Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Boxing Day. Anyway, we just can't not keep you abreast of some developments over the Chrismas Weekend...
HI-Sen: It looks like Inouye's replacement will be named today.
ID-Sen '16: Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (R) was arrested for DUI Sunday morning, with a blood alcohol concentration of .11%, on his way home
from visiting his second family. All kidding aside, as a Mormon in a very socially conservative (and Mormon-heavy) state, this may be an issue for the Senator in 2016. Crapo has not faced a seriously contested election since his first campaign for the US House, back in 1992. He also voted for the law mandating a .08 maximum BAC limit for drunk driving.
MA-Sen: Two "no"s this weekend from unorthodox D candidates - Ben Affleck is saying no to a run, as is Connecticut resident and... (well, does he need any other qualifications?) Ted Kennedy Jr.
NJ-Sen: Rep. Frank Pallone will consider challenging Cory Booker in the D primary in the event Lautenberg steps down. Pallone has long coveted a Senate seat, and while he'd start out as the heavy underdog to Booker, NJ Politics can get awful nasty awful quickly.
SC-Sen (Class II): Another Obama appointee being floated means another chance for Lindsey Graham to prove his conservative bona fides, this time by tearing into likely SecDef appointee (and fomer Republican Senate colleague) Chuck Hagel.
IL-Sen '16: Sen. Mark Kirk (R) visited his Capitol Hill offices, telling staffers he is likely to be back at work with the start of the new Congress in January. This is another great milestone on his long road to recovery after a devastating stroke.
MI-11: It's not Christmas without a visit from Santa - and National Review gets a full length interview with him, in the form of his alter ego, Rep-elect Kerry Bentivolio (R).
TN-4: State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) of Rutherford County is thinking about primarying Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Seeing as the Governor and Senate races are non-competitive, priority #1 for the TNGOP should be clown car management here to make sure DesJarlais is not nominated again.
TX-4: On Christmas Day, Rep. Ralph Hall (R) became the oldest serving House member ever at age 89. Hall shows no signs of slowing down and, though he leaves the door open to a retirement, does not seem particularly likely to hang it up in 2014.
MN-8, WATN: To the surprise of no one, departing Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) will move from Minnesota to New Hampshire once his term ends to be closer to his family.
FL-Gov: RIP, 2002 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride. McBride was a prominent Tampa attorney and the husband of ex-State CFO and 2010 nominee Alex Sink. The 67 year old suffered a heart attack while visiting family in Sink's hometown of Mt. Airy, NC. Needless to say, the sudden loss of her husband may weigh on Sink's decision on mounting a second gubernatorial bid in 2014.
Boston-Mayor: After several months of recuperating from various infections, Mayor Tom Menino (D) is out of the hospital, and is staying at the mayor's ceremonial residence on Beacon Hill for some time to continue his recovery. No word on when he can return to his regular house in Readville or resume full mayoral duties.
MN-LD-19A: State Rep. Terry Morrow (D-St. Peter) is resigning to take a job in Chicago, precipitating a special election in a D-leaning seat. Ex-State Rep. and 2012 MN-1 nominee Allen Quist (R) might run.
MA-LD-28th Middlesex: State Rep. Stephen "Stat" Smith (D-Everett) has resigned after pleading guilty to voter fraud for obtaining and casting fraudulent absentee ballots. It's unclear why he did this as he's in a totally safe seat (which will be filled by special election sometime this spring.) Everett has far and away the highest number of absentee ballots per capita in the state, so this may be a more endemic problem.