House GOP Rift Raises Shutdown Odds; Davis Tells Dems She'll Run for TX GOV; Capuano a No on MA GOV

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  • Congress "stumbled toward a shutdown" as the GOP's "rebellious right wing on Thursday blocked a strategy" by House Speaker John Boehner "for navigating a series of deadlines to keep the government funded and avoid a first-ever default" (Washington Post).

  • At an event in Largo, MD, on Thursday, Pres. Obama reiterated: "I will not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America" (AP).

  • "The five permanent members" of the UN Security Council "have agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but there will be no automatic penalties if the Syrians fail to comply, officials said Thursday" (New York Times).

  • In VA GOV '13, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce "voted to endorse" ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) on Thursday, "a crucial win" for McAuliffe as he and AG Ken Cuccinelli (R) "battle for the support of the business community" (Washington Post). Cuccinelli debuted a new TV ad on Friday, featuring Dinwiddie Co. Commonwealth's Atty Lisa Caruso (R) (release).

  • In NYC Mayor '13, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's (D) camp "announced Thursday" that ex-Sec/State Hillary Clinton (D) "will raise money for him sometime next month" (Washington Post).

  • In the MA-05 Special, Middlesex Co. Sheriff Peter Koutoujian (D) "launched his first" TV ad on Thursday, becoming the third candidate on the air (Boston Globe).

  • NC state Sen. Pete Brunstetter (R) "announced Thursday" he will not run for NC SEN (Raleigh News & Observer).

  • Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), "after months of preparation for a possible" MA GOV candidacy, will run for reelection instead, "removing what would have been one of the party's most serious contenders" to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick (D) (Boston Globe).

  • TX state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), "whose filibuster against an abortion-restriction bill catapulted her to national attention, will announce next week she is running" for TX GOV (Dallas Morning News).

  • In PA GOV, the Teamsters are backing Treas. Rob McCord (D) in the Dem primary (

  • According to a new Public Policy Institute of CA poll of CA RVs, conducted 9/10-17, 47% approve of the way Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is handling his job, while 36% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 7/9-23, 49% approved of Brown, and 30% disapproved (release).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

The benefit of being a governor: Both Chris Christie and Rick Snyder criticized Congress, including members of their own party, for careening towards a possible government shutdown. But it's not just the party's more-moderate wing: TX Gov. Rick Perry called the proposal to connect Obamacare with a government shutdown "nonsensical."

• NC state Senate Pres. Phil Berger's (R) handpicked candidate, Brunstetter, won't run for the Senate, but Thom Tillis shouldn't celebrate just yet. With Brunstetter out of the running, Tillis is the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination. But he and Berger are known to have an icy relationship, and Berger is unlikely to cede the nomination that easily. The majority of the state's GOP leaders have already taken a pass on the contest, leaving few options for Berger. But he could get behind one of the second tier candidates already in the race. With his growing name recognition statewide and strong fundraising organization, Berger could be a strong ally for a first-time campaigner like Mark Harris or Greg Brannon.



  • "It is not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say, 'Give me everything inside or I'm going to burn it down.' The Republicans have provided a laundry list of essentially ransom demands" -- Senior WH adviser Dan Pfeiffer (CNN).

  • "Seven weeks after heart surgery," George W. Bush "said he's 'getting a lot better'" and back to mountain biking and playing golf (Dallas Morning News).

  • "If that became an open seat, of course I would run. I have a good statewide appeal and a lot of people would like me to get back on Capitol Hill" -- Ex-Rep. Allen West (R-FL), on Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) Senate seat (Tampa Bay Times).

  • VA LG nominee E.W. Jackson (R) "was accused ... of threatening the life of his daughter's roommate" in '06, according to a Belmont, MA, "police report and a separate temporary restraining order" (Politico).

  • "I am very proud of my dad, obviously, and I love him very much. He was very excited when I told him I was getting in the race. He's thrilled, but he recognizes that this is my race, and he won't be out on the trail campaigning for me. It's very important for me to do this one vote at a time myself" -- WY SEN candidate Liz Cheney (R) (National Journal).

  • "My State Needs Obamacare. Now." -- The headline of a New York Times op-ed penned by KY Gov. Steve Beshear (D).



  • Now-KS Gov. Sam Brownback (R) was the last man elected to the Senate after serving only one term in the House.

  • The winner is Tom Davis, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the 1st Republican African American elected to Congress in the 20th century?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I'm just asking the question. Is it more important to the senator from Texas and the senator from Utah that the people around the country watch this vote, or is it more important to us that we have a good policy outcome from our standpoint?" -- Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), on Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), who blocked a Thursday night vote on cloture on the House CR, instead preferring a Friday afternoon vote (Daily Caller).


"It is a little bit akin to the World Wrestling Federation, wrestling matches where it is all rigged. The outcome is predetermined. They know in advance who is going to win and lose and it is all for show" -- Cruz, during his 21-hour speech on Tuesday (Washington Post).

Josh Kraushaar, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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