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5) Meanwhile, in Missouri, the state Supreme Court sent a congressional map back to a judge for review. Candidate filings are set to begin on Feb. 28. so the clock is ticking in the Show-Me State to agree to an acceptable plan. 4) On Tuesday, Florida's Republican-controlled Senate passed a congressional map which preserves the GOP's advantage in Congress. The Tampa Bay Times:

The Senate's maps make way for two new congressional districts -- bringing the Florida delegation to 27 members. It paves the way for new Hispanic-based congressional and state Senate districts in Central Florida. And while a handful of Republican seats become more competitive, it preserves the state's GOP majority in Congress and the state Senate.

3) According to the latest Quinnipiac University survey, voters are split when it comes to Sen. Bob Menendez's, D-N.J., job performance. His approval rating stands at 42 percent, with 39 percent disapproving of the job he is doing. Forty-five percent of voters say Menendez deserves to be reelected while he defeats a generic Republican 46-35 percent. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released Friday showed Menendez with solid, if underwhelming, leads over two potential GOP rivals. 2) Under pressure from opponents, Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he paid a tax rate approaching 15 percent but will not release his complete return until April, the New York Times reports. This issue isn't going away anytime soon. Meanwhile, two hundred pages of what appears to be Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., old opposition research book against Romney was published on Tuesday by BuzzFeed. 1) The recall of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker often overshadows the effort to unseat four Republican state senators. On Tuesday, recall organizers said they submitted more than the required number of signatures in four districts where Republican incumbents are being targeted. As is the case for Walker, the signatures must now be verified. With the slim 17-16 advantage Republicans hold in the upper chamber following last summer's recall elections, there is no margin for error if the GOP hope to maintain control of the upper chamber. Meanwhile, on the Walker recall front, the state Democratic Party chair says he expects a Democratic primary. Politico reports that one of the top names being mentioned -- and also one that is a favorite of labor -- former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, is set to announce her campaign today.

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