Google’s decision to change Gmail ‘compose’ isn’t making too many people happy….

Good ole Google tellig us what we WANT and always in a hurry to change something we like…..

After announcing a controversial decision to shut down its Reader Web feed aggregator, Google is once again drawing heat — this time for changing the way users write emails on Gmail.

With the change, users now have to compose their email in a new window that pops up on top of the inbox. Previously, users were switched to a new page to write their email.

Google has been experimenting with the pop-up feature since October and says it is faster and simpler than the previous way of writing emails on Gmail.QUIZ: How much do you know about Google?

“We’re now ready to introduce the new compose experience as the default for everyone,” Google said in a blog post announcing the change. “We’re looking forward to hearing what you think!”

However, many users don’t think highly of the new feature. Many have taken to Twitter over the last day to complain about how much they dislike the change and are even considering trying out different email services……

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The Senate Gang of Eight think they have a Immigration Law deal….

The deal is being put together on paper for the group to review sinsce they have worked on it by issue, not in it’s totality….

The Senator’s* closed the deal by working out a compromise on the guest labor issue….

The President has asked for Immigration reform and the Republican’s (at least establishment types) now find it in their own interest to address the Hispanic/Latino and Asia centric issue in reviewing the way those groups lined up and voted for the President last November….

Clockwise from top left: John McCain, Marco Rubio, Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Michael Bennett, Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and  Jeff Flake are shown. | AP Photos

The Senate ‘Gang of 8’ on Immigration Reform photo….AP @ Politico…..

One must realize that although the political media maybe excited…

Legislation must pass a majority in the Senate and in the HOUSE…..

And such final Law will STILL have a Long way to go…..

Final agreement came in a phone call Friday night arranged by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) with Chamber President Thomas Donohue and union boss Richard Trumka, said the person involved in the talks, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

Schumer later called White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to inform him of the agreement, the person said. Although Obama has made immigration reform his top second-term priority, the administration had mostly remained out of the guest-worker negotiations as business and labor tried to work out the deal under the Senate’s guidance.

“This piece of it is resolved,” the source said. This person cautioned that all eight senators had not formally signed off on the terms of the guest-worker program, but said that could happen over the next few days because all of them had been briefed at each stage of the negotiations between labor and business.

The guest-worker dispute was the final major hurdle that had threatened to delay the immigration bill that the Senate working group hopes to unveil in the second week of April. Senate aides, who will begin writing the hundreds of pages of legislation this week, cautioned that nothing in the deal is final until the four Democrats and four Republicans in the working group have signed off.

In addition to the guest-worker program, the Senate bill will feature a 13-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, increases in the number of visas for highly skilled tech workers, elimination of some categories of family visas and increases in border control and workplace security, people familiar with the talks have said.

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* the Gang of 8 are…..Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), as well as six other senators (Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

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Technology Workers Denied in American Visa’s and the Real reason they are wanted…..

“Every company lives and dies by the talent it has access to,” Johnson said. And Martinez Mortola, who manages customer support for his web-and-mobile-communication startup’s 100,000 clients, is ”invaluable,” he said…..

But….

The situation isn’t just that simple….

It’s also about cost to those companies…..

Employers misuse the program by hiring from abroad at entry-level wages while bypassing more expensive domestic workers, said Norman Matloff, a University of California Davis computer science professor.

Despite a requirement that companies pay a “prevailing wage” for the industry, Matloff said H-1B workers often prove cheaper because it’s hard for the government to gauge proper salaries. “You are not asked, for example, whether the foreign national that you’d like to hire has special technical skills,” he said. “The employer can hire the same quality person for a lower wage.”

A January 2011 Government Accountability Office report said 54 percent of H-1B labor applications were for workers earning entry level wages.

Lower Wage

Outsourcing companies are among the largest users of H-1B, said Ron Hira, an associate public policy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and co-author of “Outsourcing America.” The businesses bring workers to the U.S., hire them out into temporary, basic jobs and earn money from the wage paid by the outside companies, Hira said. That wage is still lower than what Americans would make, he said.

“They’re using this for labor arbitrage, wage arbitrage,” Hira said. “The program as it stands is obviously disadvantaging American workers, American engineers, but it’s also disadvantaging firms that want to hire American workers.”

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Rand Paul justifies his gun legislation filibuster….

by Joan McCarter @ Daily Kos

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington February 10, 2011. The CPAC is a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags:

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Rand Paul, “defender” of the Constitution, mouthpiece for the NRA.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes to the op-ed pages of the Washington Times (where else?) with a screed that could have been ghost-written by Wayne LaPierre, justifying his filibuster threat of any proposed gun safety laws.

