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The Associated Press is reporting that a federal court has ordered a trial on Texas' redistricting map, which the Department of Justice argues intentionally discriminates against minorities — hispanics, in particular. The court rejected the state’s request to approve the maps, the AP reports.

Mitt Romney told ABC’s George Stephanopolous on Tuesday that he credited President Obama’s economic policies with pushing him into the presidential race.

“Frankly I’m in the race because of the failure of President Obama to turn around this economy,” he said.

Given that he ran in 2008 and was widely speculated to run again since the moment John McCain lost, it’s a somewhat surprising line.

The New York Times reports that Penn State is planning on forcing head football coach Joe Paterno out of his position in the wake of a sex scandal involving university officials.

The Times reports:

Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator under Paterno, has been charged with sexually abusing eight boys across a 15-year period, and Paterno has been widely criticized for failing to involve the police when he learned of an allegation of one assault of a young boy in 2002.

Karl Rove has made no secret of his distaste for Herman Cain, hitting the GOP candidate several times in the past for various reasons. On Tuesday, however, Rove sunk to a new level in his attack on Cain, explaining that Gloria Allred’s involvement gives “credibility” to the sexual harassment allegations that have been leveled against the candidate.

“Credibility matters here, and Gloria Allred—while she is a Democrat and a liberal Democrat and openly so—nonetheless, has been involved in a number of high-profile cases like Tiger Woods and others, where the charges have been borne out,” Rove said. “So this gives Ms. Bialek’s charges and accusations a little bit of credibility, and that’s what we’re talking about here—credibility.”

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The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports:

Voter turnout was heavy early today in Ridgeland.

In the first hour the polls were open at Trace Ridge Baptist Church, about 200 cast their ballots in state and county races.

“We have had all 12 machines busy, and that’s unusual for it to be that heavy,” said poll manager Marcy Hill.

The Des Moines Register reports:

Herman Cain’s Iowa campaign chairman tonight [Monday] asked Republicans here not to rush to judgment.

“Iowans need to take a look at where Herman Cain stands on the issues and measure that against what our country needs,” Steve Grubbs said in a telephone interview. “Fifteen years ago there was an opportunity to learn the facts. That opportunity passed and it’s unfair to try a candidate in the court of public opinion when the details are that old.”

As part of ABC’s series of sit-downs with the GOP candidates, Rick Perry squared up against Christiane Amanpour, who sat po-faced through most of his answers. There was one moment where she brightened, however. That was when she asked Rick Perry what his “personal theme song” would be. “Something by Beethoven,” Perry replied.

“Beethoven?” Amanpour responded, with an unmistakable note of surprise in her voice. “That’s good.”

The DC Circuit Court has unanimously upheld President Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. View the court’s decision here.

On Tuesday Ohioans go to the polls to accept or reject anti-union Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) as the new law of the land in their state. As of this writing, it looks like it will go down in flames.

SB 5 passed the Ohio Legislature as a measure that its Republican endorsees argued was a necessity, saying it would help reduce the state budget by limiting the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Of course, Ohio wasn't the only state to try this path -- Republicans in Wisconsin passed similar legislation, spurring massive protests and a saga in which opposing Democrats fled the state in order to stall a vote on the issue, which ended up being passed and signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R). Ohio Democratic legislators didn't leave the state, but they did fight SB 5 until the bitter end and ultimately lost. But a coalition of Democratic and labor forces gathered 1.3 million signatures to put the new law on the ballot (only about 231 thousand were needed), which triggered Tuesday's statewide vote.

Here's the breakdown of what's happened over the last year, since the GOP made gains in the Ohio statehouse, to what now seems the likely fall of their signature achievement.

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