The New Republic profiles Doug Band, the Bill Clinton “gatekeeper” and toll collector.
Paul Ryan has a book due out next summer on the future of conservatism called, "Where Do We Go From Here?" “The 43-year-old Ryan has yet to declare his plans for 2016, but speculation increased after he announced Friday that he would visit New Hampshire next month to help a former House colleague, Frank Guinta, campaign for re-election.”
Rand Paul won a Michigan GOP straw poll. The Detroit Free Press: “In the presidential poll, Paul, who spoke at the conference Saturday, had 188 votes, or 36%, while Christie, who did not attend the conference, had 82 votes, or 16%. Next closest was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 42 votes, or 8%.”
A fiscally conservative group Bankrupting America is up with an ad encouraging members of Congress to cut spending, as it considers raising the debt ceiling.
ALABAMA: The New York Times looks at Tuesday's GOP primary in Alabama's 1st District to succeed former Rep. Jo Bonner through a larger lens: "But while the Republicans running to represent Alabama’s First Congressional District are in agreement on the core message, their styles vary, in some ways jarringly. And the outcome of Tuesday’s primary, though likely to be a function of turnout here, may provide some hints on how much further the Republican shift to the right might go."
FLORIDA: Tampa Bay Times: "After months of flirting with another campaign for governor — and trashing likely Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist — Alex Sink has decided to stay on the sidelines...Sink's decision not to run was widely expected in Florida political circles, as she showed little sign of putting together a campaign and was up front about her ambivalence and her family's opposition. But until Friday, the former Bank of America leader and former state chief financial officer continued to keep the door open and several times pushed back her deadline for announcing a decision."
IOWA: Chuck Grassley says he’s planning to run again in 2016. The Des Moines Register: “If Grassley wins in 2016, as expected, he will be 89 years old at the end of his next term.”
National Journal: "Iowa Republicans have a once-in-a-generation shot at capturing an open U.S. Senate seat but first they'll have to stop fighting among themselves. A nasty and personal civil war has broken within the ranks of the Republican Party of Iowa, replete with charges of mismanagement, backroom conspiracies, and eliminated Facebook friendships. Already, two members of the party's central committee have called on the GOP chairman to resign. And forces faithful to Republican Gov. Terry Branstad are mobilizing loyalists to take back power next year."
KENTUCKY: The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles Alison Lundergan-Grimes father, Jerry, the well-connected former state party chairman, state rep., and Clinton friend: “With his political ties, his flair for the dramatic and his deep-pocketed friends, Lundergan is a huge benefit to his daughter, Kentucky's secretary of state, as she embarks on the toughest race of her young political career. … But legal troubles that forced Lundergan out of the Kentucky House of Representatives two decades ago, his political activity and just his overshadowing presence make him a potential liability as well — so much so that when U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke last month at the Fancy Farm political picnic, he attacked Lundergan rather than his daughter.”
MARYLAND: NBC4: "U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski is endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to be the next governor of Maryland. At a campaign rally Sunday in Silver Spring, Md.,, Mikulski announced her support for Brown, a Democrat, and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for lieutenant governor."
NEW YORK: Albany Times Union: "After several months of quiet groundwork, Democrat Sean Eldridge formally announced late Sunday that he will run for Congress next year. The race will be instantly competitive because of Eldridge's personal wealth: Eldridge married Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes last year, and has already invested $215,000 in his campaign."
Here’s a video Eldridge released.
TEXAS: Politico: "The Texas governor’s race is shaping up to be a bloody and expensive contest between a high-profile Democrat who fires up the party and a well-funded, well-established Republican. Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis last week sent the clearest signal yet that she’s eyeing a gubernatorial run, telling supporters in an email blast that she will announce her next steps in early October. Attorney General Greg Abbott is the presumptive GOP nominee and, by all accounts, the clear front-runner in the race to succeed Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
VIRGINIA: “The prospectus, along with other documents reviewed by The [Washington] Post, shows how GreenTech fits into a pattern of investments in which McAuliffe has used government programs, political connections and access to wealthy investors of both parties in pursuit of big profits for himself. That formula has made McAuliffe a millionaire many times over, paving the way for a long list of business ventures, including his law firm, from which he resigned in the 1990s after profiting — along with his partners — from fees paid by domestic and foreign clients seeking results from the federal government. A review of McAuliffe’s business history shows him often coming out ahead personally, even if some investments fail or become embroiled in controversy.”
And a blistering editorial from the Richmond Times-Dispatch: "When it comes to raking together piles of cash, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is without peer. On questions of actual governance, though, his troubling lack of mastery and odd flippancy combine to paint a portrait of a deeply unserious candidate."
Bristol Herald Courier: "Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office is distancing itself from the staffer who in a series of emails appears to have advised energy company lawyers in their defense of an ongoing lawsuit over natural gas royalties in Southwest Virginia."
Also from the Post: "Wealthy donors and advocacy groups are using the Virginia governor’s race as a testing ground for next year’s midterm elections and for the 2016 presidential campaign, flooding the state with unprecedented levels of out-of-state spending. Campaign contributions from Virginia residents and local businesses have been swamped by donations from individuals, corporations and interest groups based elsewhere, who are vying to influence the only competitive gubernatorial contest in the country this year."
Sarah Huckabee’s Virginia Principles Fund is pouring in $300,000 to hit McAuliffe on abortion.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post mischaracterized a Bankrupting America ad. Corrected above.
First published September 23 2013, 6:11 AM