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SSP Daily Digest: 4/14

by: Crisitunity

Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM EDT


Election results: Yesterday's big event was the special election in FL-19, the first real electoral test after the passage of HCR. The allegedly massive opposition to healthcare reform on the part of the district's many seniors never really materialized. Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch beat Republican Ed Lynch 62-35, with very little falloff from Obama's 65-34 performance in 2008. (Contrast that with John Garamendi's so-so 53-43 performance in November's CA-10 special election, a similarly 65-33 district in 2008.)

I should also pause to offer a little credit to Texas's Republicans, who voted for the less crazy candidates in the Board of Education and Supreme Court runoffs, and in a bigger surprise to me, for the Hispanic-surnamed candidates in the TX-17 and TX-23 runoffs (which, based on incumbent Victor Carrillo's trouncing in the Railroad Commissioner primary, seemed unlikely to happen). The NRCC has to be pleased to see the wealthier and less wingnutty Bill Flores and Quico Canseco emerge. Rep. Chet Edwards, however, is one guy who knows how to stand and fight, and he wasted no time hitting Flores hard and defining him as a carpetbagger in big oil's pocket.

One other leftover issue from last night: two races in California, as expected, are headed to runoffs. In Republican-held SD-12, Republican Assemblyman Bill Emmerson will face off against Democrat Justin Blake (the GOPers combined got more than 60% of the vote, so this is a likely hold), while in safely-Democratic AD-43, Democratic lawyer Mike Gatto will face off with Republican Sunder Ramani to replace now-LA city councilor Paul Krekorian. Gatto seemed to shoot the gap in this heavily Armenian-American district after the two Armenian candidates, Chahe Keuroghelian and Nayiri Nahabedian, nuked each other.

AR-Sen: Bill Halter's primary campaign gained more momentum, as he picked up an endorsement from the Alliance for Retired Americans, pleased with his time as a Social Security Administration official. One group that really isn't getting on board with Halter, though, is the Berry family; first outgoing Rep. Marion Berry dissed Halter, and now his son, Mitch, is head of a group, Arkansans for Common Sense, that's running ads attacking Halter on the Social Security front. (Are there any Arkansans who are actually against common sense?)

CO-Sen: Looks like GOP establishment candidate Jane Norton sees the handwriting on the wall and is taking a page from Democrat Michael Bennet's book: not able to rely on getting on the ballot via activist-dominated convention (where teabagger-fueled Ken Buck seems likely to triumph), she's making plans to qualify by finding 1,500 signatures in each of the state's seven congressional districts. Speaking of Bennet, he's still the fundraising kingpin in this race; he just announced he raised $1.4 million last quarter, well ahead of Norton's $816K.

FL-Sen: Charlie Crist may have sounded Shermanesque last week in his determination not to switch to an Independent bid for Governor, but apparently now there's increasing moves within his inner circle to move in that direction. Unnamed advisors are floating the idea to the WSJ today.

IN-Sen: Dan Coats seems to be having more trouble making the transition from the free-wheelin' world of high-stakes lobbying back to the humdrum electoral politics world, where you actually have to follow the rules and stuff. He's 10 days overdue on filing his finance disclosure reports with the FEC. One note that the Beltway press seemed to miss though: his main GOP primary opponent, ex-Rep. John Hostettler hasn't made his filing yet either. (Of course, fundraising was never Hostettler's strong suit. Or even his weak suit.)

NC-Sen (pdf): PPP issued its latest installment in polls of the Senate general election in its home state. Maybe the biggest surprise is that incumbent Republican Richard Burr's approvals are just continuing to fall; he's currently at 32/41 (while likeliest opponent Elaine Marshall is in positive territory at 19/11). Also encouraging, I suppose, is that the actual human Democrats are starting to draw even with Generic D (while previous polls have had Generic D far outpacing them), showing they're getting better-defined. Burr leads Generic D 43-38, while he leads Marshall 43-37, and leads both Cal Cunningham and Kenneth Lewis 43-35.

NY-Sen-B: With ex-Gov. George Pataki's phantom interest in this race finally having been dispelled, Swing State Project is removing this race from its "Races to Watch" list.

