Two morning bites:Iowa: Tom Harkin appears to be gearing up:
As he apparently readies for a re-election bid, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa raised $362,000 in the last three months of last year, according to Federal Election Commission reports due today.With Harkin repeatedly fending off GOP Congressional challengers, I wouldn't be shocked if he faced no more than token opposition.
Harkin ended the year with $1.1 million cash in the bank. ...
No Republicans have formally announced a bid to challenge Harkin, although Steven Rathje, a Swisher Republican and businessman, filed a statement with the Federal Election Commission last year indicating he is exploring a run. Rathje had raised about $16,000 through Sept. 30.
Colorado: Bob Schaffer confirms that he is still just considering a Senate bid and hasn't made a definite decision about getting in yet, though indications point towards a run. It'd be great to see a nasty primary between former Reps. Schaffer and Scott McInnis with maybe talk show host Dan Caplis thrown in for good measure.