The Washington Post: “Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters. Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health. But aides to some GOP congressional leaders said they received formal invitations only in recent weeks, making it too late to alter their summer recess schedules. The Rev. Leah D. Daughtry of the House of the Lord Church in the District, who served as executive producer of the commemoration, said the organizing committee began sending invitations to top leaders of both parties ‘on a rolling basis probably four or five weeks ago.’”
ARKANSAS: The Hill: "Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) won't attend President Clinton's speech on ObamaCare in his home state, a sign of how problematic the law is for the embattled senator. 'Sen. Pryor has a previously scheduled engagement out of town that day, so he won't be able to attend the event at the Clinton Presidential Library,' Pryor campaign spokeswoman Amy Schlesing tells The Hill via email."
NEW YORK: National Journal’s Steven Shepard says, “Bet On Bill de Blasio Becoming the Next New York City Mayor.”
A Quinnipiac poll finds de Blasio pulling away from the field with 36%. Christine Quinn gets 21%, followed by Bill Thompson with 20% A candidate needs 40% to avoid a runoff.
PENNSYLVANIA: MSNBC’s Michael LaRosa writes about the latest in the state’s gubernatorial contest.
VIRGINIA: The Washington Post: Ken “Cuccinelli’s legal work for Grignol, whom he also knew from Virginia political circles, is one facet of his relationship with the fathers’ rights movement, a loose national network of activists who think the legal system is stacked against men in divorce and custody cases. As a state senator, Cuccinelli introduced legislation on divorce law backed by national fathers’ rights groups, which have urged members to get out the vote for him. Cuccinelli’s support for aspects of the groups’ agenda illustrates how his personal and religious views have helped shape his political career and continue to affect it as he runs for governor against businessman Terry McAuliffe (D).”
McAuliffe has led by wide margins with women in polling so far.