PA-Sen, PA-Gov (pdf): One more poll in the rapidly-becoming-overpolled Pennsylvania Senate race, this time from Republican pollster Susequehanna. They use an LV model, and find Pat Toomey with a 48-38 lead over Arlen Specter. Of more immediate consequence, they find Specter leading Joe Sestak 42-28 in the Dem primary. They also polled both primaries in the gubernatorial race, finding Dan Onorato seeming to break away from the ill-defined pack among the Dems. Onorato is at 32, followed by Joe Hoeffel at 13, Jack Wagner at 6, and Anthony Williams at 4. Tom Corbett beats down Sam Rohrer on the GOP side, 50-7. After marshaling his resources, Specter is finally starting to open fire; he's up with his first TV ad of the cycle starting today.

WI-Sen: The only thing that's sure is that Tommy Thompson likes to see his name in the press. There's been a lot of conflicting reporting about Tommy Thompson today, with many outlets running with the story that he's decided against running for Senate (that all traces back to one leak to a local TV station, although it sounds like Politico got some confirmation from an anonymous GOP source). Other outlets are emphasizing that Thompson's spokesperson says that Thompson hasn't made a final decision, though. Either way, Thompson will be announcing his plans at a Tea Party rally tomorrow in Madison, so our pain will be ended tomorrow one way or the other.

MA-Gov: Here's more evidence for my expectation that Dem-turned-indie Tim Cahill will be running to the right (or at least to the incoherent-angry-working-class-Catholic-guy-position) of the Republican in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race this year. He's appearing at today's Tea Party rally on Boston Common today, the same one with Sarah Palin that Scott Brown ditched (although MA-10 candidate Joe Malone and GOP gubernatorial underdog Christy Mihos will be there). Likely GOP gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker (from the party's old-school moderate WASP tradition) decided against attending, probably out of fears that he might get jostled by some ruffian and spill some of his gin and tonic on his white Bermuda shorts.

MN-Gov: Two blasts from the past in the Minnesota gubernatorial race. Walter Mondale weighed in in favor of Democratic state House speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, while a guy I've never heard of named Al Quie, who claims to have been governor from 1979 to 1983, endorsed Republican Marty Seifert.

NE-Gov: Via press release, the campaign for Democratic candidate Mark Lakers let us know that he took in $314K, impressive considering his late entry to the campaign.

AL-07: State Rep. Earl Hilliard Jr. got an endorsement from the United Steelworkers, a union that seems to still have a lot of clout in Birmingham, once a major steel town.

AZ-03: Now here's some news I didn't expect: the fundraising champ in the 3rd isn't one of the many state legislators running here, but rather attorney (and vice-presidential progeny) Ben Quayle. He pulled in $550K in the first quarter, thanks no doubt to family connections. There are a couple other self-funders in the race too, but the elected officials seem to be lagging: case in point, well-known ex-state Sen. Pamela Gorman, who raised only $37K and ends with $23K CoH.

FL-24: Rep. Suzanne Kosmas announced a haul of $260K for the first quarter. That's less than the $340K reported by her likely GOP opponent, steakhouse mogul Craig Miller (although a slab of his money was apparently carved out of his own personal funds); Kosmas has a big CoH advantage, though, sitting on more than $1 million.

GA-07: Retiring Republican Rep. John Linder didn't look far to endorse a replacement for him: he gave his nod to his former chief of staff, Rob Woodall.

HI-01: Sen. Dan Inouye just transferred $100K of his money to the DCCC, despite appearances that they're actively backing Ed Case, rather than Colleen Hanabusa, who has the support of Inouye (and pretty much everyone else in the local Democratic establishment). Inouye has apparently been working behind the scenes, including reaching out to Nancy Pelosi, to get the DCCC to dial back their Case support, so maybe the cash infusion will give him a little more leverage. (Inouye is sitting on $3.2 million and faces little if any opposition this year.)

IN-03: Nice fundraising numbers from Democrat Tom Hayhurst, who ran a surprisingly close race against Rep. Mark Souder in 2006 and is back for another try. Hayhurst has racked up $234K CoH, more than Souder ($99K in the first quarter).

IN-05: Politico has a look at Rep. Dan Burton's difficult primary in the 5th, in Indianapolis's dark-red suburbs. While Burton may actually be safer this year compared with 2008 (since he has four opponents instead of just one), the article traces the roots of the local GOP's discontent with him, and also shows the magnitude of his collapse in support: only 2 of the 11 local party organizations are supporting Burton this time.

MO-08: Another Dem in a dark-red seat who keeps impressing everybody with his tenacity is Tommy Sowers. The veteran and college instructor, who's challenging Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, raised $295K in the first quarter and is now sitting on $675K CoH.

