Politico reports: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised over $61 million in 2011, according to fundraising totals provided to POLITICO - an impressive total for the organization as it aims to reclaim the House majority. The House Democratic campaign arm outpaced its GOP counterpart for much of the year, even though its members have been in the minority since a midterm wave in which Republicans captured 63 seats. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which has not released its year-end totals, had raised just short of $52 million at the end of November. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel argued that the committee's fundraising success is proof that the party is gaining momentum as it lays the groundwork for the fall campaign season. ...The DCCC raised $5.3 million in December and wrapped up the year with $11.6 million cash on hand. It has paid off all $19 million of the debt it incurred during the 2010 elections. Much of the Democratic cash push has been guided by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a prolific fundraiser who last year attended around 400 events in 40 states."
ARIZONA: The New York Times reports, "What began as an effort by political opponents to block Mrs. Cabrera from the ballot for a seat on the City Council has mushroomed into an uncomfortable discussion of just how fluent Arizona officeholders need to be. Like many other states, Arizona has long required politicians at all levels to speak, read and write English, but the law fails to spell out just what that means."
FLORIDA: The South Florida Sun Sentinel: South Florida stands to lose some clout in the Republican-dominated state Capitol under proposed legislative maps steaming toward passage in the once-a-decade redistricting process in Tallahassee. Blame it on the population currents that steered people to points north and west during the past decade-- and the Fair Districts reforms that direct lawmakers to protect minority seats and scramble current district boundaries to cut fewer counties and cities into pieces.
The dispute over Florida’s rules continues, the Tampa Bay Times’ Smith reports.