Stories You Should Know (2/22/10)

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
A new breed of Democratic challengers are seizing on the sour national mood to cast themselves as reform-minded outsiders, willing to drive a wedge between themselves and Democratic leaders as they vow to shake up the political establishment that their party controls.

In a surprising result, Texas Rep. and 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul (R) won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, capturing 31% of the vote.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized fellow Republicans on Sunday as being hypocritical when they trash the federal stimulus program, and he dismissed the “tea party” movement as “just an expression of anger and dissatisfaction.”

USA Today (USA)
The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that GOP lawmakers “may well” vote for a jobs bill this week.

Hernando Today (Hernando, FL)
U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite’s announcement Friday night didn’t change the landscape of the race for Florida’s 5th Congressional District seat. The four-time elected Republican congresswoman from Brooksville told the audience at the Citrus County Lincoln Day Dinner she was running for reelection- and getting married.


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