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Florida Republican Rep. Trey Traviesa, an apparent shoo-in for reelection in the Tampa area, dropped out surprisingly last week. Rachel Burgin, his former aide, has gotten the party's support.
The Burlington Free Press has posted video interviews with Gov. Jim Douglas and his Democratic opponent, House Speaker Gaye Symington.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has rejected the son of Mike Miller, the Senate president, who had been nominated for a seat on a district court.
Vic Vickers, one of the Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in the GOP primary, is a former state deputy comptroller -- in Florida.
The Rocky Mountain News took a long look at southern New Mexico, an area that is Democratic but conservative, and concludes that Obama will struggle there:
Garcia, 71, lives in Doña Ana, just north of Las Cruces. She thinks Obama has come off as condescending and arrogant.
"I don't know one single Hispanic over 50 who will cast a vote for Obama," she said, conceding that "there have always been conflicts between blacks and browns."
Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully, a former CQ colleague, takes a critical look at the generous pension plans enjoyed by Hoosier lawmakers. Legislators get a $4 match for every $1 they put in.
"That is about as lucrative a program as I've ever heard of," Tom Hardin, a financial planner with Canterbury Investment Management in Zionsville, told me. "You wouldn't be able to find that anywhere -- in corporate America or elsewhere."
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