IOWA: The Washington Post’s Balz talks to a group of Iowa Republican activists. “Right now, there is great uncertainty about who meets the qualifications Iowa activists are looking for. But while some strategists in the key state do not discount Palin's potential appeal, given her celebrity status and the passions she evokes, she may have to overcome doubts that some other candidates don't now face.”
MASSACHUSETTS: “Scott Brown briefly abandoned his improbable campaign for the Senate near its inception, after what Brown describes as a tense and testosterone-fueled confrontation with another potential candidate, former White House chief of staff Andy Card,” the Boston Globe writes. “In his new book, Brown, the Massachusetts Republican, writes of a private meeting with Card in early September 2009, in which the former aide to President George W. Bush initially angered Brown and then motivated him to step aside and give Card a clear path to the Republican nomination. ‘I probably was being a little disrespectful [to Card]; I was fairly pissed,’ Brown writes, after revealing that Card told him he intended to run for the seat. ‘But he was also pissed.’” During a meeting with Card, Brown says he told him that his ties to Bush would hurt him in Massachusetts and that Brown believed he could beat him. But after an impassioned speech by Card, Brown said he’d drop the idea and endorse Card instead. But Card later changed his mind.
NEW YORK: “In a bid to end the historic practice of gerrymandering New York's legislative and congressional districts, Gov. Cuomo yesterday sought to shift redistricting power from the Legislature to a bipartisan commission that excludes lawmakers and lobbyists from membership,” the New York Post reports. “Cuomo's proposed 11-member Independent Redistricting Commission would draw the lines to unite ‘communities of interest’ and keep the populations of the district within 1 percent of one another in size.”
WASHINGTON: “Lawmakers are considering the suspension of the statewide presidential primary in 2012 to save $10 million, opting for instead for party caucuses,” The Olympian writes.