(CNN) - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, accused of money laundering, will get a fair trial in Austin, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday.
Senior Judge Pat Priest's ruling did not please DeLay's attorney, who said "heavily Democratic" Travis County has a "strong anti-Tom DeLay feeling."
The Travis County prosecutor has charged DeLay with illegally funneling corporate campaign contributions.
(CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski vowed Wednesday "it ain't over yet," as she pinned her hopes for a comeback in the Alaska Republican primary on thousands of absentee votes still to be counted.
In a political stunner, Murkowski finds herself trailing little known challenger Joe Miller for the GOP nomination by nearly 1500 votes, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. But the results aren't final, with absentee and mail-in votes still out.
Recounting Alaska's recent history of close elections, she told reporters in Anchorage "we know for a fact it ain't over until it's over. There's much, much more to be counted."
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts (CNN) – What happens when rumors of a Presidential visit start to swirl on Martha's Vineyard?
We found out on Wednesday morning in the small town of Vineyard Haven, when rumors started flying that someone important, possibly the President himself, would be stopping by Sweet E's Cupcake Shop. Almost immediately people started gathering to get a possible glimpse of the island's most famous vacationer.
Before the cupcake store even opened, United States Secret Service agents were spotted nearby checking out the scene, and by old-fashioned word-of-mouth, locals and vacationers heard President Obama might stop by.
Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, doubled down Wednesday on his attack of President Obama.
Speaking to reporters a day after capturing the Republican nomination for Congress in Arizona's 3rd district, Quayle declared, "I really have about eight words to share with you, and that is: Barack Obama is the worst president in history." And he warned the Obama administration that the "counterattack starts now."
The candidate – an attorney making his first foray into politics – made national headlines for a series of campaign gaffes that included using someone else's children in a campaign mailer and denying – before offering a qualified acknowledgment – that he had blogged for a raunchy online site.
Quayle managed to change the conversation late in the race by releasing a biting ad that called President Obama the worst in history and declared he wants to go to Washington to "kick some butt."
Washington (CNN) – Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott captured the GOP nomination at considerable personal expense, spending $38 million of his own money on his primary bid, and when asked Wednesday if there is any limit to the funds he will invest to win the general election, Scott said "no."
Asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King if there was a personal limit on how much more of his own money he is willing to spend, Scott evaded the question before settling on an answer.
"No, I don't. I don't. I mean I'm very comfortable. I've had a lot of support all across the state and we'll raise the money and make sure that we are able to get our message out," Scott said. "It got out very well in this - in the primary campaign. It will get out very well in the general."
In an interview set to air on CNN's "John King, USA" Scott, who last night emerged victorious in a race that caused fractures in both the local and national GOP establishment, said that the Republican Party is on the road to healing.
(CNN) – Former chairman of the Republican National Committee and 2004 campaign manager for President Bush's re-election, Ken Mehlman, has told The Atlantic magazine he is gay.
The article published Wednesday by The Atlantic's politics editor Marc Ambinder quotes Mehlman extensively on his experience coming out to friends and family.
"The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago," the article quotes Mehlman as saying.
Mehlman goes on to tell Ambinder that now that he is in private life wants to be an advocate for gay marriage. He said he realized his timing – waiting until he was outside the inner power circles of the Republican Party – may have hurt the very issues he now hopes to address.
Woodbury, Minnesota (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota kicked off a two day, multi city bus tour Wednesday morning at a bakery and café. But while the two-term Republican congresswoman spoke to local reporters, she was not available to take questions from national media covering the event.
In a Bachmann campaign press release, the tour is touted as the first in a "series" of bus tours throughout her sixth district designed to give Bachmann the chance to "speak with small business owners and concerned [sic] regarding the current struggles facing the economy."
Media was invited to tag along and the release noted there would be a press availability between the first and second stops of the day. Both CNN and FOX News were declined access at the site of the first location, with spokesman Sergio Gor stating the tour is for "local media only."
Washington (CNN) – Democrats are already moving to quickly define Alaska Republican and Senate hopeful Joe Miller as an extremist candidate, but a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee had trouble Wednesday naming his own party's candidate for the office.
DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse, in an appearance on ABC's "Top Line" political webcast, found himself at a loss when asked by the show's host to name the Democratic Party candidate in the race.
"Well, our candidate in Alaska … his name ... his name is not Lisa Murkowski," Woodhouse said.
It was an embarrassing moment, and one that was seized on immediately by Republicans blasting emails to reporters. And a stumble that would be forgotten if the Democratic candidate – whose name is Scott McAdams – was able to gain traction in a race thought to be firmly in Republican hands.
"A lot of people are getting to know Scott McAdams today – me included – and if Miller winds up being the nominee and promotes stuff like unemployment benefits are unconstitutional – we'll like our chances there more and more," Woodhouse said in an email to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - What a difference a few hours make. Late Tuesday night, after businessman's Rick Scott's victory over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Sunshine state's Republican gubernatorial primary, a statement by the Republican Governors Association barely mentioned Scott.
"Intraparty struggles are often difficult to watch, and the contest in Florida has been a good example of that. That said, the primary is over, Rick Scott is the nominee, the general election has begun, and our party now looks forward," said RGA spokesman Tim Murtaugh in a statement.
McCollum, a former Republican congressman, was considered the insider or establishment candidate, and was favored by many in the national party hierarchy.
The comments on Scott stood in contrast to Murtaugh's statement praising Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who won her state's GOP gubernatorial nomination Tuesday night.
Wednesday afternoon, Mississippi Governor and RGA Chairman Haley Barbour put out a statement with kinder words regarding Scott.
Phoenix (CNN) – So much for Republican unity.
A day after Senator John McCain walked to victory in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, his opponent J.D. Hayworth hasn't called to concede nor does he plan to. "J.D. has moved on," says Mark Sanders spokesman for the J.D. Hayworth campaign.
While it's not required, the primary season ritual has the loser call the winner to privately concede and pledge to support the ticket before making a public statement.
Apparently in this case, the candidate didn't see a point. "Once McCain went downstairs and accepted, there wasn't a need to have a conversation," Hayworth's spokesman Sanders tells CNN. He points out Hayworth did concede in public remarks he delivered after McCain's victory speech. Sanders adds, "It wasn't cantankerous."
Don't tell that to the McCain camp. A McCain aide who asked not to be named said of the snub, "Not surprised. J.D. is classless to the end."