“When dozens of raucous conservative activists Monday stormed the National Republican Senatorial Committee and demanded the GOP campaign arm stay out of the Utah Senate race, it looked like the tea party mob was at it again,” Roll Call writes. “But underneath the chanting and handmade signs was a carefully orchestrated educational event, an effort by FreedomWorks to incorporate technical dominance and political savvy into a grass-roots movement built on passion and theatrics.”
CALIFORNIA: “Rep. Lynn Woolsey announced Monday that she will not run for an 11th term in 2012, saying she will turn 75 before the next election and that the time has come to move on,” Roll Call writes.
MASSACHUSETTS: Democrats are trying to push gay marriage as an issue against Sen. Scott Brown (R) who is up for reelection next year. “Brown’s camp noted that he voted last year to repeal the military’s ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on gays serving openly in the military,” the Boston Globe writes, adding comment from Brown’s spokesman Colin Reed: “We’ve already had the debate on gay marriage in Massachusetts. It’s time to move on. Senator Brown’s focus is on jobs.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: “South Carolina's governor will veto proposals to use taxpayer money to run the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary in February, officials said Monday,” AP reports. “Two officials familiar with Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's decision spoke on condition of not being identified, saying they did not want to pre-empt her veto announcements expected Tuesday.”