5) Updated, but not yet final, vote results from last Friday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race compiled
by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
showed Justice David Prosser
ahead of Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg
by 6,744 votes out of nearly 1.5 million cast. If Kloppenburg remains close enough to Prosser in the statewide tally -- within half a percentage point -- she could ask for a statewide recount and not have to pay the cost.
Meanwhile, Prosser's camp says they are open to a recount in Waukeksha County, where a spreadsheet error last week caused thousands of votes to go uncounted in the initial tally -- an error that was corrected later and netted Prosser thousands of votes. Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken
: "That is their talk. Once again, we're evaluating the data, looking at what we've got."
4) Wisconsin state Rep. Jennifer Shilling
her candidacy Saturday to run in a potential recall election against incumbent state Sen. Dan Kapanke
(R). Volunteers collected more than the necessary number of signatures to trigger a recount election for Kapanke, but the signatures must be verified.
3) Lawmakers and the White House narrowly averted a government shutdown late Friday, coming to terms on a budget agreement late Friday evening. But attention has already turned to the next battle
, as lawmakers from both parties warned on the Sunday talk shows that a bigger fight is yet to come over whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
2) Obama has his own major economic address
coming up later this week. In a speech on Wednesday, Obama will call for Republicans to join him in writing a broad plan to raise revenues and reduce the growth of popular entitlement programs. Obama will urge bipartisan negotiations toward a multiyear debt-reduction plan that administration officials said would depart sharply from the one proposed last week by House Republicans.
1) Pawlenty will announce today that his presidential exploratory committee has hired Nick Ayers
as campaign manager, Hotline On Call
has confirmed. Ayers is a highly respected GOP operative served as executive director of the Republican Governors Association for the past two cycles, helping lead the association to record fundraising in 2010. Ayers will start April 25.
"He is without question one of the best political talents in America. We are very excited Nick will lead our team," Pawlenty will say of Ayers, later today. Fox News first reported the news