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April 24, 2012

Illinois: Mark Kirk’s Staff Releases First Photo After Stroke

Illinois: Mark Kirks Staff Releases First Photo After Stroke

This is the first photo released of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) since he suffered a stroke early this year. (Courtesy Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

Sen. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) staff today released the first photo of him since he suffered a stroke in January. The image shows the first-term Senator seated at a table, wearing an olive green polo shirt and looking straight ahead.

Kirk, 52, continues to recover at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which captured the image. His doctor there also released a statement adding that Kirk is “fully engaged in all aspects of his rehabilitation program.” Full story

Daniel Inouye Won’t Campaign Against Dick Lugar

Daniel Inouye Wont Campaign Against Dick Lugar

Sen. Daniel Inouye has given close to $900,000 to Democratic candidates so far this cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) has contributed almost $900,000 so far this cycle in support of the party’s efforts to retain control of the Senate. But there’s one race the most senior Democrat in the chamber has decided to avoid: He won’t campaign against Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.).

Lugar faces a very competitive May 8 primary against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Democrats are hoping to put the race in play if Lugar loses renomination, which polls indicate is an increasingly likely possibility.

“If Sen. Lugar somehow does not make it past the Republican primary, Sen. Inouye will re-evaluate,” an Inouye aide said.

Rep. Joe Donnelly, the Democrat running for Senate who raised a paltry $313,000 in the first quarter of the year, could no doubt use the financial assistance of Inouye and his DANPAC, which have contributed a combined $881,000 to Democratic candidates and causes this cycle.

Full story

Illinois: Former Miss America Mulls House Bid

There she is, Miss Congressional Candidate?

Attorney Erika Harold, who was Miss America 2003, told Roll Call today that she’s considering a bid for retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson’s (R-Ill.) seat.

“I am exploring the possibility, but I haven’t made any decisions at this point,” Harold said. “I feel that I might have a unique perspective to offer at this point in time as a young woman who understands some of the concerns that young people face in this economic condition.” Full story

New York: Buerkle Up Against Maffei in New Poll

New York: Buerkle Up Against Maffei in New Poll

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), whose re-election prospects were damaged by redistricting, begins the race with a slight lead, according to a GOP poll obtained by Roll Call. Full story

Illinois: GOP Field Grows in Race to Replace Timothy Johnson

The Republican field to succeed Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-Ill.) continues to grow in the wake of his unexpected retirement announcement earlier this month.

Add former Miss America Erika Harold to the long list of those considering a campaign. The 2003 national pageant winner is a Chicago attorney originally from Champaign County — the most populous part of the district. Full story

New Mexico: Martin Heinrich Launches First TV Ad in Senate Race

New Mexico: Martin Heinrich Launches First TV Ad in Senate Race

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today is launching his first Senate campaign TV ad, about a month before voters head to the polls for the primary. Full story

Minnesota: State GOP Headaches Mount With Eviction Case

The Minnesota Republican Party will face an eviction hearing next week over unpaid rent, according to the Associated Press. Full story

Hawaii: Sierra Club Backs Tulsi Gabbard in 2nd District

Hawaii: Sierra Club Backs Tulsi Gabbard in 2nd District

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Sierra Club endorsed Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard in Hawaii’s open 2nd district Democratic primary.

“Tulsi’s strong environmental record, including helping pass tough laws regulating greenhouse gases and being an outspoken advocate for renewable energy, distinguished her from the other candidates for this office,” said Steve Montgomery, who co-chairs the group’s Hawaii chapter. Full story

April 23, 2012

Utah: Orrin Hatch Keeping His Head Down

Utah: Orrin Hatch Keeping His Head Down

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Sen. Orrin Hatch is breathing a sigh of relief, he isn’t acting like it. In a brief interview with Roll Call this evening, the Utah Republican declined to gloat about his Saturday victory at the state GOP convention.

