Ann Marie Buerkle and Dan Maffei

U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, left, is running for re-election in the new 24th Congressional District against former Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei, right. This is a rematch of the 2010 election. Buerkle defeated Maffei two years ago by 648 votes. Maffei is running again, hoping to win back the seat he lost.

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This will probably become a weekly feature as the campaign progresses, depending on how much news is being made. 

Here are some news items that might not be worth their own post, but certainly qualify for roundup material.

Maffei to open campaign office on Saturday

Former Rep. Dan Maffei will open his headquarters for the 2012 election at noon, Saturday in Syracuse.

The office will be located at 506 E. Washington St., Suite B.

Maffei said in an interview Thursday that while this will be the main office for his campaign, he will have satellite offices throughout the 24th Congressional District.

The 24th encompasses all or parts of four counties, including all of Cayuga County. 

House GOP leaders help raise money for Buerkle, others

Top House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, attended a fundraiser Thursday that helped raise money for a handful of campaigns, including U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's. 

The National Journal reported the details of the fundraiser Thursday. Here's an excerpt:

According to the invite, "special guests" include House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

PAC hosts are asked to give or raise $50,000 and PAC sponsors $25,000. To attend, it's $5,000.

The full invite appears below:

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