Paul LePage can’t help himself, Mitt Romney appears to be investing heavily in his Bain counterattack, Sarah Palin is wading into a primary and the Club for Growth is going big in Texas.

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* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) has inexplicably doubled down on his comments that the IRS bears some resemblance to Hitler’s secret police. In a radio address last week, LePage said, “You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the I.R.S.” He later said that the use of the word Gestapo “clouded” his message and that he hadn’t meant to minimize the Holocaust. But in a new interview, LePage says that while "Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet,” the tax-collecting agency is “headed in that direction” and would end up killing people by rationing care.

* A Democratic ad buyer tells the Plum Line that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s new ad, which calls out President Obama as a liar, is running in multiple markets in Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. That suggests Romney’s campaign is not just hoping to satisfy conservative critics — they are engaged in a real battle for voters over Bain Capital and outsourcing.

* Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a bill today that would have enabled employers or insurance companies to stop covering birth control for religious or moral reasons. The bill passed the Republican-led legislature by wide margins, and a veto override is possible. Nixon faces reelection this fall in an increasingly conservative state.

* Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican running against Rep. John Tierney (D) in Massachusetts’ 6th district, raised $568,871 in the second quarter. A gambling scandal has rocked Tierney’s family, and independent Seth Moulton claims some Democrats want him to run out of fear the incumbent will lose.


* Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has endorsed Rep. Sandy Adams (R) against Rep. John Mica (R) in the primary for Florida’s new 7th district. “Unlike her opponent, Sandy is free from the shackles of lobbyists and back door dealings in Washington,” Palin said. It’s her first House endorsement, but she backed two Senate primary winners this cycle — Nebraska’s Deb Fischer and Indiana’s Richard Mourdock. The Aug. 14 member-vs-member primary is expected to be rough.

* Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) isn’t wasting time; she’s out with an ad dismissing the House Ethics Committee complaint against her and attacking Sen. Dean Heller (R) on the Ryan Budget. “The complaint against Shelley Berkley was filed by the Republican Party,” the narrator says. Quotes from a Las Vegas Sun editorial defending Berkley flash across the screen, and the ad then pivots to Heller: “Heller voted twice to end Medicare as we know it.  You decide who’s for you.”

* The Club for Growth has launched a $1.5 million campaign targeting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his July 31 GOP Senate primary runoff against Solicitor General Ted Cruz. Conservative groups have lined up behind Cruz against Dewhurst, the establishment candidate supported by Gov. Rick Perry (R).

* The National Republican Congressional Committee has announced seven new “Young Gun” candidates, a designation that helps House contenders raise more money. The new “Young Guns” are: Adam Hasner (FL-22), Ben Lange (IA-01), John Archer (IA-02), Kevin Raye (ME-02), Kevin Cramer (ND-AL), Danny Tarkanian (NV-04) and Chris Collins (NY-27).


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