CALIFORNIA: “One day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a radio ad in California criticizing the Golden State's business climate and encouraging businesses to relocate to Texas, California Gov. Jerry Brown said today that Perry's campaign is ‘barely a fart,’” the Sacramento Bee writes. "‘It's not a serious story, guys,’ the Democratic governor told reporters at a business event here. ‘It's not a burp. It's barely a fart.’” Perry’s only spent about $25,000 on the radio ad.
FLORIDA: Rick Scott is planning on spending $100 million on his reelection bid potentially against ex-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (D). “In addition to darkening the sky with paid media, Scott’s team is looking at the possibility of creating a state-specific data and analytics division, either within the campaign or at the Republican Party of Florida,” Politico writes.
GEORGIA: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R) won’t run for the Senate to replace Saxby Chambliss. The others potential Republicans: Reps. Paul Broun, Jack Kingston, Tom Price, Phil Gingrey and Tom Graves. Broun is expected to announce his bid today.
NEW JERSEY: “Gov. Chris Christie, who has acknowledged to Barbara Walters he’s ‘more than a little’ overweight and munched on a jelly doughnut on David Letterman’s talk show, is addressing his weight issues head-on as speculation intensifies he’s positioning himself to run for president in 2016,” AP writes, adding, “Christie, who is widely mentioned as a possible presidential candidate as his national reputation has grown since the storm, had one health scare during his first term: an asthma attack on a humid summer morning in 2011 that diverted him from a scheduled press conference at a farm to a hospital. He addressed the press when he was discharged hours later, saying the heat, not his weight, contributed to the attack but vowing dietary modifications.”
And catch this: Christie “said Tuesday ‘there is a plan’ for his weight. ‘Whether it’s successful or not,’ he said, ‘you'll all be able to notice.’”
NEW YORK: “Less than a week after a Quinnipiac University poll showed a significant drop in support for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the Democrat's successful push to pass new laws restricting gun ownership, a new Siena College poll suggests that any changes in how Empire State voters feel about their governor were more modest, and Cuomo remains very popular,” National Journal’s Steven Shepard writes. “More than two-thirds of voters retain a favorable opinion of Cuomo, the Siena poll shows. His favorability rating of 67 percent is slightly lower than the 71-percent reading on that question in mid-January, during Cuomo's push for new gun laws, and the 72 percent he earned on that measure in December. On the question of Cuomo's job performance, there has been little change over the past two months. In December, 60 percent said Cuomo was doing an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ job. In January, 59 percent viewed his job performance favorably. The new poll shows Cuomo at 58 percent on that measure.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: Ted Turner’s son having trouble raising money in his SC-1 race to replace Tim Scott (that also includes Mark Sanford), National Journal reports. And, it notes: “Turner has a lot of work to do in a crowded field, both to get his name out and to combat certain associations with it; Turner's family are all well-known liberals in the South. Turner admitted that his family's history had been a "little bit of a hurdle," but he said he wasn't worried about the other candidates bringing it up on the campaign trail.”
“It looked on Friday as if Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., might have avoided a primary in 2014, as one of the only remaining potential challengers, state Sen. Tom Davis, decided to take a pass on the Senate race. But on Monday, state Sen. Lee Bright, a fiscal conservative who was recently supported by former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, for reelection, announced that he is seriously looking at the race,” National Journal writes.
Britain’s moving toward legalizing gay marriage.