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Patrick Svitek   |   August 31, 2012    2:43 PM ET

A southern Florida chiropractor is reminding campaign backers that even Hurricane Isaac cannot derail his long-shot bid for the state's legislature.

"Based on recent evidence, I am not happy to report our conclusive findings: Solomon for House yard signs are not effective wind and rain repellents," Democratic candidate Jeff Solomon of Pinecrest, Fla., wrote in a recent email to supporters. "I have proven this by driving through our community and noticing that Isaac has helpfully removed many of our signs. While I appreciate the storm's help, the election is not over -- I will be on the ballot this November."

Solomon is challenging state Rep. Michael Bileca (R-Miami), who the Miami Herald's Naked Politics blog notes has an almost tenfold fundraising advantage over Solomon.

The wind-and-rain quip was the first of several Isaac references in Solomon's fundraising appeal, which concludes by promising to replace the hurricane-battered signage with fresh placards pending new donations.

"While wind is not good for yard signs, it is good for momentum," Solomon wrote. "And I'm pleased to report that, politically speaking, the wind is at our back and filling our financial sails."

Hurricane Isaac made landfall as a Category 1 storm on Tuesday night, spanning across the Gulf Coast to the Florida Panhandle.

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Lamb, Hanna Both Say They Want More Research Done On Hydrofracking [WKTV]

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Utah Republicans Ask, 'Where's George?' [Salt Lake Tribune]

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Attempts To Clarify Anti-'Middle Easterners' Comment, Says She Mentioned Chinese People Too [Phoenix New Times]

NRSC Pulls Wilson Ad Buys [KFDA]

Connecticut Senate Upset? Republican Linda McMahon Ahead In Poll [Independent Voter Network]

Patrick Svitek   |   August 30, 2012    3:47 PM ET

Democratic Senate candidate Bob Kerrey will take his second-favorite target -- anti-tax activist Grover Norquist -- if he cannot spar on national television with Republican opponent Deb Fischer.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Kerrey asked Fox News host Chris Wallace for a televised debate with Norquist, who authored the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Fischer has signed the anti-tax oath, which prohibits lawmakers from voting for any tax increase.

Kerrey's new debate request comes after Fischer turned down Wallace's invitation to go one-on-one with Kerrey on Fox News.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Fischer is eager to debate Kerrey, proposing two face-offs in September. Kerrey, however, wants a "wider audience" to air out their differences heading in to the final months of the Nebraska Senate race, the newspaper reported.

Fischer spokesman Daniel Keylin told the Associated Press that Kerrey "is clearly trying to deflect attention from his taxing record" by dragging Norquist in to the debate.

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House Candidate Pledges Half Of Salary To Charity [KPUA]

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Doheny Says He Will have 12 Congressional District Offices [Glens Falls Post-Star]

GOP To Spend $3 Million On N.D. Senate Ads [Jamestown Sun]

State Senate Candidate Says No To Pension If Elected [WGIL Radio News]

Republican Airs First TV Ad In U.S. Senate Race In Rhode Island [Associated Press]

Judge Weighs Lawsuit Over Ad In N.C. Governor's Race [Jacksonville Daily News]

Dalton Rolls Out Ethics Package, Term Limits [Greensboro News & Record]

Scott Brown Gets GOP 'Choice PAC' Endorsement One Week After 'Citizens For Life' Nod []

Patrick Svitek   |   August 29, 2012    5:25 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- Michael Baumgartner, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington state, said he has no regrets about telling a reporter to "go fuck yourself" after the journalist pressed him on whether his position on abortion differs from that of embattled Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

"It was a personal comment, and he absolutely had it coming," Baumgartner told the conservative website Red Alert Politics in an interview Tuesday.

Baumgartner holds the same position on abortion as Akin, the Senate candidate who caused a bipartisan uproar with Aug. 19 remarks that women's bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

When Josh Feit, a reporter for the PubliCola blog at Seattle Met Magazine pointed out that both Baumgartner and Akin oppose abortion without exceptions for rape or incest, Baumgartner fired off an angry email that quickly captured national headlines.

"Josh, this is Pat Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed last week in Afghanistan," Baumgartner wrote. "Take a good look and then go fuck yourself."

Baumgartner, challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell in Washington state, later apologized for his "strong language."

In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Baumgartner admitted sending Feit the inflammatory email and chalked it up to frustration with what he described as the the media's apathy toward the war in Afghanistan.

Baumgartner has tried to center his campaign platform on national defense, highlighting his diplomatic experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I think most people would like to pretend that the war is on the back pages and it's really not going on," Baumgartner told Red Alert Politics.

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Washington Gubernatorial Candidate Rob McKenna Refuses To Release Tax Returns []

Future Schock? Peoria GOPer Sure Sounds Like A Gubernatorial Candidate [Chicago Sun-Times]

Fake Michigan House Candidate Probe OK'd [Livingston Daily]

Patrick Svitek   |   August 28, 2012    1:52 PM ET

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren out-raised Republican opponent Sen. Scott Brown by more than $1 million in July and early August, injecting more money into the country's most closely watched battle for a seat in the upper chamber.

FEC reports released Monday show that Warren raked in $3.7 million over the last six weeks, while Brown took in $2.3 million during the same period.

Despite Warren's fundraising edge, Brown has more cash on hand -- $14.2 million to Warren's $12.3 million.

With just over two months until Election Day, the Brown-Warren matchup may be one of the country's most expensive contests. The Associated Press reported last month that almost $50 million had been poured into the razor-thin competition by the end of June, a state record.

Brown leads Warren by about four points, according to HuffPost Pollster's trend estimate, which takes into account all public polling available in the race.

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Cole Stangler   |   August 23, 2012    5:04 PM ET

For the first time, Republican candidate Linda McMahon has opened up a lead over her opponent Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in the Connecticut Senate race.

McMahon now leads Murphy by a 49-46 margin among likely voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports.

This first poll released since Connecticut's primary, in which Murphy and McMahon both coasted to victory, would seem to indicate a dramatic swing. In July, Public Policy Polling found Murphy leading 50-42 among likely voters, and previous polls also had Murphy ahead of his Republic opponent.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is taking this latest poll with a grain of salt.

“Rasmussen’s Republican bias is well known and documented so it’s impossible to take their data seriously,” a spokesperson for the DSCC said in an email to the Hartford Courant. “The fact is that the last time Linda McMahon ran for office, she spent $50 million trying to buy a Senate seat but still lost by double digits. There’s no reason to expect different results this November.”

In 2010, McMahon also ran for Senate in Connecticut and massively outspent her Democratic opponent, then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. She's currently outspending Murphy by a more than 3-1 margin.

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Patrick Svitek   |   August 22, 2012    6:28 PM ET

Former high school teacher Kerry Bentivolio, who is running for Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's southeast Michigan seat, told his students on the first day of classes last year that he wanted to make them "cry at least once," the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Bentivolio, who taught English before jumping into the congressional race, was the last Republican standing after the incumbent McCotter was kicked off the primary ballot for fraudulent petition signatures earlier this year.

Now, Bentivolio faces questions about his tenure at Fowlerville (Mich.) High School. A Freedom of Information Act request by the Free Press yielded records showing that he had been reprimanded for making students "feel threatened and unsure of what [he] would do," in the words of an assistant principal.

During the 2011-12 school year, Bentivolio was cited for several incidents of student intimidation, including "grabbing their desks and yelling in their faces or for slamming his fists on their desks," according to the Free Press. In one reported instance, he told his students they were "just a paycheck" to him.

At the time, Bentivolio reportedly called the accusations "politically motivated." His campaign manager said Bentivolio left his teaching post to run for Congress, not because he was pushed out by school administrators.

In the general election, Bentivolio is up against Democrat Syed Taj, a doctor and Canton Township trustee.

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Patrick Svitek   |   August 21, 2012    6:21 PM ET

Billionaire casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Mariam, have given half a million dollars to a super PAC supporting a popular rabbi running for Congress in northern New Jersey.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the Adelsons made their donations to Patriot Prosperity PAC, an independent-expenditure group backing Shmuley Boteach, whose House bid against eight-term incumbent Rep. Bill Bascrell (D-N.J.) is considered a long shot but could garner national attention with the big-money injection.

The Adelsons' financial support “is a game-changer, and I suspect there will be many more like it,” Boteach told the Journal in a statement through his spokesman.

Boteach, the author of the book "Kosher Sex" and host of the TV show "Shalom in the Home," raised eyebrows earlier this year when he recruited "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star Jon Gosselin to hit the campaign trail to argue that marriage counseling credits should be tax deductible.

