| Netroots Nation: James, Crisitunity, and I will all be doing a Q&A panel on the 2010 elections at Netroots Nation, along with the horserace folks at Daily Kos. So if you were on the fence about coming to the annual online progressive confab, now you have no excuse to miss it! Also, the special hotel rate for the convention is only available through Monday, June 28th, so book now.
CA-Sen: To give you a sense of how meaningless most of Moose Lady's endorsements are, she's visiting California this week, but isn't doing any events with Mama Grizz Carly. (BTW, would this make Todd "Baby Daddy Grizzly"?)
IA-Gov: Bob Vander Plaats will go on a local radio show either tonight or tomorrow (it's not clear), the first time he'll be speaking in public since losing the gubernatorial primary. Cat fud lovers (such as myself) are, of course, hoping he'll announce plans to run as an independent.
MI-Gov: There is some crazy-ass shit going on in the Michigan gubernatorial primary. AG Mike Cox is claiming that four unaired TV ads were "stolen" from his campaign and uploaded by parties unknown to YouTube. They've since been taken down, but accounts of them indicate that they were designed to push back against mysterious anti-Cox radio ads that resurfaced recently, alleging that Cox helped cover up an out-of-control party at the Detroit mayor's mansion in 2002, which helped lead to the downfall of then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. (Incidentally, Kilpatrick - who is currently in jail - was just indicted on another 19 fraud-related counts yesterday.)
MA-10: Former Quincy, Mass. mayor and former Democrat James Sheets says he's going to run as an independent for the seat left open by retiring Rep. Bill Delahunt. Sheets must figure that Tim Cahill's less-than-glorious Dem-turned-indie run for governor doesn't hold any lessons for him. In any case, Sheets is not exactly a fresh face - he's 74, and served as mayor for six terms, before getting turfed almost a decade ago. Still, this probably doesn't help Democrats.
MD-01: Been a while since we saw one of these: A Democratic incumbent releasing an internal showing him in the lead. A Garin-Hart-Yang poll has Rep. Frank Kratovil up 44-39 over retread Andy Harris. And as the WaPo reminds us, Harris doesn't have the GOP primary to himself: richie rich Rob Fisher is already on the air with TV ads and pledges to stay up through the September primary.
NY-13: Wow - all that sturm and drang ends with a whimper. Stephen Harrison, the 2006 Dem nominee for the 13th CD, had made some noise several months ago about challenging Rep. Mike McMahon in the primary (as he had in 2008) after the incumbent voted against healthcare reform. But now Harrison has endorsed McMahon, all but ensuring the only real fight here will be in November.
Meanwhile, on the GOP side, Michael Allegretti told Politico in an interview that he considers Vito Fossella a "good example for anyone aspiring to office on Staten Island and Brooklyn." There's some weird tribal/cultural thing going on in this race, and I just don't get why the Staten Island Republican establishment has such a fetish for a guy with multiple families and a drunk-driving conviction. Michael Grimm seems like a perfectly good candidate, yet it's almost like professing loyalty to Fossella is a litmus test here. So very strange.
NY-20: Scott Murphy secured the backing of the Working Families Party, which means he'll have their ballot line in November. He previously won the Independence Party's endorsement, so he'll be on three different ballot lines this fall (Rows A, C, and E). Recall that in last year's special election, Murphy won by just 726 votes - but took 3,839 votes on the WFP line.
CA-SD-15: It turns out there might not be a runoff for this seat after all. Republican Sam Blakeslee's election-night vote count stood at 49.7%, just shy of the 50%+1 needed to win the seat outright. He may yet do that, since there are some 15,000 uncounted mail-in ballots, and apparently most of them are in GOP-friendly territory.
Club for Growth: John McArdle in CQ notes that the Club for Growth has been celebrating their recent string of primary successes - but also notes that the group is taking a more "Republican-friendly" approach this cycle by targeting only GOP-held open seats. "Moderate" Rep. Steve LaTourette is a bit happier with this approach, but says: "If we secure the majority in November I'm sure we can get back to the Spanish Inquisition and continue purging our party by fire." Failed ex-NRCC chair Tom Cole, meanwhile, is delighted that the Club's influence is still helping to sabotage his party, saying: "Members realize they have to be much more consistently conservative then they have been in the past and that's a good thing."