USA Today: “A Democratic super PAC is taking aim at three House Republicans for their stance on immigration in new Spanish-language ads. The House Majority PAC is targeting GOP Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Gary Miller of California and Joe Heck of Nevada in the commercials. Each lawmaker represents a district with sizable Latino populations.”
COLORADO: Mark your calendars for Sept. 10, the date of recall elections for two Colorado elected officials over their support for stricter gun laws. “For the first time in Colorado history, two state lawmakers will face recall elections for their support of tougher gun control measures,” Politico writes. “Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order on Thursday setting the date for the recall elections of the pair of Democratic state senators. Under pressure of a campaign by the NRA, Senate State President John Morse and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron will face the first recall effort in Colorado history.”
The Denver Post: A Denver judge Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado's first-ever recall election of state lawmakers. … In total, Second Amendment activists tried to recall four Democratic state lawmakers because of their gun votes. But signature-gathering efforts against Sen. Evie Hudak of Westminster and Rep. Mike McLachlan of Durango failed.”
The elections will costs between $150,000 and $200,000.
FLORIDA: Beth Reinhard: “Rick Scott couldn’t do much worse among black voters than in 2010, when only six percent backed him for governor. Or could he? African-American leaders outraged by the not-guilty verdict in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin are assailing Scott for supporting the ‘stand-your-ground’ law that arguably helped Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, go free. Students protestors are camping out in the governor’s office, musician Stevie Wonder has announced a boycott and Attorney General Eric Holder denounced the law at the NAACP convention in Orlando earlier this week. If black voters turn out in force against Scott in 2014, they could swing a race as close as his last, which he won by only 61,550 votes.”
LOUISIANA: “Republicans' efforts to regain control of the Senate improved this week amid signs the party’s preferred candidate in Louisiana, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), is beginning to shore up support and establish himself as the clear alternative to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents this cycle,” The Hill writes. “Cassidy raised a hefty $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2013 — an impressive tally that observers say should quiet early grousing that the congressman isn’t the best Republican for the admittedly formidable challenge of unseating Landrieu.”
NEW YORK: So… outspoken Long Island Rep. Pete King says he’s considering a run for president in 2016.
VIRGINIA: Politico’s Burns: “So far, almost every external event in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race — the federal investigation of a sitting governor and the selection of an over-the-top activist as the GOP lieutenant governor candidate, for starters — has helped Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe. This weekend, the trajectory of the race may hinge on a different question: Can Terry McAuliffe help himself? The irrepressible former Democratic National Committee chairman and his opponent, Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, will meet for their first debate on Saturday at Virginia’s Homestead resort. The event will be an early gauge of whether the two candidates can deliver their messages convincingly (they both want to create jobs) and make their attack lines stick.”