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The Midterms: Circle your calendars-July 16, 17

ARIZONA: “Sen. John McCain says he disagrees with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's statements that most people crossing the U.S. southern border illegally are smuggling drugs, but he thinks she is doing a good job of standing up for her state,” the AP remarks of McCain’s “Meet The Press” appearance this Sunday.

The Tuscon Sentinel reports that McCain and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth will face off in two back-to-back debates on July 16th and 17th.

CALIFORNIA: “Reaching out to a key voting bloc, Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina held a Latino-themed town hall Saturday afternoon in Sacramento, heaping praise on California's Latino community for representing "the best of who this nation is," the Los Angeles Times reports. “The event, paired with Fiorina's launch of a new Spanish-language website, Amigos de Carly, is part of an ethnic outreach tour” for the candidate.

FLORIDA: “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will back Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's campaign for governor today, adding a powerful conservative voice to the group of national Republicans rallying to McCollum in his primary race against self-funding health care mogul Rick Scott,” Politico reports.

The Miami Herald details “the paradox of Scott's upstart campaign: The novice candidate has touted his stature and experience as the get-things-done CEO of what was once the nation's largest for-profit healthcare company, while also trying to distance himself from Columbia/HCA's notorious legacy of fraud.”

“U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias says former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's lawyers have subpoenaed him to testify at Blagojevich's corruption trial,” the AP reported yesterday.

MARYLAND: Gov. Martin O’Malley is airing two negative radio ads against his Republican challenger for re-election, former governor Robert Ehrlich, framing him “as perhaps the only thing worse this year than an incumbent politician: a lobbyist working for big oil,” the Washington Post writes. “The ads have jarred to life what had been a sleepy campaign for governor and indicate that O'Malley and Ehrlich intend to resume the same sort of in-the-mud and in-your-face tactics that both employed when they faced off four years ago.”

MASSACHUSETTS: “Governor Deval Patrick has improved his political standing in recent months but still faces major hurdles in his bid for reelection, according to a new Boston Globe poll, which shows Republican rival Charles D. Baker gaining ground and many voters dissatisfied with the direction of the state and the governor’s handling of his job,” the Boston Globe reports.

TEXAS: Democrats at the state’s convention on Friday declared, “Don't pay any attention to that city on the Potomac,” the Dallas Morning News writes. “‘It's not about Washington. It's about putting Texas first,’ Democratic nominee Bill White told delegates in his Friday night speech formally accepting the party's nomination for governor.”