What's News

VA-05: “Republican activists chose” distillery owner Denver Riggleman (R) “at a meeting Saturday in central Virginia to replace” Rep. Tom Garrett (R) “on the November ballot, following a frenzied five-day campaign. … The nominee was decided after five hours and four rounds of secret balloting that came down to two candidates: Riggleman and” national GOP committeewoman Cynthia Dunbar (R) who also lost the convention to replace retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 06). “Over the past few days, Riggleman promised to join the conservative House Freedom Caucus, of which Garrett is a member.” He will face author Leslie Cockburn (R) in November. (Washington Post)

AK GOV: Former Sen. Mark Begich (D) entered the race Friday just ahead of the filing deadline. Begich’s entry "altered the plans of Gov. Bill Walker (I), who earlier stated that he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott would run in the Democratic primary. ... Walker and Mallott will revert to their initial strategy of bypassing the August primary and going directly to the November ballot by gathering enough signatures to qualify as unaffiliated candidates.” (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner) Former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R) also entered the race Friday. "He joins a list of candidates seeking the GOP nod, including former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, who is known for his conservative views, and businessman Scott Hawkins." (AP)

CA-49: Two recent surveys showed a fluid field in the race to replace retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R). Environmental attorney Mike Levin (D) took a narrow lead over Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey (R), 17 percent to 15 percent, in a poll (May 22-24; 500 LVs; +/- 4%) from Tulchin Research. (Roll Call)  Meanwhile, a SurveyUSA poll (May 29-31; 612 LVs; +/- 4.7%) showed Harkey in the lead with 24 percent, followed by former Hillary Clinton policy adviser Sara Jacobs (D) and 2016 nominee Doug Applegate (D) with 11 percent. (release)

MN GOV: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R) and state Rep. Erin Murphy (D) “won their party endorsements Saturday as candidates for Minnesota governor, but both now face tough primary battles against former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-01). (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OH SEN: Rep. Jim Renacci (R) launched his first TV ad on Monday dismissing the “phony attack ad by career politician” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D), who “raised our taxes and broke his pledge on term limits.” He then challenged “Sherrod ‘Full-of-Bull’ Brown” to “look in the camera and do it yourself” in his next negative ad. A Renacci spokeswoman said the ad was running on a $166,000 combined buy in Cleveland ($65,000), Columbus ($61,000), Dayton ($24,000), Youngstown ($9,000), and Toledo ($7,000). (Hotline reporting)

ND SEN: Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) launched his first TV ad on Saturday on a six-figure broadcast buy in Fargo and Minot. The spot highlights his support for the federal tax law overhaul and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D) opposition to it. He closes: "We all like Heidi, but she's wrong to oppose this tax cut." (Hotline reporting)

TX-23: The Chamber of Commerce launched a TV ad touting Rep. Will Hurd (R) as a “bipartisan leader for all of us.” The spot touts his work to “protect the Dreamers” and secure the border. It’s part of a $300,000 buy and is the Chamber’s first ad in the race. (release)

UT SEN: Mitt Romney went up on broadcast TV on Friday morning with a spot calling himself “a deficit hawk.” Romney: “And I’m going to fight to stop the deficits and the debt.” (Medium Buying)

IOWA: Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed state Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) in the primary to take on Rep. Rod Blum (R-01). (release) And former Gov. Chet Culver (D) endorsed former Bernie Sanders staffer Pete D’Alessandro (D) in the June 5 race to face Rep. David Young (R-03). (Des Moines Register) One candidate must receive 35 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary or the race will advance to a convention.


