Afternoon Fix: House tax cut vote delayed as liberals revolt; Jordan unlikely to challenge Sherrod Brown; Simmons blames NRSC
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
* A House vote on President Obama's tax cut compromise has been delayed amidst a liberal revolt, but the vote is still expected later today. The package passed in the Senate on Wednesday.
* Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who was thought to be one of the more likely challengers to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in 2012, told Real Clear Politics that he is leaning "heavily against" running for Senate.
* Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) blames the National Republican Senatorial Committee for his primary loss last year to former wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R), saying the committee "pulled the plug" on him when McMahon and her $50 million in self-funding entered the race.
* A new Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania has good news and bad news for Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). The good news is Casey leads a generic Republican by eight points; the bad news is that he's only at 43 percent.
* The NRSC announced today that Terry Nelson will continue to serve as a consultant to the committee. The committee also promoted Rich Dunn from deputy political director to political director and Mike Reed from senior research analyst to research director. Former regional consultant Dan Flynn will be the committee's new incumbent retention director.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS
* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) has joined the GOP chorus against the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, joining other potential presidential candidates Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) in decrying the package's earmarks. Watch for others to weigh in on the new issue du jour.
* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said he will make a decision on running for president no later than the end of April.
* A new "Draft Sarah Palin" political action committee has formed, with the goal of urging Palin to run for president.
* There seems to be a conventional wisdom gravitating towards Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus as the frontrunner in the RNC chairman's race. That can be a blessing, but it can also be a curse, as we find out in a couple of stories today examining Priebus's association with lawyers working to secure stimulus funds for companies.
* Democratic consultant Roy Occhiogrosso has been named senior advisor to Connecticut Gov.-elect Dan Malloy (D).
THE FIX MIX
With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake