4) The GOP-controlled Florida Senate is out with their first congressional redistrict draft, and there's good news for Republicans in the proposal: A preliminary joint analysis
by conducted by the Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times
found that of the 27 congressional districts, 14 would be solidly Republican, 10 would be solidly Democratic and of the three more competitive seats, two lean Republican while one leans Democrat. Freshman GOP Rep. Allen West
, sees his district change the most, where Obama won 56 percent, and his neighbor, GOP Rep. Tom Rooney
, also saw his district get a bit worse. Catching a break -- Freshman Rep. Daniel Webster
, who saw his district pick up more GOP voters, making it more difficult for one of the Democrats' best recruits, former Orlando police chief Val Demings
. But this is only one of many proposals the legislature will consider, and the Florida House is expected to release their draft maps by next Tuesday.
3) Bad headlines
in the North Carolina papers this morning for Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue
as three former campaign aides have been indicted and charged with felonies pertaining to campaign finance issues.
2) An internal poll conducted for Sen. Ben Nelson
, D-Neb., by Hickman Analytics shows the Democrat leading Republican state Attorney General Jon Bruning
47 percent to 45 percent, within the survey's margin of error. Still, it's an improvement from June and February, when Bruning led Nelson by five and nine points, respectively. Nelson's fav/unfav split is at 54/40 percent -- an uptick from his 47/49 percent split in February. The survey was conducted from Nov. 5-10. Remember that Democratic allies have been spending big
on TV ads to help boost Nelson, who is still mulling a final decision on reelection. Nelson leads Republican Treasurer Don Stenberg
in the latest poll 49 to 43 percent.
1) United Wisconsin, the coordinated recall effort against Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker
announced on Monday that it has collected over 300,000 signatures in 12 days. That's more than half of the roughly 540,000
signatures that need to be collected over the course of 60 days. So it's a very impressive pace, and the early read is that a recall election will likely be triggered. Republicans will challenge many of the petitions, but it looks like the recall effort will have more than enough to make up for rejected petitions.
-- Jessica Taylor contributed