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2010: Getting personal in MA

MASSACHUSETTS: "A staid primary campaign for US Senate turned testy last night, as Attorney General Martha Coakley cited her gender in an unusually pointed personalization of the abortion issue and US Representative Michael Capuano accused Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca of taking a position on health care that would lead poor women to seek abortions in alleyways," the Boston Globe writes. "The sharp exchange, over how to balance all four Democratic candidates' support for abortion rights with their professed support for a health care overhaul, overshadowed foreign policy on a night when the nation's attention was focused on President Obama's much-anticipated speech on Afghanistan."

TENNESSEE: Here's another Democratic retirement: Rep. John Tanner (D-TN), an 11-term congressman in a district that went for John McCain with 56% for the vote, "announced Tuesday evening that he will retire at the end of his term, a move sure to spark speculation that other veteran House Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns may instead head for the exits," Politico writes. "Tanner becomes the second Blue Dog Democrat in two weeks to retire rather than face what could have been a contentious re-election in 2010."