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The midterms: Can Paladino take the heat?

ALASKA: "On the heels of an attack ad released Thursday by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R)," the Tea Party Express "'will unveil an attack ad of its own Monday "calling out Lisa for 'not getting it' and respecting the will of the voters,' said Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell," Hotline reports.

ARKANSAS: "The race for mayor in this small but fast-growing suburb of Little Rock shows how far the Democratic brand has fallen," for incumbents like Sen. Blanche Lincoln, the New York Times writes. "Though the office is intended to be nonpartisan, Jill Dabbs, 38 and a first-time candidate, requested that her name be listed on the ballot as 'Republican Jill Dabbs,' as one might be listed as 'John Paul Jones' or 'Hillary Rodham Clinton.' (A judge turned her request down.)"

CALIFORNIA: Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman "indicated she didn't totally blame the housekeeper who passed herself off as legal," NPR writes. "She blamed the gubernatorial campaign of California Attorney General Jerry Brown and lawyer Gloria Allred for a 'smear,' Whitman said."


The L.A. Times: "Meg Whitman launched a forceful effort Thursday to regain control of her campaign for governor, pledging to take a lie detector test if necessary to prove that she and her husband were unaware they had employed an illegal immigrant housekeeper for nine years until the woman confessed her status in 2009... But Whitman's lengthy defense was undercut by the second in a dramatic duel of widely broadcast news conferences as the housekeeper's attorney, Gloria Allred, produced a copy of a government letter sent six years before Nicandra Diaz Santillan was fired alerting the couple to potential problems. On the bottom of the letter was a note in what Allred said was Whitman's husband's handwriting: 'Nicky, please check this. Thanks.'"

CONNECTICUT: "Republican Linda McMahon accepted the endorsement of a prominent business interest lobby on Thursday, but her campaign staff abruptly shut down a press conference in which McMahon was asked to explain whether she agreed with all of the organization's positions," The Day reports. "Most notably, McMahon said she believed Congress should consider lowering the federal minimum wage in times of economic distress for small businesses, such as the current recession."

McMahon claimed to not have spent any money on lobbying efforts, but Roll Call reports: "But lobbying disclosure records show that's not true. Between 2001 and 2008, McMahon's company paid at least $680,000 to lobby Congress and federal agencies over such issues as the defense authorization bills of 2002 and 2003, which included taxpayer-funded advertising programs during wrestling programs. McMahon's company also sought lobbying help during a Congressional steroids investigation."

DELAWARE: "Oops, she did it again," the New York Daily News reports. "Christine O'Donnell, the Tea-Party backed Republican Senate nominee in Delaware -- who for years said she had graduated from a New Jersey university when she did not -- tried to distance herself yesterday from a profile on LinkedIn that said she had attended Oxford University. And now another school in southern California is saying the Delaware candidate did not attend the school, which was also listed on the social networking site. O'Donnell defended herself on Wednesday, declaring that she did not authorize the LinkedIn profile. The profile has since been removed. 'I have always been clear about my educational background,' she said in a statement." Really?

FLORIDA: "A group of Florida Tea Party activists plan to subpoena Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and a local political consultant Thursday as part of a lawsuit that alleges the congressman played a role in putting forth a sham Tea Party candidate to aid his own reelection bid," The Hill reports.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: "The Republican Governors Association is going on television with ads attacking Gov. John Lynch (D), a sign that that national GOPers believe the Granite State is in play," the Post's Cillizza writes.

NEW YORK: The New York Times front-pages Carl Paladino's tense confrontation and asks: "In an election season defined by anger, how much is too much?"

The liberal-leaning New York Times editorial page chimes in: "New York State has serious problems. New Yorkers are right to be frustrated and angry about Albany's corruption and ineptitude. The last thing this state needs is an out-of-control governor who can't take the heat."

By the way, Paladino, who fathered a child out of wedlock, now admits he had no proof of a Cuomo affair that he alleged -- despite a confrontation with a New York reporter, in which Paladino claimed, "Of course," he had proof and that the reporter would get it at the "appropriate" time.

OHIO: Vice President Biden will return to campaign for Gov. Ted Strickland's re-election on Monday, the AP writes.

WEST VIRGINIA: "The West Virginia Coal Association endorsed [Gov. Joe] Manchin in his bid for the U.S. Senate to fill out the term of the late Robert C. Byrd," the Huntington Herald-Dispatch writes. "The endorsement comes after Manchin's Republican opponent, John Raese, has run advertisements suggesting Manchin supports Cap and Trade legislation in Congress that the coal industry says could be crippling for business."

Roll Call declares: "It's official: West Virginia's special election is part of Senate Democrats' firewall against a GOP takeover of the Senate." And: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has dropped half a million dollars into West Virginia's Senate race in the past week while the National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent $1.2 million. The ad buys came as GOP nominee John Raese dropped into Washington, D.C., for a sit-down with NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) and as Democratic operatives continue to scramble to play down a Democratic poll that showed Gov. Joe Manchin (D) trailing in the contest."