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Posted at 5:18 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Afternoon Fix: Rahm Emanuel will appeal ruling on residency in Chicago mayoral race; George Allen officially launches Senate bid

By Chris Cillizza

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is appealing an Illinois court's ruling that he doesn't meet the residency requirement to run for Chicago mayor; former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) officially launches a bid for his old seat; and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) tours the Granite State.

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* Sources close to Rahm Emanuel confirmed that the former White House chief of staff will appeal an Illinois appellate court's ruling that he does not meet the residency requirement to run for Chicago mayor. Four of the seven state supreme court justices must agree to hear the case. "I have no doubt at the end we'll prevail in this effort," Emanuel said this afternoon in a Chicago news conference.

* Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) officially announced that he's running for his old seat in 2012. "You know me as someone willing to fight for Virginia and I am asking that you hire me on for six years to fight on behalf of Virginia's voices and values which are being ignored by Washington,'' Allen wrote in an email to supporters.

* Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in the mass shooting in Tucson earlier this month, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and kill two of her aides.

* Some liberals have launched an effort to draft former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).


* Politico and NBC News will co-host the first primary debate of the 2012 presidential race on May 2 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Politico's John Harris and NBC's Brian Williams will moderate.

* Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R), who is in New Hampshire today and tomorrow promoting his new book, plans to unveil a new video at tonight's Merrimack County GOP reception in Concord.

* The Tea Party Patriots will hold its first annual national policy conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 25 to 27. In a release announcing the summit, the group said that the event "will bring tea party supporters, national speakers, 2012 presidential candidates and public policy analysts together for briefings, discussions and policy debates."

* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is slated to hold a meeting of his re-election committee in early Feb., an indication that he's committed to running for a third term even as polls show him facing a difficult path to re-election.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 24, 2011; 5:18 PM ET
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