Nebraska GOP Senator Mike Johanns to retire

Quite unexpected, given he had been talking about running for re-election for the last several months. He's also a freshman running in a reliably Republican state. Politico: Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns announced Monday that he would retire in January 2015, a surprise decision by a first-term Republican senator who was considered in a strong position for reelection next year. The retirement of Johanns - a former GOP governor of Nebraska and one-time secretary of agriculture - gives Democrats a shot at a seat they ordinarily would have dismissed, but Republicans remain favored to hold the seat in a state that is reliably Republican. Despite only serving one term, Johanns, 62, had begun to accrue seniority among an increasingly junior Senate Republican Conference, holding seats on prominent committees, including Banking and Agriculture. But after pushing for a major deficit-cutting deal in the last several years, the Republican has grown increasingly frustrated at Congress's perpetual...(Read Full Post)