FLORIDA: This week, the Sunshine State plays host to some famous Republican authors, as Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck all visit the Lake Sumter Landing Barnes and Noble in the coming week to promote their new books. Outside Huckabee's signing yesterday, "members of the Tri-County Tea Party, which represents Lake, Marion and Sumter counties, waved signs and banners to offer support to Huckabee." Despite his appearance in this battleground state, Pawlenty stayed mum on his plans for 2012. "Well, honestly -- and this is really true -- I don't plan to really think about it until after the 2010 elections," he said. "We got to see what happens in the interim."
MASSACHUSETTS: On Martha Coakley, the Boston Globe writes, "This Senate campaign, her longtime friends and close family members say, is in many ways her destiny. She was born with a desire and ability to achieve great things in the public realm, and she has spent a career -- indeed, a lifetime -- seeking something more. But one person's ambition is another's opportunism, and amid her many triumphs, she has been dogged by criticism that she pushed prosecutions too hard or not hard enough, sometimes for reasons of expedience. In the highly publicized Woodward trial, a judge reduced the jury's murder verdict to involuntary manslaughter in a slap at prosecutors. In the Big Dig settlements, the only company she criminally charged was one of the smallest.
"Coakley is the apparent front-runner in the Democratic primary campaign for Senate, and caution has been her hallmark. That has created a disconnect between the guarded persona she presents on the stump and the one that family, friends, and colleagues say they have observed for years."
By the way, another primary candidate, Alan Khazei, is calling for all troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
NEW YORK: In NY-23, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has "unconceded." He did so on Glenn Beck's radio show. But the NBC Elections Unit reports that the number reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard on absentee ballots, 10,000, is misleading. Hoffman may trail by some 3,000 ballots, BUT officials in NY-23 have ALREADY factored in about 5,000 of those absentees. The 10,000 number is how many that were distributed -- not counted. So instead of an approximate 7-3 split that Hoffman would need to overturn the result, he'd need about more than a 4-1 split. Big difference.
OHIO: Using an online population calculator, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer determines, "Ohio will lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 Census." Between the early 1970s and now, Cleveland has lost seven seats. Based on these projections, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania would also each lose one seat.
TEXAS: Gov. Rick Perry said he was glad Kay Bailey Hutchison was keeping her Senate seat until after the March gubernatorial primaries, taking credit for the idea. "If there was ever a time to have full-time representation in the United States Senate, it would be right now," Perry said during a visit to Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas. "So I really appreciate her taking my advice and staying on the job full time."