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The midterms: The GOP Guns of August

Politico reports on the new plan of attack for House Republicans, as committee chairman Pete Sessions "will issue a memo to Republican House candidates today advising them to stay on offense during the August recess and urging challengers to 'not only continue to call out their Democrat opponents for their unpopular policies, they should continue to engage voters in a dialogue about their positive plans to lessen our tax burden, get our economy moving again and get America -- and Washington -- back to work.'"

ALASKA: Sen. Lisa Murkowski has 69% of likely Republican voters while challenger Joe Miller has 28% in a poll by Hellenthal and Associates, Alaska Dispatch writes.

And the AP reports that the National Rifle Association has endorsed Murkowski (though Sarah Palin endorsed her competitor).

FLORIDA: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott "has agreed to two limited TV debates with [primary opponent Bill] McCollum, but balked at going on live TV statewide for one hour -- free of charge -- to debate his Republican opponent unless the location was moved away from McCollum's Orlando base to one of Scott's choosing," the Miami Herald reports. "If no agreement is reached, the McCollum-Scott contest may be decided in the Aug. 24 primary without any opportunity for all voters to see the candidates in a live, unscripted televised format.

And McCollum suggested "polls vary a lot" and is "not worried about the latest Quinnipiac survey showing him down 11 points in the Republican governor's primary race to rival Rick Scott," the Tampa Bay Tribune writes.


MASSACHUSETTS: White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is headlining an Aug. 21 fundraiser for embattled Gov. Deval Patrick, the Boston Herald reports.

Former President Bill Clinton drew a big crowd yesterday for a fundraiser for Rep. Stephen Lynch, who “is facing a challenge in his party’s September 14 primary from Mac D’Alessandro.” http://bit.ly/c4XPRP

MISSOURI: “The Missouri Democratic Party is preparing to file a Federal Election Commission complaint against Joe the Plumber for ‘illegally advertising’ on behalf of state Sen. Chuck Purgason (R)," The Hill writes.

NEVADA: Although he denied twice making the comment, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval "did indeed say that his children don’t look Hispanic when asked by the Spanish-language station whether he was worried about his kids being profiled if they were in Arizona," said the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston, also host of the political show "Face to Face."

OREGON: "After weeks of ceding the airwaves to Republican Chris Dudley, Democrat John Kitzhaber on Thursday started airing his first television ad of the general election," The Oregonian writes.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene has fired his campaign adviser (he had one?) and hired another (where's that money coming from?), the Aiken Standard writes.

WASHINGTON: "South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will throw his support to former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi's Senate bid today, the latest in a series of endorsements in contested intraparty squabbles by the rising conservative icon," the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza reports. "In backing Rossi, DeMint finds himself opposite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who has endorsed former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier."