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Here are some stories that caught my eye as I struggled to catch up on the news after a week out of the country:
The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Aurora Austriaco, who is seeking to become the first Asian American elected to the Illinois General Assembly. Austriaco would have to unseat 15-year Republican Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, but given predictions of a strong Democratic year she might have a shot, the story suggests.
Doc's Political Parlor takes Alabama Sen. Charles Bishop to task for agreeing to keynote a meeting of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens.
PolitickerVT.com makes its guesses about who might succeed Gaye Symington as speaker of the Vermont House. Symington is running for governor against incumbent Jim Douglas.
Heath Haussamen notes that more New Mexicans registered as Democrats during the first six months of the year than Republicans and independents combined.
An internal poll commissioned by supporters of legalizing slot machines in Maryland finds 2-to-1 support for November's referendum.
Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Regola III is on trial for a case stemming from the shooting death of a teenaged neighbor, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
Jury selection is scheduled to begin in a case in which Mr. Regola, 45, of Hempfield, is charged with crimes related to the July 2006 death of Louis Farrell, a 14-year-old next-door neighbor who the county coroner ruled committed suicide by using the senator's handgun.
Mr. Regola is charged with three counts of perjury in testimony at a coroner's inquest into the death; allowing possession of a firearm by his son, Robert "Bobby" Regola IV, who was then a minor; reckless endangerment; and false swearing.
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