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Senate Expected to Pass UI Bill; RGA Outraises DGA in First Quarter; La.'s Cassidy Has $5M on Hand

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  • "With their 17-day spring break beckoning at the end of the week, House and Senate lawmakers will have to scramble to reach agreement on restoring long-term unemployment insurance. But don't bet on such a deal blooming. A five-month extension is expected to pass in the Senate on Monday with some bipartisan support. But House Republicans were indicating Friday that they won't follow suit, at least not on the Senate bill as written." (National Journal)
  • The DGA raised $12.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, "roughly half what its Republican counterparts collected." (AP)
  • In GA SEN, businessman David Perdue (R) launched his third TV ad, which opens with a group of crying babies in front of the Capitol building. Perdue then appears on screen to tout his "over 40 years of experience in the real world." He goes on to say "real change sometimes takes an outside perspective." (Fox News)
  • In NC SEN, pastor Mark Harris (R) is preparing to go on the air with a TV ad this Friday. (Hotline reporting)
  • In NH SEN, Ending Spending Action Fund "will begin airing a new" TV ad "in support of" former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) on Monday. The ad "says that Brown was correct four years ago when he predicted that the Affordable Care Act would 'raise taxes,' 'hurt Medicare' and increase federal debt," and that "Brown was 'right on Obamacare then' and is 'right for New Hampshire now.' ... Ending Spending says the ad will on WMUR television and cable sports networks." (New Hampshire Journal)
  • In LA SEN, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) raised "more than" $1.2 million in the first quarter and has "more than" $5 million cash on hand. (Washington Examiner)
  • In IA-01, Cedar Rapids Councilmember Monica Vernon (D) will begin airing a new biographical TV ad on Monday. (Sioux City Journal)
  • In CA-07, former Rep. Doug Ose (R) raised "more than" $255,000 in the first quarter and "will report contributing an additional $250,000 of his own personal wealth," leaving him with more than $415,000 cash on hand. (Roll Call)
  • In FL-13, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel is "directing an aggressive private campaign to help" former state CFO Alex Sink (D) "get over her reservations about running again. That effort includes bringing Sink to a recent DCCC strategy session in New York, and sending staff to the district this past week." (CNN)
  • In FL-18, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) raised "over" $675,000 in the first quarter and has "more than" $2.2 million cash on hand. (release)
  • "In reviewing" FL-19 candidate/businessman Curt Clawson's (R) "personal land holdings, Fox 4 News has come across business records and government files demonstrating a connection between ... Clawson and Glen Borst, a convicted child sex offender living in Utah." Clawson campaign manager John Yob "says Clawson simply rented [a] house to Borst and nothing more." (WFTX-TV)
  • In AZ GOV, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) endorsed former California Rep. Frank Riggs (R). (release)
  • In GA GOV, state Sen. Jason Carter (D) raised "about $416,000 in 11 days after the legislative session ended" and has $1.6 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • In IL GOV, businessman Bruce Rauner's (R) latest TV ad features "playful banter with his wife, who proclaims herself to be a Democrat." But "[s]ince 1995, 77 percent of the more than $500,000" Diana Rauner's "given has gone to Republican candidates and causes." Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said Diana Rauner "voted Democrat throughout the last decade and every time for Barack Obama" on the statewide ballot. (Chicago Tribune)
  • In NE GOV, Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), [a]fter a week of being pummeled by third-party attack ads," released a new TV ad claiming 2006 SEN nominee Pete Ricketts (R) supports amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Ricketts campaign said he "adamantly opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and that he has consistently called for tighter border controls." (Omaha World-Herald)
  • Also in NE SEN, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed Ricketts. (Lincoln Journal Star)
  • In PA GOV, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) launched her first TV ad of the race, highlighting her efforts as a state senator to pass the Children's Health Insurance Program, which she says "became the national model for Bill Clinton." (Philadelphia Inquirer)



Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Republicans are bullish about Rep. Cory Gardner's chances in Colorado, but they do have one concern that's out of the congressman's hands: Tom Tancredo. If the immigration reform lightening rod wins the GOP's gubernatorial nomination, it will inject the kind of issues into the race that Gardner can ill afford in this diverse state. -- Alex Roarty

• Democratic Party leadership reportedly persuaded Rep. Nick Rahall, one of the incumbent House Democrats most harshly affected by President Obama's lack of popularity, not to retire last month, according to CNN's John King. The fact that Rahall considered calling it quits is worrisome for Democrats, especially after a Republican poll showed him trailing challenger Evan Jenkins by 14 points in March, but the silver lining is that if Democrats "promised (Rahall) there'd be more money coming in," they haven't given up on his chances at reelection just yet. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• While outside spending promises to play a bigger role than ever in this year's Senate elections, tracking the actual dollar figures involved isn't always the best way to see what's going on. Case in point: Outside spending on TV in Alaska is a mere fraction of what it is in other battleground Senate contests, but, as Bloomberg reports, Alaska has still sustained the fifth-highest Senate advertising rate so far. By the end of March, Americans for Prosperity had aired almost identical numbers of spots in Michigan and Alaska but paid over three times more for the privilege in Michigan's bigger media markets. -- Scott Bland

