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Sink Goes Negative in Fla. Special; Treadwell Trails Sullivan in Alaska Fundraising; Radel Resigning

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  • "His ambitions in check and his eye on the calendar, President Obama intends to use his State of the Union address" on Tuesday "to put a difficult year behind him and reassert command before the capital is consumed with election-year politics." With Congress gridlocked, Obama "will present a blueprint for 'a year of action' on issues like income inequality and the environment that bypasses Congress and exercises his authority to the maximum extent," aides said. (New York Times)
  • In the FL-13 Special, former state CFO Alex Sink (D) released a new TV ad "hammering" former lobbyist David Jolly (R) "as a past lobbyist for 'special interests.'" (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) "will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources. Radel was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly a month in a rehabilitation facility." (Politico)
  • In AK SEN, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) raised $228,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. (Alaska Dispatch)
  • In NC SEN, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) raised "more than" $700,000 in the fourth quarter and has nearly $1.3 million cash on hand. (AP)
  • Former state Rep. Adam Hasner (R) "confirmed over the weekend... he won't be entering the nationally watched" FL-18 race "to unseat" Rep. Patrick Murphy (D). (Palm Beach Post)
  • The Republican Governors Association raised $50.3 million in 2013 and has "more than" $50 million cash on hand. (release)
  • "The Democratic Governors Association is preparing to launch its first television ads of the 2014 midterms, booking airtime in the battleground state of Michigan where" Gov. Rick Snyder (R) "is up for reelection." (Politico)
  • In MN GOV, state Rep. Kurt Zellers (R) raised "just over" $400,000 in the second half of 2013. (AP)
  • In PA GOV, former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty (D) raised $2.4 million in 2013. (
  • "In the annals of Iowa politics, there may be no precedent for what happened at a downtown brewery here this weekend: Two years out from the state's next caucuses, Democrats of all stripes began building a presidential campaign without a candidate." Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "is not officially running for anything. But here in the first-in-the-nation caucus state that bedeviled her in 2008, Democrats are busy laying the groundwork for what they see as Clinton’s near-certain 2016 presidential campaign." (Washington Post)


  • According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of national adults, conducted Jan. 20-23, 46% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, while 50% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Dec. 12-15, 43% approved of Obama, and 55% disapproved. (release)
  • Among RVs, Republicans lead the generic ballot, 46-45%. In the previous poll, Democrats led, 47-45%. (release)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


We were waiting for Treadwell's fundraising numbers in the Alaska Senate race, wondering if he could come anywhere near his primary opponent Dan Sullivan's nearly $1.3 million haul. But his $228,000 falls far short of his competitor's take, and it will be difficult for Treadwell to compete at such a steep financial disadvantage.

• Absent a voting record in the Illinois GOP gubernatorial primary, Bruce Rauner is falling prey to to the same attacks used against Mitt Romney in 2012 over botched past investments. Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R) and union-backed groups are poised to go on the air with TV ads in the coming weeks, but the short timeline might not allow them to knock off the frontrunner before the March 18 primary. If Rauner does win, one thing is clear: his GOP opponents are setting the stage for general-election attacks to the same tune, just as Newt Gingrich did to Romney two years ago.



  • "Is Arkansas, Home of the Clintons, Losing Its Democratic Way?" (ABC News)
  • "Delivering a strong rebuke to" Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), "Arizona Republicans passed a resolution to censure the one-time presidential nominee for what they characterize as a liberal record that has been 'disastrous and harmful' to the state and nation." (Arizona Republic)
  • "[Former President Bill Clinton] took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior, and it should be something we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office. -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), responding to Democratic charges Republicans are waging a "war on women" during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday (Hotline reporting)
  • "Rand Paul's Mixed Inheritance" (New York Times)
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) "stands accused of participating in the very cronyism he had vowed to combat. He is the first New Orleans mayor to face federal charges. And on Monday, he will be the first to stand trial, barring any last-minute plea deal." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
  • "Old Democratic Name (Nunn) Stakes Bid on Shifting Georgia" (New York Times)
  • Howard County, Md., police on Sunday "identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park as the man who entered a store at The Mall in Columbia and fatally shot two employees before apparently killing himself. Officials said Aguilar was reported missing on the day of the shooting and that authorities had reviewed his journal, which depicted a 'general unhappiness with his life.' But police said they still have not determined what fueled the lethal Saturday morning outburst that shattered the calm at the popular retail complex. (Baltimore Sun)
  • "For governors with an eye on 2016, a key speech" (AP)


Mitt Romney, Jimmy Fallon team up to slow jam the State of the Union



  • A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect. (1 a.m.-10 a.m. Tuesday)
  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. Temperature falling into the upper 20s this afternoon. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, becoming northwest 15-20 mph this afternoon.
  • The House returns at noon, and the Senate is back at 2 p.m.
  • The Aspen Institute holds a discussion on "The State of the Arts in America." (Aspen Institute, noon)
  • Women's hoops: No. 6 Maryland hosts undefeated, No. 2 Notre Dame in an ACC matchup. (Comcast Center, 7 p.m.)
  • Georgetown needs to upset No. 4 Villanova if the Hoyas are to break their four-game losing streak. (Verizon Center, 9 p.m.)
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  • Louie Nunn (R) was the most recent Republican governor of Kentucky prior to Ernie Fletcher.
  • The winner is Jim McAvoy, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What former president went on to serve as a senator and a governor?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



TX SEN candidate/Rep. Steve Stockman (R) "told Breitbart News he traveled to Russia, Egypt, Israel and England as part of an official congressional delegation and ripped the media for what he described as a made-up story about his absence from Congress and his Texas district." (Breitbart News)


"Sorry I'm unable to get back to you but we are very busy talking with voters." -- Stockman spokesman Donny Ferguson to the Washington Post after the newspaper asked about problems with the campaign's endorsements list earlier this month

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Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief


Steven Shepard contributed to this article.

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