NM-02: Ex-Rep. Steve Pearce can write himself his own checks if he needs to, but he may not need to at this rate. Pearce raised $277K in the first quarter, and now sits on $708K. Democratic Rep. Harry Teague hasn't reported yet, but in the duel of wealthy oil guys, he can self-fund too if need be.

NY-14: With Democratic primary challenger Reshma Saujani having some success on the financial front, Rep. Carolyn Maloney got some top-tier help from Barack Obama, who endorsed her and sent out a fundraising appeal on her behalf.

PA-11: If this doesn't wake up Rep. Paul Kanjorski from his nap, I don't know what will. Three-time Republican opponent Lou Barletta raised $300K in the first quarter. An important caveat: there was no mention of cash on hand, which is telling because Barletta was still saddled with a lot of debt from his 2008 campaign when he decided to run again. (UPDATE: Barletta's CoH is now $205K.)

PA-17: Republican state Sen. David Argall raised a tolerable but not-too-impressive $125K in the first quarter. He'll need more than that to battle Rep. Tim Holden, who, if nothing else, has great survival skills (he had the worst district of any freshman who survived 1994, and then survived a 2002 gerrymander designed to rub him out). In fact, he'll need more than that just for his primary; heretofore unknown GOP opponent ex-Marine Frank Ryan raised $70K in the first quarter.

Redistricting: Maryland beat out New York to be the first state in the nation to enact legislation that will, in terms of redistricting, treat prisoners as residents of their last known address, rather than where they're incarcerated (and thus move the center of gravity back toward the cities from the countryside). Also, on the redistricting front, if there's one group of people who are the target audience for a whole movie about redistricting (Gerrymandering), it's the crowd at SSP. The film's director has a diary up, touting its release in two weeks at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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O2B endorses Conway
http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

interesting

Some Dude, 19, Democrat, NH-02 (residence), MA-08 (college)


TX-17, MA-Gov, AZ-03, IN-03
TX-17: I'm pretty sure Chet Edwards called Bill Flores, not himself, a carpetbagger in big oil's pocket.

MA-Gov: Is there a reason all the big guns are backing MAK rather than Rybak?  Isn't Rybak a stronger candidate with a lot of activist support?

AZ-03: I still say Vernon Parker is the eventual winner here.  He's raised the second-most after Ben Quayle (random rich businessman raised more, but most of it was a personal loan), is well-liked in the district, and isn't a state legislator (all the state legislators are doing terribly in fundraising, because nobody likes them).  I'm not writing off Quayle, but I don't see how he beats Parker.

IN-03: I wish it were true that Hayhurst raised $230k in the first quarter, but actually the article says that's his total haul from the last two quarters.  He raised $99k this quarter, a decent sum but not good enough to win here.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...


I'm guessing
That Hayhurst kicked in some of his own cash -- which, you're right, doesn't really count as "fundraising".

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It's just
a total from the last two quarters.  Hayhurst has only put in, I think, $25k of his own money, all of it in the first quarter; most of this is real fundraising.  I still don't think it's enough, though.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...

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IN-03
Hayhurst has only put in $2400.  The vast majority of this was raised.

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You're correct
Still, though, he is not on pace even to equal his fundraising in 2006.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...

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That's not true
The vast majority of the money will come in in September and October.  I think if you look at the FEC filings, you'll see that he's ahead of where he was at this time in '06.

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Just checked
He's actually keeping pace fairly well -- he raised exactly as much in the first quarter as he did four years ago, and has exactly as much cash on hand.  He actually raised more by December 2005 than he did in October-December 2009, but he's been more frugal this cycle so the COH numbers are the same.

What's different is that he was outraised by both Souder and Bob Thomas this cycle.  However, since they're spending tens of thousands on an air war at present, that's not necessarily a problem for Hayhurst at the moment.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...


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Quayle has a well known name
He's running in a GOP primary in a solid Rethug district, in a state w/o runoff primaries. On his name alone--and with the money he can raise with Dan's help--he should be able to get 25% in the primary. That'll probably be enough.

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I'm not sure 25% is enough
Never underestimate how much Arizonans hate the Republicans in the state legislature -- I think all the legislative candidates are completely DOA.  That leaves Quayle, Parker, Parker's successor as Mayor who isn't raising any money, and the rich businessman.

My prediction would be something along the lines of: Parker 38%, Quayle 25%, Moak 18%, and the rest 19%.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...


