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The midterms: The gulf spill as a campaign issue

The Boston Globe's Milligan looks at how the oil spill is playing out as a campaign issue across the country: "The BP oil disaster has seeped into congressional campaigns in states far from the Gulf Coast, as voters and candidates clash over the future of energy exploration and the relationship between government and the industries it regulates. In some districts and states, the spill has reignited a debate over oil drilling and other energy issues, with candidates weighing local job creation against environmental protection. In other areas, the Tea Party movement’s push against big government is being parried by Democrats, who see in the oil-soaked pelicans and grieving families of 11 dead workers from the oil blast justification for stricter oversight."

COLORADO: “Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday split from national party leaders by throwing his support to former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff who is challenging appointed Senator Michael Bennet in Colorado's Democratic primary,” CQ writes.

The AP on the Republican race: "In a dingy, wood-paneled restaurant with a $9 pizza buffet, Ken Buck is waging the latest fight with a Republican Party establishment that favors candidates with shinier political pedigrees… A Princeton-educated lawyer, Buck moved west after college, attended law school in Wyoming and served as a prosecutor for the U.S. attorney's office in Denver before becoming district attorney of Weld County. Conservatives started noticing when he tried to arrest illegal immigrants in 2008."


IDAHO: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce praised Rep. Walt Minnick (D) as a champion for Idaho’s businesses and workers in an endorsement announcement Tuesday morning,” Roll Call writes.

KANSAS: “Todd Tiahrt's U.S. Senate campaign today announced that talk radio and Fox News personality, Sean Hannity, has endorsed his campaign,” the Kiowa County Signal wrote. Hannity endorsed Tiahrt on his show on Friday, after Sarah Palin endorsed him on Thursday.

MASSACHUSETTS: "Three candidates for governor expressed sharp differences last night over global warming, the Cape Wind project, and the cleanliness of the state’s parks at a gubernatorial forum dedicated to environmental issues," the Boston Globe writes.

MICHIGAN: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon traded more blows in their final Democratic gubernatorial debate Monday night [which aired yesterday], saying the other has bungled his current job and doesn't deserve higher office,” The Detroit News reported.

NEVADA:
“In her first mainstream media interview since winning the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate race, former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle softened her rhetoric on ‘phasing out’ Social Security and fearing the electorate would take up arms if conservatives didn’t win at the ballot box,” the Las Vegas Sun writes.

TEXAS: “Polls show he’s already competitive, but Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White said his odds of knocking off two-term Texas Gov. Rick Perry might even be greater if President Obama had exhibited more fiscal restraint during his first 18 months in office,” Politico reported. “White’s comments reflect the distance he’s willing to carve out between himself and a president from his own party.”