Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Connecticut is seizing on remarks made by his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon that seemed to suggest she would consider lowering the minimum wage.
Richard Blumenthal's campaign launched a new ad Friday charging that McMahon "took home $46 million dollars, and now she's talking about lowering the minimum wage."
In the ad, which also goes after McMahon's tenure as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a narrator says, "Linda McMahon has always put herself, and her profits, first."
McMahon's campaign was quick to respond.
"Dick Blumenthal is a lifelong politician who has no idea how to create jobs…We know he's a fighter, the problem is he's fighting for higher taxes and more government," McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said in a statement.
(CNN) - A reason Democrat Andrew Cuomo's the one to beat in New York's gubernatorial race: the more than $19 million dollars he now has on hand.
According to the latest fundraising data released Friday, Cuomo has $19,924,173 cash on hand, over $3 million of which was contributed since July 16, 2010.
As of October 1, Cuomo's Republican opponent Carl Paladino had $209,406 cash on hand.
(CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek, the Florida Democratic Senate nominee, sounded defiant on Friday when he called his Republican-turned-Independent opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist, "sad," and his Republican opponent Marco Rubio, "extreme."
"What has to happen in the days forward is that we share with Floridians the extreme views of Marco Rubio," Meek said in an interview with CNN Situation Room Anchor Wolf Blitzer. "We're going to get down to the nitty gritty on who Marco Rubio is. Marco Rubio got his birth from a very extreme group of individuals."
Washington (CNN) – It's no secret that there is no love lost between national Republicans and their GOP Senate candidate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has only contributed a minimal amount of money to her campaign, and Republican officials in Washington still do not think she can beat the Democrat, Chris Coons.
But O'Donnell's popularity in the Tea Party movement and among other conservatives nationwide has drawn a flood of money into her campaign coffers. Aides say she's raised millions since her surprise GOP primary win in mid-September.
That's why a senior Republican official told CNN that GOP strategists are scratching their heads, wondering why O'Donnell's campaign has not used her fundraising cash yet to air any television ads promoting her campaign.
(Washington) CNN - At a session with journalists on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not interested in talking about losing the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections. She was defiant, and would not hear of the possibility of a GOP wave.
"I would rather be where we are than where they are," Pelosi said.
And what about the conventional wisdom that the Democratic base will stay at home because it is disappointed in Obama?
"I am the base," she said, recalling her days as chair of the California Democratic party, making the point that Democratic candidates "will own the ground on our races."
Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside an appeal from an independent congressional candidate affiliated with the conservative Tea Party movement, who demanded Virginia election officials accept signatures on petitions to place his name on the ballot.
Herb Lux of Rapphannock, Virginia, had filed an emergency appeal with Chief Justice John Roberts, arguing that, less than six week before Election Day, he needs a final ruling on whether his name can appear alongside other office-seekers.
At issue is a state law requiring congressional candidates to obtain a minimum number of signatures before appearing on the ballot. The twist is that most of Lux's signatures were invalidated because he himself witnessed them. Normally that is not a problem, but state law says only a resident of the congressional district can collect such nominating petitions himself.
(CNN) - Pete Rouse was just installed as White House chief of staff on Friday, but he's already been facing fire from Sarah Palin for over a week.
Now White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is hitting back, calling the former Alaska governor's accusations "fairly silly."
Palin has made clear she's no fan of Rouse - the longtime top Obama aide who has been little seen in the public eye until his elevation to the top White House staff job.
Washington (CNN) - Aides to Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence haven't been shy about stirring up presidential buzz about their boss, especially after his victory last month in the Values Voters Summit 2012 straw poll.
Now Pence is heading to Des Moines on Saturday to address the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition - his second trip to the first-in-the-nation caucus state this cycle - and his office has released excerpts of his speech, an overture to both fiscal and social conservatives.
"These are serious times," Pence will say, according to the prepared remarks. "A nation conceived in liberty has come of age in bondage to big government. We've lost respect to the world. We are going broke. And our social and cultural fabric is unraveling. People are scared."
Read excerpts from Pence's prepared remarks after the jump:
(CNN) - Four former White House chiefs of staff have some specific advice for the new chief of staff, Pete Rouse. I e-mailed them asking for some advice for Rouse, and quickly heard back.
Ken Duberstein, who served President Ronald Reagan, offered this: "Remember you are staff, not chief. The President is elected and you are not. Every time you speak the voice people hear is not yours but the President's. And finally, you have a constituency of one and a half, and do not tell the First Lady who is the half."
Andy Card, who served President George W. Bush, emailed me this:
Washington (CNN) - Just when you thought the race for the South Carolina U.S. Senate seat could not get more unusual, there's a new twist.
Famed South Carolina chef and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree has entered the race as a write-in candidate. She tells CNN she was motivated to launch the long-shot campaign after reading an article last week about GOP incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint's refusal to sign off on a congressional earmark of $400,000 to study dredging for the port of Charleston.
The study was designed to help allow the port to accommodate larger boats - thereby helping the state's economy.