Stories You Should Know (4/20/10)

Politics Daily (USA)
Sarah Palin put the bull’s-eye on 20 U.S. House races on her Facebook page last month, but didn’t donate to favored candidates in those districts during the first quarter of the year. Although her SarahPAC took in $400,000 in the first quarter and had more than $900,000 in the bank, it gave only $7,500 to candidates. None went to Republicans in the races she targeted.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, facing pressure from fellow Republicans to abandon his Senate campaign, said Monday that he would not allow party leaders in Washington to push him from the race and declared that he was considering running for the seat as an independent.

Statesman Journal (Willamette, OR)
A half century ago, barely 2 percent of Oregon’s registered voters were neither Democrats nor Republicans. Today, Democrats and Republicans still account for the vast majority of Oregon’s registered voters. But the other groups – “nonaffiliated” voters and those enrolled in other parties – now account for about one of every four voters. The “nonaffiliated” voters, as they are officially known, have hovered around 20 percent for the past decade.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
A bipartisan pair of top House lawmakers announced compromise legislation on Monday night to advance campaign finance reform. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Rep. Mike Castle (Del.), a veteran lawmaker who’s running as a Republican for Senate this fall, announced a deal they had struck to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year freeing up corporate and labor spending in elections.

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