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MN-Gov
The establishment is backing MAK because its her turn, simple as that.  ::sigh::  Oh and because she's a woman; we've never had a woman governor before.

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IN-03: Who should a Dem root for?
It's a deep red district, but Dan Burton is such an odious nut. So if I'm going to contribute to one of his challengers, who should I go for?

I realize that it's a highly Republican district, and none of these guys are going to agree with me on much. But which of the challengers is the least teabagger-y, and the most tolerable, sane Republican? Any of them?


Quie
No clue, I was only 6 at the time, but remember learning as a teen in my MN high school's PoliSci class that Quie (R) was elected in a backlash against the Dem incumbent.

Turns out the Dem incumbent had been promoted from Lt Gov, in accordance with succession laws, when the Dem then-Gov resigned office after Humphrey's death with the expectation that he'd be named interim Senator.

Pretty unseemly behavior for a couple Lutherans from Lake Wobegon, dontcha think?


Quie was elected Governor in 1978
Going into that election:

*  Sen. Walter Mondale was elected Vice President in 1976.
*  Gov. Wendell Anderson (in effect) appointed himself to the Senate vacancy. (Actually he resigned, Lt. Gov. Rudy Perpich became Governor and then he appointed Anderson.)
*  Sen. Hubert Humphrey died and Gov. Perpich appointed Humphrey's widow, Muriel, to replace him.

Thus, going in to the '78 election, the Governorship and both Senate seats were filled by appointees. Aside from the fact that '78 was a good Rethug year nationally, there was a lot of local anger at the Anderson self-appointment. Quie was elected Governor that year, and the Rethugs won both Senate seats.


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Does Argall
have a possible base and profile to threaten Rep. Holden? Hopefully not, can't afford to lose areas like this.

He's from Schuylkill County, like Holden
But if he's only raising chump change, I doubt Holden will be seriously endangered.

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Tommy Sowers & Robin Carnahan
Even if you think he can't win (personally I think he's got an outside chance at pulling off a narrow upset--"Likely Republican" would be my ranking), it's a REALLY good thing that Sowers is giving Emerson a tough fight.

MO-08 is the Blue Doggiest district of Missouri. Local Democrats (Gov. Nixon, for example) often win here and it's the ancestral homeland of the Carnahans. It was here that there was the biggest difference between Obama and local Democrats.  

So if Sowers can get local indies and Blue Dogs excited to turn out for Democrats (and make JoAnn Emerson less popular locally), it could easily make the difference between a Carnahan win and a Blunt win.  

Kansan by birth, Californian by choice, and Gay by the grace of God.


Al Quie
Sounds like one of Bart's phone pranks on Mo. Or have I got the pronunciation all wrong?

Whoa.
I thought Grayson was close to him, which is why he wouldn't get in unless Bunning chose to retire.

Of course, I could see him doing it just to piss off McConnell.


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I think it's the latter n/t


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He wouldnt get in because he was being polite
Bunning was already getting forced out and I would guess that if he hadn't retired, then Grayson would have ran against him in the primary.

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I could potentially see this as helping the dem nominee in the general
But is Bunning really Toxic enough for that to play out?

20, Male, Democrat, CA-44 (home) CA-12 (college)

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It can't hurt
Won't make a huge difference, but Bunning is still pretty unpopular at large. An endorsement might not be that big a deal (people would pretty much assume that Bunning is going to support the Republican candidate) but maybe if Paul's crazy enough to campaign with him...

Independent Socialist & Chair of SSP Cranky Indianian Hoosier Caucus, IN-09

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LMAO!
A final fuck you to McConnell.

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No!
The final fuck you would be Bunning going through on the threat he made last year and resigning just so Beshear could appoint a Democrat to replace him.

I'm not actually sure if that'd be good for us or not, but at least it'd give the NRSC a headache.  

Independent Socialist & Chair of SSP Cranky Indianian Hoosier Caucus, IN-09


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It wouldn't be good for us
if he nominated Mongiardo.  Then again, who knows -- Mongiardo's pissed him off enough that he might just appoint Conway as a big FU to Mongiardo.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...

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Doubt it.
That would be giving a FU to the whole GOP rather than focusing on his actual hated nemesis: McConnell.
Maybe he could go halfway: start voting for clotures to end Mitch's filibusters?

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KY-Sen is easily
the most fun race to watch this cycle.

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Ugh
It makes me want to barf!

