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The midterms: Total Recall

“Tea party forces are seizing on a new strategy in their attempt to purge Senate incumbents from office: the recall,” Politico writes. “While it’s not entirely clear whether their approach will meet constitutional muster, that hasn’t stopped determined groups of grass-roots activists from trying in nearly a half-dozen states.”

(Two questions: 1) How did that recall work out in California? 2) Isn’t the best way to remove a democratically elected official through the ballot box?)

“White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Sunday ratcheted up the Democrats' effort to turn a House Republican's apology to BP into a political pivot point, saying last week's comments by Rep. Joe L. Barton (Tex.) were a reminder of the ‘governing philosophy’ that Republicans would bring into power if they win big in November.”

COLORADO: The Washington Post: “Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck's (R) recent wave of momentum has positioned him as the next grassroots outsider who could potentially win in a Republican primary -- following in the footsteps of Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R) and Kentucky Senate nominee Rand Paul (R).”


FLORIDA: A Florida Chamber of Commerce poll shows Charlie Crist opening up a 42%-31%- 14% lead over Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek, respectively. “It also found Rick Scott leading Bill McCollum for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, 35 percent to 30 percent,” the Tampa Bay Tribune writes.

ILLINOIS: Lynn Sweet: “The playing field has become surprisingly level in the race to fill the Illinois Senate seat once held by President Obama. Questions about whether the Obama White House is fully backing Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, will be answered once and for all on Monday, when Vice President Biden hits Chicago for an afternoon fund-raiser for him. Monday is a big day in the Illinois Senate contest. Besides Biden's visit, GOP Senate candidate Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Giannoulias will be making back-to-back appearances at a forum in downtown Chicago to discuss regional planning and environmental issues. While it's not a debate and the pair will not be on the same stage at the same time, the session sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Council will be the first time the rivals have shared any kind of joint platform and it comes as the race is heating up.”

KENTUCKY: The Louisville Courier-Journal: He ignited a furor with his explosive remarks that private business should have the right to discriminate -- and that President Barack Obama's administration sounded ‘un-American’ in criticizing BP too harshly for the Gulf oil spill. But Rand Paul, Kentucky's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, has a long history of making unconventional comments about social programs, housing discrimination, military spending and limiting the role of government. A Courier-Journal review of two-dozen public appearances by the Bowling Green eye surgeon since 1998 shows that Paul has condemned Medicare as ‘socialism;’ denounced seat-belt and anti-smoking laws as ‘Nanny-state’ paternalism; called for voluntary, rather than mandatory, accommodation of people with disabilities; and suggested using satellites to monitor America's borders for illegal immigrants.”

Business Week quotes Paul from an event on Friday: “I don't like the idea of vilifying people. ... If you're the president of the United States, you can talk a business out of business simply by talking down their stock. I don't think that's good." And: “Before his speech, Paul declined to comment when asked by a reporter to respond to Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton's remarks that the White House conducted a ‘$20 billion shakedown’ by requiring BP to establish a compensation fund for those harmed by the Gulf Coast oil spill.”

MASSACHUSETTS: “Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charles D. Baker, who opposes Cape Wind and has sidestepped concerns about global warming, is skipping a candidate forum on environmental issues, according to leaders of a Massachusetts coalition of conservation and environmental groups,” The Boston Globe reports. “Baker aides say the June 29 forum conflicts with two campaign fund-raising events, and that Baker has met leaders of the groups privately to discuss the issues.”

NEVADA: Politico: “Soccer fans in Nevada watching the World Cup on Univision are suddenly seeing a lot of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is flooding the Spanish-language station with an ad campaign courting Latinos, who could help save his uphill reelection campaign. But as he positions himself back home as a friend to Hispanics -- who could account for 15 percent of the Nevada electorate -- Reid is running into a different reality on Capitol Hill: Senate Democrats now concede they probably can’t do much about overhauling immigration policy, despite its importance to Latino voters.”

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sarah Palin endorsed Tim Scott in SC-1.