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Veterans Group Hits Braley; Senate Majority PAC to Air WV SEN Ads; Michelle Kwan Stars in RI GOV Ad

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  • In IA SEN, Concerned Veterans For America, a group linked to the Koch brothers' political network, is launching a new TV ad criticizing Rep. Bruce Braley (D) for missing 79% of Veterans Affairs committee hearings. The "seven-figure" statewide ad buy begins today. (release)
  • In MT SEN, "[t]he United States Army War College determined in a preliminary review on Thursday that" Sen. John Walsh (D) "appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree from the institution, and it sent a letter to the senator instructing him that an investigative panel will meet next month to conclusively assess any culpability." (New York Times)
  • In WV SEN, Senate Majority PAC (D) "will spend a little more than $200,000 on broadcast advertisements attacking" Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) starting today. (Washington Post)
  • In MI SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) released a new ad focusing on her "free and fair" trade plan. (release) "Land's campaign insisted Thursday that her nearly $3 million in contributions to herself are legal and proper, even as Michigan Democrats called on state and federal authorities to investigate. Land's campaign this week filed a correction to her federal financial disclosure, revealing a previously undisclosed joint checking account she controls with her husband Dan Hibma from which she has drawn $2.9 million for her race." (Detroit Free Press)
  • In KS SEN, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) endorsed Sen. Pat Roberts (R). (AP)
  • In AZ-02, 2012 nominee Martha McSally (R) released a 60-second TV ad, which features constituents who describe how McSally has helped them. (release)
  • The Arizona Republic endorsed state House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) in the AZ-01 GOP primary and former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox (D) in the AZ-07 Democratic primary.
  • In MN-08, House Majority PAC and AFSCME jointly released a new TV ad highlighting businessman Stewart Mills's (R) comments on the idea that the wealthy are not paying their fair share is "personally offensive." The total ad buy is for $150,000. (release)
  • In NE-02, "[i]n a move stunning folks on both sides of the aisle," former GOP state Sen. Chip Maxwell (I) "made it official Thursday: He's not running against" Rep. Lee Terry (R) this year. "Maxwell ... is now looking at the 2016 race." (Nebraska Watchdog)
  • In NY-01, Mitt Romney endorsed state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R). (release)
  • In CA GOV, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) raised $1.6 million during a six-week period that ended June 30 and had $22.3 million cash on hand. Brown's campaign has spent less than $270,000 through the first half of the year. (Los Angeles Times)
  • In IL GOV, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is slated to attend a retail stop and a fundraiser with businessman Bruce Rauner (R) in Chicago today. (release) During a DNC fundraiser in Chicago on Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama "put in a plug for" Gov. Pat Quinn (D), "pledging to 'do everything in our power to make sure he gets over the finish line.'" (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • In PA GOV, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) released a new TV ad attacking businessman Tom Wolf (D) on taxes. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • In RI GOV, retired figure skater Michelle Kwan appears in a TV ad for her husband, former Education Department official Clay Pell (D), touting his commitment "to a women's-equality agenda." (Politico)
  • In SC GOV, former GOP state Rep. Tom Ervin (I) will appear on the November ballot as a petition candidate. (Columbia State)


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• No one's more disappointed than Democrats that tea party-backed independent candidate Chip Maxwell dropped his bid for Rep. Lee Terry's (R) seat. Maxwell would have split the Republican vote, giving state Rep. Brad Ashford (D) a good chance to win in the longtime Republican-held NE-02. But this is only a temporary relief for Terry, who has a history of poor primary performance and sounds like he'll face a challenge from Maxwell in two years. -- Jack Fitzpatrick

• Don't miss Pew's huge study on voter engagement and enthusiasm about 100 days away from Election Day. Two statistics that caught our eyes: Just 44% of Republican voters in Republican congressional districts approve of their member of Congress (also, half overall couldn't identify their representative's party), and 45% of respondents said they were less excited about voting in 2014 compared to previous elections -- Pew's highest figure on that question since 1998. -- Scott Bland



  • "Republicans consistently win voters making $50,000 or more, approximately the U.S. median income. The margin doesn't vary too much. ... And Democrats consistently win voters making less than the median — but the margin varies widely. In fact, whether Democrats win these voters by a 10-point or a 20-point margin tells you who won every national election for the past decade." (The Atlantic)
  • "Handicapping the Democratic Convention Sites for 2016" (National Journal)
  • NY GOV candidate/Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R) "was urged not to attend" an RGA "meeting in Aspen this week after publicly clashing with the group's chairman," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), "over support for his underdog campaign, which Christie called 'a lost cause.' Astorino rebuffed the request ... and went ahead with" the trip." (CNN)
  • Astorino "surrounded himself with other high-profile supporters" in Aspen. "[H]e proudly announced in an interview with an Albany radio station that" Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) "have pledged to help him, even if the RGA won't. Perry even tweeted a photo of himself with his arm over Astorino's shoulder. 'Glad to be with my buddy @RobAstorino in Aspen.'" (AP)
  • "It's not like we're pals." -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), on his relationship with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) (Politico)
  • "Conservatives Hone Script to Light a Fire Over Abortion" (New York Times)
  • "You rascal, you whupped me." -- Former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) to former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), following Tuesday night's GA-11 runoff election, according to Loudermilk (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • "Despite ... previously denying" state Sen. Chris McDaniel's (R) MS SEN campaign "had paid Liberty Action Center to make the calls after the runoff," campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch "refused to answer questions ... about it" on Thursday. "Fritsch then said he didn't believe any calls had been made in late June and early July. When I told him that" Liberty Action Center president Thomas Alvord "had admitted to making the calls and that on July 3 I posted a recording of a caller claiming to be with the McDaniel campaign and explaining why they were calling, Fritsch said angrily, 'That would require me trusting anything you write.' Fritsch then said, 'Off the record, when did you stop beating your wife?'" (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • "I should have had one Republican kid to go out and make money." -- Vice President Biden, speaking at the Urban League conference in Cincinnati (Washington Free Beacon)
  • "In GOP primary, some worry being Dan Sullivan could hurt -- or help -- Dan Sullivan" (Alaska Dispatch News)
  • Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-NC) "campaign is raffling off two tickets to see" folk singer James Taylor "in concert and meet him afterward." (The Hill)
  • "My shot's broke. It's my elbow. ... It's my age -- I get the chicken wing." -- President Obama, on his basketball shot (USA Today)


Forget Republicans And Democrats, Voters Want The Galactic Empire



  • The House returns at 9 a.m.
  • The House Republican Conference holds a closed meeting to discuss the border crisis. (9 a.m.)
  • House Democrats hold an event with students and advocates on affordable education. (Capitol, 11 a.m.)
  • DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz addresses the National Council of Urban League Guild's Leadership Luncheon and Guild Awards in Cincinnati. (12 p.m.) RNC chair Reince Priebus addressed the National Urban League yesterday.
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!


  • Aside from presidents who died in office, Gerald Ford served the shortest amount of time in office at 895 days.
  • The winner is John Lehnherr. Here's today's Swizzle Challenge: "Speaking of Gerald Ford, what name was he given at birth?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) "is returning an award given to him in March by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — months after the group endorsed his opponent." (Detroit Free Press)


Jerry Seinfeld: "Excuse me, I'd like to return this jacket."

Store clerk: "Certainly, may I ask why?"

Seinfeld: "For spite." ("Seinfeld")


Adam Wollner, Editor

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