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KY-Sen: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is leading Ashley Judd by 9 points according to the latest Harper Polling / RunSwitch PR survey. Harper finds McConnell winning 49 percent of likely voters and 40 percent going for Judd. RunSwitch PR is ran by a former McConnell staffer. FYI Harper Polling seriously should learn that a likely voter survey this far out from the election is pretty ridiculous.
IA-1: State Representative Pat Murphy (no not Patrick Murphy) is the first Democrat to throw his hat into the ring to replace Representative Bruce Braley whose running to replace Senator Tom Harkin whose retiring at the end of this term. Murphy is one of several expected candidates in this Democratic leaning seat.
TN-9: When you thought Congressmen had stopped using Twitter in weird ways, you were clearly mistaken. Representative Steve Cohen decided it was appropriate to send love sounding messages to the 24 year old daughter of long time supporters then he proceeded to delete the messages. Allegedly Cohen meant the messages to be private, but sent them as public messages. Thank God it was not pictures of his private parts like disgraced former Congressman and favorite RRH punching bag, Anthony Weiner.
NJ-Sen: I am sure Frank Lautenberg is smiling somewhere over the irony of Representative Rob Andrews supporting Newark Mayor Corey Booker's exploratory campaign for US Senate. If you remember correctly, Andrews, now under scrutiny for some financial irregularities, lost by a whopping 24 points in 2008 to Lautenberg in the Democratic primary.
MS-Sen: Speaking of the Senate retirement watch, Senator Thad Cochran is putting off making a decision regarding retirement until the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Cochran is completing his 6th term in the US Senate and has a logjam of Mississippi Republicans seeking to replace him if he decides to retire.
TX-Sen: Never short on words, Senator Ted Cruz was short on words Wednesday as he has lost his voice entirely due to a nasty cold. Cruz was apparently showing people a note saying he had lost his voice due to a nasty cold. Get well Senator.
PA-Legislature: Equality PA has released a list of its 2013-14 LGBT Equality Caucus and this legislature will feature three Republicans as members of the Congress. Mike Fleck, the first openly gay member of the State House, is joined by Tom Murt and Chris Ross in joining the caucus. The caucus has a total of 35 members in the House and 13 in the Senate.
Philly Traffic Court: The infamous Philadelphia Traffic Court, which is stacked with elected political hacks, is closer to being abolished. Two bills passed the State Senate unanimously that will weaken and eventually abolish the bizarre municipal oddity that has seen several of its members charged by the Feds for ticket fixing.
TX-Gov: Governor Rick Perry's trip to California to bring business to Texas has come up short. I am not sure if this trip was serious or just an attempt by Perry to get out of Texas.
Resignation: What happens when a Pope voluntarily resigns? No Pope has voluntarily resigned since 1294.