Democrats took a 10-point lead on a new Quinnipiac generic ballot (March 3-5; 1,122 voters; +/- 3.5%), leading 48 percent to 38 percent. Among Independents, Democrats’ lead increases to 12 points, 45 percent to 33 percent. (release) Meanwhile a Monmouth University poll showed Democrats with a 9-point lead on a generic ballot (March 2-5; 708 RVs;+/- 3.7%), leading 50 percent to 41 percent. That’s an increase from a 2-point lead in January. (release)
MOBILIZATION. Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate organization announced a $7 million voter turnout effort to be split evenly between Florida and California. The group will target 300,000 young voters via 80 organizers in seven GOP-held congressional districts, including those of retiring Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Ed Royce (CA-39), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48). In Florida, the group will boost Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL 07) and three other GOP-held seats. (The Hill)
FUNDING MATTERS. Daily Kos announced raising $225,000 to distribute amongst the eventual nominees of the winners of the primary runoffs against Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX 23), John Culberson (R-TX 07), and Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) and the Senate race. (release)
ON BOARD. NARAL Pro-Choice announced endorsements of former State Department adviser Lauren Baer (D) in the race against Rep. Brian Mast (R) and 2016 state Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) in the race against Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R). (Florida Politics)
PRIMARY POLITICS. “Can the” DCCC “and the Resistance share a midterm election without driving each other crazy? … The basic problem is that the two camps have fundamentally different approaches to elections. Former DCCC deputy executive director Ian Russell” notes “that DCCC decisions are ‘data-driven: Who’s the best candidate? Not ideologically who’s too liberal or too conservative … but who is running a professional campaign? Do we have polling that this individual can win?’”
“But the network of progressive groups playing in House races believe fervently that ideologically like-minded candidates are not only superior on policy grounds, they also have the best chance to win.” (Politico)
Former DCCC Chairman Steve Israel: “The job of the chairperson is to win seats. That’s it. It’s not to enforce party doctrine, purge ideological dissenters, or purify the wellspring of party orthodoxy. It’s to set a battlefield of offense and defense that maximizes your potential to win general elections and, in the case of the DCCC, win the majority.” (The Hill)
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"Top aides to President Donald Trump are planning additional crackdowns on immigration before the November midterms, despite a growing backlash over the administration’s move to separate migrant children from parents at the border. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the Justice Department, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hardline U.S. immigration policies."
"Two longtime associates of President Donald Trump are now acknowledging a previously undisclosed contact in May 2016 with a Russian who they say offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. Roger Stone and Michael Caputo say they forgot to tell investigators about their contact with a Russian national who goes by the name Henry Greenberg — even though they say Greenberg offered to sell incriminating information to the Trump campaign for $2 million."
"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."