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June 18, 2013

Retiring Baucus Donates $100K to DSCC

Retiring Baucus Donates $100K to DSCC

Baucus will retire next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., cut a $100,000 check on Tuesday to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to a source familiar with his campaign.

Baucus had nearly $4.9 million in his campaign account as of March 30, three weeks before announcing he would not seek a seventh term. He donated $470,000 to the DSCC last cycle, according to Center for Responsive Politics, not counting the money he raised on the committee’s behalf. Full story

Cory Booker Hires Another Obama Alumnus #NJSEN | Shop Talk

Cory Booker Hires Another Obama Alumnus #NJSEN | Shop Talk

Booker hired more staff. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced he hired another veteran of President Barack Obama’s campaign team to join his Senate campaign in New Jersey.

Addisu Demissie will manage Booker’s bid for the special election, according to a Tuesday news release. He joins several other former hired hands for Obama: strategists Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird, polling firm Benenson Strategy Group and campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis. Full story

Rounds Hires More Staff for Senate Bid #SDSEN | Shop Talk

Former Gov. Mike Rounds hired Jason Williams as his statewide coalitions director for his Senate campaign, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Williams has worked on several South Dakota campaigns, including as Rep. Kristi Noem’s coalitions director when she defeated former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a Democrat, in 2010.

“Jason believes in the importance of personal relationships at the local level,” Rounds said in a release. “Very few individuals understand the effort like he does. We’re grateful to have Jason on board — he’s a tremendous asset.” Full story

Republican Announces Begich Challenge #AKSEN

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Begich has a new GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell formally announced Tuesday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Begich next year.

His candidacy, which has been expected for some time, gives Republicans a top-tier opponent in one of the party’s best pickup opportunities in the country.

“I’ve met with community and business leaders, elected officials, and my party’s grassroots volunteers from all across Alaska,” Treadwell said in a statement. “In Washington, D.C., I’ve met with members of the U.S. Senate and respected national organizations and groups that share my core conservative values. I’ve talked and prayed with my family. Their responses have been positive and encouraging.” Full story

McCaskill Backs Clinton for President PAC #2016

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McCaskill backed a 2016 PAC's efforts. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A political action committee created to encourage Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president received its first congressional endorsement on Tuesday.

In a statement released by Ready for Hillary PAC, which launched shortly after the 2012 elections, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill endorsed the group’s effort to lay a political groundwork for the former secretary of State to have at the ready should she decide to run.

McCaskill, who was an early endorser of President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign, called the effort “critical” to Clinton’s potential for success in 2016. Full story

Republican Embraces ‘Bachmann 2.0′ Label #MN06 | The Candidate

Republican Embraces Bachmann 2.0 Label #MN06 | The Candidate

Emmer is running for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The candidate: Republican Tom Emmer, a former state representative who ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in Minnesota in 2010, now seeking the 6th District.
The other candidates: Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, a Republican. A Democratic environmental activist, Judy Adams, announced her bid after hotel magnate Jim Graves dropped out of the contest.
The member: Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who announced in May that she will retire at the end of this term.
The district: Republican-leaning Minneapolis exurbs, which have experienced significant population growth from young, conservative families. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the 6th District’s vote with 56 percent.
The candidate’s team: Emmer is in the process of forming his team.

1. A few of my Minnesota sources described you as the  “Bachmann 2.0” candidate. How are you similar to Bachmann? How are you different? Full story

June 17, 2013

Kentucky Governor Mulls Redistricting Do-Over (Updated)

Updated 5:45 p.m. | Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steven L. Beshear said his state might have to redo its 2012 redistricting map, according to The Associated Press.

At issue is whether prison inmates ought to be included in district counts. Inmates were included in congressional lines but not state legislative lines. Beshear is seeking “to make sure all of them are done on a consistent basis,” per the AP.

The current map was designed for incumbent protection. Even so, one incumbent went home after the 2012 elections: Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler.

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Rep. Tim Walz Has First Republican Challenger #MN01

Democratic Rep. Tim Walz officially has a Republican opponent in Minnesota’s 1st District.

