“Jeb Bush will not be ignored. He is releasing a provocative book on immigration this week, addressing conservative leaders next week and is brutally outspoken in an interview with USA TODAY about the self-inflicted wounds he thinks cost Republicans a winnable presidential race in 2012. In the process, he says, the GOP managed to sour its standing with fast-growing demographic groups that should be natural allies.”
More: “At the moment, Republicans project an angry tone ‘that says, 'I'd love to have your vote but you can't be on my team,' he says. ‘Man, just close your eyes and listen. There is not a lot of positive messaging going on.’”
Of his relationship with Marco Rubio: "We haven't talked about 2016," Bush says. "But I'm a huge Marco fan and I'm inspired by him and I think he's doing a great job as a senator, and we're friends. That's the level of our relationship. I've always been a fan of him from when he was, like, 26 years old and a city councilman in West Miami. I knew he had a gift."
Liberal site Think Progress points out Bush’s shifting position on path to citizenship: “Bush (R) told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday that he would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants ‘if you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship where there isn’t an incentive for people to come illegally’ — a position that puts him at odds with his new book, out today from Simon & Schuster. In Immigration Wars, co-authored with immigration lawyer Clint Bolick, Bush argues that denying a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrations is ‘absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences.’ Those who enter the country illegally, Bush contends, should ‘start the process to earn permanent legal residency’ after pleading guilty to breaking the law and paying ‘applicable fines or perform community service.’ But they should not have access to ‘the cherished fruits of citizenship.’”
More: “In promoting the book today, Bush justifies his change of heart by explaining that ‘we wrote this book last year, not this year’ — after a bipartisan consensus has formed in favor a path to earned citizenship — suggesting that his position on the issue is guided by the political winds within his own party and that he would have included a path had he known that a bipartisan group of Republicans would endorse it in their reform principles.”
Beth Reinhard: “Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s new book was aimed at nudging a reluctant Republican Party toward reforms that would allow illegal immigrants to live and work without fear of deportation.
But by recommending only legal residency and backing off his past support for citizenship, Bush is throwing cold water over a fledgling deal in the Senate, denting his own reputation as a bold policymaker and stoking speculation that he will run for president in 2016. … In other words, Bush's party unexpectedly moved a lot faster than the book publishing world.”
CALIFORNIA: “City Hall is nearly broke - and for many, is broken,” AP writes. “The airport is an embarrassment. Freeways are clogged. And potholes, cracked sidewalks and untended trees infest many neighborhoods. There are plenty of problems to solve in Los Angeles, but voters have been mostly indifferent about Tuesday's race for mayor. No single issue or candidate has seized their attention, much less their imaginations, in the contest to succeed outgoing Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa. The likely outcome in the heavily Democratic city will send two City Hall regulars, Eric Garcetti, 42, and Wendy Greuel, 51, to a May 21 runoff, since it's unlikely any candidate will clear the majority needed to win outright Tuesday. But in a race with little drama, a turnout that could dip below 20 percent could produce surprises, possibly opening the way for Democratic Councilwoman Jan Perry, 57, or former prosecutor Kevin James, 49, a Republican, to slip into the two-person runoff. Former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez, 30, is a longshot.”
GEORGIA: Rep. Tom Graves (R) won’t run for the Senate. “Republican Rep. Paul Broun is the only declared candidate in the Senate race. GOP Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey and Tom Price are considering bids, along with a number of current and former state elected officials,” Roll Call writes. “Democratic Rep. John Barrow is also considered a potential candidate for the seat currently held by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.”
LOUISIANA: Rep. Charles Boustany (R) won’t run against Mary Landrieu (D).
MASSACHUSETTS: “Brace yourself for more anonymous political ads: The three Republican candidates in the US Senate primary Monday rejected a Democratic proposal to bar outside groups from running TV ads or sending mailers in the special election campaign,” the Boston Globe writes.
NEBRASKA: Jon Bruning (R) won’t run for the Senate.
NEW JERSEY: Here’s Chris Christie (on camera) sounding off on the sequester and Washington: “We’ve done much harder things in NJ in a much shorter period of time and dealt with our budgetary problems, and the federal government should get real about starting to deal with their budgetary problems. The worst thing about sequester in my view is that you know they’re not spending any time talking about entitlement spending, which is where we really need to focus on over the long haul to make a big difference in terms of our fiscal health as a country. … I don’t have the first damn idea of what they’re doing down there. … I don’t understand why they haven’t fixed it already. It seems to me that it should be pretty easy to fix. Real leadership would get this fixed. Get everybody in the room and you FIX it. And you don’t let them leave until you fix it. That’s what real leadership is. Not calling a meeting two hours before the thing’s going to hit to have a photo-op in the driveway at the White House. That’s not real leadership. Fix it.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: Stu Rothenberg says it would take a “perfect storm” for Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) to win in SC-1.