Florida Congressman Trey Radel who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, will rejoin Congress this week. A Super PAC has already pledged $1 million to a politician planning to challenge him, and Republican Governor Rick Scott has also expressed interest in his seat.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah will not run for an eighth term in Congress. His withdrawal opens the door for Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love. If she wins in 2014, she would be the first black, female Republican elected to Congress.
Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel was sentenced to a year of parole and charged a fine of $250 for possession of cocaine. During his time away from Washington, Rep. Radel will enter an in-patient Florida treatment center and will donate his salary to charity. He does not plan to leave office.
With Hawaii and Illinois soon to join the list, that makes 16 states legalizing same-sex marriage. Proposed ballot measures in several more states, plus another federal court case, could accelerate the movement.
Republicans are learning: Latino voters are a rising force to be reckoned with. High turnout of Latino voters at state and local elections today will increase pressure on the House GOP to pass comprehensive immigration reform.