Business executive Dan Kohl (D), the nephew of former Sen. Herb Kohl (D), announced Wednesday he is challenging Rep. Glenn Grothman (R).
“The 6th district is represented by the single most partisan member of the House. We can and must do better,” Kohl said in a statement.
Kohl is a former assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, which his uncle owned until 2014. There are a few other Democrats already in the race, which is not currently on the DCCC target list.
President Trump carried the district 55-38 percent, though Mitt Romney’s margin was much smaller four years earlier, at 53-47 percent. (Hotline reporting)
KS GOV: “Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who has championed some of the strictest voting laws in the nation, announced a campaign for governor Thursday.” (Kansas City Star) “Kobach outlined three issues he will tackle in his campaign: a culture of corruption in Kansas politics, taxation and illegal immigration.” (Topeka Capital-Journal)
VA GOV: Virginians for a Better Future “has launched a last-minute digital ad that attacks” former Rep. Tom Perriello (D) for voting for the Stupak amendment. … Though they’ve sparred on debate stages over their voting records, there has been no negative advertising from the campaigns thus far ahead of next Tuesday’s primary.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
GA-06: Former congressional staffer Jon Ossoff (D) “reported another record fundraising haul Thursday … by raising an additional $15 million in roughly the last two months. … He reported about $1 million left in the bank.” Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) “reported late Thursday that she raised more than $3.8 million” and “had about $1.4 million on hand.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Ossoff led Handel 50-47% in a Landmark Communications poll (June 6-7, 420 LV, 4.8% MoE). (WSB-TV) Meanwhile, a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Ossoff beating Handel 51-44% (June 5-8; 1,000 RVs; +/- 4.%). (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Congressional Leadership Fund released a new ad as part of its “$7 million independent expenditure campaign.” The first half of the spot ties Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and says they would support “bigger government we can’t afford,” while the second half touts Handel. (release)
MT-AL: Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte (R) “is expected to plead no contest to a charge of misdemeanor assault on Monday at 10 a.m. in Gallatin County Justice Court.” (Montana Standard)
SC-05: Pre-special reports were due Thursday, covering April 27 through May 31. Former state Rep. Ralph Norman (R) raised $601,000 over that period, including a $190,000 personal loan. He spent $555,000. (FEC) Tax attorney Archie Parnell (D) took in $520,000, including a $205,000 personal loan, and spent $453,000. (FEC) “A forum planned for Monday has been canceled because” Norman “will not attend, according to AARP, which planned to host the event at Winthrop University.” Only Parnell had said he would attend. (Columbia State)
IL GOV: Billionaire J.B. Pritzker (R) gave his campaign $7 million on Monday, according to a disclosure released Thursday. That brings his total self-funding to over $14 million. (Hotline reporting)
“The ongoing fight between members of the California Democratic Party escalated Thursday, when Richmond resident Kimberly Ellis — who narrowly lost a race to chair the party — filed a formal challenge to contest last month’s results.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was selected by the Republican Steering Committee on Thursday to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. … The selection will be ratified by the full GOP conference on Tuesday.” (Roll Call)
After the House passed a bill Thursday to roll back financial regulations, “Democratic political organizations such as American Bridge are hoping to make vulnerable House Republicans pay for their votes at the polls in the 2018 midterm elections. The group is rolling out digital advertisements in 14 congressional districts on Friday to assail lawmakers who voted to change Dodd-Frank.” (New York Times)
“¯\_(ツ)_/¯” — Arizona Diamondbacks, in response to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blaming his line of questioning during the James Comey hearing on a late night watching the team. (Twitter)
“Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was having an unusual day on the Trump Internet, in that most of the president’s most ardent supporters didn’t seem to hate his guts.” (Washington Post)
“A year with some good detectives taught me that often WHAT ISN’T SAID is the actual tell.” — The Wire creator David Simon, on Trump not asking Comey whether Russia interfered. (Twitter)
“At the moment, on May 9th, when President Trump abruptly fired … Comey, Trump was not under investigation. He very well may be under investigation now.” (New Yorker) “The biggest story of the day is how unlikely this is to remain the biggest story. In all likelihood, after the Twittersphere dies down, partisans will retreat to their respective corners and business as usual will return to Washington.” (The Atlantic)
“Theresa May will visit Buckingham Palace at 12:30 BST to seek permission to form a UK government, despite losing her Commons majority. The prime minister is attempting to stay in office on the understanding that the Democratic Unionist Party will support her minority administration.” (BBC)
“Rob Miller, a candidate for Utah Democratic Party chairman facing accusations of sexual harassment, dropped out of the race early Thursday and also said he’s leaving the party.” (Salt Lake Tribune)
“For months, Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco insisted he was not involved in a mysterious political group raising money from developers, lobbyists and city vendors, just as he launched a surging campaign for mayor. … Grieco’s fingerprints might not be all over the PAC, but his handwriting appears to be.” (Miami Herald)
“Among NBA owners, [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos’s father-in-law tops donors” (Center for Responsive Politics)
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