OBAMA AGENDA: Job-training push
The Wall Street Journal: "The White House on Wednesday will announce $500 million in grants aimed at increasing coordination between community colleges and industry groups and another $100 million to expand access to apprenticeships to boost job training, administration officials said."
Attorney General Eric Holder is asking Congress for $15 million for "active shooter" training for law enforcement officers, per USA Today.
Rankling Obamacare opponents yesterday was this news that the Census Bureau will change the way it asks questions about health insurance "so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall."
OFF TO THE RACES: Paul defends himself on Iran
Rand Paul defends his foreign policy statements on Iran in a Washington Post op-ed, slamming "red lines" and comparing his strategy with Ronald Reagan's. "It is a dumb idea to announce to Iran that you would accept and contain that country if it were to become a nuclear power. But it is equally dumb, dangerous and foolhardy to announce in advance how we would react to any nation that obtains nuclear weapons."
The AP's Phil Elliott: "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $10.3 million in March, putting it atop the fundraising contest among party-directed campaign committees. That sum also outpaced most three-month fundraising tallies released thus far from super PACs, which can accept unlimited donations. Donations to House Democrats' campaign committee are capped at $32,400."
South Carolina may be ruby-red, but the state’s political elite isn’t convinced that Ted Cruz has what it takes for 2016, POLITICO reports.
Bookmark: The Wall Street Journal tracks first-quarter fundraising in marquee Senate races.
FLORIDA: One of us(!) reported yesterday that Alex Sink won't seek a rematch in the 13th district this November.
GEORGIA: NBC News talks to Georgia Senate candidate Karen Handel about rival David Perdue's comments about her education. On the reason she left home at a young age, Handel says "My mom was not a well woman. She had a very severe alcohol problem. It was very unstable in that environment."
IDAHO: Mitt Romney makes an appearance in a new ad from the Chamber of Commerce for incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson, who's facing a Tea Party challenge.
LOUISIANA: "The campaign of Senate Democrat Mary Landrieu is being criticized for recreating a contentious Senate hearing for use in a tough new campaign ad," we reported yesterday. "But Landrieu campaign manager Adam Sullivan says the campaign recreated the scene because Senate Ethics Rules prohibit the use of footage from any government camera in political ads."
SOUTH CAROLINA: A new Winthrop Poll shows that Lindsey Graham’s approval rating among adults has ticked up by 3.1%.
TEXAS: The New York Times profiles the Castro brothers, who "seem to be everywhere these days, and not just because they are hard to tell apart." More: "While the Castros have projected a fresh Latino face for their party, some Democrats are concerned that the brothers suffer from both an overabundance of political caution and a lack of Spanish skills. Mr. Castro, for example, passed on a potential cabinet position in the Obama administration that might have made him a more appealing running mate. Neither brother, both of whom graduated from Stanford and then Harvard Law, speaks fluent Spanish. And neither is learning it."