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rassmussen abandons all credibility
obama 42, RON MUTHERBLEEPING PAUL 41

http://www.rasmussenreports.co...

i think we can officially ignore rassy now

Top ten signs you're an SSPer #1: your favorite song is "Panic At Tedisco" and no one understands what you mean.


even more Rasmussen bs
Found this link inside of the story you posted.  I was really curious about how Rasmussen divides up the Political Class vs the Mainstream voters, a division he alludes to in the Obama/Paul poll.  He calls those that are Mainstream voters to be of the populist nature and are people who trust a crowd of Americans over government or big-business.  The Political Class are those who trust "political leaders more than the public at large." With leaners, 81% of Americans are Mainstream Americans while 12% are snoots from the Political Class.

So much to comment on but I'll just stick with one; it very obvious that Rasmussen has an agenda.


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The Rubber And The Road
I do find this result semi-plausible insofar as "Ron Paul" represents, to people who aren't Obama fans but aren't in Paul's cult of no-personality, the idea that government is too big, too intrusive, or too whatever, and that the mainstream GOP are largely sellouts (which they are) who are way too fond of starting wars and pursuing aggressive religiosity. (Yes, Paul is also a Bible thumper, but that's not something he plays up and, more importantly, something many of his glib yuppie supporters either don't know about or don't care about.)

The ideas Paul has been portrayed as representing are popular enough in the abstract that I could see him running not too far behind the President in a hypothetical poll, though maybe not 42-41.

Of course, if voters even figure out half the truth about what would actually happen if Paul's program of deflationist batshittery were ever to be enacted into policy, to say nothing of his associations with all sorts of various kooks that, in the event he were a real contender, his GOP primary opponents would be glad to discuss with everyone, he might not get 41% of the vote in the reddest of the red state in the event this were the election matchup.  
 

36, M, Democrat, MD-03


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IA-Sen
Roxanne Conlin will release her 1Q fundraising numbers tomorrow. She'll probably be behind Grassley but well ahead of the other Democrats in the race. I am hoping it's a good number, because Conlin's campaign sent out an e-mail blast today announcing that they will release the numbers tomorrow.

off-topic but maybe of interest
to the SSP community: the president nominated former Rep. Don Cazayoux as a U.S. attorney.

Good to see he's landed on his feet
He was pretty good for a conservative Democrat.  Jim Letten, US Attorney for the New Orleans area, is really popular, so who knows- this could be Cazayoux's way back into elected office.

21, male, CA-15 (home and voting there), LA-2 (college)



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Glad that's finally happened
I knew it had been in the works for a while.

Male, 23, DC-At Large

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Is he well qualified?
What is his previous legal experience?

"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!"
--  Will Rogers  


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Deutch to be sworn in Thursday. That was quick.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-...

That still leaves 3 or 4 upcoming special elections for vacant seats: PA-12, HI-01, GA-09, and maybe NY-29 depending on Paterson's whims.


Mn-Gov
Hopefully most delegates run completely in the opposite direction of a Mondale endorsement as whoever the DFL establishment backs is the one who has the least likelihood of winning the general.  The problem with MAK being able to get the establishment support is twofold.  First off, she's the house Speaker which automatically puts her in the front of the line and gives her a multitude of super delegate votes from her own caucus.  Simply put, the establishment thinks it's her turn.  Second, she's the first woman to find herself at the front of the gubernatorial line and she is getting a disgusting amount of support simply because she has a vagina.

MAK has been absolutely terrible as Speaker with only having a single legislative win under her belt.  She leads the DFL into getting trampled by Pawlenty over and over again and I really cant believe she even had the audacity to run for Governor, she hasnt done anything!  Absolutely zero record to run on, save for being a woman and it being her turn.

Im optimistic, though, that she wont win the endorsement.  There is a campaign being run by TakeActionMN called reNEW Minnesota.  The reNEW campaign has racked up a couple hundred of delegates from the conventions and the campaign endorsed Rybak, MAK, and Thissen, saying those three are the ones who are progressive enough and who they think can win.  This organization, from what Ive heard, is much more heavily for Rybak than the other two.  It's clear this time that the delegates are going to be a hell of a lot more keen this time on picking someone with electability on top of ideological purity and insider connections.

And Populista just told me via fbook that Rybak plans on abiding by the endorsement, which was my facepalm moment of the week.  DFLers have such a terrible case of battered wife syndrome....  Thank god we'll have a primary this time, I'll vote for Dayton or Entenza over MAK if I have to.


