What's News

NEVADA: 2016 NV-03 nominee Danny Tarkanian (R) is mulling a primary challenge to Sen. Dean Heller (R). Tarkanian is also considering running again in NV-03, which Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) is vacating to run for Senate. Meanwhile, the DSCC has begun “Google Search ads that will ask people to not ‘be fooled’ by Heller’s news conference Friday with Gov. Brian Sandoval (R).” (Nevada IndependentAmerica First Policies disputed a “report suggesting they planned to hold off on the ads” against Heller “in the event Heller changed his position.” (Washington Examiner)

BATTLE FOR THE SENATE: The Association for Community Affiliated Plans launched a seven-figure ad buy in five states, including Nevada and Arizona, that charges “cutting Medicaid will put millions of people and jobs at risk.” (Hotline reporting) Consumers Union "announced Monday a new $100,000 radio ad campaign against Senate Republicans’ health care bill,” targeting Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Heller, among other Republicans. (Morning ConsultAmerica First Policies will air cable television and digital ads in eight states—West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, Virginia, Missouri, Indiana, and Montana—pressuring Democratic incumbents to repeal and replace Obamacare. (Hotline reporting)

KS-04: State Senate President Susan Wagle (R) confirmed Monday she is considering a primary challenge to Rep. Ron Estes (R), who recently won a closer-than-expected special election. “‘There’s a number of constituents in my area who are concerned that the current congressman wasn’t primaried,’ Wagle said Monday." (KMUW-FM)

VA-10: Two more candidates have joined the massive field of Democrats vying to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock (R). Former State Department official Alison Kiehl Friedman (D) and Loudoun educator Deep Sran (D) both filed paperwork to run in the district that Hillary Clinton carried by 10. (Washington Post)

NY-19: Attorney David Clegg (D) "has joined the crowded field of Democrats seeking to unseat" Rep. John Faso (R). "A Woodstock-based trial lawyer, church deacon and former public defender," he "plans to formally announce his candidacy at a July 9 event." (Kingston Daily Freeman)

COMMITTEES: DCCC Chair Ben Ray Luján appointed Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17) "chairwoman of heartland engagement for the Democrats’ campaign arm on Tuesday. In that role, the third-term congresswoman will be mentoring Democratic candidates and helping shape an economic message in rural areas — both of which she’s already been doing." (Roll Call)

CT GOV: State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. (D) “announced Monday he will not run for statewide office in 2018." (National Journal)

IL GOV: Billionaire J.B. Pritzker’s (D) campaign released robocalls Monday “targeting state Senate districts across the state” and blame Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) and legislative Republicans’ “special interest agenda” for the budget impasse. (release)


Hair of the Dog

"Airport security screeners catch one for the record books: A heavyweight lobster" (Washington Post)


Our Call

As two more candidates declare challenges to Rep. Barbara Comstock, it's somewhat surprising that Jennifer Wexton's presence hasn't kept the primary field from expanding to at least seven Democrats. Wexton has long been her party's top recruit in the district and picked up support early on from Reps. Gerry Connolly and Donald McEachin. One major test of the other Democrats' viability will come in mid-July, when fundraising reports are due. -- Kimberly Railey

Susan Wagle's confirmation that she's mulling a primary challenge in KS-04 should give newly elected Rep. Ron Estes some pause. After decades of representing Wichita in the state legislature, Wagle could pose a formidable challenge. As a former state party vice chair, Estes was popular among the 126 party delegates who chose him as the GOP nominee in the recent special election, but Kansas Republicans have suggested Wagle might be more dynamic on the campaign trail and have an easier time winning over voters who were never sold on Estes in the first place. He could still catch a break, however, as Wagle is also eyeing the governor's mansion. -- Ally Mutnick


Fresh Brewed Buzz

“Progressive group flies plane over West Virginia with banner targeting Nevada Sen. Dean Heller” (Washington Examiner)

“I think you are going to need a very strong blender to mix the Washington community with the Trump crowd, and I don’t think it’s going to end up being a smoothie.” -- Sally Quinn (Politico)

Roll Call sent a request to all of the nation’s senators and representatives — more than 500 in all — to release their tax returns. Only 37 responded, and of those, six provided the documents.” (Roll Call)

"Pool Where Biden Worked as Lifeguard Named After Him" (WCAU-TV)

“A member of the Cobb County Board of Elections, Jessica Brooks, abstained Monday from the vote to certify” Rep. Karen Handel’s (R) GA-06 victory. “Reached by phone, Brooks said she had “no comment” on her reasons for abstaining.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“The House Ethics Committee acknowledged Monday it is investigating Reps. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM 03), John Conyers (D-MI 13)," and Michael Collins, chief of staff to Rep. John Lewis (D-GA 05). (Roll Call)

“Despite tweet, McCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's home” (CNN)

“[T]he DNC wanted the message to be that the ACA is doing fine and don’t talk about the warts. And I said I can’t do that because it’s failing my constituents in a lot of ways.” -- Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), campaigning for governor. (release)

“In a polling memo circulated by the Democratic group Priorities USA, Democrats say they have seen a significant shift in the last two months in the number of people that believe the president sides with the wealthy and big corporations over average Americans. Democrats plan to turn that message into a prominent sales pitch for their candidates and surrogates, and could make it the theme of ads as well.” (AP)

“There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.” -- Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who called for a $2,500/month ahead of his June 30 resignation. (The Hill)

“A new group run by two lawyers and veteran Democratic operatives specializing in voter protection efforts is launching a pilot program in Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to work with local elections officials to improve the voting process. Access Democracy, run by Obama's 2012 Florida Voter Protection Director Hannah Fried and Alexis Prieur L'Heureux, wants to help identify problems using specific data and partner with election officials to tackle problems such as long lines as well as support supervisor of elections candidates who want to improve access to voting.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“A deep national revulsion toward ... Trump has sent Canadians’ opinions of the United States plummeting to a level of antipathy never before seen in the 35 years a pollster has been asking. A major Pew Research survey released on Monday found that just 43 per cent of Canadians hold a favourable view of the U.S., with 51 per cent holding an unfavourable view.” (Toronto Star)

"[W]hen it comes to Latin America, the CEO-turned-president is listening to a man he derided on the campaign trail a year ago: Marco Rubio.” (Miami Herald)


Rooster's Crow

The House meets at 10 a.m. The Senate is in at 2 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Senate Republican policy lunch at 1 p.m. before holding a series of meetings with lawmakers.

Trump will speak with President Emmanuel Macron of France in the morning and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland in the afternoon from the Oval Office.


Swizzle Challenge

Martin Van Buren spoke Dutch as a child and learned English as a second language.

Yesterday's winner was Max Croes. Here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Among the seven states with an at-large congressional district, which once hosted the largest congressional delegation? How many members were in that delegation?"

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



“Wherever there is injustice, you will find us.” -- Lucky Day

“Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there.” -- Ned Nederlander

“Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find...” -- Dusty Bottoms (Three Amigos)


Joe Biden wanted to ‘punch’ hedge fund billionaire in the face” (New York Post)


Kyle Trygstad, Editor


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