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2012: Meet 'American Bridge'

The Democratic counterweight to American Crossroads? The New York Times: “In what may prove a significant development for the 2012 elections, David Brock, a prominent Democratic political operative, says he has amassed $4 million in pledges over the last few weeks and is moving quickly to hire a staff to set up what he hopes will become a permanent liberal counterweight over the airwaves to the Republican-leaning outside groups that spent so heavily on this year’s midterm elections. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor and the eldest of Robert F. Kennedy’s 11 children, has agreed to serve as the chairwoman of the group, which will be called American Bridge, lending to the still extremely nascent undertaking the weight of what remains one of the most significant families in Democratic politics.”

IOWA: “The Minuteman Patriots, an Iowa citizen group opposed to illegal immigration, has started a petition drive aimed at encouraging Gov.-elect Terry Branstad and state lawmakers to approve an Arizona-style immigration law for Iowa,” the Des Moines Register reports.

VIRGINIA: “When Virginia Republicans gathered last weekend in Northern Virginia, the hot topic of discussion was the 2012 Senate race and former Sen. George Allen’s political comeback,” Roll Call reports.