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LePage says he will run for another term: Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said at a private event Tuesday that he is running for reelection.

Ryan released: Former Illinois governor George Ryan is a free man, a day ahead of schedule. He was released from home confinement Wednesday. He had spent more than five years in prison for corruption. One of his first acts after being released was to get a haircut.

Bloomberg for Booker: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) will host a fundraiser for the Senate campaign of Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) on July 15.

White House pushed negative stories on Issa: The White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa's past in the summer of 2010 when Republicans looked poised to take over the House, according to Mark Leibovich's book "This Town."

Grimes staffs up: Newly minted Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) has brought on veteran pollster Mark Mellman and media strategist Mark Putnam.

Buck for Senate once again? 2010 Colorado Senate nominee Ken Buck is mulling another run, says his wife. "We have been talking about it, and I'll leave it there," said state Rep. Perry Buck (R). Buck made some missteps in 2010, clearing the way for Sen. Michael Bennet (D) to win a close race.

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