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Hutchison Retirement To Set Off Texas-Sized Scramble

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's announcement on Thursday that she won't seek re-election will set off a flurry of activity as candidates seek to position themselves for the 2012 race in the reliably Republican state.

In a statement Thursday, Hutchison said she was stepping aside so the 2012 race can start in earnest without her.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:00pm

How Long Will The Political Cease Fire Last?

The détente has to end sometime.

Notice the lack of partisan releases from committees and candidates this week? It's an expected -- and reverent -- pause both Republicans and Democrats are taking in honor of the victims of the Arizona shooting.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 1:25pm

The West Virginia Waiting Game

West Virginia's political class is in a holding pattern as the state's highest court decides whether the state has to have a special gubernatorial election this year after Joe Manchin (D) vacated the governorship in 2010 for his successful Senate bid.

The timing of the next gubernatorial race - either this year or next - would have a significant impact both on who runs and which party would have the upper hand. And already, strategists and a host of potential candidates on both sides of the aisle are considering all the possibilities.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 1:15pm

Live-Blogging The RNC Chairman's Meeting

Hotline editor-in-chief Reid Wilson will report live from National Harbor, where Republican National Committee members are gathered to elect a new chairman. Not every nugget of information fits in a story -- but they all fit here.

Here's The Hotline's take on the day's events, from today's Spotlight in our Latest Edition:

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12:18pm

Bryant Running On Barbour Legacy

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R), the early frontrunner in the 2011 gubernatorial race, believes he has a straightforward path to election: All he has to do is follow in Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) footsteps.

Bryant announced his candidacy last week and, according to both Democratic and Republican sources, is the odds-on favorite on the race. A big part of that is his ability to channel Barbour, who remains very popular in the state.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 11:54am

Sununu's Advice For Daley: Substance Matters

This post has been corrected.

Former White House chief of staff John Sununu can be forgiven for not wishing incoming chief Bill Daley the best of luck -- after all, Sununu, now a member of the Republican National Committee, is actively working against Daley's new boss, Pres. Obama.

Still, the fraternity of former chiefs of staff is a small club, and Sununu did offer Daley some advice: "Convince the president that his problem is not communication, but substance."

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 10:25am

Starting Lineup: Christie, The Teflon Governor

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. Here's our take on the days' political news.

Christie The Conquerer: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is beginning to look like the Teflon Governor - he's weathered (and even improved his standing) in situations that would have challenged able politicians.. Over the holidays, Christie was in Florida when New Jersey was hit with a massive blizzard. Upon returning, Christie took media scrutiny for his absence - and fully defended his trip, saying he didn't "even think about" canceling it.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 9:09am

Video: Palin's 'Right To Rage'; Hillary Clinton Takes A Trip

Stephen Colbert defends former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R), "right to rage" and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets tripped up during her visit to Yemen.

Jay Leno, on Sarah Palin's Alaska not returning for a second season: "That's a commitment for you. When a candidate walks away from a reality show, that's when you know their serious about being President of the United States."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:50 for Colbert's "The Word."

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 8:44am

Insiders Disagree On Security, Tone Of Rhetoric

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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 8:24am

Puerto Rico Governor Backs Priebus For RNC Chair

Updated with Fonalledas's endorsement, updated again for clarification

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno will support Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus for chairman of the Republican National Committee, marking the fortieth public endorsement for Priebus and setting him up as the clear front-runner going into Friday's election.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 5:45pm