There are a small handful of items worth noting from the last two days...
MA-Sen: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll (D), who is often mentioned as a possible statewide prospect but likely too short on name rec to be a serious contender right now, is officially out.
HI-Gov, HI-Sen: Anonymous sources say Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is being encouraged to challenge unpopular Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the D primary. Hanabusa, or someone else in the HIDP's vast bench, could also take on newly appointed Sen. Brian Schatz.
HI-LG: In other Hawaii news, State Senate President Shan Tsutsui (D-Wailuku, Maui) has ascended to the office of Lt. Governor. Tsutsui is the first LG to come from Maui, and the first since 1962 to come from an island other than Oahu.
NJ-Gov, etc.: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is stepping down, with running for Governor as a Dem in her native NJ as a remote possibility. Another possibility I might throw out is that she could be a good running mate for someone like Sweeney or Pascrell. Being #2 would boost her name rec while largely shielding her from blame for any loss to Christie. That said, the most likely future for her is in the private sector.
IA-Gov: Ex-Gov Chet Culver (D) confirms he is looking at a rematch with Terry Branstad. Culver would almost certainly clear a primary field.
Minneapolis-Mayor: Mayor R.T. Rybak (D), often speculated as a candidate for higher office, is stepping down at the end of his term next year. Our own OGGoldy gives some possible replacements here.
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