“Steve Bannon is telling people he’s not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he’s targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries. Many in the House are looking over their shoulders all the same. ‘I can’t read Mr. Bannon’s mind,’ said” Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC 13), “who could well be on the list.”
“When Bannon met this month with” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers “he told Stivers their goals are aligned. They’re ‘largely on the same page to defend and expand’ the party’s majority, though there ‘might be a race here or there’ where they clash, said Andrew Surabian, a Bannon associate and adviser to the Great America Alliance, a pro-Trump political organization.” (AP)
ON THE AIR. The Emerson Collective, an advocacy group led by Laurene Powell-Jobs, has launched a TV and digital ad campaign urging voters to ask their representative to pass the Dream Act. The ads will target Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA 39), Steve Knight (R-CA 25), Darrell Issa (R-CA 49), Mimi Walters (R-CA 45), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL 26), Martha McSally (R-AZ 02), Leonard Lance (R-NJ 07), Will Hurd (R-TX 23), Pete Sessions (R-TX 32), John Culberson (R-TX 07), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ 11), Mike Bishop (R-MI 08) and Ryan Costello (R-PA 06). (West Chester Daily Local)
WARNING POLLS. “Democrats lead their Republican rivals by 10.7 percent on the generic congressional ballot, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics average of available polling data. That mark is the highest that average has gone since just before the 2010 elections, where Republicans netted 63 House seats.” (The Hill)
BLAST FROM THE PAST. “One chairman quit early. The chairmen of four other full committees plus at least eight subcommittee chairmen are retiring or seeking other office. With still a year to go until the election, that’s the biggest exodus of the House members in charge of setting priorities and writing legislation since the 109th Congress in 2005-2006, when five Republican committee chairmen didn’t seek re-election. Democrats won a majority of House seats that year.” (Bloomberg)
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"Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports."