Stories You Should Know (1/12/10)

Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL)
“An effective five-term congressman from the north suburbs, Mark Kirk has pro-growth views on the economy, a personal commitment to the military and a moderate stance on social issues that could attract independent voters who favored Democrats in recent elections.” The Chicago Sun-Times writes in their endorsement.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
Meeting for their final debate of the US Senate campaign, Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley tried to capitalize on voters’ fears last night, with Brown raising the specter of another terrorist attack and Coakley warning about a return to Bush-era economic policies.

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA)
California’s 2010 governor’s race will get a lot hotter, now that the Democratic Governor’s Association is ready to launch an independent expenditure — look out, Meg Whitman — to boost Democratic State Attorney General Jerry Brown, the party’s only gubernatorial candidate.

St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
Among the many indignities Gov. Charlie Crist has faced over the last several rocky months, this one hit home. Republican Party activists in his own county of Pinellas, many of whom have been campaigning alongside Crist for years, on Monday overwhelmingly declared that they prefer Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.

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