The AP's Sidoti dives into the thorny issue of immigration: "Arizona's tough new immigration law swiftly reconfigured the national political landscape in an already high-octane election year. It creates peril for Democrats and Republicans on a divisive issue with implications for national security, states rights and race… It's almost certain that neither Republicans nor Democrats wanted to have a fight over such a volatile issue just six months before congressional elections that will determine the balance of power in Washington."
ARIZONA: Yesterday, we mentioned one group's allegation that Lindsey Graham was trying to protect John McCain from having to take a vote on immigration by saying he wouldn't cooperate if it went ahead of climate change. Today, Roll Call reports on Jon Kyl's efforts at campaigning and raising money for McCain most weekends. "Kyl is using his immense credibility with conservatives to shore up McCain's right flank -- a liability for the longtime political maverick," the paper writes. "It's my top priority," Kyl said of McCain's race ranks on his political to-do list.
INDIANA: "The path back [for Dan Coats] hasn't been as smooth as the Republican Party envisioned when it recruited Coats to challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who later decided he wouldn't seek re-election," AP writes. "Coats' long Washington record, years away from the state and challenges from the right have raised some doubts about him securing the nomination in the May 4 primary. Consider this: Days after he announced he would run, Coats stopped by a local deli to talk to voters. The first question from a married couple: 'Where do you live?' Coats explained that he had just leased a home in Indianapolis and would be selling his house in North Carolina, but the encounter proved emblematic of a fitful campaign."
KENTUCKY: "The latest installment of the air war in the Democratic Senate primary has Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo hitting state Attorney General Jack Conway in a pair of 15-second ads," Roll Call writes. "One of the commercials casts Conway as beholden to Wall Street interests. The other suggests that he isn't an advocate for coal."
MASSACHUSETTS: "The Republican Governors Association, hoping to clear a path for Charles D. Baker, will launch a hard-hitting television and radio ad campaign today targeting state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent who is trying to outflank Baker on the right in this year's governor's race," the Boston Globe reports.
NEW YORK: "New York Republicans are preparing to file a lawsuit this week that would force New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson to call a special election for the seat vacated by former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), Politico reports.
UTAH: "Unless Sen. Bob Bennett's political fortunes change dramatically in the next two weeks, he could become Utah's first incumbent U.S. senator to lose his party's nomination in seven decades. A new Salt Lake Tribune poll of Republican delegates shows Bennett running in third [with 16%], behind GOP challengers Mike Lee [37%] and Tim Bridgewater [20%]."