Bill Clinton to AFP: “I hope we have a woman president in my lifetime, and I think it would be a good thing for the world as well as for America."
Tom Cole to the Washington Post: "Republicans need to understand that their political problems are neither tactical nor transitory. They are structural and demographic.”
NBC’s Alex Moe reports on Paul Ryan in Iowa: The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, made his return to the battleground state of Iowa Saturday night and brought a firm warning for Iowans for the next go around: be skeptical. ‘The next time you have a famous politician coming through Iowa, breezing through the towns, talking about big government, let’s be a little more skeptical,’ Ryan said after berating President Barack Obama and Democrats for the troubled rollout of the health-care law.”
Is Scott Walker already making a play for VP? He tells This Week: “I think both the presidential and the vice presidential nominee should either be a former or current governor.”
Scott Walker’s campaign was subpoenaed.
AP: "The biggest Republican-leaning money machines are spending dramatically less to help the party ahead of the 2014 congressional elections, a year after big-dollar conservative groups poured millions into unsuccessful campaigns against President Barack Obama and Democratic candidates, and the GOP failed to retake the White House or the Senate. Groups such as American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce no longer are willing to risk major investments on hard-line conservatives who embarrassed GOP leaders last fall and rattled the confidence of party donors. Many remain concerned after last month’s government shutdown highlighted Republican divisions."
Roll Call: "The 16-day government shutdown was clearly no detriment to campaign fundraising, as both Senate committees posted solid numbers in October. Still, Senate Democrats again outraised their GOP counterparts. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $4.8 million in October — $1 million more than the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The DSCC finished the month with $11.1 million in cash on hand and $6.2 million in debt. The NRSC had $5 million on hand and no debt as of Oct. 31."
LOUISIANA: Jessica Taylor: “Political newcomer Vance McAllister is headed to Congress after an upset win Saturdayevening in a Louisiana special congressional election – winning the GOP runoff even after coming out for Medicaid expansion. McAllister, a businessman who had the backing of ‘Duck Dynasty’ stars, ran a more centrist campaign in contrast to his opponent, who took a hardline against Obamacare. The result? He upset frontrunner, state Sen. Neil Riser, by 20 points, 60%-40%, in the low-turnout runoff for the 5th District contest. He will succeed former Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned earlier this year to take a post in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.”
MISSISSIPPI: Washington Post: "Former congressman Travis Childers (D-Miss.) says he is considering entering the Mississippi Senate race next year — particularly if longtime Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) opts not to seek another term. Conservative and tea party groups have lined up behind GOP candidate and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who got into the race in advance of Cochran's announcement. The prospect of a hard-fought GOP primary has Democrats hoping to capitalize in a tough state."
NEW YORK: AP: Bill de Blasio “is apparently the first white politician in U.S. history elected to a major office with a black spouse by his side."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s incredibly shrinking job-approval numbers. Siena has him at just 44%, but he has a 61% favorability rating.
PENNSYLVANIA: Writing from Pennsylvania and Iowa, Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane from the Washington Post look at how "Democrats have been hoping to capitalize on the political fallout for the GOP from the recent government shutdown. If they can do so anywhere, it should be in the suburbs north and west of the city where three adjoining congressional districts represent a confluence of Democratic Party ambitions for the 2014 midterm elections."
WYOMING: After Liz Cheney’s appearance on FOX Sunday, the Cheney sisters’ disagreement over gay marriage spilled into the open over the weekend. Jonathan Martin: “A feud between the two has spilled into public view, involving social media, an angry same-sex spouse, a high-profile election and a father who feels uncomfortably caught between his two children. The situation has deteriorated so much that the two sisters have not spoken since the summer, and the quarrel threatens to get in the way of something former Vice President Dick Cheney desperately wants — a United States Senate seat for Liz.”
MSNBC: "After an appearance on Fox NewsSunday in which Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney said she and her married gay sister “just disagree” on the subject of marriage equality, Mary Cheney posted a sharp rebuke to her Facebook page. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” she wrote. Mary Cheney’s wife, Heather Poe, also took to Facebook to sound off. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us. To have her say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least."
First published November 18 2013, 6:10 AM