4) Gov. Steve Beshear
is in command of the Kentucky governor's race, but there is still some campaign news ahead of next month's election. A judge on Monday stopped a 527 group from airing attack ads against Beshear due to a violation of campaign finance laws
. Meanwhile, the Louisville Eccentric Observer has posted audio
of a push poll against the governor.
3) Bay State Republicans are seizing on a comment made by Democratic Senate frontrunner Elizabeth Warren
. Warren, who is from Oklahoma, said, "I think I'm a new category, the elite hick." As the AP notes
, she was making the case that Republicans were casting her both as an elite and a hick. Left Ahead
has the audio of Warren's remarks. Her comment comes at about the 22 minute mark and its clear she is being sarcastic.
2) Not a good sign for the president: As Obama's bus tour makes its way through the crucial swing state of Virginia, the Washington Post reports
that prominent state Democrats encouraged the White House to alter the schedule so Obama would not be visiting districts where members of his party were in closely fought elections.
One Democrat who will not be joining Obama on his tour swing through the state is former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine
. Kaine spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine
sends over this statement, citing a scheduling issue: "Governor Kaine was happy to attend the President's event last month at the University of Richmond and we fully expect him to attend other events with the President throughout this election cycle, just as we expect our opponent will appear with the eventual Republican nominee for President. However, Governor Kaine won't be able to join the President on this visit as he has a full schedule of events in Northern Virginia, including events for legislative candidates who are up for election in a couple of weeks, which could not be rescheduled."
1) Tonight's debate in Nevada was supposed to be an opportunity for the state to garner some national buzz and showcase its status as the first in the west caucus state. But the tussle over the primary calendar has caused some animosity against the Silver State, not only from New Hampshire, but from other candidates as well, several of whom have threatened a boycott. As the Las Vegas Sun notes
, Mitt Romney
and Ron Paul
, who placed first and second in the Nevada caucuses in 2008 were the only candidates to hold rallies in the state.
Still, despite the external story-lines, the debate itself will holds high stakes. The same questions that have been asked in the last couple of debates will be asked tonight (can Texas Gov. Rick Perry
right the ship, and put together a better showing, will anyone be able to take Romney off his game?). Stay tuned to Hotline On Call
this evening for live analysis beginning at 8 pm ET.