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Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM PST

Mele Kalikimaka to you, Mr. President

by emilysdad

Here's to wishing a wonderful Christmas to our President and First Family in our lovely 50th state!

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Mon May 09, 2011 at 06:05 AM PDT

Minnesota: A 7 DFL - 1 R Gerrymander

by emilysdad

For my first attempt at a redistricting diary I decided to try my hand at Minnesota, partly because I've lived there in the past and partly because it is a place where we have failed to maximize out opportunities. The core problem is that the Minneapolis and St. Paul districts are so ridiculously Democratic that many votes are wasted there, even though there is no VRA requirement to do so. MN-05 is surely the most heavily Democratic white-majority district in the country.

For this map, I have allocated Minnesota's eight seats as follows: One Democratic seat across the northern tier of the state, one Republican exurban/rural seat, and six seats that are each a microcosm of the state--part urban, part suburban, and part rural. Except for ensuring that Tim Walz has a district that includes Mankato, Rochester and Austin, I did not take the home of any incumbent or challenger into consideration in this process. By happenstance, however, each of my eight districts contained the home of just one incumbent. Thus, I renumbered the districts to keep the same district number for each.

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Roll Call reports that Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R, MT-AL) will challenge Sen. Jon Tester (D) for reelection in 2012.

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Mon Jun 07, 2010 at 04:51 PM PDT

I suppose I should be grateful

by emilysdad

According to the Politico, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), has been endorsed for reelection by Boeing--not by Boeing's PAC, but by the corporation.

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Sun May 23, 2010 at 06:23 AM PDT

Meta: When to Primary an Incumbent

by emilysdad

Periodically on dKos, there are calls for a challenge to an incumbent Democratic officeholder for renomination. I would like to outline my ideas for when such a challenge makes sense.

A few notes before I begin:

  1. I have no interest in doing a “reverse-Gilchrest.” Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R, MD-01) was defeated in the GOP primary in 2008 by a challenger who went on to lose the general election in November. Doing a primary challenge only makes sense if the challenger can go on to be elected.
  1. Obviously there is overlap between the categories identified below.
  1. Post-redistricting in 2012 there will be a number of incumbent vs. incumbent primaries. This discussion does not apply in those cases.
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Sun May 02, 2010 at 01:35 PM PDT

OH-Sen: Brunner goes PUMA

by emilysdad

In advance of Ohio's Senate primary on Tuesday between Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and SoS Jennifer Brunner, Brunner told the Dayton Daily News that if Fisher wins the primary she'll do nothing to support him.

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 09:16 AM PDT

ROFL! Grayson on Palin

by emilysdad

This weekend Sarah Palin visited Orlando, the home of Rep. Alan Grayson (D, FL-08). Naturally, she took the opportunity to criticize Grayson.

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According to the Hartford Courant, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) has been diagnosed with "early-stage prostate cancer":

U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

Dodd is scheduled to undergo surgery during the Senate's August recess and said he expects to be back at work after a "brief recuperation" at home.

"It's something that's very common among men my age,'' said Dodd, who is 65 and the father of two young daughters. "In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their life.'' Dodd, a Democrat who is up for re-election in November 2010, said he feels fine. "As you have probably noticed, I'm working some long and hard hours lately,'' he said. "And that will continue."

Dodd, a Democrat, said he feels fine and intends to run for re-election in November 2010. "As you have probably noticed, I'm working some long and hard hours lately,'' he said. "And that will continue."


Dodd is scheduled to hold a press conference this afternoon at 2 p.m. at his Hartford office.

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