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Posted at 5:08 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Afternoon Fix: DGA sends $250k to Minnesota recount effort; Ensign says Justice Department no longer investigating him; Cheney backs Cino

By Aaron Blake

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The Democratic Governors Association is sending $250,000 to Minnesota for the recount in the state's governor's race, DGA Executive Director Nathan Daschle tells The Fix. "It's important for us to pay our share," Daschle said, adding that the actual recount budget will be larger than that but that the DGA is "confident" that Sen. Mark Dayton (D), who leads by nearly 9,000 votes, will win.


* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) said that he is no longer the target of a Justice Department investigation. The government had been looking into Ensign's actions surrounding an affair he had with a former staffer.

* As she weighs a campaign for the Republican National Committee chairmanship, former RNC official Maria Cino will hold a fundraiser Tuesday featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Bush adviser Ed Gillespie and GOP strategist Mary Matalin.

* Former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson said Wednesday that he's not inclined to make another bid for the RNC chairmanship. Dawson finished second behind Chairman Michael Steele in 2009.

* All 42 Republican senators have signed a letter promising to filibuster any other legislation until they vote on an extension of the Bush tax cuts or a bill to fund government through the new year.

* A new poll from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in a virtual tie with her newly announced opponent, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R). McCaskill is at 45 percent, while Steelman is at 44.


* Outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said a vote on censure for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will be held Thursday.

* Mike Huckabee said that he would consider running on the same ticket as Sarah Palin.

* Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) says he is undecided about whether to seek reelection in 2012. If he runs, the GOP has little chance. If he doesn't, it's wide open.

* Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) says there are 60 votes in the Senate to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military, provided leaders have the patience.

* Outgoing Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) sounds more and more like a candidate against Sen. Daniel Akaka (D) in 2012.


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By Aaron Blake  | December 1, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
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