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Bettencourt to Resign

Recently reelected Houston tax assessor-collector Paul Bettencourt has announced that he will be resigning his position for a "private business venture."

Houston Mayor Bill White Considers 2010 Options

Houston Mayor Bill White is looking at his options for 2010, according to a report today.

Hutchison Files For Exploratory Committee

The Dallas Morning News reports that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has filed papers to establish an exploratory committee for a possible run at the Texas Governor's mansion in 2010. By establishing this committee, Senator Hutchison can open a campaign office and being fundraising for her race.

Kay Bailout vs. The Rickflopper

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison isn't officially a candidate for the Governor's race yet, but you wouldn't know it by the tone of some of the barbs being swapped by Senator Hutchison's camp and Governor Perry's camp. Feast on this juicy exchange from the Houston Chronicle:

Good News For Franken in Minnesota

Nate at FiveThirtyEight reports that Al Franken's Senate campaign has received three pieces of good news:

GA Called For Chambliss

The AP has called the Georgia Senate race for incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss, currently standing at 59/41 with 84% of precincts reporting. Lower-than-average voter turnout in Fulton County along with comparatively strong Republican turnout across the board seems to have been the determining factor in Chambliss' victory.

Early Results in the GA Senate Race

With a little over half the vote in, Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss leads the Democratic challenger, Jim Martin, by a roughly 60/40 margin. Still largely outstanding are Atlanta's Fulton and DeKalb counties, which are likely to erase a large part of Chambliss' lead; they are the two most populous counties in Georgia, and Fulton County went 2-to-1 and DeKalb nearly 4-to-1 for Martin in the general election.

Looking Ahead To 2010

There's a lot of good reading in this Houston Chronicle article that discusses Houston Mayor Bill White's hypothetical chances of running for Governor in 2010 and what kind of odds he would face. Overall, it's a really good rundown of the lay of the land interwoven with some conventional wisdom from both sides of the aisle.

Gingrich To Consider Running For President in 2012

The National Review reports that Newt Gingrich is going to decide in 2011 whether or not he's going to run for President in 2012. The former Speaker was considered a possible candidate for the 2008 election, but chose to sit it out. He also stated that he is not running for RNC Chairman.