Our Call

The Alaska governor's campaign is between a rock and a hard place, with the addition Begich to the race. Walker was presented with two unappealing choices: compete as an independent for the Democratic nomination and likely lose out or compete in a three-way general election race. He chose a three-way race, which will create an uphill battle for himself and Begich. Last month Walker's campaign manager expressed concern that a three-way race would result in a much easier path to victory for a Republican candidate. Unlike in 2014, the prospects for unity between the Democrats and Walker are fading quickly. -- Madelaine Pisani

The responses to new tariffs on America's allies indicate there isn't always perfect correlation between a Democratic incumbent's vulnerability and their support for Trump's policies. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota slammed their GOP opponents for not standing up to the policies implemented by the president that carried their states by double digits. Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania indicated they support for the move despite being in safer states that are more dependent on markets the policies hope to protect. The political calculus is more apparent for Republicans, who risk alienating party stalwarts who back free trade and all consumers if prices rise. -- Zach C. Cohen

This weekend's Wisconsin Democratic Party convention served as a reminder of just how fractured the field to take on Gov. Scott Walker remains just two months out from the primary. Former state Rep. Kelda Roys won a straw poll of the state party delegation with less than a quarter of the total vote, beating out nine other candidates. Walker may be as vulnerable as he's ever been given the current political environment, but Democrats are still without a clear top-tier candidate to face him. -- Adam Wollner


Fresh Brewed Buzz

"Bill Clinton: I wouldn't have done anything differently in Lewinsky scandal even in #MeToo era" (NBC News)

“What could cut through the political crosscurrents this year” in Orange County’s House races, especially CA-39 and CA-45 being fought partially in the diverse city of Irvine, “is a simple maxim: Asians vote for Asians.” (New York Times)

Barack Obama is set  to raise money for the DNC at a Los Angeles fundraiser on June 28. (Politico) The next day he will headline “a DCCC fundraiser ... in the Bay Area with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA 18).” (Politico)

Matt Gaetz comes to Stephanie Murphy’s defense over attack ad” (Florida Politics)

“President Trump will host a dinner in the coming week in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, restoring a White House tradition that he had abandoned during his first year in office.” (New York Times)

Rep. Billy Long’s (R-MO 07) personal Twitter account “was deactivated on Friday, with Long’s office saying his cell phone had been hacked.” (WHIO)

“Oops! Cynthia Nixon's campaign misspells 'Ithaca' repeatedly in invitation” (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

I was barred entry. Asked repeatedly to speak to a supervisor—he finally came out and said he can’t tell us anything. Police were called on us.” -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), after trying to enter an immigrant detention center in Brownsville, TX. (Twitter)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio VIllaraigosa (D) and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) “were involved in high-profile affairs while they were in public office in the mid-2000s, episodes that have been raised against them during a candidate debate and in a handful of advertisements at a time of heightened awareness of sexual misconduct.” (New York Times)

“While Pride Month is absent from the president's list of June proclamations, National Homeownership Month, National Ocean Month and Great Outdoors Month are not.” (NBC News)

“In an unusual lobbying effort, sex workers converged in Washington to tell legislators why” the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act “was a bad idea.” (BuzzFeed)

"End of an era? Tea party class of House Republicans fades" (AP)

“House Republicans have doubled the number of female candidates they have recruited to run for congressional seats this year,” to 103 from 48 in the 2016 cycle. (The Hill)

Dmitri Cherny (R), who is running in SC-01, “posted a video to his Instagram account Friday posing as the ‘chief of galactic police on the planet Zenon’” to protest his exclusion from the Republican primary debate. (Columbia State)


Rooster's Crow

The House is out. The Senate is in at 3 p.m.

Trump has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis at 12:45 p.m., meets with World Economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab at 2:45 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. hosts a Gold Star Families Memorial Day Reception with First Lady Melania Trump.


Swizzle Challenge

Sen. Mike Mansfield (D-MT) was the longest serving Senate Majority Leader.

Steven Bergsbaken won Friday’s challenge. Here's his challenge: Who is America’s longest-serving state legislator?

The 3rd correct email gets to submit the next question.



"Giuliani: Trump Could Have Shot Comey And Still Couldn't Be Indicted For It" (HuffPost)


"Today I thought about killing you / premeditated murder" (Kanye West)


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