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April 5, 2011
5) Republican Michael Clark, a Farmington Town Council chairman and a former FBI spacial agent, will announce his candidacy for Connecticut's 5th District congressional seat today. The swing northwestern Connecticut House seat is being vacated by Rep. Chris Murphy (D), who is running for the Senate. 4) Voters in Las Vegas will cast ballots for mayor today. Eighteen candidates are trying to succeed term-limited Oscar Goodman. According to polls and the candidates themselves, Goodman's wife, Carolyn Goodman, is the frontrunner in the race. 3) Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) will be coming to Washington on May 4 to deliver a high-profile speech about education reform at the American Enterprise Institute. As Politico's Jonathan Martin writes, "it could amount to his unofficial campaign debut" for president. 2) The much-anticipated state Supreme Court election in Wisconsin is today. Unions and liberal forces are lining up behind Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, arguing that a vote for conservative-backed Justice David Prosser is an endorsement of Walker. State election officials predict a 20 percent turnout statewide -- about average for a spring election. Stay tuned to Hotline On Call throughout the day for more coverage. 1) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) outlines the GOP's budget plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today, calling for trillions in spending cuts and significant changes to Medicare and Medicaid. It tackles the entitlements that have long been viewed as the third rail of politics, given that polling shows majorities resist changes to Medicare and Medicaid - and support spending cuts in theory, but less in practice. The proposal comes with great risks for Republicans. As Charlie Cook writes in today's National Journal Daily, leading Republican strategists are growing concerned that the emphasis on entitlement cuts could "jeopardize the party's hold on the House, its strong chances of taking the Senate and the stronghold that the party has been established with older white voters--not coincidentally, Medicare recipients." -- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post --
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