Republican state Rep. Mike Benson announced on Monday that he will run against Walz in 2014, according to a local report.

Benson’s declaration comes on the heels of Republican state Sen. Jeremy Miller’s announcement that he will not challenge Walz for the seat. Miller said he was approached to run but decided against a bid after consulting his family, according to local reports.

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Democrats Tie Republican to Romney in Special Election #MASEN

With a new poll showing Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., pulling away, yet another outside group spot is hitting GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts Senate special election.

The new Senate Majority PAC advertisement, released on Monday, ties Gomez to Mitt Romney, the former Bay State governor and presidential nominee whose business background was tarnished in early 2012 ads. The ad is part of a $1 million media buy from the group, contributing to the overwhelming spending advantage Markey and his Democratic allies enjoy in this race.

youtube.com/watch?v=3MyYgAp96mU Full story

Exclusive: Peter Roskam Expands Political Operation | Shop Talk

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Roskam is expanding his political operation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A top House Republican, Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, will expand his political operation in the coming weeks by dispatching his longtime top aide to the campaign trail.

Steven Moore, Roskam’s chief of staff for more than six years, confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he will leave Capitol Hill for a full-time position with the chief deputy whip’s political operation. He will focus on helping rank-and-file members — many of whom are from safe GOP districts — with fundraising and grass roots, while keeping an early eye on next year’s primaries.

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June 14, 2013

Cory Booker Signs Up Two More Obama Veterans #NJSEN | Shop Talk

Newark Mayor Cory Booker continues to tap into the Obama campaign apparatus, for his nascent New Jersey Senate special election campaign, hiring a grass-roots organizing team led by two former strategists for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.

270 Strategies, run by Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird, will help Booker organize and get out the vote for what’s expected to be a low-turnout Democratic primary in mid-August.

Stewart served as Obama’s battleground states director last year, and Bird was national field director.

The firm joins a Booker consulting team that already includes New Jersey-based Message & Media and Benenson Strategy Group, which was Obama’s lead pollster.

The primary will be held Aug. 13, and the special election to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg’s term will be held on Oct. 16.

Top House Republican Won’t Run for Senate #MISEN

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Rogers will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday that he will not run for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.

“After careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined that the best way for me to continue to have a direct impact for my constituents and the nation is to remain in the House of Representatives,” Rogers wrote in an emailed statement to his supporters. Full story

Markey Outspends Gomez by $4 Million #MASEN

Markey Outspends Gomez by $4 Million #MASEN

Markey's campaign has spent more on the special election that his GOP opponent's campaign has. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Over the past two months, Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., outspent his Republican opponent in the Massachusetts Senate special election by nearly $4 million.

With fresh memories of the 2010 Bay State special election, Democrats have taken no chances against GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez in the race to replace John Kerry, who resigned to become secretary of State. That’s meant significant fundraising assistance, campaign appearances from President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton — who will be there on Saturday — and an advantage on the airwaves from outside groups. Full story

Super PAC Ads Hit Back at Markey #MASEN

The first Republican-aligned super PAC to hit the TV airwaves in the Massachusetts Senate special election released its two advertisements Thursday evening.

The Americans for Progressive Action ads are part of a reported $700,000 media buy on behalf of Republican Gabriel Gomez, who is being thoroughly outspent by Rep. Edward J. Markey and his Democratic allies.

The ads are similar, mention both candidates and attempt to contrast the two opponents. But their themes are quite different — one hits Markey for allegedly distorting facts about Gomez, while the other is critical of Markey’s vote to give the Internal Revenue Service a role in implementing the health care overhaul.

Watch “Truth and Honor” here:

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Watch “Enforce” here: Full story

June 13, 2013

Competitive House Race Surfaces in Maine | The Field #ME02

Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud’s Thursday announcement that he is exploring a run for governor in Maine could spark crowded primaries for his competitive 2nd District.

Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year.

“This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural areas [located in the district] do really well for Republicans.”

Local and national Republican operatives rattled off several potential GOP candidates who could run in the 2nd District. Full story

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