The Fix’s best state based political blogs — extended edition!

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* New Plan, Same As The Old Plan? House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) new budget proposal looks nearly identical to last year's blueprint. So, it's no surprise that Democrats were quick to criticize it, as they did last year.

* The Late Show: President Obama will likely release his budget the week of April 8,  nearly two months behind schedule. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasn't pleased. Meanwhile, the president fielded budget-related and other questions from Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill.

* My Old Kentucky Home: Speaking of McConnell --- the Republican is set to launch a six-figure ad buy starting Thursday, a notable move this early in the cycle. But given McConnell's weak polling numbers, and how well-stocked his campaign account is, the early effort to shore up his image isn't totally surprising.

* This Land Is Your Land: There will be Bush on the ballot in Texas next year. George P. Bush, the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, will run for land commissioner there. It's a fairly powerful position in the state and a good political launching pad.

* Civil Union Bill Passes: The Colorado House passed a bill legalizing civil unions  The measure had already passed the Senate and is expected to be signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

* A Mixed Bag: Forty-eight percent of Connecticut voters said they approve of the job Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is doing in a Quinnipiac University poll, his highest marks ever. But it's not all roses: Only 42 percent said he deserves to be reelected.

* Birthday Boy: Mitt Romney celebrated his 66th birthday with a cupcake.



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