Democratic congressmen can enjoy their holiday knowing they've finally gotten the stimulus passed—and Republicans can enjoy knowing that they held firm and ensured the package would remain an issue in campaigns to come (and the RNSC has launched a rather low-rent website on the issue). A few House Democrats, facing tough re-election campaigns in conservative districts, voted with the unanimous chorus of Republican 'no's.

After the recess, one of the first issues the Senate will consider is the bill to grant D.C. a seat in the House with full voting rights. The bill passed committee by 11-1, with McCain the only 'no' vote.

Some upcoming and on-going state races are heating up: