Splitting off the presidential primary is an unlikely option because of the cost of holding separate presidential and Congressional contests.
Pennsylvania: GOP Leaders Threaten to Move Primary Date
Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania's April 24 primary — a move that would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar and would influence several House contests.
Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a state redistricting commission to redraw its proposal for the legislative districts. But there's growing concern the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission will not have enough time to pass new maps.
On Monday, state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi told reporters the primary date "is in jeopardy," according to several local news outlets including the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Philly.com and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pileggi and other GOP leaders unsuccessfully sued to overturn the state Supreme Court's decision in federal court. In the meantime, the state Supreme Court ordered leaders to use the maps drawn in 2001 — an electoral scenario loathed by Republicans.
Pennsylvania Democrats did not sue to overturn the GOP-drawn Congressional map. As a result, only the date of the Congressional primary — and not the new House district boundaries — is now in question.
Connecticut: Special-Master-Drawn Map Becomes Final
The Connecticut Supreme Court last week adopted a map for the state's redrawn districts.
An independent expert known as the "special master" drew the map.
Republicans had complained earlier that the special master's plan did not adequately redraw the lines of the 5th district, according to the Associated Press, but the court rejected the GOP's argument Friday.
Reapportionment did not change the size of the state's House delegation — five Members, all Democrats.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.