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Hotline's Wake-Up Call!

Sebelius to Resign; Senate Majority PAC Raises $11 Million; Scott Brown to Launch First TV Ad

photo of Adam Wollner
April 11, 2014

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act." Obama accepted Sebelius's "resignation this week, and on Friday morning, he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her." (New York Times)
  • "The House on Thursday narrowly passed" Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) "Republican budget carrying $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years without closing tax loopholes, as Ryan and other GOP leaders averted a potentially embarrassing defeat on the bill because of party defections. The measure passed 219 to 205, with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats in voting no." (National Journal)
  • Senate Majority PAC (D) raised $11 million in the first quarter and has $8.5 million cash on hand. (Politico)
  • In AK SEN, Put Alaska First, a pro-Sen. Mark Begich (D) super PAC, launched a new TV ad featuring Lisa Keller, a breast cancer survivor who says she was initially denied health care coverage due to a pre-existing condition. "I now have health insurance again, thanks to Mark Begich, because he fought the insurance companies so we don't have to," she says in he spot. (release)
  • In GA SEN, former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) released a new radio ad that begins with her saying, "According to millionaire David Perdue, the issues in Washington are too complex for the many Georgians who have been successful without a college degree," before playing the Republican businessman's controversial taped remarks. Handel: "We need less elitism in Washington, and more Georgia common sense." (release)
  • Also in GA SEN, Perdue called Handel to apologize for his comments regarding the credentials of "the high school graduate in this race," eight days after the video surfaced. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • In HI SEN, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) launched a new TV ad highlighting his support for women's pay equity legislation. (release)
  • In IA SEN, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) raised $1.25 million in the first quarter and has $3.1 million cash on hand. (Des Moines Register)
  • In ME SEN, former state ACLU executive director Shenna Bellows (D) raised $433,000 in the first quarter. (Portland Press Herald)
  • In MS SEN, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) "has a penchant for provocative remarks, and one detractor sent along a 10-minute clip from a radio broadcast in late-2006 or early-2007 in which ... McDaniel offered the following views: Discussing whether to pay the descendants of slaves," McDaniel said: "If they pass reparations, and my taxes are going up, I ain't paying taxes." (Wall Street Journal)
  • In NC SEN, pastor Mark Harris (R) launched his first TV ad, touting his conservative values. (Politico)
  • In NH SEN, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) will launch his first TV ad on Monday. "Scott Brown has almost 300,000 miles on this truck," the narrator says in the spot. "Over the last few weeks, it's taken him all across New Hampshire, listening, learning. And what he's heard is pretty simple: people want an America that leads the world again." (Boston Globe)
  • Also in NH SEN, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) raised $1.54 million in the first quarter and has $4.35 million cash on hand. (Boston Globe)
  • In AZ-02, 2012 nominee Martha McSally (R) raised $449,000 in the first quarter. (Roll Call)
  • In CA-52, Rep. Scott Peters (D) raised "more than" $455,000 in the first quarter and has $1.5 million cash on hand. (release)
  • In NY-04, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D) raised "nearly" $1.5 million in the first quarter and has $1.3 million cash on hand. (Newsday)
  • In NY-23, Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson (D) raised $325,000 in the first quarter and has $810,000 cash on hand. (release)
  • In TX-04, Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe (R). (release)
  • In AZ GOV, "the Legacy Foundation Action Fund is spending $275,000 on ads" calling Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (R), who has also served as the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, "Obama's favorite mayor." (Arizona Republic)
  • In FL GOV, Gov. Rick Scott (R) raised $17.1 million between all of his committees in the first quarter, while former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) raised $6.1 million. (Miami Herald)
  • In MD GOV, Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) went negative in a new radio ad criticizing "the failed launch of the state's health care insurance exchange." The ad doesn't mention Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) "by name but repeats press coverage labeling the exchange's launch a 'debacle' and 'one of the worst-performing in the country.'" (Baltimore Sun)
  • In SC GOV, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) raised $863,000 in the first quarter and has $4.3 million cash on hand, while state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) raised $563,000 and has $1.7 million cash on hand. (Columbia State)

NUMBER BRUNCHING

  • In NC SEN, a new poll commissioned by American Crossroads (R), which is backing state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), shows Tillis leading the GOP primary at 27%, compared to 16% for physician Greg Brannon (R) and 10% for pastor Mark Harris (R). (Washington Post)
  • In NH SEN, a new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll of LVs, conducted April 1-9 by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, shows Shaheen leading Brown 45-39%. In the previous poll, conducted in late January, Shaheen led 47-37%. (release)
  • In RI GOV, a new Brown University poll of LVs, conducted April 3-5, shows Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) holding a slight lead in the Democratic primary at 29%, compared to 26% for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (D) and 10% for former Department of Education official Clay Pell (D). (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• The latest ad from the pro-Begich super PAC in Alaska is one of the starkest defenses of Obamacare we've seen. Republicans and conservative groups have made great use of testimonial stories to rail against the health care law on TV this cycle, but this is one of the first major instances of powerful testimonial-style campaign advertising cutting the other way. Will there be more to come, in Alaska and elsewhere? -- Scott Bland

• After narrowly losing to Rep. David Jolly in the FL-13 special election in March, Alex Sink is considering a rematch. But, despite Democrats' fears of low turnout this year, she explicitly said that if she runs, it will be in November and not in 2016. Perhaps Sink is simply wary of waiting two and a half years to run again, if she runs at all, but her focus on 2014 speaks to Democrats' national strategy: Despite the difficult climate, it's still worth investing and competing in competitive House races, at least to mitigate the party's losses. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• As first quarter fundraising numbers roll in, winners and losers will be declared based on the conventional wisdom (and ample data) showing that candidates with the most money are more likely to win their races. But at least one race could throw that notion on its head this year. The Q1 figures of Charlie Crist and Florida Democrats pales in comparison to the mammoth haul of the state GOP and Rick Scott, but Crist has so far remained ahead in nearly every poll. It remains to be seen if Scott can turn his money into momentum. -- Karyn Bruggeman

 

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) "joined the Louisiana Republican Party chairman Thursday in calling for" Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) "to resign in the wake of a video showing the married congressman kissing a married former married staff member." (Monroe News Star)
  • Former Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA), "who resigned abruptly last summer to take a job in ... Jindal's cabinet, said he won't rule out a run for his old job" in LA-05 "next fall. Alexander ... said he has been saddened by the scandal that has rocked his successor," McAllister. (Monroe News Star)
  • President Obama, "celebrating a half-century of the Civil Rights Act, praised Lyndon B. Johnson on Thursday as a towering figure who seized a time and a cause to solidify the promise of civil rights into reality. The nation's first black president spoke on the third and final day of the Civil Rights Summit at Johnson's library. ... Obama recalled the bullying and cajoling Johnson employed to push through civil rights laws that 'swung open' the doors of equal opportunity." Obama: "And that's why I'm standing here today -- because of those efforts, because of that legacy." (Dallas Morning News)
  • TX GOV candidate/state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) met "briefly and privately with ... Obama after his speech. ... The meeting was outside the reach of cameras, but Republicans pounced." (Dallas Morning News)
  • "With the May 20 primary less than six weeks away, the race" in PA-13 "is still up for grabs. President Bill Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea is married to" former Rep. Marjorie Margolies's (D) "son Marc Mezvinsky, joined the campaign in Philadelphia" on Thursday "for a high-profile and highly-publicized event." Bill Clinton joked: "I want to get one thing out of the way. I would be here if her son was not my son-in law." (ABC News)
  • "An increase in the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour is nearly law, making Minnesota the latest state controlled by Democrats to offer the lowest wage workers a boost. The final House vote of 71-60 delivers the measure to" Gov. Mark Dayton (D), "who says he will be happy to sign it into law, and brings to an end a multiyear debate among Democrats about the wage floor. ... Obama celebrated the move." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland (R) "was indicted Thursday on conspiracy and other charges associated with two federal election campaigns." (Hartford Courant)
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) "issued a pointed challenge this week to one of the loudest critics of her decision to quash a sting investigation targeting corruption among Philadelphia lawmakers: You think the case is so solid? You prosecute it. In a letter sent Wednesday to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Kane said 'any law enforcement agency interested in taking this case should do so.' She added: 'I invite you to contact our office to set up a time to accept the evidence.'" (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • "CBS made its choice, quickly and definitively: Stephen Colbert is the successor to David Letterman as the star of 'Late Show.' ... Colbert, the star of Comedy Central's 'Colbert Report,' became the immediate front-runner for the position both because of the increasing recognition of his talent ... and because he clearly wanted the job. ... Colbert's representation had ensured that he would be available to CBS by syncing his recent contracts with ... Letterman's." (New York Times)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

Political attack ads take on a whole new meaning

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Jill Biden, and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole will make an announcement on programs relating to wounded veterans. (White House, 12 p.m.)
  • Obama delivers remarks at the National Action Network's 16th Annual Convention in New York.
  • The Senate returns at 4 p.m., while the House is out of session.
  • The Capitals host the Blackhawks. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
  • On Saturday, the Wizards take on the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
  • And on Sunday, the Capitals are back in action against the Lightning. (Verizon Center, 3 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" included a sample that was recorded by Pierre Sprey, who also helped develop the A-10 Warthog and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
  • No one answered correctly. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first president to install electricity in the White House?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

"A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) as she "began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech." (AP)

...CHASER

"Who throws a shoe? Honestly!" -- "Austin Powers"

Adam Wollner, Editor

CORRECTION: Thursday's Wake-Up Call incorrectly identified CA-21 candidate Amanda Renteria as a Republican. She is a Democrat.

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