ARIZONA: The Sheriff Babeu story is still dominating Arizona political coverage even with the primary coverage just days away. (And it was striking that there wasn’t a single question about it at Wednesday’s GOP debate in Arizona.)
MARYLAND: The Baltimore Sun: “Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill.” “Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to legalize same-sex marriage quickly won approval in the Maryland Senate Thursday night. The measure now needs the governor's signature,” the paper writes. “Cheers erupted in the Senate chambers after the 25-22 vote was read out loud and the group of seven gay and lesbian lawmakers from the House of Delegates rushed to the middle of the floor to embrace supportive senators.” More: “The vote makes Maryland the eighth state to approve gay nuptials — and the fourth state legislature to do so in the past 12 months.” But: “Implementation of the measure is far from certain. Even supporters concede that the law will likely be petitioned to referendum, and they expect Maryland voters to have the final say in November. The legislation has an effective date of January 2013 — well after the November election.”
MICHIGAN: The Detroit News reminds about the potential for Democratic spoilers on Tuesday. "With President Barack Obama unopposed, the possibility of independents and Democrats crossing over to vote Republican is another issue adding to interest in Tuesday's primary. Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer did not endorse the idea this week, but he didn't discourage it, either."
NEW MEXICO: Gov. Susana Martinez’s (R) hairdresser won’t cut the governor’s hair anymore because of her anti-same-sex marriage stance.
VIRGINIA: The Virginian-Pilot front page: “‘Personhood’ bill fails; abortion bill advances.”
The Richmond Times-Dispatch: “In stunning turnaround, Senate scraps 'personhood' bill.” “The state Senate on Thursday reined in perhaps the most sweeping proposed change to Virginia's abortion-related laws in years when it voted to derail a bill that would have conferred legal rights to fetuses,” the paper writes. “By a vote of 24-14, House Bill 1 — the so-called personhood bill sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William — was re-referred to the Senate Education and Health Committee and carried over to the 2013 legislative session.”
WASHINGTON: Eliot Spitzer is hosting a fundraiser for Washington state Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee at Spitzer’s Fifth Avenue home.