Hurtiling Toward 2010, 8/12

The 2010 midterms are just around the corner (sort of). Here's what's happening:

Sen. Chris Dodd underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer and is recovering at a New York hospital; Gary Herbert was sworn in as Utah's new governor today (after Jon Huntsman was nominated as ambassador to China), and he'll face a special election in 2010; former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte made her first public speech as a potential Senate candidate; and Pennsylvania Democrats have yet to line up up behind Arlen Specter, with Joe Sestak mounting a primary challenge.