Stories You Should Know (4/7/10)

Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD)
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. starts his comeback run today on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, where his one-time protégé, Michael S. Steele, is getting loads of unflattering attention.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for shutting down non-essential agencies two days a week Tuesday as he and City Council members remained locked in a standoff over the intertwined issues of electricity rates and the city’s worsening budget shortfall.

Politico (Washington, DC)
The prospect of losing two House seats in back-to-back special elections next month has sparked a vigorous, behind-the-scenes Democratic effort, designed to avoid an outcome that could lead to panic among the rank and file and stall the momentum generated by the recent passage of landmark health care legislation.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk (R) will report raising $2.2 million in the first three months of this year, a staggeringly strong total that comes as his opponent in the Senate race — state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) — continues to weather negative stories about his family’s troubled bank.

Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
Gov. Charlie Crist angered Republican legislative leaders Tuesday by vetoing a bill that would have resurrected their access to potent partisan fundraising machines known as leadership funds.

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