“Eight Republicans in Congress lost a primary race in the 2012 cycle compared to seven Democrats, according to The Hill’s final tally of the primary contests.
“But Democrats outnumbered Republicans when it came to pure retirements, with 21 House and Senate Democrats declining to run for reelection this year, compared with 14 Republicans.” — The Hill 9/16/12
VICTORY FOR WISCONSIN UNIONS: “A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.
“Walker’s administration immediately vowed to appeal, while unions, which have vigorously fought the law, declared victory. But what the ruling meant for existing public contracts was murky: Unions claimed the ruling meant they could negotiate again, but Walker could seek to keep the law in effect while the legal drama plays out.” — Washington Post 9/14/12
TOM DELAY WAITING FOR HIS APPEAL TO BEGIN: “Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — still waiting to learn his legal fate since being convicted nearly two years ago for his role in a scheme to influence Texas elections — is praying for vindication but also preparing for the possibility of imprisonment.
“DeLay’s three-year prison sentence has been on hold as his case has made its way through the appellate process. For both DeLay and his critics, the process has been frustratingly slow, due in part to some of the appeals court justices in Austin recusing themselves as well as DeLay’s successful effort to have a judge on the panel removed because of anti-Republican comments she made.” — Associated Press 9/22/12