It’s nothing you haven’t heard before directly from the NRA:

Restricting Americans’ ability to purchase firearms readily and freely will do nothing to stop national tragedies such as those that happened in Newtown, Conn., and in Aurora, Colo. It will do much to give criminals and potential killers an unfair advantage by hampering law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves and their families. Potentially on the table are new laws that would outlaw firearms and magazines that hold more than just a handful of rounds, as well as require universal “background checks,” which amount to gun registration.We are also being told that the “assault weapons” ban originally introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not happening. We can only hope. But in Washington, D.C., bad ideas often have a strange way of coming up again.These laws are designed to sound reasonable, but statistics have shown that gun control simply does not work.What constitutes reasonable? If limiting rounds and increasing surveillance were really the solution to curbing gun violence, why should we stop there?

Because the Second Amendment. Gun registration as surveillance. Heavy-handed government, dangerous criminals, home invasions, really, you know the drill. Paul then reminds readers of his recent heroic not-a-filibuster “filibuster.”

When I stood up for the Fourth and Fifth Amendments during a filibuster a few weeks ago to address drones and executive power, it was not because I was partial to those amendments, important as they are. When I came into office, I took an oath to uphold the Bill of Rights.

Rand Paul wasn’t filibustering on drones. He was grandstanding. He wasn’t preventing any legislation from coming to the floor, he was using regular debate that would have otherwise just been filled up with quorum calls and pleasant classical music on CSPAN-2. The vote on John Brennan was going to happen and Paul wasn’t going to stop it. Now he’s making himself out to be the hero, the last line of defense for the Constitution.

Now this, his threat to “work diligently to stop” any gun legislation is a filibuster.

And he and his cohorts will thwart the majority and block legislation that the country is demanding painlessly, without even having to stand on the Senate floor and declare themselves. That’s a modern-day filibuster, and that’s what needs to change.

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Ben Carson: ‘I apologize’ for gay remark…The Republicans just can’t shake it…..

And the remark is from a black guy …..

Who should KNOW better….

Doesn’t this this guy KNOW that his fellow GOPer’s are probabaly whispering about him also?

Come On!

photo…mediamatters.org

“As a Christian, I have a duty to love all people and that includes people who have other sexual orientations, and I certainly do, and never had any intention of offending anyone… If anyone was offended, I apologize to you.”

The John Hopkins doctor came under scrutiny when he appeared to liken homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality, sparking the outrage of the LGBT community.

“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition,” the doctor, who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery, said on Hannity’s show Tuesday.

His comments also led to a petition by students at Johns Hopkins University, who want him to be removed as commencement speaker, as was initially planned. Students, colleagues and the media alike have harshly criticized Carson for his choice of words.

“They make him look nasty, petty, and ill-informed. It doesn’t tell us anything about his amazing abilities as a surgeon,” Professor Todd Shepard, co-director of the university’s Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, said in a statement to Media Matters. “It does remind us, however, that those abilities do not mean we should listen to what he says in any other domain.”

Carson said that he would “absolutely” withdraw as commencement speaker if necessary, saying the “last thing” he would want to do is “rain on their parade.”

However, the doctor remained firmly rooted in his belief that the term “marriage” should not be extended to same-sex couples, although he said the couples should be treated “kindly” and have whatever legal agreements they desire in order to transfer property and have visitation rights, among other rights.

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This IS getting to be a pattern with even down the line Republican’s AGAINST gays, blacks and latino’s ….

This sure isn’t gonna sit right with those black, brown and gays voters…..

Nor is it gonna make young and other Republican’s happy…..

Oh, some won’t mind the careless remarks ….but others WILL connect the dots….

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Red State on the GOP Autopsy and What to do about it….

Outreach and Get Out The Vote

By: Loren Heal (Diary)  @ Red State….

 GOTV
In developing the Growth and Opportunity Project‘s Autopsy of the 2012 election (pdf), the Republican National Committee correctly identified the reason for the party’s loss, but failed to recommend a coherent strategy to reverse it. 

President Obama won by defining his opponent in a negative way, and marrying modern technology with old-fashioned boots on the ground. Republicans can do those things even better than he did, but doing so will require radically reforming the party.

 

My response to the report is in three parts:

The most important sentence in the whole report is this one about the Obama campaign:

Marrying grassroots politics with technology and analytics, they successfully contacted, persuaded and turned out their margin of victory. (p. 24)

That’s the key realization: Obama won by a strong Get Out The Vote effort, not on policy. But it looks like the RNC is taking the wrong lesson from 2012, and attempting to mimic superficially the features of the Obama campaign, and also to change the Party’s policy platform.

