Democrats are not satisfied with Mitt Romney’s tax information, Elizabeth Warren releases a new ad, and Ed Case wants to know why he lost in Hawaii.
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EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Democrats continue to hammer Mitt Romney over his taxes. The pro-President Obama super PAC Priorities USA has released a new ad saying Romney would pay only 1 percent in taxes under one of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plans. Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign isn’t satisfied with Romney saying he has paid at least a 13 percent income tax rate during the last ten years, and it has has a proposal: If Romney releases five years worth of returns, it will not criticize him for not releasing more. The Romney campaign is not interested in the proposal.
* On the stump Friday, Ryan said Virginia will decide the winner of the presidential election. “This is a state that has it all and it is a state that will determine it all — and we have a clear choice,” he said at a stop in Henrico County.
* The National Republican Congressional Committee is playing offense and defense in a new $9.6 million fall ad reservation across 12 districts. The reservation covers seven GOP-held seats and five Democrat-controlled districts. Five of the seven Republicans the the NRCC is defending are freshman. The only one who is not a freshman is Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who is running against former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack (D). The NRCC is also reserving time in Arizona’s open 1st District.
* Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has released a new TV ad tying Republican nominee Josh Mandel to the payday lending industry. Mandel flew to the Bahamas in March to give a speech to industry leaders and raise money. Brown’s campaign says the ad buy is six figures.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine has purchased another $1 million worth of fall airtime, including $250,000 worth of time on Spanish-language media. Kaine’s total fall airtime purchase has now reached $4.5 million.
* A new Democratic poll of the Nevada Senate race shows Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) running neck-and-neck against Sen. Dean Heller (R). Berkley holds a 44 percent to 42 percent lead, which lies inside the margin of error. The poll was conducted for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from Aug. 13-15 by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.
* Redistricting means Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) is facing a tough reelection bid, but it’s not preventing him from focusing on an issue that is very important to him: emergency preparedness.
* Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign has released a new TV ad that pitches her as someone who has stood up to the financial industry.
* Former congressman Ed Case lost the Hawaii Democratic Senate primary on Saturday, and now he wants to know why. Case is directing supporters and non-supporters to go to his website to fill out an anonymous online survey that asks why voters chose the candidate they did.
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With Aaron Blake and Rachel Weiner