Afternoon Fix: Evan Bayh to Fox News

Evan Bayh is going to be a commentator on Fox News, Scott Brown is looking good for reelection, John Kasich is looking not so popular, and Russ Carnahan says he’s running for Congress whether his district exists or not.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former Democratic senator Evan Bayh is headed to Fox News as a a commentator and political analyst, the Huffington Post reports. Since retiring last year, Bayh has taken a job as a partner at D.C. law firm and also serves as a senior adviser at an asset management group in New York. “I’m pleased to offer analysis of public policy and politics to the millions of Americans who get their news from FOX,” Bayh said in a statement.

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is looking good for reelection, according to a new poll from the Western New England College Polling Institute. Fifty-two percent of registered voters say he deserves another term, and he holds double digit leads against two potential Demcoratic challengers — Rep. Michael Capuano and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau architect Elizabeth Warren.

* One of the aides to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) sends staff an email every morning that contains some off-color jokes. Press Secretary Dan Turner told Politico that Barbour himself doesn’t get the email, which on Friday included cracks about the earthquake in Japan and Janet Reno’s appearance.

* An Ohio poll finds that support for Gov. John Kasich (R) is not that high as he heads into what will likely be an ugly budget fight. His approval rating is at 40 percent, and his disapproval rating is at 47 percent. That’s lower than the initial approval ratings registered for the state’s last three elected governors.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has set a date for the 36th district special election — July 12. The primary will be on May 17. The race is to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D), who announced last month that she would resign to become president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

* Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) says redistricting won’t affect his plans to run for reelection. "I'm 100 percent focused on running for Congress in 2012," he told The Hill, rebutting speculation that he would run for lieutenant governor. There’s a good chance Carnahan’s seat will be eliminated, meaning he’ll be forced to run against either Rep. Todd Akin(R) or Rep. Lacy Clay (D).

* Democratic strategist David Axelrod is holding a fundraiser for the Arizona Democratic Party later this month. For anywhere from $500 to $10,000, you can watch the Chicago Cubs play the San Francisco Giants in a spring training game on March 20. Buffet included!

* Gearing up to run for Senate, Florida Republican George LeMieux is looking at hiring respected conservative pollster and ad man Jon Lerner. LeMieux was appointed to the Senate by his old boss, who once called himself a “Charlie Crist Republican” as placeholder, when Mel Martinez (R) unexpectedly quit. Now that the former governor’s name is poisonous among many Florida Republicans, LeMieux is hoping to actually win a Senate seat in the state. Lerner helped South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) win. If he joins up with LeMieux, it would give the man who once called himself a “Charlie Crist Republican” some conservative credibility.

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Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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