4) Wednesday was the deadline
for Missouri legislators to approve a new congressional district map and send the bill to the Gov. Jay Nixon
(D) with the necessary time to override a potential veto before the end of the legislative session -- and the barely made it. The new map puts Reps. William Lacy Clay
(D) and Russ Carnahan
(D) into the same district. State House Democrats urged Nixon to veto the bill
3) In response to reports about his presidential deliberations, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
's (R) spokesperson released a statement
making clear that he is still considering a campaign. A South Carolina blog reported Wednesday
that Huckabee is giving his former Palmetto State supporters the go-ahead to work on other presidential campaigns.
2) According to a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll out early today
, President Obama
's approval rating in Pennsylvania is at its lowest level of his presidency. Now, just 42 percent of Keystone State voters approve of Obama, while 53 percent disapprove. That is a significant drop from a 51 percent approval rating just over two months ago
. Moreover, a majority of voters -- 52 percent -- say that Obama does not deserve to be re-elected. One bright spot for Democrats? A plurality of voters -- 44 percent -- continues to approve of Sen. Bob Casey
(D-Pa.), while only 26 percent disapprove.
1) In Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval
(R) appointed Rep. Dean Heller
(R) to finish
Sen. John Ensign
's (R) term after Ensign steps down on May 3. Heller's appointment will trigger a House special election -- the terms of which still remain unclear
. Stay tuned to Hotline On Call
for the latest developments.
Heller stands to gain from incumbency and the opportunity to build a larger profile outside of his district, but he'll likely face tough votes early in his tenure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
announced Wednesday the Senate will take a vote
on the Ryan budget plan -- which Heller voted for in in the House. Reid also said the Senate will vote on eliminating tax breaks for the oil & gas industry. Heller also arrives as the debt ceiling debate will begin to really heat up.
-- Steven Shepard contributed to this post