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Hotline Sort: Tight As A Tick In Wisconsin

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. On Tuesday, President Obama and Republicans emerged from a meeting without an agreement as the threat of a government shutdown looms. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Supreme Court race is too close to call, with under 600 votes separating the two candidates. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:40am

Video: What Do Charlie Sheen And The GOP Have In Common?

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty thinks the Republican party and Charlie Sheen have one thing in common,"...winning!"

Jon Stewart doesn't think Democrats are going to get what they want by calling the Tea Party, "extreme."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast Forward to 1:10 to see how George W. Bush is spending his retirement. Then let us know what else Sheen and the GOP have in common in our Late Night Poll!

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:38am

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Remains Tight

The high-stakes Wisconsin Supreme Court race remained very tight early Wednesday morning, without a declared winner.

At the time of this post, state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser led Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg by just under 2,000 votes: 727,440 - 725,534, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:53am

Wasserman Schultz Will Lead DNC

President Obama has selected Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as his choice to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, the committee announced Tuesday.

"I am so honored and humbled to be President Obama's choice to serve as the next DNC chair, and I look forward to seeking approval by my colleagues on the Democratic National Committee to serve in this important role," said Wasserman Schultz, in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 5:29pm

Kaine Brings In The Old Team

Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is getting the gang back together. As he leaves his post atop the national party, many of the advisors who guided Kaine to the Virginia governorship in 2005 will work to elect him to the Senate next year.

Struble Eichenbaum Communications, Kaine's old media firm, helped produce his two-minute announcement video. Bullseye Interactive, a Struble affiliate founded by Kaine's 2005 internet director, John Rohrbach, also helped produce the video.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 4:01pm

Kaine Enters Virginia Senate Race

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will enter the Virginia Senate race, he announced in a two-minute video on Tuesday. His decision provides Democrats with an elite contender in a competitive race for an open seat the party currently holds.

"I'm running for the United States Senate because America has big challenges, and I'm convinced Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation," Kaine says in the video.

Kaine also touted his work as governor of Virginia in his announcement.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 1:21pm

Driscoll Decides Not To Challenge Scott Brown

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll (D) announced Tuesday morning they she will not run for the Senate seat held by Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), citing the work that remains in front of her in her current post.

"I have concluded that I cannot enter the race at this time," Driscoll said in a statement Tuesday morning. "As I worked through this decision making process, it became increasingly clear to me that at present there is much to do here in Salem."

Driscoll's decision is the latest signal that the composition of the Democratic field remains far from certain.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 11:24am

High Stakes In Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

The controversy surrounding Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) collective bargaining cuts has turned a previously uneventful judicial election into a nationally-significant campaign. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser faces challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general, in a race that has become a referendum on Walker's law cracking down on collective bargaining for unions.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:20am

LeMieux Enters Florida Senate Race

Former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) officially announced his Senate candidacy Tuesday morning, saying that he is running because he believes "the stakes have never been higher."

"America is in a crisis and we must put a stop to out of control spending. Our government is broke and far too many Floridians are out of work," LeMieux said in a statement.

LeMieux also went after Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), saying Nelson "has voted for bloated budgets, bigger bureaucracy, higher taxes, and has driven government into nearly every aspect of our lives."

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 9:45am

Hotline Sort: Saving Private Ryan

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama ramps up his pitch to supporters, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveils the GOP's budget pitch while EMILY's List zeroes on on five House GOP freshmen. Plus, it's election day in Wisconsin, where a once-sleepy judicial race could offer important tea leaves for the 2012 landscape. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 8:06am