Trent Lott, the racist Republican and Senate Minority Whip -- the number two guy on that side of the aisle -- is resigning at the end of the year.
He's going out classy, too -- just getting it in under the wire of the two-year ban on legislators lobbying after leaving congress.
I'm not sure the chances for Democrats in Mississippi -- Governor Haley Barbour gets to pick Lott's replacement -- but the best shot might be a guy named Mike Moore. He's the former Attorney General there. If you saw The Insider, the movie about the guy who finally called out Big Tobacco on the national health crisis they perpetrated, you'll remember him. He played himself (he's one of the good guys).
What's a whole lot tougher than Trent Lott slithering out the back door of the Senate is the terrible news that Representative Julia Carson of Indiana's 7th District has terminal lung cancer. She will not seek re-election in 2008.
This is a loss not just for Democrats in the House, but for our federal government. Representative Carson worked to honor Rosa Parks. She sponsored the Veteran's VOTE Act, which ensured that any veteran can vote after completing a state or federal prison sentence. One of her issues -- one we Floridians could learn from -- was rail transportation. A lot of people don't like AMTRAK, but she was the champion for the rail system. In a time when we need to be driving less and using mass transit more, she was a leader.