MA-Sen: 2010/12 congressional nominee Sean Bielat (R) has dropped out of the race for Senate, leaving a 3-man field on the R side of ex-US Attorney Michael Sullivan, State Rep. Dan Winslow, and Gabriel Gomez.
NE-Sen: Former Treasurer Shane Osborn (R), a decorated naval pilot who didn't seek a second term in 2010 to clear the way for Don Stenberg v6.0, is interested in a run.
KY-Sen: Bell-maker Matt Bevin (R) confirms his interest in a primary challenge to McConnell. As an aside, can we stop calling every random conservative a "Tea Party Favorite?" Bevin hasn't been around long enough to be anyone's favorite yet. Here is a bit more background on him as well.
MT-Sen: Ex-Gov. Brian Schweizter (D) posted PPP's poll from this week on his Facebook page. The survey showed Baucus in deep trouble and Schweitzer performing better in both the primary and general.
WATN: Former Sen. Pete Dominici (R-NM) had an affair and son with the daughter of fellow Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-NV) in the late 70s. The son, Adam Laxalt, currently works as an attorney in Las Vegas.
NV-Gov, NV-LG, NV-4: Clark County Commission Chair Steve Soslak (D) is considering a run against Sandoval. But with Sandoval heavily favored for re-election, the big story in NV will be the race for LG. Incumbent Brian Krolicki (R) is termed out, and with Sandoval seen as likely to seek Reid's seat in 2016, the #2 race is likely to be priority #1 for both sides. Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins (D) is running, and State Sen. Barbara Cegavske (R-Las Vegas) is considering a bid. Cegavske is also considering a repeat bid for NV-4 against Steven Horsford (D) after losing the 2012 primary.
LA-Gov '15: State Rep. John Bel Edwards (D-Amite) will run for Governor in 2015, becoming the first candidate into what is expected to be a crowded jungle primary. Edwards, who is in State House Dem leadership, may be Dems' best candidate in the race, but he will face a number of strong Republicans.
PA-Gov: Ex-Rep. Joe Sestak (D) is thought to be taking a look at the Gubernatorial race, but remains mum on his plans for now.
MA-Gov: Consider the starting gun fired in this race, as Treasurer and pseudo-candidate Steve Grossman (D) throws his first jab, at pseudo-candidate Scott Brown's "pocket tweeting."
NJ-Gov, VA-Gov: Q has polls of both of this year's Gubernatorial races. In NJ, they find the Christie crushing Buono 62-25. In Virginia, Cuccinelli and McAuliffe are tied at 38. If Bolling runs as an Independent he takes slightly more from Cuccinelli but also hurts McAuliffe, giving the Democrat a 34-31 lead with the LG back at 13.
State & Local:
IN-Supt: First Wyoming, now Indiana - curttailing the powers of elected superintendents is becoming a trend. (And a positive one IMO - superintendents are specialized enough positions that they should really be appointed.) This time the target is Glenda Ritz (D), a voucher opponent who rode teachers' union backing to an upset over then-incumbent Tony Bennett (R) last year. The bill doesn't go nearly as far as Wyoming's though, which basically made the Superintendent a powerless office, but it does strip Ritz of her authority over the voucher program she opposes.
NM-AG: Albuquerque attorney Jason Marks (D) becomes the first candidate exploring the race for the seat of Gary King (D), who is running for Governor.
NYC-Mayor: A profile of outspoken billionaire mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis (R), who despite his wealth is considered a long-shot even in the GOP primary.
Boston-Mayor: City councilman at-large John Connolly (D-W. Roxbury) is considering a run, and says his decision will be independent of whether Mayor Tom Menino (D) retires or runs for a sixth term.
MI-LD-3: State Rep. John Olumba of Detroit has switched from Dem to Independent out of frustration with House Dem leadership.
NJ-LD-1: Former Vineland Mayor Robert Romano left the GOP yesterday, feuling speculation that he may run for the legislature on the ticket of State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis), who is very popular despite his conservative district.
NYC-CD-31: Tuesday featured a special election to fill a black-majority council seat covering Far Rockaway and Laurelton in Queens with a surprising result. Black Dem Donovan Richards, the heavy favorite from his time as chief of staff to now-State Sen. James Sanders (D-Laurelton), leads Orthodox Jew Pesach Osina by just 26 votes. Recounts will go on for quite some time.
Bulgaria: The Bulgarian government dissolved yesterday amid protests, triggering a new election earlier than the planned July date. The incumbent center-right GERB Party is favored to retain power, but the opposition Socialists have been gaining in recent polls.
Pope: Buzz is that an American Cardinal could be the next pope... just not the one everyone has been talking about, New York's Timothy Dolan. Instead, Boston's Sean O'Malley is now seen as a surprise front-runner.