Gov't Shutdown Looms as House GOP Aims at Health Care Law; Poll: McAuliffe, Cuccinelli in Close Race

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  • "The threat of a government shutdown intensified Tuesday" as House GOP leaders unveiled "a more confrontational strategy that would fund the government into the new fiscal year only if" Dems "agreed to undermine" the '10 health care law (Washington Post).

  • In an interview with Telemundo on Tuesday, Pres. Obama "said ... that it is 'not an option' for his administration to take executive action to freeze the deportations of parents of children brought to the United States illegally, a move that immigrant rights advocates have pushed him to take if Congress fails to pass immigration reform legislation this year" (NBC News).

  • A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of VA GOV '13 LVs, conducted 9/9-15, shows ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) leading AG Ken Cuccinelli (R), 44-41%, with Robert Sarvis (L) at 7% (release). Citizens United (R) "is putting another" $300K behind "an ad campaign to promote" an anti-McAuliffe film (Washington Post).

  • A new WNBC-TV/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll of NYC Mayor '13 LVs, conducted 9/15-16, shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) leading ex-MTA Chair Joe Lhota (R), 65-22%, with ex-Bronx Borough Pres. Adolfo Carrión (I) at 3% (release).

  • In the AL-01 Special, ex-RNC dep. CoS Wells Griffith (R) "released his second television spot on Tuesday," in which he "throws a thick pile of Obamacare pages in the trash bin and says that repealing the law is why he decided to run for the seat" (Roll Call).

  • In the MA-05 Special, state Rep. Carl Sciortino (D) launched a new TV ad in which he comes out to his conservative father as a "proud Massachusetts liberal" (release). The Progressive Change Campaign Cmte endorsed Sciortino on Wednesday (release).

  • Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) won't run for MI SEN, leaving ex-Sec/State Terri Lynn Land (R) as the only prominent GOP candidate in the race (National Journal).

  • On her first day in the WV SEN race, Sec/State Natalie Tennant (D) "quickly moved to criticize her likely opponent," Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) (

  • AZ state House Min. Leader Chad Campbell (D) announced Tuesday he won't run for AZ GOV, ex-Board of Regents Pres. Fred DuVal (D) "as the only" Dem in the race (Arizona Capitol Times).

  • CO Sec/State Scott Gessler (R) officially entered the CO GOV race on Tuesday (Denver Post).

  • KS state House Min. Leader Paul Davis (D) announced Tuesday he will run for KS GOV against Gov. Sam Brownback (R) (Topeka Capital-Journal).

  • MD LG Anthony Brown's (D) MD GOV camp "plans to unveil" Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) "as its latest supporter at an event Sunday, according to several people familiar with the planned endorsement," just "two days before" AG Doug Gansler (D) "plans to formally launch his campaign" (Washington Post).

  • TX state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) "will end weeks of speculation and announce on" 10/3 whether she'll run for TX GOV (San Antonio Express-News). "Right now, it looks more than likely that" state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) "will join a Davis ticket" as her LG candidate (Austin American-Statesman).

  • VP Biden "will raise money" next week for IA-04 candidate Jim Mowrer (D) at the DC townhouse of Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) (Des Moines Register).

  • TX Gov. Rick Perry (R) "will visit gun manufacturer Beretta USA Wednesday" in Accokeek, MD, "during his trip to entice" MD companies to move to TX. "Later in the day, Perry will square off" with MD Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on CNN's "Crossfire" (Baltimore Sun).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• Gessler's GOV announcement may have been pre-scheduled, but he took a risk by going ahead with it as Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) steers the state's response to massive, damaging floods. In the long-term, he risks looking like he favors politics over governance. In the short-term, he may have accidentally launched in secret: Gessler didn't make the front page of any major state newspapers today.

• PA Gov. Tom Corbett's decision to accept Medicaid expansion -- with some of his own preconditions -- has landed him in hot water with both sides of the aisle. While criticism from his Democratic opponents was inevitable, Corbett is also taking shots from conservatives, with one Republican state rep. calling him "one-term Tom" on Tuesday. The last thing Corbett needs right now is growing opposition from the right. Sporting some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in the nation, Corbett has a hard enough path to reelection without having to worry about a GOP revolt.

