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Off to the races: FL-13 spending heats up

National Journal: “Republicans who are playing politics with long-term unemployment benefits in the midwinter of a record-slow recovery are engaged in a very dangerous game, especially if they think they're up to their usual tactic of pleasing their base by rooting out wasteful "welfare queens" and the like. That's because today's long-term unemployed make up a substantial part of the Republican Party's base.”

National Journal looks at 10 Super PACs you may have never heard of that will have a role in 2014.

CALIFORNIA: With the retirement of Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee says it’s making the district a priority, and it will endorse Dr. Lee Rogers for the seat. 

FLORIDA: EMILY’s List and the NRCC are already spending money in FL-13. Roll Call: “The National Republican Congressional Committee spent $93,500 this week against Democrat Alex Sink in Florida’s 13th District special election, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed Thursday.”

OKLAHOMA: NBC’s Kasie Hunt reports that Sen. Tom Coburn will retire at the end of this current Congress with two years left on his term. Coburn is battling prostate cancer, but said in a statement that the move was not related to his health.

UTAH: “A new poll for The Salt Lake Tribune shows that Utahns’ views on same-sex couples’ relationships have dramatically shifted in the decade since voters amended the state’s constitution to prohibit them from receiving any legal recognition. Residents are now evenly split on whether same-sex couples in Utah should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licences — 48 percent for and 48 percent against — and nearly three-fourths (72 percent) said same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions or domestic partnerships in lieu of marriage.”