Is Maryland’s death penalty repeal politics, principle or a little of both?

Rob Portman and the end of the gay marriage debate

The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014

People agree the sequester is bad. They don’t agree on how to fix it.

Jay Leno on what Washington can learn from the papal conclave (Video)

What the GOP’s old bulls vs. young bucks skirmish says about the party


About That Campaign ... In a speech on the second day of CPAC, Mitt Romney made only passing mention of the campaign behind him. In other news from the conference, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) warned the GOP against becoming the party of austerity. "We must become the party of growth,” he said. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the field of potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates resembles "a rerun of the 'Golden Girls.' " Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will speak tonight.

Mixed Results: The initial reaction to Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s shift to supporting gay marriage was mixed. Leading Republican gay rights groups praised his decision, while some social conservatives rejected Portman's claim that same-sex marriage is a generational issue.

Poll Position: Former New York Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner's dormant mayoral campaign paid a California firm more than $100,000 for polling, according to a campaign finance filing. Weiner's lack of any other expenditures during the early January-early March filing period suggests he probably won't be ramping up a campaign for Gracie Mansion anytime soon.

West Point: Former Florida Republican congressman Allen West said that fellow Republican Gov. Rick Scott's recent decision to support Medicaid expansion in the state makes him "vulnerable" with conservatives in 2014. "It does make him vulnerable," West said in an interview at CPAC. "I'm being honest with you. Because it's a fiscal conservative issue. Will the governor be able to go out and defend it once he hits the campaign trail? We'll have to see."

Thanks But No Thanks: Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R) won’t challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in 2014.

Strict Abortion Measure Moves Forward: North Dakota took a step toward passing a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and ban the procedure because of certain genetic defects. If Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) signs the laws, North Dakota would become the only state with such restrictions.

He'll Be Here All Week: President Obama cracked a sequester joke in Illinois today.


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