Rick Perry goes viral, the presidential debates are set, there’s good news for Republicans in Washington state and Charlie Rangel could face a primary challenge.

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* A video of Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaking in New Hampshire Friday night was circulating online all weekend, due to his odd hand gestures and rambling manner. The 8-minute cut from Perry’s 25-minute speech has gotten over 200,000 views on YouTube.

* How not to celebrate Halloween: Loudoun County’s GOP committee sent out a email today depicting President Obama as a zombie with a bullet through his head. The state GOP has strongly condemned the local chapter and is demanding officials apologize; Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) called the e-mail “shameful and offensive.”

* Former University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, and his wife, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian (D) have endorsed Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) in next year’s Senate race against Sen. Dean Heller (R). The Tarkanians’ son Danny ran for Senate as a Republican last year; he came in third in the primary. His wife, Amy Tarkanian, is the state GOP chairwoman.

* Aside from the high-profile sexual harassment allegations, there's another potentially damaging story about former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain out today. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a tax-exempt charity founded by two Cain staffers footed the bill for $40,000 in expenses at the beginning of the campaign.


* A new non-partisan poll out of Washington state shows Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna beating Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee in the 2012 gubernatorial race, 44 percent to 38 percent with a 3 percent margin of error. President Obama’s numbers are actually pretty good here; but Inslee is less well-known and less popular than his rival.

* Republican state senators in Wisconsin appear to not have the votes to put state Senate redistricting plans into effect immediately while keeping the old lines in the state Assembly. The bill was introduced Friday, in hopes of ensuring that future Senate recall elections take place under the new map. (Under current law, the old map holds until 2012.) But state Sen. Dale Schultz (R) has decided to vote against the measure, and Republicans only have a one-vote majority in the upper chamber.

* New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner will officially announce a primary date for the Granite State on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The expected date is Jan.10th, now that a conflict with the Nevada caucuses has been resolved.

* Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) may face a primary challenge from Clyde Williams, a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. Williams has only raised about $50,000 so far, but he’s been meeting with major Democratic donors as he considers launching a campaign against the scandal-scarred lawmaker.

* The Commission on Presidential Debates has set its dates and locations for next fall’s general election debates. The three presidential debates will be held Oct. 3rd at the University of Denver, Oct. 16th at New York’s Hofstra University and Oct. 22nd at Boca Raton’s Lynn University. The sole vice-presidential debate will be at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky on Oct. 11th.


Happy Halloween!

With Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake