Stories You Should Know (6/21/10)

Voters in three states head to the polls Tuesday, and in South Carolina history might be made.  South Carolina Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee.

The Associated Press (Salt Lake City, UT)
After ending U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett’s bid for a fourth term, Utah’s two remaining GOP Senate candidates are struggling to differentiate themselves now that there’s no one in the race to absorb the anti-Washington anger of voters.

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
The roots of a Republican political renaissance in 2012 lie in the Rust Belt with a swath of manufacturing- based states in the Midwest — Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  Republicans argue that a clean sweep (or close to it) would immediately change the electoral calculus heading into the nationwide redistricting in 2011 and President Obama’s reelection race in 2012.

Bloomberg Business Week (USA)
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days to avoid “turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe.’’

Reuters (USA)
The clash in New Jersey’s legislature is part of a wider battle over how to erase a $10.7 billion budget deficit and is emblematic of the decisions facing states across America


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