Michael Patrick Leahy, writing at Breitbart.com, notes that in-person GOTV gets only four mentions in the entire document.

To win future elections — and indeed to remain relevant as a political party — Republicans must do as the report hints, and turn the party inside out. The RNC is correct that it needs a radical reformation, but fails to describe one…..

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When I posted this it had only 9 comments…..NINE….That’s all….. a some of those are about how poor the GOP follow-up is…..

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Could the Republicans get the Senate next year while fighting among themselves?

I ‘ve posted a couple of piece’s here about how retirements and other factors could give the GOP more seats in Senate come January 2015…

I’ve also said for now that I do NOT think the Republican’s will be able to displace the Democratic majority….

I ‘m sticking with that for now because the GOP has it’s own internal primary battles to fight while trying to run for ANYTHING…..

And as we have seen recently they’ll sacrifice a win for a  good ole hard right candidate that won’t win a general election…..

Democrats must defend 21 seats in 2014, including six in states that President Obama lost in 2012 by double-digit margins, while Republicans are defending 14. In addition, veteran Democrats John D. Rockefeller IV (W. Va.), Carl Levin (Mich.) and Tom Harkin (Iowa) — whose appeal at the ballot box will be hard for their party to replace — are retiring.

Republicans need to pick up six seats to retake the majority they lost in 2006, and recent history suggests that the task is doable, if difficult. More concerning for Republicans, however, is whether they will again have to endure nasty primaries that produce either triumphant insurgents with limited appeal or establishment survivors who underperform with conservative voters in the general election.

There are already declared and potential candidates that the GOP establishment sees as less than desirable, including Reps. Paul C. Broun and Phil Gingrey of Georgia, Rep. Steve King (Iowa), Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) and former congressman Jeffrey M. Landry (La.).

Senate Republicans have conducted an internal review of their recent failures to better prepare themselves for the pitfalls ahead, both in defending incumbents and in playing offense in winnable races.

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The NCAA March Madness College Basketball ‘Final Four’ 2013…..Florida Gulf Coast ends its run……

Final Four – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

During the Final Four round, the champion of the top overall No. 1 seed’s region will play against the champion of the fourth-ranked No. 1 seed’s region, and the champion of the second overall No. 1 seed’s region will play against the champion of the third-ranked No. 1 seed’s region. Louisville (placed in the Midwest Regional) was selected as the top overall seed, and Gonzaga (in the West Regional) was named as the final No. 1 seed. Thus, the Midwest champion will play the West Champion in one semifinal game, and the South Champion will face the East Champion in the other semifinal game.

National Semifinals
April 6
National Championship Game
April 8
M  Louisville / Duke
W  Ohio State / Wichita State CBS
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S  Florida / Michigan
E  Marquette / Syracuse CBS

….from Wiki…..

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….on Friday, Florida brought a halt to the feel-good story of this year’s NCAA Tournament, grounding 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast’s high-flying ways with a62-50 victory at Cowboys Stadium — but not before being shown up by the upstart Eagles in the early going.

With it, No. 2 Florida (29-7) advanced to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight for the third consecutive year. The Gators will face No. 4 seeded Michigan, which upset No. 1 Kansas in overtime, 87-85, earlier Friday.

FGCU (26-11), a school that few in the state of Florida, much less beyond, knew existed before the tournament began, bowed out having made history as the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. For one joyful week along the way, the Eagles reminded fans that college basketball can be both effective and entertaining. And in transforming themselves from streaky low-major to NCAA tournament darling, the Eagles generated a publicity bonanza for their young campus.

“FGCU wasn’t a very well-known school when we started this tournament,” senior guard Sherwood Brown said. “Now the whole nation knows about it.

“I think what we learned, and probably much of American learned, is just believe in yourself — even when no one else believes in you.”

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Could a search engine win an election for one side?

Sure says this piece from the Washington Post…..

And I believe them….

All they would need is gnomes working in the backgrounds….

Some people believe EVERYTHING they read and don’t question….

Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil.” But what would it mean for democracy if it was?

That’s the question psychologist Robert Epstein has been asking in a series of experimentstesting the impact of a fictitious search engine — he called it “Kadoodle” — that manipulated search rankings, giving an edge to a favored political candidate by pushing up flattering links and pushing down unflattering ones.

Not only could Kadoodle sway the outcome of close elections, he says, it could do so in a way most voters would never notice.

Epstein, who had a public spat with Google last year, offers no evidence of actual evil acts by the company. Yet his exploration of Kadoodle — think of it as the equivalent of Evil Spock, complete with goatee — not only illuminates how search engines shape individual choices but asks whether the government should have a role in keeping this power in check.

