AP: “Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to address a Minnesota audience in late October. Beth El Synagogue announced Tuesday that Clinton would appear in St. Louis Park as part of its national speaker series. The event is set for Oct. 27. … Past speakers at the synagogue's lecture series include former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.”
The Kansas City Star: “That Texas Gov. Rick Perry is headed to Missouri on Thursday hoping to lure businesses back to the Lone Star State should come as no surprise. This year, the former GOP presidential hopeful has swaggered into a handful of blue states around the country to court companies with a sales pitch of low taxes and less government regulation. But this trip is different. When Perry arrives in St. Louis this week, he’ll be doing so with the blessing of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Along with a coalition of fellow business advocacy groups, the chamber is hosting Perry at a luncheon in the hope he can help muster enough support to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a $700 million tax cut. That alliance has drawn heated criticism.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Missouri Republicans and business leaders are preparing to lay out the welcome mat this week for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. And Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday came pretty close to calling them economic traitors for it.”
ILLINOIS: Chicago Tribune: "Pat Brady, who was forced out as chairman of the state Republican Party after backing gay marriage legislation, said Tuesday he has been retained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to lobby GOP state legislators to back the bill."
SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston Post & Courier: "The only thing missing from the anti-Lindsey Graham rally was the senator himself. But there was a Graham cardboard cutout for people to get their picture taken with — and to direct their political anger.More than 14 months before the election, some Republicans are making it clear they are not happy with the state’s senior senator, calling him too easy to compromise with the Obama White House. And though their numbers might be small and their event Tuesday night high on theatrics, the dislike for Graham among the 100-plus people at the FreedomWorks town hall rally in North Charleston was apparent."
Greenville News: "Republicans and Democrats are at odds over how many people showed up at the re-election announcement of Gov. Nikki Haley in Greenville on Monday and what those numbers mean. Haley’s campaign estimates that almost 300 people attended the event outside the BI-LO Center that featured Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, while Democrats argue the number is between 75 and 100."
TENNESSEE: NBC’s Jessica Taylor: Tennessee waltz? Poll says Alexander can withstand Tea Party challenge.
VIRGINIA: Beth Reinhard notes all the money the RGA has poured into the governor’s race as well as the national GOP political hopefuls who are going to stump for Cuccinelli: "Down in the polls and outraised by his opponent, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is increasingly relying on the national party to come to his rescue. In the last two months, the Republican Governors Association has spent $3.6 million on television ads in the state, on top of the $2 million doled out to the campaign earlier this year. Three of the GOP's biggest stars, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are all expected to campaign for Cuccinelli this fall, with Rubio scheduled to come to Virginia next month."
But: “The national party's much-ballyhooed goals of winning over more minorities and women on the road to the White House doesn't always line up with Cuccinelli's fiercely conservative track record. The mismatch was evident Tuesday, when the attorney general was asked about Rubio's bill to allow millions of illegal immigrants to earn citizenship. Some Republican leaders say the bill will pave crucial inroads in the fast-growing Hispanic community. ‘I don't support amnesty, if that's what you mean, but I certainly support a focus on the rule of law,’ Cuccinelli said in a visit to the Ashby Ponds retirement community. He added that he hadn't read the bill: ‘I'm running for governor. That is a state office.’”
ABC takes a look at the "complicated legal back story" of GreenTech. "For an upstart electric-car company with big ambitions, its ties to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe have been both a blessing and a curse. The company, GreenTech, is now front and center in Virginia's 2013 race for governor, and its critics are raising questions about political favoritism, national-security risks, and the government's role in foreign investments—unwelcome attention for the struggling firm."
Washington Post: "Suzanne Patrick, who served as deputy undersecretary of defense for industrial policy under President George W. Bush, launched her campaign for Virginia’s veteran-heavy 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday. Painting herself as a 'centrist Democrat,' the former Navy commander will take on the two-term Republican incumbent, Scott Rigell, next year."