4) The Massachusetts House and Senate, meanwhile, have approved a redistricting map, sending it to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature. 3) 'Tis the season. Retirement season, that is. Reid Wilson writes that the period from Thanksgiving through the end of February is an unpleasant time for strategists on either side plotting to seize control of the House, as member ponder the possibility of stepping aside. Some names rumored to be considering retirement: Reps. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., Lois Capps, D-Calif., (though Capps has said definitively that she is running in the new 24th District), Heath Shuler, D-N.C., Bill Young, R-Fla., Howard Coble, R-N.C., and Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. 2) Alabama recently enacted one of the strictest anti-immigration laws in the country and the New York Times reports today that an increasing number of state lawmakers say they are willing to consider important changes to the measure. 1) As if Herman Cain's campaign was not getting enough bad press lately, this arrives: Three members of the Cain team apologized on Wednesday after a local police officer tasked to protect Cain manhandled a reporter. National Journal/CBS News report that the incident happened when several journalists who have been covering Cain tried to film the him as he was returning to his campaign bus. The officer blindsided National Journal/CBS News reporter Lindsey Boerma into the side of the campaign bus and later clotheslined her. -- Steven Shepard contributed
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