“They have a tool far more powerful than an endorsement or a donation to affect the outcome,” Epstein said. “You have a tool for shaping government. . . . It’s a huge effect that’s basically undetectable.”

There is no reason to believe that Google would manipulate politically sensitive search results. The company depends on its reputation for presenting fair, useful links, and though that image has taken some hits in recent years with high-profile investigations in the United States andEurope, it would be far worse to get caught trying to distort search results for political ends….

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I STILL see the Gallup polling numbers skewing Romney ‘s polling to look better than it was….Put that together with a search engine that would push bad polling numbers along with the COVERAGE of that wrongly based story to the top of it’s searchs….

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New York Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Sept. 11 Steel Cross….

….from the New York Times…..

A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage.

Federal judge Deborah Batts on Friday rejected the arguments of a national atheists’ group.

American Atheists had sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds.

The judge says the decision to include the artifact in the Sept. 11 museum did not advance religion impermissibly. She also says it does not create excessive entanglement between the state and religion. And she noted that the cross helps tell part of the history of Sept. 11.

Attorney Mark Alcott says the museum is pleased with the result. A lawyer for the atheists group didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

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phone….nydailynews.com

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Are Republicans AGAINST asking people to register to vote?

Maybe……

Seems one Republican Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) is trying to make the connection that to sign up for health benefits due you as a American….You have to register to vote…

That’s nonsense….

The ‘asking to vote’ part is actually in a 1993 law…..

A senior Republican congressman is seeking answers from the Obama administration on why the draft application form for Obamacare benefits asks if the applicant wants to register to vote.

The White House has said it’s simply following a 1993 law called the National Voter Registration Act, which seeks to let people register to vote when applying for social services.

But that hasn’t satisfied Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, who floated the possibility that the Obama administration, in its implementation of the law, is scheming to make people think they must register to vote in order to receive federal subsidies to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“The position of the question [on the Obamacare application form] could lead some to think voter registration is somehow tied to subsidy eligibility,” Boustany wrote this week in a letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. He demanded to know what justification HHS has for asking that question and sought a list of documents, including the names of all officials responsible for drafting and approving the form, by April 8.

The question, asked on page 59 of the 61-page draft application, is, “Would you like to register to vote?” If the applicant says yes, they will be sent a voter registration form. Nothing in the application states that registering to vote is a requirement, but Boustany wrote to Sebelius that he’d like to clear up “possible misunderstandings about applicant requirements related to voter registration” that could arise from the form.

White House spokesman Jay Carney weighed in on Boustany’s insinuation on Tuesday.

“The linkage of checking off whether or not you want to register to vote goes back to a 1993 law regarding Medicaid,” he told reporters. “It’s not about the Affordable Care Act.”

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On North Korea flexxing against America….and What North Korea Realy is….

A piece from the Atlantic that looks at the treat from North Korea against the US….Remote but possible….And a more challaging p[ossibility for South Korea and Japan….

And What North Korea really is….

Which is a inward looking country that seems to care less about what the US and the world wants, but has allied itself closer to China to balance out the US…..A Country that is having a bit of a economic comeback…..A country that IS inward looking but does export it’s people around the planet….a country like others that sticks to the international agreements it likes but maynot on ones it doesn’t….

And lastely…..

North Korea has an army Several times the size of the American Army and possess nuclear weapons…..

Every day the media is filled with reports of North Korea threatening to attack the United States and its close allies. An escalating cycle of threat and counter-threat has been going on for the past few months. It started with the North’s partially successful long-range rocket test in December, was followed by its third test of a nuclear bomb in February, new U.N. sanctions in response to those tests, U.S.-South Korean military exercises, Pyongyang’s bellicose threats to launch strikes against the United States, and now the temporary deployment of long-range U.S. B-2 bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, to South Korea.

Americans should be deeply concerned about these events. While the North may eventually be able to put a nuclear weapon on top of a long-range missile and attack the United States, Pyongyang’s bombs can already reach our friends in South Korea and Japan. There is also a danger that North Korea may export nuclear technology to other rogue states, like Iran and terrorist groups. Remember that the North did send a nuclear reactor for producing bomb-making material to Syria — luckily Israeli warplanes destroyed the unfinished facility in 2006. The danger of exports will grow in the future if the North’s nuclear arsenal continues to grow….

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NYC is ready to pass a mantortory sick policy for Ciy Businesses….

And New York City business man turned Mayor Mike Bloomberg is NOT Happy at all….

In fact Bloomberg has treated to veto the bill….

But City Council Speaker Christine Quinn believes she has the votes to override a veto by the Mayor….

