National Journal Online

Can Senators Wear Sweater Vests?

Which Ohio figure enjoys an approval rating over 50 percent among both Democrat and Republican voters? Here's a hint: he's someone whose approval rating in Michigan would be in the single digits, if that.

Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel may be embroiled in controversy, but 56 percent of Ohio voters have a favorable opinion of him, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, with both Republicans (58 percent) and Democrats (54 percent) viewing him in an almost equally favorable light.

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 6:21pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

The ongoing strife in Libya will be the top topic on the Sunday shows. All three broadcast networks will host Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to discuss the administration's involvement in the conflict.

Also on the topic of Libya, CNN's "State Of The Union" will talk to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and Retired Gen. Michael Hayden; while "Fox News Sunday" brings in Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

Wilson Won't Hit Back At Sanchez

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R) did a round of interviews in Washington Thursday, and in each one, he wasn't bashful about rejecting the notion that former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) is sufficiently conservative.

"I don't believe that she is a conservative Republican. I think clearly, her record as a congresswoman is indicative of that," Sanchez told Hotline On Call.

Wilson, who appeared on ABC's "Top Line" Friday afternoon, had a chance to hit back right off the bat when she was asked about Sanchez's comments.

But she refused to engage.

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 12:44pm

Mack Not Running For Senate

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he will not run for the Senate in 2012, citing family reasons and his current job as he ended months of speculation over whether he would mount a challenge to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 10:09am

Census Quick Cuts: New York, Maine, Washington, D.C.

The Census Bureau released detailed data on its final set of states Thursday: New York, Maine and Washington, D.C.

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 9:30am

Hotline Sort: Mack To The Future

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. All eyes are on Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), who is set to make an announcement on the 2012 Senate race in Florida. Meanwhile, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) gets grilled and nationwide Census figures show a booming Hispanic population. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 7:51am

Sanchez Going After Wilson Already

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R) isn't even an official Senate candidate yet, but he's already taking shots at former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), the current GOP front-runner in the race.

"I don't believe that she is a conservative Republican. I think clearly, her record as a congresswoman is indicative of that," Sanchez said in an interview Thursday afternoon with Hotline On Call.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

Census Quick Cuts: South Carolina, West Virginia, Rhode Island

The Census Bureau released state-level data for three more states Wednesday: South Carolina, West Virginia, and Rhode Island.

-- South Carolina grew at the fast clip of 15 percent in the last decade, although the recession had a major effect here: it had grown 18 percent from 2000 to 2008, and saw a population drop in the last few years. The fastest-growing parts of the state were the population centers: The state's five largest cities all grew by double digits, as did its 10 largest counties.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 5:30pm

Dawson Will Be Gingrich's Top S.C. Adviser If He Runs

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich does run for president, former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson will likely be his chief strategist in the state.

"If he runs, I'll be with him," Dawson told Hotline On Call. "I'm trying to encourage him to."

Gingrich also echoed the one-time candidate for RNC chair's praises, saying there was "no question" he would be his top adviser in the crucial early state.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 3:35pm

Cook Report Downgrades McCaskill's Prospects

The Cook Political Report on Thursday downgraded Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's re-election chances to "toss-up" after a private jet controversy that could undercut her image as a government reformer.

"There is nothing voters hate more than politicians who don't pay their taxes or what voters perceive as their fair share of taxes," Cook Political Report's Jennifer Duffy writes.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 3:07pm