What's News

SENATE FUNDRAISING: Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX 16) raised $10.4 million in the second quarter and reported $14 million on hand. (Texas Tribune) Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) raised $4.4 million and had $7.2 million on hand. (release) Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) raised $4.3 million and had $12.2 million on hand. State Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) raised $1.9 million and had $3 million on hand. (Kansas City Star) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) raised $3.3 million and had $5.3 million on hand. (release) Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) raised $3 million and had $4.5 million on hand. (Politico) Montana Auditor Matt Rosendale (R) “raised over $1 million ... including over $700,000 in the last three weeks since the primary." (National JournalFormer state Rep. Mike Braun (R) raised $2.5 million, including a $386,000 personal contribution, and had $1 million in cash on hand. (release)

HOUSE FUNDRAISING: The Congressional Leadership Fund raised $51 million in Q2, which is more than the super PAC raised in the entire 2016 cycle. It ended June with with $71 million in cash on hand. (Hotline reporting) In FL-26, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) raised $785,000 and had $2.6 million on hand. (Miami Herald) 2016 state Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) raised at least $700,000. (PoliticoIn WA-05, former state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D) raised $930,000, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL 07) raised $550,000. (releases)

SCOTUS: One Nation is “going up with $4.7 million in ads across” Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota, and West Virginia. The group “didn't provide details on content of the ads. But Steven Law said Monday they are ‘committed to doing our part’ on supporting” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Politico)

FL GOV: Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (D) released a TV ad that will air starting Thursday as part of his ad buy of over $1 million in markets across the state. The ad features Levine’s mother, Diane, and highlights that he does not plan to create any new taxes. (release) Businessman Chris King (D) released a TV ad Thursday highlighting his plans to ban assault weapons, provide free community college, and legalize marijuana. The 30-second spot will air in the Jacksonville, Orlando, Panama City, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce TV markets. (release) NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed former Rep. Gwen Graham (D). (release)

RACE FOR THE HOUSE: Democrats notched a 13-point lead on an Ipsos/Reuters generic ballot, leading Republicans 47-34 percent. Independents broke for Democrats, 22-19 percent, in the survey (July 6-10; 1,295 RVs; +/- 3.1%). (release)

2020: The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee voted Wednesday “to prevent superdelegates from voting on the first ballot during the party’s presidential nominating convention, ‘unless a candidate has already earned enough pledged delegate votes from state primaries and caucuses to win the nomination’...The full DNC will vote on the changes in August.” (HuffPost)

OH-01: Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval (D) became the latest candidate to pledge not to back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker. He’ll face Rep. Steve Chabot (R) in November in a heavily gerrymandered seat in Cincinnati. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

MO SEN: President Trump will headline another fundraiser benefiting Hawley and the NRSC on July 24 in Kansas City. (McClatchy)


Our Call

The high-octane political fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination is also highlighting both party's most vulnerable Senate incumbents in the 2020 cycle, when Republicans will be defending many more seats. Republican groups have zeroed in on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, who is up for reelection in two years after winning a special election in December. Meanwhile, Democrats are eyeing GOP Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and John Cornyn of Texas, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has received the brunt of attention as a potential swing vote against confirmation. -- Zach C. Cohen

Remember when we thought Beto O'Rourke's $6.7 million first quarter was unbelievable? Those were simpler times. Dwarfing that number in the second quarter—despite swearing off PAC money when he entered the race more than a year ago—solidifies the fact that Republicans will have to take him seriously this fall in one of the most prohibitively expensive states, regardless of its political lean. -- Kyle Trygstad


Fresh Brewed Buzz

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short "is planning to depart by July 20." He "is taking a position at Guidepost Strategies consulting firm and will teach at the University of Virginia’s business school." (Politico)

Trump wants to update the paint job on the next version of Air Force One, ditching the iconic robin's-egg blue (which he calls a ‘Jackie Kennedy color’) for a bolder, ‘more American’ look.” (Axios)

“Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio for allegedly allowing a patron to touch her while on stage in a ‘nonsexual manner,’ her lawyer, Michael Avenatti said early Thursday morning.” (Washington Post)

Vern Buchanan bought yacht after voting for House version of GOP tax bill” (Florida Politics)

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL 21) on Wednesday brought a coat hanger to a briefing to denounce ... Kavanaugh, whose appointment liberals fear could endanger abortion rights." (The Hill)

NY-14 nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) “this week decided to send at least three paid campaign staffers to Delaware to help Kerri Evelyn Harris, an Air Force veteran and community activist who is challenging three-term" Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) “in a Sept. 6 primary. … Another New York-based staffer will help with Harris's digital outreach.” (CBS)

A poll from GBA Strategies on behalf of Navigator Research (July 5-8; 1,000 registered voters) found that 85 percent of respondents said it is “important” how a Supreme Court nominee feels about abortion, and 91% say the same about the Affordable Care Act. (release)

“Meet The Man — And Propaganda Machine — Behind Trump’s Latest Pardon” (BuzzFeed)

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have joined the host committee for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) fundraiser at Surf Lodge in Montauk this Saturday. Meanwhile, on Monday, Sandra Bernhard and Jesse Tyler Ferguson co-hosted a fundraiser for challenger Cynthia Nixon (D) at The Cutting Room.” (New York Post)

After past incidents in which” Rep. Tom Reed's (R-NY 23) campaign signs “went missing, Reed's campaign team installed a tracking device inside a sign. The tracking device led them to” the alleged perpetrator. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

“Does a Clinton Campaign Staffer Stand a Chance in Trump Country?” (Roll Call)

"I really do not believe in this whole sunscreen hoax.” -- Darla Shine, wife of new White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, on her former radio show. (CNN)

"Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) had harsh words for his former intern and Chagrin Falls native Kathleen Kraninger in her quest to become director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a post previously held by" OH GOV nominee Richard Cordray. (D) (Columbus Dispatch)

Top Democrats and lawmakers of the Congressional Black Caucus are questioning non-black members of the House Democratic caucus who haven’t stepped up to publicly defend Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA 43).” (BuzzFeed)

“GOP candidate Katie Arrington back to campaign trail after car wreck: 'You just can’t break me'” (Fox News)

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY 11) “is demanding a federal investigation into the NYPD’s use of a multimillion-dollar, federally funded spy plane to ferry” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “back and forth from his vacation in Canada last week.”(New York Post)

“Rumors of a Taylor Swift sighting on Capitol Hill spread quickly Wednesday afternoon, but congressional offices said they had no reason to believe the pop icon had paid a visit.” (Roll Call)


Rooster's Crow

The House is in at 10 a.m. The Senate is in at 10 a.m.

Trump is in the United Kingdom, where he and first lady Melania Trump will participate in a gala dinner.


Swizzle Challenge

Sens. Hubert Humphrey (D-MN), Russell Long (D-LA), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Robert Byrd (D-WV) served as Senate Majority Whip under Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT).

Sam Kaplan won yesterday’s challenge. Here's our challenge: Who was the last Supreme Court Justice confirmed by voice vote?

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



Paul Manafort has been able to review evidence and is being treated like a ‘VIP’ in jail, prosecutors said on Wednesday.” (Reuters)


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