(CNN) – California's gubernatorial race, already fueled by a fierce debate over immigration reform and a mounting fiscal crisis in the state, reached another level Monday as the candidates sparred over money.
Attorney General Jerry Brown, the Democrat hoping to take the seat being vacated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, called his Republican opponent's latest ad, taking on his record on taxes, "completely false."
"[I]t's completely false," Brown told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "[E]verything you heard in that ad is completely false. And I'm really kind of disappointed that this first entry into politics does kind of the old attack, make up stuff, and throw mud."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that he expects Republicans to delay for a week the panel's confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
The Judiciary Committee, which held four days of hearings on Kagan's nomination before Congress went on its Fourth of July recess, is scheduled to vote on Tuesday.
"It's just the normal way of doing business," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said when asked why his party would delay the vote, which is permitted by committee rules.
Graham said he wants the extra time to review Kagan's response to written questions he submitted to her.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - Two key senators announced announced their support for the Wall Street reform bill Monday, placing Senate Democrats days away from winning the final vote to passing the most sweeping set of changes to the financial system in decades.
Top Senate Democrats say they have the 60 votes needed to pass the Wall Street reform bill this week.
"It is a better bill than it was when this whole process started," Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., said in a statement. "While it isn't perfect, I expect to support the bill when it comes up for a vote."
Sen. Olympia Snowe R-Maine told democrats that she would vote for the bill, two sources told CNN Monday.
Washington (CNN) – Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl endorsed fellow Republican Jan Brewer Monday for her own four-year term as governor.
"There has been no stronger defender of the State of Arizona than Governor Jan Brewer," McCain said in a joint statement he released with Kyl. "From border security to health care to job creation, Governor Brewer has consistently stood up for our state."
Brewer succeeded Gov. Janet Napolitano in January 2009 when Napolitano resigned to become President Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security.
Washington (CNN) – Scandal plagued Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter has drawn a last minute primary challenger, who points, in part, to Vitter’s series of first-term controversies as a reason for jumping in the race.
Retired State Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor, who filed his candidacy on Friday, told CNN that while he wouldn't comment directly on Vitter's problems, "we wouldn't be in this position if we had a senator who could get results."
Traylor went further in an interview with ABC News published Monday, saying he was particularly concerned about reports that a Vitter aide who had repeated brushes with the law, including an arrest for attacking an ex-girlfriend with a knife, was allowed to maintain employment in Vitter's office. The aide has since resigned.
Bel Air, Maryland (CNN) - If Republicans take back control of the House of Representatives in November their path back to power starts just a short drive from Washington, in Maryland's first congressional district.
In what's shaping up to be one the most competitive House races this year, Democratic freshman Congressman Frank Kratovil is fighting to keep his job. He's facing public anger at congressional spending, and an opponent who is trying to tie him to President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their popularity has dropped. That could spell trouble in a district that John McCain won by almost 19 points in 2008.
In an interview with CNN Friday Kratovil dismissed polls that show he's extremely vulnerable, but acknowledged that voter anger about government red ink is part of a broader distrust with politicians running Congress.
"I think it's not just frustration with the spending. There is a frustration with government in general," Kratovil said. "I mean we're losing faith in our institutions, we're losing faith in our elected officials," he added.
Washington (CNN) – Three leading House Republicans will release a new book entitled "Young Guns" in September, publisher Simon & Schuster announced Monday.
The book is jointly written by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia; Republican Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California; and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, according to Brad Dayspring, who is acting as part-time publicist and spokesman for all three lawmakers as they release their new book.
In a phone interview with CNN, Dayspring described "Young Guns" as "a complimentary effort to many that are already under way to promote conservative candidates, layout a conservative Republican agenda and describe a positive narrative for the 2010 election."
(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is coming under attack from Republicans for a fundraising stop Sunday night in Canada.
Reid, who faces a tough re-election fight this year as he bids for a fifth term in the Senate, attended a fundraiser hosted by the "Committee for a Better Future," a trial lawyers association based in Washington, D.C. that's raising money on behalf of Democrats in this year's Senate battles.
"Could Harry Reid be anymore out of touch to think that leaving the United States to raise campaign cash is appropriate while Nevada tops the nation with 14 percent unemployment? What was Harry Reid thinking and, more importantly, where exactly are his priorities?" asked National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh, in a release put out Monday morning by the NRSC.
The campaign of Reid's Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, followed with their own statement a few hours later.
Washington (CNN) - South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene will make his first public speech since surprising the political world by capturing his party's nomination last month. On Sunday, he will speak at a meeting of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in his hometown of Manning.
"I told them I would talk about jobs, education and justice," which he says are the core issues of his campaign, Greene told CNN Monday.
Greene's victory in the June 8 primary shocked many political observers since Greene had not actively campaigned for the nomination and he had no political experience.
His financial situation also caused him to come under scrutiny when he was faced with questions about how as an unemployed veteran he could afford the $10,440 filing fee required to enter the campaign. He has said it came from savings he accumulated while serving in the military.