FLORIDA: "Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) on Wednesday abruptly withdrew his support from a controversial trade bill and legislation to create a single-payer health insurance system. The decision to remove himself as co-sponsor of the two bills suggests that Meek is moving to the political center."
ILLINOIS: An endorsement from Da Coach: Mike Ditka endorsed the more conservative developer Pat Hughes over Mark Kirk for the Republican nomination in the Senate race.
MASSACHUSETTS: Attorney General Martha Coakley may come across as a polished candidate and tough-on-crime prosecutor, but the Boston Globe reports on a less stellar part of her career, one she doesn't mention on her Senate candidate biography -- having a tough time arguing before the Supreme Court on behalf of the state. It was an unusual move for a state Attorney General to argue the case herself, and she lost the case.
NEVADA: "Attorney General Eric Holder was the ninth Cabinet member to visit Nevada during the past six months," the AP notes. "Holder and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., toured facilities on Saturday designed to help law enforcement officers respond to security threats. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have also attended fundraisers in Nevada for Reid. White House officials say the trips helped Obama's top aides fulfill their particular job responsibilities. Republicans say all the attention shows the administration is leaving little to chance when it comes to helping Reid win a fifth term in office."
NEW JERSEY: Resident Mitt Goldband summed up the voter sentiment that is behind independent candidate Chris Daggett's surge in the polls, to 20% in the latest Rutgers-Eagleton count: "It's not so much that I like Daggett" he said. "It's that I can't stand the other two guys with the personal attacks on each other." The Bergen Record features quotes from several diner-goers from all over the political spectrum, many of whom echo those words.
Chris Christie got new fodder to attack Jon Corzine over his personal wealth yesterday when former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero was convicted of conspiracy to defraud and mail fraud. Christie cited a loan Corzine made when Ferriero led the party: "The Governor bears some degree of responsibility for this as well because, sadly, he gave over $400,000 of his own personal money to enable this felon to lead the Bergen County Democratic Organization -- in fact to lord over the Bergen county political scene for much of the last decade." He added: "For New Jersey, today's verdict is as much about Jon Corzine as Joseph Ferriero."
NY-23: Sarah Palin has endorsed Doug Hoffman, the conservative Party candidate. Palin waded into the race with a post on her Facebook page. "[B]est of all, Doug Hoffman has not been anointed by any political machine. Doug Hoffman stands for the principles that all Republicans should share: smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and a commitment to individual liberty. Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of 'blurring the lines' between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections. Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race."
Also, Hoffman got the endorsement of FreedomWorks' chairman Dick Armey. Armey appeared with Hoffman in Syracuse, and then went on to nearby Cicero New York, speaking to local volunteers. Armey said Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava lost the election "the day she was elected," as her policy stances place her outside of the Republican mainstream, the American Spectator reports. Armey saved some criticism for the national party, however, saying, "We've struggled with a Republican party ... that has lost its way. They don't remember about Reagan ... they don't remember about small government. They let their thinking be controlled by self-serving political objects. And frankly, they made a lot of fools out of themselves."
VIRGINIA: The Republican Governors Association has another ad for the Virginia race using Creigh Deeds's words against him, this time about the public health insurance option. In Tuesday's debate, Deeds said the public option "isn't required," then seemed to step back from that view speaking with press after the debate. The ad will run in DC media markets and Virginia cities Roanoke and Richmond.