So far at least nine Democratic House candidates have raised $1 million or more in the second quarter. The newest additions to the list:
CA-10: Investor Josh Harder (D) raised $1.25 million in the second quarter from 72,000 contributions. (Politico)
CA-25: Nonprofit executive Katie Hill (D) raised $1.3 million from April to June in what her campaign claims is "the most ever raised by a candidate in a quarter in the district." (release)
TX-31: Air Force veteran MJ Hegar (D) raised $1.1 million for her bid against Rep. John Carter (R). “Most of that came about from the attention drawn to her candidacy by her biographical ad, 'Doors,' which has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.” (Texas Tribune)
TX-32: Former NFL player Colin Allred (D) raised $1.1 million last quarter for his run against Rep. Pete Sessions (R), and ended with $900,000 in the bank. (Texas Tribune)
Trial attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) in TX-07, ironworker Randy Bryce (D) in WI-01, former State Department official Andy Kim (D) in NJ-03, former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones (D) in TX-23, and housing bubble whistleblower Katie Porter (D) in CA-45 have also announced raising $1 million or more last quarter.
More fundraising numbers from incumbents and challengers:
CT-05: Former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman (D) raised $380,000 since entering the race to replace Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D) on April 2. (Hartford Courant)
FL-15: Surgeon Julio Gonzalez (D) announced raising $225,000 in Q2 for the race to replace Rep. Tom Rooney (R). (release)
FL-18: Rep. Brian Mast (R) raised more than $1 million last quarter and ended June with nearly $2 million in the bank. Meanwhile, former State Department adviser Lauren Baer (D) raised more than $500,000 and has more than $1 million in the bank. (release)
IL-06: Rep. Peter Roskam (R) raised $944,000 in the second quarter and ended June with $2.3 million in the bank. (Hotline reporting)
GENERIC BALLOT. Democrats led Republicans by 7 points, 49-42 percent, in an Emerson College generic ballot (July 6-7; 900 RVs, +/- 3.4%). President Trump's approval was underwater at 43/50. (release)
PELOSI'S BATTLEFIELD ASSESSMENT. “So, say we have 104 [competitive races], and say we want to go down to 70 [that the party contests fully],” Pelosi said in an interview in the spring. “It’s a motivation to you, if you are one of our candidates, to work your heart out. Because if you’re not doing so well, we’ve got others to draw on. You see? Everybody in the 70 has to really perform, or else they know we’ll go someplace else.” (Rolling Stone)
LEADERSHIP MOVES. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH 13) "is considering taking on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi again in November despite previously ruling out the idea — the latest turn in the caucuswide chaos unleashed by Rep. Joe Crowley’s shocking primary loss last month. ... Ryan said several colleagues have approached him in the weeks since Crowley's primary to ask him to consider another dark-horse leadership bid. Although Ryan wouldn’t commit to challenging Pelosi, multiple sources within the caucus have told POLITICO over the past several days he seems to be strongly leaning that way."
DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03) "is telling colleagues he’d be interested in the whip position if the job is up for grabs in a House majority, according to multiple Democratic sources." Reps. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), "the No. 5 ranking Democrat, and" Barbara Lee (CA-13) "are eyeing Crowley’s job as caucus chairman, although neither California Democrat has formally declared. ... Meanwhile, one prominent rising star in the House Democratic Caucus has already taken himself out of the running." Rep. Joe Kennedy (MA 04) "has told fellow lawmakers he has no interest in running for leadership, according to multiple sources." (Politico)
COOK RATINGS CHANGE. The Cook Political Report changed ratings in 10 districts, and most of them favor Democrats. The bottom lines:
AZ-01, held by Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D) moves from Lean D to Likely D
AZ-09, left open by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D), moves from Likely D to Solid D
CO-03, held by Rep. Scott Tipton (R), moves from Solid R to Likely R
CT-05, left open by Esty, moves from Likely D to Solid D
MONTANA AT-LARGE, held by Rep. Greg Gianforte (R), moves from Likely R to Lean R
NY-11, held by Rep. Dan Donovan (R), moves from Lean R to Likely R
NY-25, left vacate by the late Rep. Louise Slaughter (D), moves from Solid D to Likely D
PA-01, held by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) moves from Toss Up to Lean R
PA-16, held by Rep. Mike Kelly (R), moves from Likely R to Lean R
VA-07, held by Rep. Dave Brat (R), moves from Lean R to Toss Up
A notable NY-25 tidbit from Dave Wasserman: "A month before the primary," state Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (D) "was forced to apologize for a 2001 comment casting doubt on the rape allegations of a female assembly staffer against Assembly Democrats' chief counsel." Meanwhile, "neurosurgeon Jim Maxwell (R) has the resources to paint Morelle as a 27-year Albany insider: he's loaned his campaign $470,000." (Cook Political Report)
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"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."