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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is joining the growing list of popular Republican governors -- many with presidential ambitions -- plagued by scandal in their administrations.

On Monday a state district judge named 12 jurors and two alternates to consider possible criminal charges against Perry. A day earlier Perry hired a high profile Austin-based defense lawyer to represent him. At the center of all this is an ongoing investigation over Perry vetoing funding for the Travis County District Attorney's office. The investigation has been called "Bridgegate West" by the Dallas Morning News, a reference to an investigation of corruption in New Jersey.

But Perry isn't alone among governors facing legal probes these days:

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Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) is making sure nobody forgets businessman David Perdue's (R) flap about her level of education in the Georgia Senate race.

Handel, who is competing with Perdue and a number of other candidates in the Georgia primary, recently released a new radio ad hitting Perdue for bashing Handel for not finishing her college degree.

"I'm Karen Handel. When I heard David's comments I thought bless his heart, he's been overseas too long and lost touch with our values: hard work and making the most of life. That's what makes Georgia great," Handel said in the ad. "I left a troubled home at 17, finished high school, got a job, and attended some college. I worked my way up in the private sector and became Georgia's first elected Republican secretary of State."

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Let's start at the top: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's selected successor for outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will -- barring something unforeseen -- eventually be confirmed.

The elimination of the filibuster for confirmation votes by Senate Democrats ensures it. They don't need a single Republican to sign off on her, though Burwell was already confirmed unanimously last year to head the Office of Management and Budget and several top Senate Republicans have endorsed her nomination.

But there are going to be some troublemakers who use the confirmation of the next person charged with overseeing Obamacare to raise hell, much as they did last fall, about the law. Their options might be limited, but they have some: The background investigation that precedes a confirmation hearing, the hearing itself, the floor vote during which members can place a hold on a nomination for almost any reason at all.

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