• O'Malley and Perry are both long-shots to win their parties' WH '16 nods, despite their outsized national ambitions. But their unusually personal tit-for-tat over competing visions of what makes a strong economy is a tease for the central argument that's likely to define the next presidential campaign.



  • Obama on Tuesday "directed his budget office to conduct a government-wide review of security standards for contractors and employees across federal agencies" after the U.S. military's "beleaguered background-check system failed to block Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis from an all-access pass to a half-dozen military installations, despite a history of arrests for shooting episodes and disorderly conduct" (Washington Post).

  • "Time and again," Alexis's behavior "fell below a level that would have brought a serious response, like a less-than-honorable discharge from the military or involuntary commitment to a mental institution, experts and officials said" (New York Times). Police in Newport, RI, "reported Tuesday that just over a month ago ... the 34-year-old defense contractor summoned them to his hotel room at the Newport Marriott to present a bizarre story of being harassed by three people who he said kept him awake at night by sending vibrations into his body via 'some sort of microwave machine' in the room above" (Providence Journal).

  • FEC Commis. Donald McGahn (R) resigned on Tuesday to return to private practice, "ending what campaign-finance reform advocates and political practitioners called one of the most consequential tenures in the commission’s 38-year history" (Washington Post).

  • NJ Gov. Chris Christie's (R) "close relationship" with the RGA "provides a playbook for how carefully choreographed independent spending campaigns can undermine the rules meant to curtail the political influence of government contractors" (New York Times).

  • "Readers of this page have long recognized that the CJ's commitment to criticizing everything I do supersedes any commitment to consistency" -- Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), taking on the Louisville Courier-Journal over its criticism of his Syria stance, saying the paper had "the restraint and credibility of a dog standing on the kitchen table" (Louisville Courier-Journal).

  • At a Constitution Day event on Tuesday, McConnell mgr. Jesse Benton "peppered" businessman Matt Bevin (R) "with specific questions 'to show what you do and do not know' about being a U.S. senator," including "how many articles there are in the U.S. Constitution, what Article 5 says and what the three rebel factions in Syria are" (Lexington Herald-Leader)

  • DC Councilmember/ex-Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry (D) "was censured" and stripped of his cmte chairmanship on Tuesday by the Council "for taking thousands of dollars in cash payments from contractors with business before the city" (Washington Post).

  • Senate Commerce Cmte Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) "visited News Corp's London headquarters earlier this year in preparation for a potential Senate investigation" into News Corp's phone-hacking scandal (London Daily Telegraph).

  • "We want to get a little more involved in some of the races, and support those who are making the right decisions and call attention to those who aren't" -- Chef Tom Colicchio, board member of Food Policy Action, "which rates members of Congress based on how they vote on food policies" (New York Times).

  • FL atty Dexter Douglass, who "served as lead counsel" to then-VP Al Gore (D) during the WH '00 FL recount, "died Monday" at 83 (Miami Herald).

  • IA state House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R) and state Rep. Deb Berry (D) "are set to rappel down a downtown Des Moines building" on Wednesday "to raise money for the Special Olympics" (Cedar Rapids Gazette).

  • "Jerry Brown and I had a lot of fun for a number of years. ... He was smart and funny, not interested in drinking or drugs, and lived his life carefully, with a great deal of discipline" -- Singer Linda Ronstadt, who dated Brown in the late 70s (Sacramento Bee).


  • Sens. David Durenberger (R-MN) and Herman Talmadge (D-GA) were the last two senators to be formally censured.

  • The winner is Bill Pascoe, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Courtesy of last week's 9/11 coverage, on the 'Today' show broadcast that aired live breaking news on 9/11/01, who was the first eyewitness who spoke on air to Katie Couric and Matt Lauer about the attacks on the World Trade Center?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.




"But the last six weeks or so have been really tough on me, struggling with this. Is this really me? Is this really what I want to spend my next five to nine years doing? And is this the best thing for me to do at this stage of my life? I've come to the conclusion that this isn't the best thing for me. ... You know, the dog catches the tire and, boom" -- Ex-WH CoS Bill Daley (D), explaining his decision to drop his IL GOV bid (Chicago Tribune).


"Can I ask you a question? Why are you even running for office?"

"I wanted something to do to get my dad off my back. This seemed easy." ("Bobby Newport," "Parks and Recreation").

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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