First, Kent Conrad (D-ND):
North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad will not seek reelection in 2012, handing Republicans a prime opportunity for a pick-up in a red-leaning state.
“After months of consideration, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2012. There are serious challenges facing our State and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America’s dependence on foreign oil. It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection,” Conrad said in a letter released Tuesday morning. “Although I will not seek reelection, the work is not done. I will continue to do my level best for both North Dakota and the nation over the final two years of my term.”
Then, Joe Lieberman (ID-CT):
Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee who angered the party by backing Republican John McCain for president in 2008, will retire and not seek a fifth term, Democratic officials said Tuesday.
Democratic officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Tuesday that the independent who usually votes with Democrats would not run for re-election in 2012.
Apparently folks in Jacksonville think the New Black Panthers are “mainstream” enough to invite them to join in the MLK Day Parade:
High school marching bands, ROTC programs, the New Black Panthers and Jacksonville Urban League joined hundreds of other participants in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on Water Street before 10 a.m. as a light rain fell. The Lee High School Marching Generals were at the lead with drum major Calvin Boyd, 17.
So, the next time someone wants to say that the New Black Panthers are a “fringe” group, point them to that story and ask them to explain it.