Another Enormous Thursday Night Rundown
Wyoming: The deadline to apply for the Senate vacancy lapsed this afternoon and there are 31 applicants in total. In a state with only 515,000 residents, that means that there are only 16,613 residents per Senate candidate. Wild.
Nebraska: Dave Sund gives us the lowdown on Republican businessman Tony Raimondo stepping up his Senate efforts in Nebraska, where Chuck Hagel is rapidly becoming an afterthought. Also from Nebraska, UNO Dems breaks down how Republican Senate wannabes Jon Bruning, Hal Daub, and Tony Raimondo each represent a different negative characteristic of the NE-GOP, embodied in 2006 Republican Senate loser Pete Ricketts.
New Hampshire: Professor and former astronaut Jay Buckey makes his Senate campaign official. Blue Hampshire's Dean Barker offers a round-up of recent events in the New Hampshire Senate race, including the Draft Shaheen movement gaining support.
Minnesota: MN Publius notes that Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre met with Joe Trippi last week to get advice about a possible Senate bid. Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo shows part two of its interview with Al Franken, focusing on Iraq; and, separately, Franken's camp comes up with a fun and inclusive fundraising gimmick.
Kentucky: Draft Forgy sees Mitch McConnell getting even more flack from conservatives. This time around it's from conservative radio host Leland Conway and leading conservative blog RedState.
Colorado: Colorado Pols has heard it suggested that we can expect a very solid fundraising Q2 from Mark Udall's campaign.
Texas: The Houston Chronicle interviews likely Senate candidate attorney Mikal Watts, discussing John Cornyn's rubber-stamp-itude, Watts' legal successes protecting consumer safety, his liking of John Edwards and Barack Obama in the Presidential race, and several other issues, though more haziness on abortion as well. (HT: Stop Cornyn)
Really, seriously, how does Tony Snow sleep at night when he says rubbish like this with a straight face?
Kudos to the Massachusetts Legislature for protecting civil rights.