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A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats will hold a test vote on the plan later this week.

Republicans are likely to oppose the plan because it would put a permanent surcharge on income exceeding $1 million.


Mack to announce run for Senate

SARASOTA — Rep. Connie Mack IV is expected to announce his entry in the U.S. Senate race to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Mr. Mack will first have to win the primary. Buoyed by name recognition, Mr. Mack surged to the top of a Quinnipiac University poll even before officially entering the race. His father is former Sen. Connie Mack III and his great-grandfather is Hall of Fame baseball manager Connie Mack.

Also seeking the nomination are former Sen. George LeMieux, former state Rep. Adam Hasner, retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former steakhouse chain CEO Craig Miller.


Governor recall effort claims 300,000 names

MADISON — Organizers of the effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Monday they have collected 300,000 signatures, more than half of what is needed to force an election.

The United Wisconsin coalition needs 540,208 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election sometime in 2012. The coalition reported Monday that more than half the number needed had been collected in just 12 days, with signatures coming from all 72 Wisconsin counties.


Governor says staff overreacted to tweet

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for his office’s response to a disparaging Twitter post by a high school senior who was attending a school function at the state Capitol.

“My staff overreacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize,” Mr. Brownback said in a Monday statement emailed to the Associated Press. “Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms.”

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