AL-02: “FarmPAC, the political action committee of the influential Alabama Farmers Federation, endorsed” Rep. Martha Roby (R) “for re-election on Tuesday. The federation represents some 360,000 state farmers.” Jimmy Parnell, the federation’s president: Roby is “a true friend of farmers.”
“Roby is running for a fifth term” and “is being challenged … by former Roy Moore campaign manager” Rich Hobson (R), state Rep. Barry Moore (R), and former Rep. Bobby Bright (R), “whom Roby defeated in 2010.” (AL.com)
IL-03: The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board endorsed Rep. Dan Lipinski (D) for his “strong record of going to bat for working people, which is what Democrats are supposed to do. We urge a vote for Lipinski though we know he may be increasingly out of step with his party … on core social issues such as abortion and gay rights.” It noted that his primary rival, marketing consultant Marie Newman (D), “is supported by prominent liberal Democrats, most notably” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-09) and former Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-04) “who say Lipinski is just a closet Republican.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
MA-07: A new WBUR poll found Rep. Michael Capuano (D) “has the edge” on Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley (D): “35 percent of likely Democratic voters say they support Pressley, while 47 percent favor Capuano.” The first African-American woman on the council, Pressley “is challenging a ten-term incumbent … with whom she agrees on most issues.”
“The WBUR poll shows voters favor Capuano’s experience in Congress. Nearly half say they prefer someone with experience in how Congress works. And the lack of name recognition appears to be an early challenge for Pressley. One-third of the voters surveyed said they had never heard of her. … Steve Koczela of The MassINC Polling Group” which conducted the poll “said with two popular leaders going against one another … the poll shows the race factor could be front and center.”
Koczela: “It’s almost a mirror opposite, with 63% of white voters saying they’re supporting Capuano, and 64% of black voters saying they’re supporting Ayanna Pressley. So whatever voters are telling you about how they’re making their decision, I think there’s some evidence that (race) is playing a role.” (WBUR)
WI-01: “Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman said Tuesday that membership dues” that 2016 challenger Paul Nehlen (R) “paid to county parties last year in Kenosha, Walworth and Racine counties have been refunded … or donated to charity. In Wisconsin, Republicans join the party at the county level. Zimmerman said Nehlen had not paid any dues in 2018 and if he tried, they would not be accepted.”
Zimmerman: “Paul Nehlen is not a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Nehlen and his ideas have no place in the Republican Party.”
“Nehlen, in an email, called Republicans criticizing him ‘foolish and spineless.’ Nehlen said he remains a member of the Republican Party ‘regardless of what their traitorous, sleazy apparatchiks wish to believe.’” (CBS 58)
WI-03: A Rep. Ron Kind (D) primary opponent “has been arrested on an outstanding warrant in New York City.” Ordained Minister Juliet Germanotta (D) “was arrested Monday after” the La Crosse Sheriff’s department was “tipped off by the NYPD that she was wanted for grand theft.” The “charges stem from a September 2017 incident in which she purchased a $4,800 ring from a jewelry store. She then returned to the store and tricked them into refunding her purchase with a less valuable ring.” Germanotta “will be extradited back to the Empire State to face the charges.” (WHBL)
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