• The RGA is on target to crush the DGA in fundraising this year just as they did in 2010 and 2012. But if the past two cycles made one thing clear, it's that money matters, but perhaps not as much as the general direction the political winds are blowing. Democrats got slaughtered in 2010 -- 11 gubernatorial seats flipped to GOP control -- but Democrats won the three most competitive races in 2012 and lost just one of the eight seats they were defending, all while being significantly outraised and outspent. -- Karyn Bruggeman


    "A malfunctioning ATM at a bank in Maine has dispensed $37,000 in cash to a man who requested $140." (AP)


  • "In the 'credentials caucus,' GOP's 2016 hopefuls study policy and seek advisers" (Washington Post)
  • "After months of wincing in the face of negative ads funded by the industrialists David and Charles Koch, Democrats believe they have finally found a way to fight back: attacking the brothers' sprawling business conglomerate as callous and indifferent to the lives of ordinary people while pursuing profit and power. ... The approach should seem familiar. President Obama and his allies ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 by painting a dark picture of Bain Capital ... as a company that cut jobs and prized the bottom line over the well-being of its employees. (New York Times)
  • "Crossing Christie: What the bridge scandal says about the Governor's political style, and his future" (New Yorker)
  • Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) "was talked out of retiring by Democratic leadership who promised him more campaign funds, according to" CNN's John King. (The Hill)
  • "Tea Party Aims at Incumbents, but Falls Short" (New York Times)
  • Ted Kennedy Jr., the son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), will run for a seat in the Connecticut state Senate. (Branford Seven)
  • "Stark Raving Rahm: Tell us what you really think, Mr. Mayor" (New Republic)
  • "State taxpayers were stiffed out of at least $87,000 when" Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) stopped paying for the district office he rents in Harlem. ... Rangel paid $7,253 in monthly rent on the ... office he has rented since 2000. ... But the payments stopped for all of 2013. ... The state says it allowed Rangel in March 2013 to enter into a new sweetheart deal in which he could postpone paying six months of rent. That 'abatement' money has still not been paid, nor has the other six months of missed rent from 2013." (New York Post)
  • Former Connecticut Gov./Rep. John Rowland (R) "suffered the ultimate political defeat nearly a decade ago when he resigned from office amid a corruption scandal, eventually ordered to serve time in a federal prison." Now "Rowland finds himself again in the crosshairs of federal investigators. ... A former Republican congressional candidate and her husband, Lisa Wilson-Foley and Brian Foley, pleaded guilty in federal court this week in an alleged scheme to set up a phony contract in 2011 to hide the consulting role Rowland played in the campaign. The seriousness of Rowland's situation sunk in Thursday when he announced, on air, that he was stepping down from his radio job to 'take care of some personal issues.'" (AP)
  • "South Carolina candidates for governor and attorney general in 2010," including Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and SC GOV candidate/state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) "received $336,345 in campaign contributions above state legal limits, an analysis of election finance filings by The State newspaper has found." (Columbia State)
  • "Now that both the Missouri House and Senate have passed versions of a bill nullifying federal gun laws, it appears likely the Republican-led Legislature again will have a showdown with" Gov. Jay Nixon (D) "over gun rights." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's (D) "three-month house arrest ... ended Sunday, fulfilling a sentence for felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of battery involving victims of sexual harassment." (AP)
  • "A federal judge said" Friday "that he intends to issue a ruling ... that will strike down Ohio's ban on recognizing gay marriages obtained legally in other states." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • "If a federal appeals court follows the national trend, North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage could be upended this year. Next month, three judges from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a case that could radically change the legal landscape for same-sex couples in a state that passed the country's last voter-approved block to gay unions." (Charlotte Observer)
  • California Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (D) "is hopping on the state emblem game with a bill to name the red-legged frog California's state amphibian. ... Pérez's bill notes that the frog achieved fame via the Mark Twain story 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.'" (Sacramento Bee)


Obamacare enrollment numbers were a disappointment, according to "accurate" charts



  • Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges. (Marriott Wardman Park, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Obama visits a Bladensburg (Md.) High School classroom. (11:15 a.m.)
  • The House is back at noon, while the Senate returns at 2 p.m.
  • Kentucky takes on UConn tonight in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game. (CBS, 9:10 p.m.)
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  • First Lady Pat Nixon had walk-on roles in the movies "Becky Sharp" and "The Great Ziegfelds."
  • The winner is Andrew Connery, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Since World War II, every U.S. senator from only one state has been a member of the same political party. Name the state and the party." The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I actually did not necessarily want to be leader again, but they wanted me to be, so here I am." -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Washington Post)


"I'm in charge now. I speak for this family. I mean ... I could if you wanted me to. I'd rather not, obviously. Don't know what I'd say. Why do I have to be the one? I don't need this. Why does this have to become my problem? No, I'm out. Forget it. Find somebody else. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of doing everything for this family." -- "G.O.B. Bluth," in Arrested Development

Adam Wollner, Editor

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