Illinois Democrats' worst fears appear to be coming true, the Nevada GOP Senate primary heats up and the Ohio governor's race will be pricey.
Bladojevich dominates Chicago papers
The trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) is back on the frontpages in Chicago Friday. His attorneys have filed a request to have President Obama testify on the governor's behalf.
Blagojevich's lawyers argued that Obama knows some key details about the governor's alleged attempt to sell the president's former Senate seat and could help prove his innocence.
The Chicago Tribune also has this interesting tidbit, "Quoting from a sealed prosecution memo, the defense team aired a previously undisclosed allegation that convicted influence peddler Antoin 'Tony' Rezko told investigators he tried to buy Obama's favor with illegal campaign contributions. Rezko, a top fundraiser for Obama and Blagojevich, is cooperating in the case against the former governor."
Obama, the Tribune notes, has "repeatedly said Rezko has never asked him to do anything improper and he has never done so."
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and other Illinois Republicans have often said that corruption is the issue that favors them most going into November.
‘The truth has since come out’
Attorney Danny Tarkanian (R) is up with a radio ad hitting Republican rival Sue Lowden on her abortion stance. The new 30-second spot, which is running statewide on conservative talk show radio stations, says Lowden "told conservatives she was pro-life, but since then the truth has come out." It's apparently just the beginning from Tarkanian.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "His campaign will be unleashing more radio ads as well as television spots that attempt to portray Lowden as flip-flopping on issues ranging from Yucca Mountain to government bailouts to taxes."
The GOP primary for right to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is June 8.
Back to Ohio
Former Rep. John Kasich (R-Ohio) outpaced Gov. Ted Strickland (D) for the second reporting period in a row, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Kasich raised $2 in the first quarter of the year to Strickland's $1.6, although the governor did raise a significant amount at the end of the previous reporting cycle.
The Democratic incumbent leads Kasich in cash on hand, $7.1 million to $5.2 million.
That's one way to try to stop financial regulatory reform. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is accusing senior Securities and Exchange Commission staffers of spending more time surfing the Web for porn than doing their jobs, according to the Associated Press.