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Kloppenburg Asks For Recount In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg announced Wednesday that her campaign has requested a recount in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, ensuring that the drama over the makeup of the state's high court will continue.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 6:14pm

Wealthy Investor Mulling Run For Kyl's Seat

Rep. Jeff Flake (R) is the only candidate in either party in the race for retiring-Sen. Jon Kyl's (R) seat, but he might get a challenger with the ability to self-fund in the GOP race. Wealthy Arizona investor Wil R. Cardon is considering running in the Republican race, according to Republicans familiar with his thinking.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 4:57pm

Don't Believe Everything You Hear

Call it an exercise in making every dollar count: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pulled one of the oldest tricks in the book this week, buying radio ads in tiny amounts in hopes of earning local media coverage. And, despite Republicans' best efforts, it actually worked.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 3:58pm

Vilsack Exploring Run Against Steve King

Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack (D) is inching closer toward a congressional run, confirming today she is exploring a run against Rep. Steve King (R) in the state's newly-drawn Fourth District.

Vilsack wrote on her newly-launched website that she will spend the next few weeks traveling throughout the new district and talking with voters. She's not from King's home region of northwest Iowa, but will be moving into the new district in the next month.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:24pm

DSCC Outraises NRSC During 1st Quarter

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee during the first quarter of 2011, bringing in $11.69 million as the NRSC brought in $11.2 million.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:05pm

Rubio Flexes His Hawkish Muscles

Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) fiscal profile has been the main attraction for conservatives who support him, but he is also crafting a foreign policy reputation, which, if he plans to run for higher office down the road, could make him a more well-rounded candidate.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 11:45am

Hotline Sort: Extraordinary Measures

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama is California dreaming, while Republicans believe they have a top-tier challenger against Menendez in New Jersey. Meanwhile, the Missouri Senate field could get more crowded, and a Salmon is now swimming downstream as he makes a political comeback. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 7:55am

Video: Trump Has A Whole New Meaning; Boehner Cancels Cinco de Cry-o

Potential White House contender Donald Trump has his first campaign slogan: "T-R-U-M-P stands for Taking Redirection Understanding Massive Power."

Jimmy Kimmel, on President Obama celebrating Passover with the annual White House Seder Dinner: "This morning Donald Trump demanded to see his bar mitzvah certificate."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:35, the Hispanic Caucus is upset with Speaker John Boehner for not hosting a Cinco de Mayo reception at the Capitol.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 7:40am

Giffords Camp Prepares For Re-Elect

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is beginning a potential re-election campaign in good financial position, thanks to friends in Congress who helped her raise big money during her long recovery process.

Giffords' campaign reported raising $358,237 during the first three months of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, despite an assassination attempt that nearly took her life on January 8. The reports show Giffords has $556,000 in the bank as of the March 31 reporting deadline.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:16pm

Hotline Bonus Quote

As we've noted on this blog, former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) recently apologized to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D). Case is running for the Senate in 2012 for the second time; he ran against Sen. Daniel Akaka (D) in 2006, and found himself opposite Inouye, who backed Akaka.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 5:20pm