The AP goes to a Republican section of Colorado and finds people who lost unemployment benefits there who aren’t happy about it: “Plenty of Republicans, too, depend on jobless aid that Republicans in Congress are hesitant to prolong. The ideological argument for standing against an extension of benefits — that the aid can ultimately make it harder to find work — meets a more complex reality where people live.”
A new education group, Integrity in Education, is launching today “that aims to confront corporate interest groups working to influence public education policy.” Specifically, they are aiming to combat Michelle Rhee and Jeb Bush’s efforts. From a press release: “Integrity in Education will call on the United States Department of Education to disclose any and all associations with profit-driven corporations, who have worked to exclude everyday Americans from important decisions about our children, our schools, and our future while raising public fears of a corporate takeover of public education. Integrity in Education’s new campaign will focus on understanding and exposing the revolving door between corporate interest groups and the federal Department of Education, as well as confronting corporate front groups looking to profit off of the public's concern for our children.”
FLORIDA: Today’s election day on the Gulf Coast. The GOP primary in FL-13, to replace the late-Rep. Bill Young, is where the action is. National Journal: “Florida Republicans continue to worry that they could lose a pivotal special election in the bellwether district of the late GOP Rep. Bill Young -- a development that's giving Democrats some optimism that Obamacare's troubles are not an automatic death blow to their midterm prospects. But the specifics uplifting Democrats here may not be replicable everywhere later this election year. Despite a favorable political environment for Republicans, many party operatives agree that Alex Sink, the Democrats' 2010 gubernatorial candidate, holds an early edge over her GOP opposition. Several big-name Republicans passed on the race, leaving little-known David Jolly, a former lobbyist and aide to Young, and state Rep. Kathleen Peters as the main contenders. They have emptied their campaign coffers -- and bloodied each other a bit -- going after their party's nomination.”
VIRGINIA: Politico looks at the hurdles Ed Gillespie faces in running for the Senate.
Bob McDonnell played some pranks on Terry McAuliffe, including leaving an alarm clock in a desk drawer and a giant stuffed black bear in the bathroom. Apparently, it’s a Virginia tradition: WTVR: “McAuliffe wasn’t the first Virginia governor to get pranked by his predecessor. McDonnell told WRVA, a radio station in Richmond, in October that when he took office in 2010, former Gov. Tim Kaine had hidden cell phones around the mansion that would ring at different times. … Going back even further, The Washington Post reported that when Kaine became Governor in 2006, he discovered a cardboard cutout of former Gov. Mark Warner in the shower.”