| • KY-Sen: Rand Paul makes an interesting point: he'd like SoS (and GOP primary rival) Trey Grayson to recuse himself from his secretarial duties during the May election. In other words, he doesn't want Grayson to count the votes of the election that he's running in. (Unsurprisingly, Grayson's spokesperson says "no.")
• MA-Sen: An AFL-CIO post-game poll finds that a majority of labor households in Massachusetts went for Scott Brown in the special election, by a narrow 49-46 margin. The one consolation Democrats might take from that failure is that a large majority of respondents said they were "choosing the best candidate" rather than "sending a message to Washington," which suggests that the success (or lack thereof) of the two campaigns at defining the individual candidates is the main story here.
• NY-Sen-B: This seems to exist mostly at the level of idle speculation, but people in the know are wondering whether Harold Ford Jr.'s apparent entry into the Democratic primary may open the door for other primary candidates who considered the race and then thought better of it to get back in, out of hopes they might shoot the gap in the middle.
• PA-Sen, PA-07: Pennsylvania's Democratic party chair, T.J. Rooney, is now publicly urging Rep. Joe Sestak to "pull a Gerlach" and bail out of his Senate primary bid while heading back to nail down his suburban swing seat instead. This isn't that remarkable, as Rooney has been outspoken all year in his desire to avoid paralyzing primaries - but you've gotta wonder if Sestak, who's stalled a bit in the polls lately, is considering it in the back of his mind.
• WI-Sen: Rarely has so much ink been spilled writing about a four-word quotation ("I'm not saying no"), but with that utterance yesterday from ex-Gov. Tommy Thompson, thus begins a whole 'nother round of speculation as to whether the 68-year-old Thompson's unlikely bid to challenge Russ Feingold will ever materialize.
• KS-Gov: State Sen. Tom Holland sounds willing to step up and take on the job that no one seems to want: running against Sen. Sam Brownback in the open gubernatorial race in Kansas. Holland represents one of the state's few purplish areas, with a district that includes part of college town Lawrence, but he clearly plays to win, as seen in the fact that he's beaten two different incumbent Republicans in his state legislative career.
• AK-AL: Between being kind of old and on everybody's "most-likely-to-be-indicted" list, Alaska's Don Young is a tempting target, from both the left and right. He got another primary challenger yesterday: never-before-elected telecommunications executive Sheldon Fisher. Gadflyish businessman and blogger Andrew Halcro (who won 10% as an independent in the 2006 gubernatoril race) has already said he'll run against Young in the primary, too.
• AR-01: As we reported yesterday, Rep. Marion Berry is sounding kind of unenthused about much of anything right now. Fleshing out that interview we mentioned, Berry said it's his "intention" to run again, but, as part of a longer excursis waxing philosophical about his own mortality, wouldn't make an absolute commitment to sticking around.
• HI-01: A fourth entrant (and a third Democrat) seems likely to get into the special election to replace retiring Rep. Neil Abercrombie: state Sen. Will Espero is starting an exploratory committee. Because of the weird all-parties, winner-takes-all nature of the election, the fear is that a Democratic pileup could open the door to a victory by lone Republican Charles Djou - but a recent Mason-Dixon poll of the race finds Djou a distant third behind well-known Democratic opponents Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa, and it's unclear whether Espero has the name rec to make much of a dent one way or the other on that.
• MA-10: Republicans in the Bay State are taking a renewed interest in competing in House races there, usually something that gets completely neglected. In the wake of Scott Brown's victory, former state Treasurer Joseph Malone is now saying that he's planning to run against Rep. William Delahunt in the 10th, which is probably the least secure district for Democrats in the state; covering Cape Cod and much of the South Shore, it's at D+5, but the source of some of the darkest red on this week's map. Delahunt was unopposed in 2008. The GOP is also interested in fielding candidates in the 3rd and 5th against Jim McGovern and Niki Tsongas, two other blue-collar Catholic districts that gave big margins to Brown.
• MS-01: Here's a surprise: after painstakingly clearing the GOP field for state Sen. Alan Nunnelee and getting him off to a good fundraising start, the NRCC is now meeting with Fox News talking head Angela McGlowan about a run against Rep. Travis Childers in the 1st. McGlowan hasn't been elected before, but she does have experience as a staff member to Sen. John Ensign.
• NJ-03: In addition to being an NFL player, NJ-03 Republican candidate Jon Runyan is apparently also a gentleman farmer in his spare time. He owns a 20-acre spread in rural New Jersey, but pays only hundreds of dollars in property taxes each year on 15 of those acres thanks to using them as farmland - in order to raise four donkeys. (I'm sure the irony of raising donkeys is lost on no one, although the land probably isn't zoned to allow for elephants instead.)
• NY-23: The Doug Hoffman camp is touting an internal poll showing him with a big lead over potential rivals for the GOP nomination this year, including the more establishment figure of Assemblyman Will Barclay. Hoffman, still benefiting from a lot of name rec after gaining national attention from the special election, leads Barclay 56-22 in a hypothetical 4-way contest also involving would-be-picks from last time Matt Doheny and Paul Maroun.
• MA-St. Sen.: The good news is that Democrats may have a shot at picking up Scott Brown's Senate seat in a special election (date TBA). The seat covers parts of Middlesex, Bristol, and Norfolk counties in Boston's southwestern suburbs. 21-year state Rep. Lida Harkins says she'll run for the Democrats; physician Peter Smulowitz also intends to run. State Reps. Richard Ross and Elizabeth Poirier may run for the GOP. The bad news? They don't really need a pickup, as the Dems already have a 34-4 edge now (with one other vacancy in a safe Dem seat to be filled, thanks to the resignation of prison-bound Anthony Galluccio).
• Supreme Court: As you probably know, the Supreme Court opened the door yesterday to a flood of special interest money into the election process with their decision in Citizens United. The case allows corporations, labor unions, and other similar entities to make unlimited independent expenditures on behalf of candidates, although they still can't make direct contributions to the candidates' warchests. Rich Hasen's Election Law Blog and How Appealing have roundups of links to many different discussions as to what all it means. (Everyone seems to agree it's a big deal, but just how big a deal seems up for debate.)
• Census: Census Director Robert Groves is out with a timetable for all the movements that will occur over the next few months to get the Census up and running, seemingly to be executed with military precision. And if just can't get enough Census discussion, Groves even has his own blog now.