Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer announced Monday that his super PAC will spend $25 million this year to mobilize young voters in battleground states, hoping to harness climate change as a galvanizing political issue on college campuses.
The campaign represents a new focus for NextGen Climate Action, which spent $74 million in the 2014 midterms to support Democratic congressional candidates, including $19 million on ads. But its top two Senate targets — Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado and Joni Ernst of Iowa — prevailed.
NextGen Climate has not ruled out running a media campaign again in the fall, but it is currently devoting its resources to a seven-state effort to register millennials on 203 college campuses and get them to the polls, officials said.
The marriage of political convenience between Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was tested less than 12 hours into the honeymoon, as Kasich told reporters that he still wanted votes from his supporters in Indiana.
“I’ve never told ’em not to vote for me,” Kasich told reporters at a campaign stop in Philadelphia. “They ought to vote for me. But I’m not over there campaigning and spending resources.”
Just hours earlier, Kasich’s campaign co-chair in Indiana was saying the opposite.  “Kasich is asking his supporters in Indiana to vote for Cruz so Trump does not win Indiana,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard Cruz told the Indianapolis Star, suggesting that Cruz would do the same with his voters in Oregon and New Mexico.

Maybe it’s just not in any politician’s nature to tell people to vote for someone else, but if these are the mixed messages they’re sending, it’s hard to imagine too many voters following their confusing instructions.

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* Keith Poole, Howard Rosenthal, and Christopher Hare drop some new data showing that if Trump causes significant losses for Republicans in the House, it would make their caucus there even more conservative. And you didn’t think such a thing could be possible.

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* Tonight a very interesting experiment, co-hosted by Americans for Tax Reform and the Progressive Change Institute, is taking place in the Florida Senate race: Republican Rep. David Jolly and Dem Rep. Alan Grayson are engaging in an open debate that organizers hope will be a template for a lot more just like it. You can watch it right here:

More info on this can be found right here.

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