Polling: A new robopollster, Harper Polling, has come onto the scene, with a goal of being a Republican counterweight to PPP.
MA-Sen: MA Dems are looking to more unorthodox candidates for the special; Connecticut Resident Ted Kennedy Jr. may be interested, and Obama oppo research chief David Simas is considering a bid.
More MA-Sen: A look at Brown alternatives for Republicans; it shouldn't be too surprising for most of our readers.
IA-Sen: Lost in the barrage of news earlier this week are new indications that Rep. Steve King is actively lining up support for a Senate bid. King is careful to remain non-committal, but few candidates get this open about considering a bid without actually moving forward in a serious fashion.
HI-Sen: Suspense fills the air, as the mystery appointee (hint: it will be a Congresswoman whose last name ends in "busa") to replace the late Sen. Dan Inouye will be named from a list of 3 choices prepared by the HI Democratic Party on Dec. 28, and sworn in on Jan. 3 with the rest of the incoming freshmen class. Hanabusa, for her part, says she's interested.
WV-Sen 2018: See Joe. See Joe forget he campaigned as a stauch gun advocate. See Joe sweat as he realizes no Democrat is invincible in WV anymore. See Joe backpedal furiously.
IL-2: Jonathan Jackson, brother of ex-Rep. Jesse, won't run, meaning that the Jackson family will not have a candidate in this race. They instead seem to be quietly supporting a candidate who will carry on this seat's proud tradition of congressmen engaging in illegal activity, State Sen. Donne Trotter.
HI-1: A Not-so-great Mentioner piece on the race to replace presumptive appointee Colleen Hanabusa. If more than one Democrat enters, Republican Charles Djou probably becomes the favorite. Where the article goes off the rails IMO is to mention 3 Democrats who are not all that likely to run - perennial primary losers Mufi Hannemann and Ed Case, and LG Brian Schatz (who is in line to be Governor in 2018 if Abercrombie wins a second term.) So I'll throw out 3 names of my own - State Sen. Clayton Hee and City Councilman Ron Menor, who both lost the 2006 HI-2 primary, could try again, and State Sen. and former D party chair Brickwood Galuteria could be another potential possibility.
RI-Gov: 2010 R nominee John Robtaille announced he will not try again in 2014. His decision leaves three credible Republicans exploring the race: former State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty, plus mayors Allan Fung of Cranston and Scott Avedisian of Warwick.
NJ-Gov: Could Democrats' savior in this race be... Septugenarian Rep. Bill Pascrell? Pascrell is starting to dip his toe into a bid after what initially seemed like absurd rumors started fluttering around him a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, Christie is already conspicuously looking ahead to 2016.
AR-Gov: Speculation from WaPo on whether AG Dustin McDaniel (D) can recover after the recent affair revelations (hint: probably not as long as his opponent isn't Todd Akin.)
More AR-Gov: A very good piece on the questions McDaniel still has to answer. They aren't pretty, and stretch into conflicts of interest and a murder investigation.
NY-Gov: Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) is trying to make nice with Cuomo after the Governor's tacit backing of the Republican-led Senate coalition. Suggests that there really isn't a whole lot of enthusiasm on the left to run into Cuomo's buzzsaw by antagonizing him.
State & Local:
NYC-Mayor: MTA chief Joe Lhota is stepping down tomorrow to start a mayoral bid as a Republican. Lhota is likely to more-or-less clear the primary field thanks to his strong connections with Guiliani.
NY-SD-46: George Amedore's (R-Rotterdam) 37-vote victory was certified yesterday, but it's likely he won't be able to be seated pending court challenges.
WATN: Southhaven, MS Mayor Greg Davis, who lost to Travis Childers in the MS-1 special in 2008, has been indicted on embezzlement charges in connection with purchases at a Canadian sex shop.