Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The progressive "Save My Care" campaign, intended to preserve the Affordable Care Act and defeat the Republican alternative, is launching television ads
targeting five GOP senators: Maine's Susan Collins, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Arizona's Jeff Flake, Nevada's Dean Heller, and West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito. The ad buy in support of this commercial
is reportedly six figures.
* On a related note, the "Save My Care" campaign commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey for voters in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, and Nevada, which found
broad disapproval of the Republican health care plan.
* In a bit of a surprise, NARAL's state affiliate endorsed
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in Virginia's gubernatorial race. Northam's primary rival, former Rep. Tom Perriello (D) was considered a less reliable ally of abortion rights during his tenure in Congress.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee set a record
for February fundraising, taking in $9.8 million last month. This roughly keeps pace with its Republican counterpart, which raised $10.5 million over the same period.
* Republican Rep. Joe Barton, representing a reliably "red" district in Texas, faced some angry constituents at a town-hall event this weekend, and the usually mild-mannered congressman lost his cool a bit. "You," Barton said
, pointing to a man in the audience. "You, sir, shut up."
* After Rosie O'Donnell expressed support for Kathryn Allen, Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R) Democratic challenger, the Utah Republican launched
a new fundraising campaign, urging supporters to help him push back against the entertainer. read more