Rather, Hatch displayed the same attitude of determined but disciplined caution he has exhibited since beginning what many believed was an uphill campaign for re-election two years ago.

“We were very pleased. A couple months ago people were saying I couldn’t come out of the convention,” Hatch said, absent any of the emotion that his optimistic comments suggest.

Full story

Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren Launches TV Spot Backed by Big Bucks

Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, the presumptive Democratic nominee for Senate in Massachusetts, launched a biographical TV spot today backed by a very significant advertising buy.

A Republican source told Roll Call the buy was for $770,000 over the next two weeks.

In the ad, Warren introduces herself to voters and talks about her childhood.

Full story

April 22, 2012

Indiana: Daniels Goes to Bat for Lugar in TV Spot

Indiana: Daniels Goes to Bat for Lugar in TV Spot

(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The campaign advertisement Sen. Dick Lugar’s (R-Ind.) supporters have been waiting to see on their television hits the airwaves on Monday.

Indiana Gov.  Mitch Daniels (R) delivers a hearty endorsement for the embattled six-term Senator in a new television spot, declaring, “I can’t think of anyone so reflective of the thinking, principles and ideals of our state.”

Lugar faces the toughest primary challenge of his career on May 8 against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Support from the popular Daniels, one of Lugar’s closest political allies and his former top Capitol Hill aide, aims to push the vulnerable Senator over the finish line.

In the spot, Daniels vouches for Lugar on location from the Senator’s family farm. It’s a quiet response to recent attacks about Lugar’s residency in the state.

A spokesman for the Lugar campaign, Andy Fisher,  said the spot will run on cable and all broadcast markets across the state at an elevated level.

April 21, 2012

Utah: Orrin Hatch, Dan Liljenquist Will Face Off in Primary

Utah: Orrin Hatch, Dan Liljenquist Will Face Off in Primary

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo

Sen. Orrin Hatch and former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist will face off in a June 26 primary for the Republican nomination in Utah.

The 78-year-old incumbent came up just short of securing his party’s nomination today at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City, but he starts out favored against his conservative challenger. Full story

April 20, 2012

Maryland: Martin O’Malley Discusses Redistricting

Maryland: Martin OMalley Discusses Redistricting

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) addressed his state’s redistricting process and the subsequent fallout from it at a breakfast briefing with reporters today.

“There were, of course, bumps and bruises and divisions. No one likes redistricting. There are no real winners,” he said at an event hosted by Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C. He added a caveat that at times there are “coincidental or incidental” winners in redistricting.

The Democratic Member who most vigorously opposed the map that O’Malley eventually signed into law was Rep. Donna Edwards.

Full story

Ron Johnson Endorsing, Stumping for George Allen Today

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson today will endorse and later appear alongside former Sen. George Allen, who is running to win back his former seat in Virginia.

The Republicans will hold a small-business roundtable this afternoon at Bill’s Barbecue, a Richmond institution that recently closed five of its eight area locations, according to local reports. Johnson, who was recently tasked with coordinating Senate Republicans’ messaging, ran his own business for three decades before being elected to the Senate in 2010. Full story

EMILY’s List Doles Out Five New Endorsements

EMILY’s List Doles Out Five New Endorsements

EMILY's List will endorse ex-state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and four other women in their races for Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List will announce today that it is endorsing five House candidates as part of the Democratic effort to regain control of the chamber this fall. The women are running in districts where the races are tossups or slightly favor Republicans.

The Democratic candidates getting the pro-abortion rights group’s stamp of approval today are:

  • Attorney Shelley Adler, running in New Jersey’s 3rd district against Rep. Jon Runyan
  • Attorney Kathy Boockvar, running in Pennsylvania’s 8th district against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick
  • State Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, running in California’s open 26th district
  • Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, running in New Hampshire’s 1st district for the nomination to challenge Rep. Frank Guinta
  • Former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, running in Arizona’s new 9th district

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