Hurtling Toward 2010, 8/13

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

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will kick off her campaign for governor next Tuesday in Dallas; her opponent, Gov. Rick Perry (R), received the Defender of Jerusalem Award in Israel; a Rasmussen poll shows Pat Toomey leading Sen. Arlen Specter (D) 48-36 in Pennsylvania; while Specter's primary opponent, Joe Sestak, had a pleasant town-hall meeting on health care; Barbara Boxer ran into some health care protesters at an event to promote her newest book; and Harry Reid talked about his upcoming reelection contest with Politics Daily's Jill Lawrence.