1. Stepping Down

    Senator Hutchison to Retire

    Charles Dharapak

    You can probably count this as another Tea Party pickup: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will not run for re-election in 2012. "I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012,” she wrote in a letter to supporters. “That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be.” Hutchison ran for governor of Texas in 2010 but lost to Rick Perry, who was more conservative than her.

    Read it at The Dallas Morning News