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What We Learned: State Of The Union Edition

January 30, 2011
-- If former Maine gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli (D) decides to enter the Maine Senate fray, it won't be without a little a baggage in tow. Her husband admitted involvement this week in an anonymous website that attacked Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. While Scarcelli -- who didn't make it out of the primary in 2010 -- appears to have played no role in the operation, it could come up in future campaigns. And if you don't think a pol's spouse can become an issue in Maine politics, just ask Gov. Paul LePage (R) if the property tax investigation surrounding his wife came up in reports once or twice in 2010. -- Not much has changed in Chicago. For decades, the city's political scene has served as a national stereotype for political scandal and drama. After the Rod Blagojevich saga, many Chicagoans hoped they could finally put the days of political soap opera behind them. But this week's back and forth over Rahm Emanuel's eligibility for the Chicago mayoral race proved the city hasn't lost its fastball in the drama department. With less than a month left before the Feb. 22 primary, political junkies should stay tuned. In Chicago, you never know when the next bombshell will drop. -- Tuesday night's speech was President Obama's least watched State of the Union address. The speech was viewed by more than 42 million people across 11 cable and broadcast networks. But compared to last year's speech, ratings were down 11% and 18% from 2009 address. To be fair, Tuesday's speech was up 14% in viewers compared to Pres. George W. Bush's final State of the Union address in 2008. -- The big three cable news stations each took a different approach to handling Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) State of the Union response. CNN opted to broadcast it live; Fox News rolled tape of it later after airing commentary about Pres. Obama's address and Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) official GOP response; and MSNBC did not show it at all. CNN took the most criticism for its decision, as the right and left both accused the network of elevating Bachmann's speech to the same level as those by Obama and Ryan. It goes to show that what is news often depends on who is asked.
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