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Hotline Sort: What Happens In Vegas

June 7, 2011
7) Las Vegas is electing a new mayor today, and First Lady Carolyn Goodman expects to ride her husband's coattails to victory. 6) The Texas Senate on Monday approved a congressional redistricting plan that would split the Democratic base of Travis County (Austin) in five separate districts. Needless to say, Democrats have vigorously opposed it. The map now goes to the GOP-controlled state House, where it is expected to pass. 5) Five GOP presidential hopefuls (Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., have signed up for a Iowa Tea Party three-week bus tour that will make stops in 20 cities starting June 13 in Council Bluffs, the Des Moines Register reports. 4) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told CNN's Piers Morgan Monday that "People are going to start focusing on the elections probably after Labor Day," adding "until Labor Day hits, I'm going to be pretty quiet. 3) Three more Democratic candidates have qualified as top EMILY's List recruits and received "On the List" status: Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall, running to succeed in the NV-02 special election, former state Sen. Tarryl Clark, running against Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn, and former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, running in the CT-05 open seat, being vacated by Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy. Marshall's the most noteworthy addition--with the special election rules still up in the air; she now has a clear Democratic field after former Nevada Congressional nominee Jill Derby dropped out last month. 2) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will deliver an economic speech at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday at the University of Chicago. Excerpts of the speech outline an approach to fiscal issues that closely tracks the program of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., but his ambitious program of tax cuts exceeds almost every other proposal under consideration, National Journal's Tim Fernholz reports (subscriber). The speech comes as a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the stagnant economy dragging down President Obama's re-election prospects. While Obama leads the lesser-known Pawlenty, he trails former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by three points, among registered voters. 1) Best tabloid headlines from Weinergate? The New York Post goes with "The Dork Knight," with a story inside headlined: "Erections Have Consequences." Despite the racy headline, the story has a point. New York is losing two House districts from reapportionment, and one of the Democrats in New York City was likely to lose their seat. Weiner wasn't at a redistricting risk before, but practical considerations may now intervene. Weiner represents one of only two potentially competitive districts in New York City; it gave John McCain 44 percent of the vote in 2008. (The other is Republican Rep. Michael Grimm's Staten Island seat.) And if he chose to run again, it's likely he would face renewed primary and general election competition. -- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post
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