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More 2012: Americans for Prosperity hits Kaine

MASSACHUSETTS: “Remember Scott Brown’s gaffe on Thursday? The one about meeting with kings and queens?” the Boston Globe writes. “His staff was quick to say the comment was a flub, acknowledging that the senator has not actually met with royalty… But the Massachusetts Democratic Party today released a video showing four prior examples when Brown used the same phrasing about meeting with “kings and queens” while speaking to audiences as part of his reelection bid.”

NEW YORK: “Three candidates will square off for the chance to face U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as the Republican candidate in November’s general election,” writes. “Wendy Long; U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Queens; and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos are the candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Long, a Manhattan-based attorney, has already received the endorsement of the state’s Conservative Committee. She has also received endorsements from a number of people including former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, television personality John Bolton and state lawmakers Annie Rabbitt, Nancy Calhoun, Steve Katz, and William Larkin.”

“The FBI has questioned at least four people who worked on Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign as part of its on-going probe into allegations the Tea Party favorite took illegal election donations,” the New York Daily News writes.

UTAH: The AP notes that Orrin Hatch seems to have weathered the GOP storm ahead of tomorrow’s GOP Senate primary and, “If there's one political endorsement that matters in Utah, it's Romney's.” Romney endorsed Hatch. “Sensing he's far ahead in a state where the Republican primary winner is the heavy favorite in November, Hatch has bobbed, weaved and carefully avoided any mistakes that could lead to a surprise loss. Hatch's strategy underscores the diminished threat to his 36-year tenure in Washington. … After watching then-Sen. Robert Bennett go down to defeat at the Utah GOP convention two years ago, Hatch was concerned enough that he spent most of April in the state and skipped two weeks of votes in Washington.”

VIRGINIA: Americans for Prosperity is up with a tough new ad against Tim Kaine, hitting him for his time as governor and his handling of the budget.

The Virginian-Pilot notes that the Koch-backed AFP is also sponsoring a bus tour with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other conservatives to campaign against Kaine.

“Republican Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, is set to make a campaign stop in Virginia,” WCYB writes. “According to Romney's campaign website, he is scheduled to speak at Carter Machinery in Salem Tuesday afternoon.”