Maybe Rybak's just saying that
as a show of good faith.  I think you either have to say you'll abide by the endorsement, or pull out of the caucuses altogether.  Entenza's trying the two-shot approach and it's failing pretty horribly.  So it's possible that Rybak would actually run against MAK if he lost, despite what he says.

The Crolian Progressive: as great an adventure as ever I heard of...

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I sure hope so
He could really run away with the primary even if MAK does get the endorsement and has that advantage.  Rybak rocks retail politics like nobody else due to his charisma and energy; he turns people on.

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Fisher raises 1/4 of what Portman raised in 1st quarter
Yeah, this why I'm not as confident about this race...
As other people are on this site.  

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Note on Thompson
He has never been a Tea Party favorite or much like at Tea Parties. Why would he be going somewhere where he has never been active and trying to reach out to a new base if he is not running? Why would he go to a Tea Party to announce he is NOT running? Wouldn't a press release do?
Also on WI-Sen, anyone know if Dick L has any money from his family's beer company that he would spend on the race?  

Some anonymous dude
at DKos said he's there to endorse the beer guy.  Take that for what it's worth.

34, WM, Democrat, FL-11

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Maybe
I could see that. Even though, again, I can't see him being welcomed too much at the Tea Party either, thats more of a Wall/Westlake thing. Speaking of Wall, I guess I got the answer to the question I was gonna ask about how much he can self fund: He gave his campaign 1.2 million 1st qtr, and raised 100k.
http://wcco.com/wireapnewswi/W...

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Well
my first reaction was the same as yours.  The corporate media and blogosphere all seem to have accepted that he will not be running.  I still think it may be theater and he will enter.  Looking forward to confirmation tomorrow.

34, WM, Democrat, FL-11

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Hooray
for Naomi Gonzalez beating homophobe incumbent Norma Chavez in Texas. :) (And Gainesville, FL electing an openly gay man, Craig Lowe.)

21, dude, RI-01 (registered) IL-01 (college)
please help Japan. click "donate funds" in upper right and then "Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami." http://www.redcross.org/


Gonzalez vs. Chavez
That race was really weird. It was two Latinas who should be liberals but acted in some very Republican ways getting into a ferocious, ugly battle that made neither of them look particularly good....

Btw, did Gonzalez, ya know, ever come out officially? I know Chavez intimated it enough times, but whatever happened there?

The good news is that it seems that Texas Democrats, at least, do not support candidates who gay-bait their opponents.

And Gainesville's going into a recount, fingers crossed.....

Kansan by birth, Californian by choice, and Gay by the grace of God.


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Gonzalez didn't come out to my knowledge
and damn, didn't realize Gainesville was going to a recount. I knew the margin was slim but the stupid deceptive headline on the Advocate made it sound like it was enough to be conclusive.

21, dude, RI-01 (registered) IL-01 (college)
please help Japan. click "donate funds" in upper right and then "Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami." http://www.redcross.org/


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Yeah
As far as I can tell, Gonzalez refused to confirm or deny ... which probably means she is a lesbian, but thinks coming out might've hurt her chances. Didn't she learn anything from Annise Parker?

Kansan by birth, Californian by choice, and Gay by the grace of God.

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WI-Sen: my hunch is Thompson's running
This just seems fishy to me. Why would you go to a tea party rally on tax day to announce that you're not running for Senate? I think he is running and his people leaked today that he's not running to make it a bigger story tomorrow when he gets in the race.

IN-Sen

I didn't notice this until today, but there was apparently a lot of talk about Ron Paul endorsing John Hostettler today, with most coverage suggesting it was a done deal. That said, I can't actually find any proof that such a thing happened.

Paul endorsing Hostettler and maybe causing a little bit of manna money to fall from the heavens Internet for his campaign could make quite a bit of different for Hos. Even if it hasn't happened yet, I'd bet it will soon. 



Independent Socialist & Chair of SSP Cranky Indianian Hoosier Caucus, IN-09

CT-Sen: NYTimes writes bruising profile on Blumenthal, with comparisons to Coakley
Ugh, but at least he realizes he has this problem
With this much time before November he can learn to get better.  Coakley probably aware of how bad she was until a week or two before the election.

21, male, CA-15 (home and voting there), LA-2 (college)



[ Parent ]
John Hostettler has a strong suit?
I wonder what it is. His hair?

Zing!
Nice.

Kansan by birth, Californian by choice, and Gay by the grace of God.

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