Adelson is likely more drawn to Boteach's pro-Israel positions. Boteach has dinged Pascrell for signing the Gaza 54 letter, which asks President Barack Obama to terminate the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Adelson has emerged as one of the GOP's most generous donors, giving $10 million to Restore Our Future, a super PAC aligned with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He has reportedly said he plans to funnel tens of millions more dollars to Republican candidates and causes in the run-up to November's elections.

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Patrick Svitek   |   August 15, 2012    6:02 PM ET

Mitt Romney's selection of running mate Paul Ryan has launched the Wisconsin congressman's controversial budget plan to the forefront of political contests across the country -- sometimes to the chagrin of more moderate Republican candidates.

The latest example: In New York's 27th district, House hopeful Chris Collins declined Tuesday to say whether he supports the Medicare overhaul proposed by his party's presumptive vice presidential nominee.

Collins is challenging Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) in what had been one of that state's most conservative districts until Hochul's unexpected election two years ago.

"I'm saying I'm going to be part of one of 435 members of the Congress that's going to debate the next budget that's going to be put forth by President Romney," Collins told a WGRZ reporter who pressed him about whether he would support significant changes to Medicare.

Under Ryan's Medicare outline, the program would offer a fixed amount of money to senior citizens in the future, an approach that the Congressional Budget Office says will hike out-of-pocket contributions from those same recipients down the road.

Collins' reluctance to embrace Ryan's budget plan is not without political foresight.

In 2010, Hochul pulled off an upset victory over Republican opponent Jane Corwin after attacking Corwin for her support of the Ryan plan.

The surprising outcome of the special election was widely viewed as a warning sign that Ryan's Medicare proposals could be more of a political liability than an asset heading into the next round of congressional races in 2012.

Democrats have not been shy about their intention to make Medicare a central issue of this year's contests, especially with Ryan on the ticket. On Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it will begin calling up the constituents of 50 GOP lawmakers who voted for the Ryan budget.

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Patrick Svitek   |   August 13, 2012    5:22 PM ET

A Washington state man was arrested Thursday for allegedly firing off hostile emails to a local candidate who had sent him campaign mailers.

Vancouver, Wash., resident Gary K. Owen, 50, is facing two counts of malicious harassment for allegedly making graphic and threatening comments in messages to Eileen Qutub, a Republican candidate for Washington's 49th state Senate district, according to The Columbian.

"I know you receive phone calls and emails from people, and they're exercising their free speech," Qutub told the local newspaper. "This individual wrote the most vile, threatening email. … It was not political speech."

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Owen was fed up with receiving Qutub's campaign mailers and vowed to "hunt you down and shove your spam junk mail flier (explicit description) with a hot poker!" in one email to the GOP candidate.

In another email, Owen allegedly told Qutub he would rather shoot her than vote for her and that she has "no right ever speaking or having an opinion about anything" as a woman in the Republican Party.

The Columbian reported Thursday that Owen signed the menacing emails, also including his address.

Qutub served in the Oregon Legislature from 1995 to 2001.

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Patrick Svitek   |   August 8, 2012    3:53 PM ET

A GOP congressional candidate in Minnesota is not backing down from his controversial claim that he spotted the state's Democratic Governor Mark Dayton gulping down more than a dozen pills during a recent breakfast together.

"I was there. I saw it," House hopeful and Minnesota state senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) told reporters after a candidate forum on Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I saw it. I said it. I was there."

Dayton has disputed Parry's account, saying that while he often takes medicine prescribed for depression, as well as antacids, he does not recall the breakfast meeting or ever taking that many pills at once.

The tiff was sparked after Parry shared the now-disputed anecdote at a fundraiser Monday.

"When you sit across from him and you watch him pop 15 to 16 pills when you're having a meeting, it's scary," Parry said of Dayton. "We all know how scary Obama is. He is at the same level."

At a campaign event Tuesday, Dayton called Parry's accusation "a lie" and "the worst form of gutter politics," according to the Star Tribune.

Dayton also charged Parry with grasping for straws ahead of the Aug. 14 contest for the Republican nomination in Minnesota's 1st district.

"He is six days before a primary that he probably is going to lose," Dayton said.

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Alexander Becker   |   August 7, 2012    1:26 PM ET

Americans For Tax Reform head Grover Norquist targeted GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde on Monday, suggesting that the Wisconsin Senate hopeful can't be trusted to vote against Democrats' efforts to raise taxes if elected.

