PA-13/PA-GOV/DCCC: Congresswoman Allyston Schwartz has resigned as DCCC Finance Chair as it appears she really is running for Governor.
DCCC: Congressman Jim Himes will replace Congresswoman Schwartz as DCCC Finance Chair.
PA-13: As it appears Congresswoman Allyston Schwartz will be running for Governor, Politics PA provides us with an extensive list of potential Democratic candidates for this D+12 blob located in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. If I had to guess, I expect this to break down into a Montco vs. Philly fight with Mike Stack being an early favorite.
VRA: The Supreme Court heard arguments on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act on Wednesday and oral argument did not go well for upholding the Act. The Chief Justice specifically asked if the Justice Department thought southerners were racist. Considering what happened with Obamacare last year, who knows how the Court will rule.
AR-Sen: The Club for Growth is now running ads against Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. The Club for Growth apparently is making this race one of their biggest targets in 2014. Lets just hope they don't screw up the primary.
KY-Sen/POTUS: Here is a great piece on the rebranding of Senator Rand Paul within the Republican foreign policy spectrum. Paul is no longer pushing himself as a non-interventionist, but appears to be pushing himself to be more of a realist. I think he has a serious opening here and has quite impressed me over the last two years with his ability to mold libertarian ideas into a more tolerable format for many Republicans like myself.
Senate 2014: In case you did not know, the Democratic Senate class of 2008 is facing some interesting challenges when it comes to reelection. Many of the Democrats are in conservative states where they benefited from the 2008 wave.
Guns: Several Democratic governors are fretting over the lack of movement on Capitol Hill over guns. There is a fear that the only measure that has any chance of passing, an expansion of background checks, might be the end of the gun debate and might not even be passed itself. They simply don't understand how this issue is not a priority and/or toxic elsewhere.
AFL-CIO: The largest union organization in America is entering into a period of self-evaluation. Supposedly the AFL-CIO is going to spend six months trying to figure out what it is doing wrong and how to fix it as the organization is currently in survival mode.
NJ-Gov: Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney donated the maximum permitted by New Jersey law to early backer and supporter, Governor Chris Christie. Romney gave Christie $3,800.00.
NJ-Gov/CPAC: Governor Christie is taking the lack of an invitation to CPAC well. As Christie points out, he seems to have a lot of offers to speak these days.