President 2016: In case you missed it, Stu Rothenberg has declared the beginning of the 2016 presidential race. 2016 has the potential to be just as exciting for political junkies as 2008 with both parties potentially having open nominations unless Joe Biden decides to run for President. If Hillary runs, this might be a moot point, but I doubt she does.
Sec Def: Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel has met with Jewish groups to assuage their fears regarding his nomination. Hagel has a rough history on issues involving Israel and is not viewed as the nation's best friend on the Hill when he was a Senator. It appears that Hagel has not completely won them over, but has made progress.
Congress CO-Senate: Minus an opponent, Mark Udall is rallying support for his reelection bid in 2014. Udall has already sent out emails to supporters seeking cash to finance what probably will be an expensive race in Colorado.
AR-Senate: Mark Pryor is not as lucky as Mark Udall as it appears Mark Darr (enough Marks in this sentence) is prepping to rough against Pryor in the 2014 US Senate race. Considering the recent track record of the Democrats in Arkansas, Darr has a strong chance of upsetting the incumbent and a clear shot to the Republican nomination as he is from northwestern Arkansas, the base of the Republican Party in the state.
NJ-Senate: The road to Capitol Hill from Newark is proving to be more difficult for Newark Mayor Corey Booker than anticipated. Booker has formed an exploratory committee regarding a run and seems to be giving incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg the dignity of getting out before officially declaring a candidacy, but it appears Lautenberg and his allies plan on making this rough for Booker. Booker seems to have underestimated the establishment mentality of New Jersey Democrats.
Interest Groups Pro-Life Groups: Politico has an interesting piece on how pro-life groups are learning to more effectively advocate their cause by studying the success of the NRA. National Right to Life in particular is focusing on how to target its message and be more effective of an organization. I think groups like National Right to Life need to realize this model has its limits as the NRA was in a far more favorable position constitutionally.
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