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* Has Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) made his last run for office? Perhaps not. In an interview at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, he left the door open to a future campaign, or perhaps campaigns. "I tell people I'm healthy, I'm passionate, I still love what I'm doing. If you're not positive on both of those, you're not going to [run]. I'm positive on both of those," Perry said, before adding, "It's too early to make any decisions on 2014, or 2016, or 2018, or 2020." Perry, who waged an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination this cycle, is already in his third full term as governor of Texas, which doesn't have a gubernatorial term limit. 

* “It’s really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on health care, if they think you want to deport their grandmother," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Thursday. "There’s common sense here in terms of how you portray it. Policy matters too, but rhetoric is important," he said at a forum in Washington

* President Obama took a helicopter tour over New York on Thursday of the damage caused by super storm Sandy. "People still need emergency help. They still need heat. They still need power, they still need shelter, kids are still trying to figure out where they’re going to school," Obama said during his trip. 

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) hasn't yet committed to accepting an offer to become the next chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in part because he is waiting to see what current DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil decides to do. Cecil is Bennet's former chief of staff. Meanwhile, Cecil's National Republican Senatorial Committee counterpart Rob Jesmer is preparing to leave the NRSC, according to incoming chairman Jerry Moran (Kan.) and other Republicans. 


* Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) says he will oppose House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's bid for another term heading the Democratic caucus, just as he did following the 2010 election. "I think it is time to shake things up within the Democratic Caucus. I think we should look for some new leadership," he said. "I won’t be voting for Nancy Pelosi." Matheson just survived a tough reelection campaign in a conservative district against Republican Mia Love. 

* Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is vowing to join the effort to reform the filibuster when she gets to the upper chamber. "On the first day of the new session in January, the senators will have a unique opportunity to change the filibuster rule with a majority vote, rather than the normal two-thirds vote. The change can be modest: If someone objects to a bill or a nomination in the United States Senate, they should have to stand on the floor of the chamber and defend their opposition. I'm joining Senator Jeff Merkley and six other newly elected senators to pledge to lead this reform on Day One, and I hope you'll be right there with us," Warren wrote in an op-ed published Thursday. 

* The Republican National Committee believes that shifting demographics hurt the GOP's chances against Obama and other Democrats last week. Slides from a presentation RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made to Republican senators on Wednesday noted Romney's struggles with young, black, and Hispanic voters, as well white voters' shrinking share of the electorate. 

* Michael Dimock will succeed Andrew Kohut as the director of the Pew Research Center's political polling unit, Pew announced on Thursday. Dimock is currently an associate director of research at Pew. 


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