4) The administration's environmental agenda is under pressure
from labor unions.
3) A wild hypothetical scenario in Indiana: Secretary of State Charlie White
(R) is facing voter fraud charges and a Democratic lawsuit is challenging his status on the ballot last year. One possible scenario: if White is disqualified, Republicans wouldn't receive the 10 percent of the vote in the Secretary of State race required to receive major party status. And the lack of major party status could turn
the Senate race into a convention battle, enhancing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock
's (R) chances of ousting Sen. Richard Lugar
2) In an Arizona Daily Star op-ed
published Sunday, Obama called for
better gun control measures, including an instant, accurate system for doing background checks on those seeking to purchase weapons. Notably, Obama did not call for reinstating a federal ban on the purchase of certain types of assault weapons and he did not specifically mention the so-called gun-show loophole.
1) In a speech this morning, Obama will urge Congress to fix "No Child Left Behind" before the start of the next school year. Education could emerge as a major issue in the 2012 presidential election, as prospective GOP presidential candidates have already highlighted
the issue in speeches. There's no coincidence Obama appeared alongside former Florida governor Jeb Bush
(R), who has made education reform a centerpiece of his efforts since leaving office, at an event earlier this month.