From NPR: President Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday. Comey is best-known for raising alarms about a secret surveillance program during the Bush years. That issue has taken on new resonance after the latest revelations of government surveillance.
Kentucky: Kentucky wants to honor individuals, businesses and organizations for inspiring others to protect the state's environment and is asking for nominations. Two Democratic groups say they will air a TV ad in Kentucky attacking U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who faces re-election next year.
Tennessee: Secretary of State Tre Hargett says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning Arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship for people registering to vote does not impact Tennessee's election laws. State lawmakers are speaking out against a proposal by the state Department of Education they believe would eventually hurt teacher salaries in Tennessee.
Illinois: Eight of the 10 members of a committee tackling Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis supported a proposal to unilaterally cut benefits. Congressman Bill Enyart was one of only 24 Democrats who voted in favor of the U.S. House’s failed Farm Bill yesterday.