We seem to be starting the great wind-down of political news before the holdiays.
KY-Sen: We have our first McConnell D challenger, some dude Ed Marksberry, who took 32% of the vote against Brett Guthrie in KY-2 in 2010. Somehow I don't see him clearing the primary field.
MA-Sen: Brown says "We may obviously meet again" in his farewell speech to the Senate. This is a change in tone for him from his earlier statements which conveyed a thinly-veiled desire to get the heck out of DC.
IL-2: This race may be decided on Saturday as a cabal of insiders will try to unite behind a candidate for the special election. There is no guarantee they will reach a consensus, though, as the presumed front-runner, State Sen. Donne Trotter, was arrested for trying to bring a gun onto a plane.
CA-15: Democrats have their first confirmed target of 2014... and it's a fellow Democrat, Rep.-elect Eric Swalwell. State Sen. Ellen Corbett and mega-fundraising attorney Ro Khanna, who were preparing for an epic primary clash upon Pete Stark's expected 2014 retirment, don't seem to be shying away from taking on the congressman-elect who dared upset their plans by removing Stark involuntarily. Khanna doesn't rule it out, while Corbett is openly soliciting support.
GA-4: Honestly, I think Hank "Guam is going to tip over!" Johnson's case of foot-in-mouth disease might be the most serious of any member of Congress.
IL-Gov: A laundry list of names, including outgoing Rep. Joe Walsh on the R side and John Atkinson, who ran an abortive IL-3 primary challenge to Lipinski last year, as a possible Quinn primary challenger. Interestingly, this article speculates Mike Madigan may be headed for the exits, a necessary prerequisite for a gubernatorial bid by Lisa.
WATN: Former D-turned-I MA Treasurer Tim Cahill had a mistrial declared in his corruption trial after 7 days of deliberations. Cahill was on trial for allegedly buying ads for the state lottery that were really designed to boost his gubernatorial campaign. AG Coakley has not decided if she will try Cahill again.