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More 2012: Detroit shrinks

“A record seven female Senators will be on the ballot in 2012; history suggests one will not return to D.C.

While there was significant turnover in Washington during the 2010 election cycle, only one new woman was elected to the U.S. Senate (New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte) while one was defeated (Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln),” the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog writes. “In that cycle, six female U.S. Senate incumbents were on the ballot, which was tied for the largest number in history with the Election of 2006. In 2012, however, that record will be broken as seven women in the nation's upper legislative chamber are running for reelection: Republican Olympia Snowe (Maine), and Democrats Dianne Feinstein (California), Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), Maria Cantwell (Washington), Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York). Texas' Kay Bailey Hutchison would have made it eight, but the four-term GOPer announced she is retiring at the end of this term. And how have female senatorial incumbents fared throughout history? A Smart Politics review of U.S. Senate election data finds female incumbents have won 80 percent of the time -- winning 36 contests and losing nine.”

MASSACHUSETTS: If Mitt Romney does run for president, his record while governor of Massachusetts may hurt not only him but the former state senator with whom Romney used to work: current Sen. Scott Brown. The Boston Globe: “As Romney veers rightward nationally to win the nomination, while Brown moves to the center to win re-election in Massachusetts, conflicting views are inevitable. Each is his own man, but it's only natural for two people with similar political pedigrees to face questions about the other's policy views… Both will also have to stage an artful dance as they call for repealing Obama's universal health care program, which was modeled after a 2006 Massachusetts bill that then-state Senator Brown voted for and then-Governor Romney signed into law.”

MICHIGAN: New York Times: “Laying bare the country’s most startling example of modern urban collapse, census data on Tuesday showed that Detroit’s population had plunged by 25 percent over the last decade. It was dramatic testimony to the crumbling industrial base of the Midwest, black flight to the suburbs and the tenuous future of what was once a thriving metropolis. ”