“Without the written commitment to oppose higher taxes, it only seems logical that Hovde’s plans are to join with Democrats to implement dangerous tax reform that includes higher taxes on everyone," Norquist said in a statement. "Wisconsin voters should be aware both of Hovde’s rhetoric on higher taxes and his refusal to commit to Wisconsin taxpayers that he won’t raise their taxes."

Of the four candidates vying for Wisconsin's Republican nomination for Senate, Hovde is the only one who has not signed Norquist's anti-tax pledge and has chosen instead to produce and sign his own independent tax pledge, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Hovde faces former Rep. Mark Neumann, State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and former Gov. Tommy Thompson in the GOP primary. The winner will challenge Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for the seat now held by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl.

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Nate Willis   |   August 6, 2012    3:56 PM ET

With Ted Cruz's victory in Texas sealed, the focus is now on the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri -- at least for Sarah Palin. Palin has endorsed Sarah Steelman as the Republican nominee and showed her support by speaking at a fundraising event last week.

Palin made a stop in Cleveland, Mo. to attend the Steelman Surge BBQ on Friday. Steelman is in a three-way race for the Republican nomination, along with John Brunner and Todd Akin.

"She's the candidate in this race who scares them because she won't go to Washington to just go along, to get along," Palin told the crowd of over a thousand. "You have that choice to choose, results over rhetoric. Convictions over consultants and Missouri over Washington."

This is not the first campaign stop that Palin has made, nor will it be her last. Her most recent appearance was in the final days of the contentious Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Texas where Cruz won big on Tuesday. She, along with other Tea Party notables Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), gave their full support in hopes of solidifying Cruz's lead and very possibly establishing a Tea Party bloc in the Senate.

According to The New York Times, Cruz's margin of victory was 57 to 43 percent over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Even though Steelman has drawn support from the former Alaska governor, she is still behind in the polls.

According to Public Policy Polling, Steelman holds just 25 percent of the vote, trailing both Akin at 30 percent and Brunner at 35 percent. Ten percent of the voters plan to choose someone else or are undecided.

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Missouri Serves As Template For Other States On Outside Spending [The New York Times]

Democrats Choose Conservative Mark Clayton To Run For U.S. Senate In Tennessee [The Daily Beast]

Greg Rosalsky   |   August 3, 2012    4:37 PM ET

Eric Hovde is crying foul over new attack ads released by an issue advocacy group that has ties to his Republican rival, Tommy Thompson, in the Republican primary contest for a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin.

Americans for Job Security, which began running anti-Hovde television ads on Thursday, is the client of Persuasion Partners, a consultancy group that also happens to be running Thompson's campaign. This is more than a benign coincidence, according to the Hovde campaign.

"The connection between the Thompson campaign and AJS smacks of illegal coordination," said a spokesperson for Hovde's campaign, Sean Lansing, in a press release. "If Governor Thompson cares at all about integrity or transparency, he will either stand behind these baseless attacks or call on AJS to disclose their donors."

The President of Persuasion Partners, Darrin Schmitz, dismissed the allegations, calling them "a cheap shot from a desperate campaign."

Wisconsin's four-way GOP primary race, which also includes former congressman Mark Neumann and State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, will take place on Aug. 14. An Aug. 1 poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-aligned firm, showed Hovde leading the pack, holding a narrow lead over Thompson.

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Meet the 23rd Congressional District Republican candidates [Sun Sentinel]

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Patrick Svitek   |   August 1, 2012    3:47 PM ET

A Mississippi congressional candidate said that mayors who oppose Chick-fil-A because of CEO Dan Cathy's views on same-sex marriage "need to be introduced to the Second Amendment."

In a letter to the Biloxi Sun Herald, Ron Williams, a Libertarian candidate running in Mississippi's 4th congressional district, wrote that mayors like Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and Boston's Tom Menino should be removed from office "by whatever means is necessary."

Both mayors have spoken out against the popular fast-food chain since Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that he was "guilty as charged" when asked whether he believes marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman.

Last month, Menino sent a letter to the company urging it to stay out of Boston due to Cathy's "prejudiced statements." After a Chicago alderman said he would block the company from building its second Windy City location in his ward, Emanuel issued a statement declaring that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."

“Let me make it clear, the CEO is being punished by government officials because he exercised his First Amendment right of free speech," Williams said in the letter, which the Sun Herald wrote about Wednesday. "The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms). These two mayors need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.”

When asked about his letter's comments, Williams told the Sun Herald that he was exaggerating and not advising "anybody to go shoot anybody."

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