Hurtling Toward 2010, 12/16

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

A Public Policy Polling survey shows Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) vulnerable with a 35 percent job approval rating, but leading his Democratic challengers by between five and nine percentage points; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's "in campaign mode" and will shield vulnerable members from controversial votes unless the Senate acts on legislation first; Hawaii's Office of Elections might not have enough money to hold a special election to fill the seat of Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), who is running for governor; and Marco Rubio is showing off a new Rasmussen poll that has him tied with Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's GOP Senate primary.