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The midterms: Look who's back...

Stu Rothenberg on the Senate field: “[A]t the same time that Republican prospects have brightened overall, they suddenly look less bright than previously in at least a couple of states: Nevada and Illinois.”

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has reserved airtime for the final two weeks before the election in key congressional districts across the country,” The Hill reports. “It has banked more than $5.2 million worth of airtime in 50 television markets, according to a Republican consultant who tracks Democratic ad purchases.”

“Heirs to the late senator, Edward M. Kennedy, are giving $185,000 from his campaign account and their personal wealth to Democratic House candidates in gratitude to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her role in enacting a landmark health care law,” the AP reports.

CALIFORNIA: Jerry Brown tells Time magazine this about Meg Whitman: "I've done this," he explains. "I've been in government and overseen thousands of businesses. I've run charter schools. Those are businesses. She ran her ... her website. She can say whatever she wants. But if you have never worked in government...It's a different world. That's like someone who's never dove in a river and says, I know what swimming in a river is like."

COLORADO: "A videotaped comment by U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck that voters should support him because 'I do not wear high heels' -- a shot at his Republican primary opponent, Jane Norton -- has taken life on the Web," the Grand Junction Sentinel writes. "It also earned Buck a comparison to other politicians whose bids for office foundered on videotaped comments they made." Buck said in response to a question of why people should vote for him, "Why should you vote for me? Because I do not wear high heels."

CONNECTICUT: "Rob Simmons, who halted his campaign for the Republican Senate nomination [in Connecticut] after losing the party endorsement to former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, will begin airing TV ads urging voters to 'look at the issues' before voting in the Aug. 10 primary," the New London Day reports.

FLORIDA: Taegan Goddard finds this story, the latest fold in Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene's unconventional campaign: After DNC member Jon Ausman wrote an email asking whom he should support in the Democratic Senate primary, Jeff Greene promptly sent a check, hiring Ausman for "political consultation and strategy," the Palm Beach Post writes."Six days after that, Ausman announced his endorsement in another e-mail: He was endorsing Greene. He signed the endorsement e-mail as a DNC member but didn't mention that he was being paid by Greene. He says he provided 35,000 e-mail addresses in exchange for the money."

MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Globe looks at how Deval Patrick’s stance on immigration has evolved – “Patrick’s approach to illegal immigration has undergone a marked shift, from populist to pragmatic, at a time when the national battle over the issue has exploded in Arizona and spread to Massachusetts. Four years ago, he said he would sign a driver’s license bill and expressed admiration for hard-working undocumented immigrants. In this campaign, his initiatives on behalf of immigrants are less controversial, and he is more measured in his public positions on the issue.”

NEW YORK: "Republican Congressional hopeful [and Richard Nixon grandson] Chris Cox announces he's scored the campaign backing of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush," the New York Daily News writes.

RHODE ISLAND: The AP dives into Lincoln Chafee’s sometimes lonely independent bid for governor: “Chafee is making his first run for office since 2007, when he left the Republican Party after losing his Senate seat to a Democrat. And while he's forging his own identity, he's taking a gamble: waging a campaign without major party funding and manpower. Chafee is one of several high-profile independents running in a year of voter discontent, including Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who's leading in the polls after leaving the Republican Party for his U.S. Senate run; Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, a one-time Democrat running for governor; and Eliot Cutler, running for governor of Maine.”