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Off to the races: Back to politics in Boston

HAWAII: Political Wire: “Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) has decided to challenge Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) in the Democratic primary next year, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.”

MASSACHUSETTS: ‘The two Democratic hopefuls for Massachusetts’ open Senate seat went toe-to-toe Monday night in a debate filled with fireworks. Representative Stephen F. Lynch, Democrat of South Boston, went on the attack repeatedly against the voting record of Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Malden, who is widely seen as the frontrunner in the two-man race,” the Boston Globe writes.

AP: “Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch clashed Monday night on homeland security in their first debate since the Boston Marathon attacks.”

On the GOP side, Gabriel Gomez got the endorsement of ex-Gov. Bill Weld. 

MICHIGAN: “Even though a big majority of recently polled Michigan voters don’t know who Democrats Mark Schauer and Bart Stupak are, the two politicians are in a dead heat with Gov. Rick Snyder in head-to-head matchups for the 2014 gubernatorial election,” the Detroit Free Press writes. An EPIC/MRA poll finds: “Schauer holds a slim 39-38% lead over Snyder, while Stupak is a point behind Snyder at 38-39%.”

Snyder’s fav/unfav dropped from 55% in December before the right-to-work legislation controversy to just 42% now with 46% having a negative view. And his job approval was 38%/58%. 

NEW YORK: “Amid a growing perception that corruption is a serious problem in New York, six politicians are up for arraignment in a case that alleges an audacious plot to buy a line on New York City’s mayoral ballot,” AP writes.

So… maybe Weiner’s not so bad? “Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back on the social network that helped end his career in public service,” the New York Daily News writes. “Weiner, who infamously sent lewd pictures of himself over Twitter in 2011, officially rejoined the social network Monday, the Daily News has confirmed. It’s possibly another indication that he will jump into the 2013 mayoral race.” 

Mike Bloomberg thinks telecommuting is “one of the dumbest ideas.”

SOUTH DAKOTA: Political Wire: “Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader she is seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate and plans to make her decision soon.” 

VIRGINIA: Bill Hamlet Bolling… He tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he wished he’d waited longer: "If I have one regret about the decision it's that I wish I had waited longer. Because if I had waited longer I think we may have (seen) the direction these campaigns were going and that may have made it easier to raise more money." (H/T: Political Wire.)