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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

Video: Obama's First Campaign Ad Is 'Exhausted'

Jon Stewart isn't happy with President Obama's new campaign ad announcing the he's running for reelection, "How did we go from 'Yes, we can' to 'You know, whatever'?"

Jimmy Kimmel think's Obama's new slogan might have worked better for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign.

Today's Must See Moment - Fast forward to 1:30 as Stephen Colbert celebrates another day of "Shutdown-anukkah."

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 7:32am

Flake In The Millionaire's Club

Rep. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) Senate campaign announced raising over $1 million in the first three months of 2011, an impressive figure for a candidate that so far has no declared opponent in the race.

Taking into account money transferred from his congressional campaign, Flake's campaign says he will report $1.5 million cash on hand at the end of March.

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:17pm

Ex-Rep. Adler Dies After Heart Surgery

Former Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.) has died following complications from recent heart surgery, according to media reports.

The 51-year old former lawmaker, who was defeated for reelection last November by Republican Jon Runyan, had emergency heart surgery last month after contracting staph bacterial endocarditis, according to Greenberg Traurig, the Garden State law firm he joined this year.

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:56pm

Herbert's Tea Party Problem

In Washington, if you ask about a statewide Republican officeholder in Utah who is vulnerable to a Tea Party challenge, most people will assume you're talking about Sen. Orrin Hatch (R).

Ask someone in Utah, and you might get a very different response.

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:41pm

Notable And Quotable

As Hotline subscribers know, every day we mine the news for a quote of the day, an often telling sometimes humorous nugget from the world of politics.

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:57am

Huckabee Staff Moving On

Another member of the Iowa team that propelled former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) to victory in the 2008 caucuses is signing on with somebody else, the latest sign that Huckabee isn't likely to run for president.

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:18am

Mandel Emerging As Sherrod Brown Opponent

For a fairly high-profile politician like Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), the process of edging toward a potential Senate bid hasn't been filled with pomp and circumstance.

Other potential high-profile candidates are moving out of the way, and conservatives are urging him to run, allowing him to emerge as the GOP favorite to run against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:55am