The Scan - July 24, 2013

A vote on a bipartisan student-loan compromise is expected this week, and a Transportation and HUD spending bill cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday. 
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July 23, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

‘82 GOV nom­in­ee/ex-U.S. Atty Rox­anne Con­lin (D) is up with her first TV ad, pro­duced by Ral­ston Lapp Me­dia. Full script, “Tak­ing On“:

CON­LIN: “I’m Rox­anne Coin­lin. Tak­ing on the spe­cial in­terests has been the cause of my life. Like tak­ing on the big banks, to help fam­ily farms at risk of fore­clos­ure. As a pro­sec­utor, I took on cor­rupt politi­cians, and cor­por­a­tions who vi­ol­ated the pub­lic trust. I’m run­ning for U.S. Sen­ate to take this fight to Wash­ing­ton. Fight for re­lief on Main Street, not more bail­outs for Wall Street. Be­cause the spe­cial in­terests have had their turn. Now, it’s our turn. I’m Rox­anne Con­lin, and I ap­prove this mes­sage” (re­lease, 5/21).

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Tak­ing To The Street

Wall Street re­form “has be­come a big is­sue” in Sen. Chuck Grass­ley’s (R) “tough­er-than-ex­pec­ted re-elec­tion cam­paign.” Grass­ley “sur­prised” ob­serv­ers when he voted for tough new re­stric­tions on de­riv­at­ives trad­ing that passed out of the Ag. Cmte.

Grass­ley “sur­prised ob­serv­ers again” 5/20 “when he joined” three cent­rist GOP­ers from New Eng­land “to pass a sweep­ing Wall Street re­form.” Dems be­lieve Grass­ley sided with them be­cause of pres­sure at home.

Con­lin con­sult­ant John Lapp: “This is a race about a guy who has been on the side of spe­cial in­terests, has re­ceived money from the spe­cial in­terests and spent his time op­pos­ing real re­form.” Con­lin “has made Wall Street re­form a high-pro­file is­sue as she’s traveled” to all of IA’s 99 cos. to cam­paign against Grass­ley.

Grass­ley spokes­per­son Jill Kozeny said Grass­ley has been work­ing to in­crease gov’t over­sight of Wall Street since Con­gress passed a $700B bail­out pack­age. Kozeny: “Grass­ley has been work­ing to hold Wall Street ac­count­able since winter of 2008.” Con­lin’s ad­visers say they will press Grass­ley on his ties to banks and oth­er spe­cial in­terests des­pite his vote for re­form. Lapp: “An elec­tion-year flip-flop on Wall Street re­form can’t hide Sen. Grass­ley’s re­cord of vot­ing with the spe­cial in­terests for 30 years.”

Grass­ley’s camp, however, says this line of at­tack is ab­surd com­ing from Con­lin, who served as first wo­man pres­id­ent of the As­so­ci­ation of Tri­al Law­yers of Amer­ica. Grass­ley strategist John Max­well: “She was head one of the biggest, most power­ful spe­cial in­terests in Amer­ica. It’s laugh­able that she’s some­how di­vorced from spe­cial in­terests” (Bolton, The Hill, 5/24).

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