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Today's gems are from 2/17 to 2/23 (6:00 pm EST)

(CT-Sen) CT-Sen: Rep. Joe Courtney (D) Won't Run by David Nir - News is out that Representative Joe Courtney won't be running to replace Joe Lieberman. Congressman Joe Courtney said Monday he would not run for U.S. Senate in 2012.....So far, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz have announced they will run for the seat now held by Joseph Lieberman, who is not seeking re-election.

(IN-Sen) Indiana GOP establishment lining up yo nuke Richard Lugar by David Nir - Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state's 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.

(LA-State Sen) Louisiana Senate tilts GOP. Where were we? by Seneca Doane - In light of the the fact that a Democrat in a special election to the Louisiana Senate lost by a 52%-48% margin, the diarist asks the question: where were we? From the Times: A Republican candidate late Saturday won a special election for a Louisiana state Senate seat, according to unofficial returns, a result that if certified would give the GOP control of the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

(NE-Sen) NE-Sen: Jon Bruning's Campaign Ad Celebrates GOP Stupidity by Skylewalker - The diarist: While trying to attack Ben Nelson over his health care reform vote, the Bruning campaign has created an accidental celebration of the gullibility of voters they're counting on carrying their candidate through this election.This ad must have cost a pretty penny and is clearly intended to make a splash online.  But, that doesn't hide just how weak a campaign and empty a message it really represents..... Click above to see the ad and more insight.

(NM-Sen) Sen. Bingaman D-NM to Retire (illustrated) by Land of Enchantment - New Mexico diarist looks at possible replacements for the retiring Senator including Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03).

(WI-94) Wisconsin needs more Dems in the legislature and here is a chance to help by JessCO - From the diarist: When Governor Walker was elected he appointed Republican Mike Huebsch to his administration leaving the 94th district seat open.  He has yet to call the special election but today a great candidate threw her hat in to the ring.  Her name is Cheryl Hancock.  And to be completely honest she is my mother.  She has been running against Mike since 2008 and she is the only candidate who came close to beating him, losing by 1000 votes the first time.

(IN-Gov) IN-Gov: Jonathan Weinzapfel (D) Won't Run by David Nir - A major - and unexpected - bummer for Democrats: After Weinzapfel's announcement, former Democratic state House Speaker John Gregg (who served from `98-`02) said he is "taking a very serious look at the race." Weinzapfel praised Gregg in his own "exit interview" with the C&P, saying "I would be as supportive as I could" of a Gregg candidacy. Weinzapfel has a big warchest left over ($750K), and at just 45, he very likely has a future in Indiana politics.

Originally posted to randallt on Wed Feb 23, 2011 at 06:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos Elections and Election Diary Rescues.

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