Following Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel's (D) decision not to run for governor of Indiana, Democratic eyes will likely turn next to former state House Speaker John Gregg (who says he is exploring a run) and Rep. Joe Donnelly among others as they seek to find a suitable candidate for the race. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and Daniels both got a glimpse at the perils of running for president while holding office. Each declined this week to weigh in on controversial issues in their state -- Barbour, by refusing to denounce a Confederacy group's attempt to honor a KKK leader; and Daniels, by declining to weigh in on an Arizona-style immigration law before the state's legislature -- and each has caught flak for their silence. The minority is becoming the majority in Texas for the first time in a redistricting period. The Hispanic population grew 42% to become 38% of the state's population. Whites now account for only 45% of the population. With Democrats having a bigger pull on Hispanic voters, the Republican-leaning state will have a tough time redrawing district lines in the GOP's favor. Sticking by his campaign promise for a new "open" legislative process, House Speaker John Boehner was designated the daunting task of corralling votes on hundreds of amendments proposed by the House for its continuing resolution. The move seemed to backfire as Boehner failed to reign in the newly elected freshmen class, and watched as funding for his pet project, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter second-engine program, was cut. The group not only appeared to be inexperienced, but they dispelled any previous campaign promises of bipartisanship, and high-minded fiscal debate. And we may be in a new transition period of House leadership evolution in which Tea Party Republicans are not easily controlled, and can compromise even the personal hold of their party's de facto leader. This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. on February 22. CLARIFICATION: The original version of this post referenced a candidate instead of an overall race. Both Rep. Chris Murphy (D) and former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) are running for Senate in Connecticut.
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