GA-Sen: Rep. Paul Broun's wife apparently blurted out that her husband was running for Senate at a meeting last night. If I'm Tom Price, Lynn Westmoreland, or Karen Handel, I'm thinking about declaring this morning to try to sweep up conservative endorsements before Broun gets his act together.
More GA-Sen: As expected, aging ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) is out.
IA-Sen: The Club For Growth isn't commenting on a potential Steve King Senate bid...but everyone expects them to endorse him if he runs.
KY-Sen: Racing legend Dario Franchitti is divorcing Ashley Judd because he can't stand the Senate speculation any more than we can.
MA-Sen: With John Kerry's confirmation official, word quickly broke that Scott Brown was moving to put a Senate campaign into gear. There's no definitive word yet, but combined with Bill Weld's recent reticence, a Brown comeback bid is all but assured at this point.
More MA-Sen: Gov. Deval Patrick needs to pick a Senator to serve until June, and the most important criteria for an interim Senator is
their qualifications for office how much they donated to Patrick being "a woman or a person of color." That means we're getting Patrick hack Mo Cowan, or Vicki Kennedy, widow of Ted. Poor Barney Frank!
SC-Sen-A: In a move that should help shore up his right flank, Sen. Lindsey Graham is demanding that SoD Leon Panetta testify about Benghazi--and is threatening to place a hold on the nomination of his designated successor, Chuck Hagel, until Panetta appears.
TN-Sen: This should be the final "Lamar Alexander is running again" story needed: he's attempting to raise $3M by the end of April.
TX-Sen: There's some interest in a primary challenge to the very conservative but very establishment John Cornyn, but the only name Cornyn foes can come up with is AG Greg Abbott, who seems much more interested in a bid for governor.
WV-Sen: EMILY's List announced five fairly random targets, most notably Shelley Moore Capito. This usually means they have a pro-choice female Dem in the wings, so is this a sign Natalie Tennant is lining up to run? (The other four targets are Rodney Davis, Gary Miller, Dan Webster, and Bill Young.)
Keystone: Five of the six red-state Senate Democrats up in 2014 signed a letter urging Obama to build the pipeline. Tim Johnson (retirement?) was the notable absence, especially considering that the pipeline will run though South Dakota. They were joined by a handful of other Dems and all Republicans except Collins.
AR-Gov: St. Sen. Keith Ingram (D) is considering running against Bill Halter in the primary, which opened up after Dustin McDaniel's sex scandal. Ingram starts with an awkward base: West Memphis, which is well removed from the state's population centers.
PA-Gov: Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is in trouble, with only 31% of voters (and only 49% of Republicans!) saying he deserves re-election. His approvals are a more bearable 36/42. Corbett faces an interesting decision on whether to run again, and a tough rebranding mission (in both the primary and general) if he does.
More PA-Gov: Unknown Wealthy Businessman Tom Wolf (D) has upgraded his pre-campaign from "considering" to "very likely." The Commonwealth waits with baited breath.
RI-Gov: Revenge is a dish best served cold, but 14 years? Ex-Rep. Bob Weygand (D), who lost a Senate bid to Lincoln Chafee in 2000, is thinking about running for governor. Chafee is running for a second term but hasn't decided on his party label; several other Dems are in the mix while GOPer Allen Fung is hoping for a 3-way race, a la Maine.
TX-Gov: Could Rick Perry's time be up after 15 years? His re-elects among Republicans are 41/47, and he leads the much lesser-known Greg Abbott only 41-38 (with those who know Abbott's name breaking heavily for him). Perry has underwater approvals and performs poorly against Democrats.
CO-06: Add a third Dem interested in challenging Rep. Mike Coffman: St. Sen. Linda Newell, who joins Andrew Romanoff and Karen Middleton.
FL-26: In a district where the GOP retains a very active machine, there's a long list of potential foes for new Rep. Joe Garcia (D): St. Rep. Jose Diaz, RNC strategist Ana Navarro, school board member Carlos Curbelo, Jeb Bush Jr., and the Diaz de la Portilla brothers (not to be confused with the Diaz-Balart brothers). St. Sen. Antiere Flores will not run.
GA-10: St. Sen. Bill Cowsert of Athens is considered the early favorite to replace Paul Broun if the latter does indeed run for Senate. (Eric Johnson, who ran for governor in 2010, could run for GA-01 in the less likely event Jack Kingston tries to move up.)
IL-02: You can tell that liberals are getting nervous about the comparatively moderate Debbie Halvorson winning this one. Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun SuperPAC is hitting the airwaves for the first time in 2013, attacking the NRA A-rated Halvorson.
MO-08: The St. Louis Beacon breaks down a field of Republicans just as crowded as the Dem field in IL-02 or the GOP field in SC-01. The nominee will be selected on February 9. One intriguing candidate is long, long ago ex-Rep. Wendell Bailey, who could be the GOP's Rick Nolan and has promised to serve only until 2014.
VA-10: There certainly is a backlog waiting for Rep. Frank Wolf to retire. Today, it's Artur Davis indicating once again that he wants to run as a Republican in NoVa, either for the State Senate (see shamlet's diary for the district) or for Wolf's seat.
Electoral College: Gov. Rick Snyder nipped the movement to split Michigan's EV's by district in the bud. Later in the day, Ohio also killed an EV-splitting bill.
Transportation: Ray LaHood's departure creates another open Cabinet post; the likely pick is LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It's unlikely Obama will look at any current Members of Congress, but ex-Rep. Steve LaTourette could be considered if he wants another Republican.