoff to cast doubt on the outcome of the incumbent's five-vote win. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock's ruling — the first of its kind in recent memory — has left officials scratching their heads, however, since it appears state law does not give the judge the authority to order a new election." (Salt Lake Tribune)


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  • Election Day 2014 countdown: 78 days.
  • Rep. Eric Cantor's(R-VA) resignation from Congress becomes official today.
  • Vice President Biden ceremonially swears-in former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D) as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1:45 p.m.)
  • Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz holds a media availability with Sen. Mark Begich (D) at the Alaska Native Corporation in Anchorage. (2:45 p.m.)
  • The Nationals host the Diamondbacks. (Nationals Park, 7:05 p.m.)
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  • The two individuals who played at Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Altamont: David Crosby and Stephen Stills. The two bands: Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead. (The Dead were scheduled to play at Alamont but ultimately did not due to escalating violence.)
  • The winner is Tripp DeMoss, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In keeping with our 'Dead' theme, some politicos are known for being 'Dead Heads.' Name the former British PM that was in a Grateful Dead cover band at university." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"Fans flock to East Hampton for Hillary Rodham Clinton book signing" (Newsday)


"Hillary Clinton Spends Busy Day Fueling Speculation, Not Ruling Things Out" (The Onion)

Adam Wollner, Editor

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