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Here's some of the news I missed during a few days off from blogging.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter defends his support of Hillary Clinton:
"There are no automatics in life that all black people are going to support a single black candidate in a race," Nutter said. "All black folks don't eat fried chicken or eat watermelon. When do we make some progress here?"
At least 40 of Tennessee's state representatives face no opponents this year.
Under the Dome: Former Wilmington city council member Sandra Spaulding Hughes has been named to replace state Rep. Thomas Wright, whom the North Carolina House voted to expel recently.
Ibid.: Latest polling shows Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory still ahead in GOP gubernatorial primary. On Dem side, LG Beverly Perdue's once-vast lead over Treasurer Richard Moore has slipped to a single point.
The Capitol Fax: Illinois Gov. Blagojevich has filed another lawsuit against another state official. Also, the House is advancing a bill to allow recalls of governors and other state officials.
Gaye Symington, speaker of the Vermont House, is seriously mulling a run for governor.
Michigan Liberal: Pro-voucher PAC hit with record $2.6 million fine by Ohio Elections Commission.
Oregonian: Sen. Barack Obama picked up support Wednesday from 26 Oregon elected leaders including Portland independent Sen. Avel Gordly, who announced she's re-registering as a Democrat so she can give Obama her vote.
PA Sen. Vincent Fumo is officially neutral about candidates running to succeed him but is privately lobbying colleagues to back Larry Farnese.
AP: 11th Circuit Court rules that Florida can continue enforcing its voter-fraud law.
Daytona Beach News-Journal: Jake Ross, chief investigator for the Public Defender's Office, has announced his candidacy for the District 27 seat in the state House of Representatives. He is a Democrat.
Tampa Tribune: Facing term limits in two years, longtime Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman on Wednesday filed papers to run for the state Senate in 2010.
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