LA Times lays out who won’t be in St. Paul this week and why.
—Gov. Schwarzenegger will bow out to stay in California and deal with a budget stalemate. Govs. Jindal and Perry say they’l cancel their prime-time convention appearances because of Gustav.
–At least 10 incumbent senators have sent their regrets, mostly those in hotly contested races.
—Alaska Sen. Stevens is awaiting trial on seven federal charges from a corruption scandal. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig also has reasons to avoid the Twin Cities.