Stories You Should Know (7/1/10)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Independent voters now favor a generic Republican candidate for Congress over a generic Democratic candidate by 12 points, a trend that appears to be tied to their feelings about President Obama.

Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)
Speculation that Gov. Joe Manchin will call a special session to correct a discrepancy in state election law, in order to allow a special election this fall for Robert C. Byrd’s U.S. Senate seat, is apparently just that — speculation.

Stamford Advocate (Stamford. CT)
Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., doused water on the prospect of a comeback by him in the GOP Senate race against foil Linda McMahon in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)
Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), returning to his customary role as a maverick in Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said Wednesday he was “thinking about” voting against nominee Elena Kagan because of her less-than-substantive answers to his questions.

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