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2009/2010: Burris in more hot water?

Ron Paul may try and play kingmaker of sorts in the 2010 elections. With his grassroots army ready to hit the ground, "Paul is expected to set up a campaign he'll call 'Ten in '10,'" Roll Call reports. "While he may personally endorse any number of candidates during the course of the cycle -- and in a few races, he already has --  he'll invite candidates for all offices to seek special attention and assistance from his PAC."

ILLINOIS: Here's the transcript of the wiretap between Sen. Roland Burris and Rob Blagojevich, the ousted former Illinois governor's brother. Burris is on tape suggesting he might arrange a fundraiser for Blagojevich before the end of the year, discusses trying to do it through his law firm under someone else's name so that he's not implicated if it ever gets out and  explicitly expresses interest in replacing Obama as senator.
 
"In the months before his appointment to the Senate, Roland Burris (D-Ill.) promised to issue a $1,500 check to then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign, a conversation captured on FBI wiretaps according to an attorney for the Illinois Senator," Roll Call writes.

NEVADA: The Las Vegas Review-Journal covers Obama's Las Vegas fundraiser last night for Harry Reid. "At a sold-out fundraiser that was also a concert extravaganza, Obama was back in campaign mode as he had been in Nevada so many times before the election. The president told the crowd of about 4,000 at the Caesars Palace Colosseum that Reid will need the grass-roots energy Obama rode to victory for his re-election next year… Organizers said the star-studded fundraiser, which featured a lineup of entertainers including Bette Midler, Sheryl Crow, Rita Rudner and Clint Holmes, was expected to raise nearly $2 million for Reid and the Nevada Democratic Party."

The Las Vegas Sun: "'In the last few years Harry has done an extraordinary job as leader of the U.S. Senate, and that's not easy,' Obama remarked in his 20-minute speech. 'Harry has consistently fought on those issues that matter, not just to Democrats but to middle-class families ... He makes decisions and chooses battles based on the values he was raised with in Searchlight, Nev.'"

"'That's why we need to keep Harry Reid exactly where he belongs,' Obama said. 'That's why you are here tonight. I know you'll be at the polls next November, making those phone calls and knocking on those doors, so Harry Reid can continue his service to this great state. That's why I'm here tonight. I can't bring the change I promised all by myself.'"

NEW YORK: Rep. Anthony Weiner pens an op-ed in the New York Times about why he's not running for mayor.

VIRGINIA: The Washington Post profiles Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran. "For 13 years, Moran was the go-to guy, the water carrier for the Democrats, the minority party in the Virginia House of Delegates. If a Republican got up to insult then-Gov. Mark Warner or Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, Moran, in an increasing crescendo, was the one who jumped to the microphone in protest. If a Republican signaled a willingness to negotiate, Moran was often the one called in to hammer out a deal, once at a diner over beers with the details spelled out on a bar napkin. Moran was the one who knew which delegate needed what and how to knit together the unruly votes to pass legislation, including a landmark increase in education spending in 2004."

More: "And now, after all those years of hard work, with a hotly contested three-way Democratic primary less than two weeks away, Brian Moran is finding that a whole bunch of voters still don't have any idea who he is."