Bear in mind Bloomberg won’t be Mayor in nine months and Quinn, right now would be…..

This is a no brainier for the rest of the City Council…..

They lose nothing and gain everything by essentially giving ANY worker (and voter) in NYC a benefit for free before election day….

The Law could apply to over one million workers…..

The new legislation — which Quinn is expected to tout at City Hall today — will give workers at small companies their salary for up to five sick days a year.

Quinn has been facing growing criticism from other mayoral candidates for blocking paid sick leave — as well as a threatened move by council members to take up the bill without her support, sources said.

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Matthew McDermott
Christine Quinn

Under the compromise proposal hammered out by Quinn, a sick-leave mandate would initially apply to companies with 20 or more employees, requiring them to provide five sick days annually.

An earlier bill that Quinn had blocked would have forced companies with as few as five workers to provide paid sick time.

Quinn negotiated a new bill among members of the council, union leaders and city business leaders. The last group had long opposed the costly mandate.

“Throughout these negotiations, I have always said that I was willing to listen and engage all sides,” Quinn said last night, insisting the bill “balances the interests” of workers and business owners.

But in backing paid sick leave, Quinn is setting up another conflict with her political ally Mayor Bloomberg, who has adamantly opposed the measure as a burden on small businesses….

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Alaska House member says he messed up by using the word ‘wetback’ on the radio…

Ah, the age of instant communications and media….

And this guy was talking about people working for HIM…..

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Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) issued an apology Thursday after using the term “wetbacks” to describe Latino workers on his family farm.

“During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect,” Young said in a statement to the Alaska Dispatch.

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Political Roundup for March 29, 2013…Red Racing Horses

by: Ryan_in_SEPA
Congress

AK-AL: Congressman Don Young is in hot water for his use of the term “wetback.”  Young has apologized for the use of the term and says his use of the term was not meant to be offensive, but stems from his youth growing up in central California.  Can someone please primary this political dinosaur already?  Ironically enough, every person I have ever heard use this term are registered Democrats.

KY-Sen: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell probably preferred to face Ashley Judd, who would have proven to be the Democratic equivalent of Sarah Palin if not Christine O’Donnell.  Now he faces the prospect of facing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.  Grimes is a far more palatable, but still faces an uphill climb as Kentucky Democrats have not won a Senate race since 1992 and the last Democratic presidential candidate to get a majority of the popular vote in Kentucky was Jimmy Carter in 1976.

CO-Sen/CO-Gov:  The swift and effective takeover of statewide offices in Colorado by the Democrats has created a logjam of ambitious Democrats with no avenues for advancement.  This has shifted the focus to congressional races, specifically the Third District.

KS-Sen: Senator Pat Roberts has racked up pretty much every major Republican endorsement in his path to reelection in 2014. Some wondered if Roberts would face a primary challenger, but it appears the Kansas Republican Party leadership and top officials have united behind Roberts.

KY-Sen/POTUS: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul discussed his timetable for announcing a presidential bid with reporters in Kentucky along with his push to have Kentucky to be one of the first states to have industrial hemp production.  Paul says he will not announce a timetable for running until 2014.

AK-Sen: Senator Lisa Murkowski is having an evolution when it comes to the issue of gay marriage.  She is closely reconsidering her position on the issue, which sounds like she is going to change her stance at any time.  I suspect there is little political downside for her shifting her views on the issue.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 3/29/13: Boston Mayor Tom Menino will not seek a sixth term

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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• Boston Mayor: Political life in Boston is about to undergo a major upheaval, as longtime Democratic Mayor Tom Menino, a dominant and powerful fixture in Beantown for twenty years, has just announced that he won’t run for another term this year. Menino first was elevated to the post in 1993 when, as city council president, he succeed Ray Flynn, who was nominated as the US ambassador to the Vatican by Bill Clinton. Menino went on to win an unprecedented five terms, making him the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, though his vote tally in his last election was his lowest ever (“only” 57 percent). Now 70 years old, Menino cited his inability to keep up with the standards he set for himself, particularly his 18-hour days, as his chief reason for wanting to step aside.

The race to succeed Menino will undoubtedly be intensely competitive, especially since this is the first time the mayoralty’s been open since 1983 (when Flynn was first elected). City Council John Connolly had actually already announced plans to challenge Menino, so his preparation for what was, until this week, a longshot bid now gives him the early edge as the field coalesces. Other possibilities include state Rep. Marty Walsh, and City Councilors Rob Consalvo and Tito Jackson (all Democrats, like Connolly), though that list will undoubtedly grow. A non-partisan primary will take place on Sept. 24, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 5 general election.

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