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It has been a little over two months since the last time Americans headed to the polls (the Texas primaries). But, in three states, the polls opened up this morning to determine the field for the November general elections. And in those three states (Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio), there is plenty to catch the eye of the political junkie...

INDIANA

IN-Sen (R): Dan Coats vs. John Hostettler vs. Marlin Stutzman
In what will almost certainly be an open-seat Senate battle against southern Indiana Congressman Brad Ellsworth, a trio of Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination. Coats has been the establishment choice from the outset, and he is by far the best-funded Republican in the field (though his war chest in underwhelming enough that Coats felt the need to supplement it from his own pocket). Hostettler is the quirky conservative who Ellsworth knocked out of Congress in 2006. Hostettler's iconoclastic ways might resonate in an anti-establishment climate, but his fundraising, as always, has been anemic. Stutzman has touted some outsider conservative credentials (he has the endorsement of the former head of the American Conservatives Union), but he might be hamstrung by the fact that he and Hostettler are essentially breathing the same political oxygen. A recent SUSA poll had Coats leading, but not decisively. The best news for Indiana Republicans is that, after a brief flirtation with Democrats in 2006 and 2008, this state seems to have returned to its rock-ribbed red state status. Polls of the general election show any of the Republicans leading Ellsworth.

THE HOUSE RACES
A race on virtually no one's radar screen until about a week ago was the Republican primary in IN-03. But a SUSA poll in the district showed that Class of 1994 Republican Mark Souder is in real danger against self-funder Bob Thomas. Meanwhile, downstate in IN-05, veteran Republican Dan Burton barely survived in 2008 in a primary challenge by John McGoff. McGoff is back, but unfortunately for him, so are several other GOPers. That should divide the anti-incumbent vote, allowing Burton to survive. Primaries also are on tap on the GOP side in a trio of targeted Dem seats: IN-02, IN-08, and IN-09. Especially watch the southern Indiana 9th, where former Congressman Mike Sodrel is making his fifth consecutive bid for the seat. Polls have shown him leading, but he has actually been outraised in the race, and he is far from a lock.

NORTH CAROLINA

NC-Sen (D): Elaine Marshall vs. Cal Cunningham vs. Kenneth Lewis
One of the more interesting races on tap today begins today, but it is far from a lock that it will end today. If neither candidate makes it to 40% of the vote or more today, this battle will go to a runoff. Marshall and Cunningham are somewhat universally acknowledged to be the frontrunners, although Lewis is close to double digits as well, and could be the factor that prevents the leader from getting over 40% of the vote. A PPP poll taken over the weekend had Marshall up 28-21 over Cunningham, with Lewis back at 9%. There are enough undecideds to pull one of them over the top, and clearly both candidates would love to get a jump at training their fire on potentially vulnerable GOP Senator Richard Burr, whose polling has been underwhelming.

THE HOUSE RACES
There is a little less intrigue at the House level in the Tar Heel State than in Indiana. No incumbents appear to be in immediate danger here, and the only headlines here will be the Republican primaries in NC-08 and NC-11, seats that will certainly be getting some attention come the Fall.

OHIO

OH-Sen (D): Lee Fisher vs. Jennifer Brunner
A toss-up since its inception, recent polling has suggested that state Lt. Governor Lee Fisher has begun to stretch out a lead over Jennifer Brunner, Ohio's Secretary of State. Given the huge resource deficit Brunner found herself in for most of the campaign, this late separation was not entirely surprising. What was surprising, as Laura Clawson wrote about on DK yesterday, was Brunner's statement that she would not offer any help to Fisher post-primary (although, per a statement from the comments, Brunner is chalking that up to her role as SoS, rather than any particular animus towards Fisher).

The winner awaits former Congressman and Bush administration official Rob Portman.

THE HOUSE RACES
Probably the biggest "fireworks" primary is down in Portman's old stomping grounds: OH-02. There, 2008 Indie candidate David Krikorian is going heads-up in the Democratic primary with marketing executive and reality TV contestant Surya "Chili" Yalamanchili. The winner will likely face fifth-year incumbent Jean Schmidt, although she is being primaried by a local attorney and a Warren County Commissioner. In OH-10, Dennis Kucinich's streak of getting primaried by local Dems pissed at his national ambition finally comes to an end, but there is a three-way GOP primary to face him. Matt Miller is wondering whether the third time will be the charm in OH-16. Miller, a former county commissioner, almost won shocking victories against an incumbent (Raph Regula) in 2006 and an establishment favorite (Kirk Schuring) in 2008. This time around, it is another establishment favorite in the form of well-funded businessman Jim Renacci.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue May 04, 2010 at 08:46 AM PDT.

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  •  Dems In My Blue NE Ohio Precinct (2+ / 0-)
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    Phil S 33, licorice114

    are watered down and ready to stop. I was the 3rd Dem to vote at 9:30 AM but there were lots of Republicans around.

    In 2008 signs and billboards all around the area blasted the "Democrat" identification. None of the Dem signs I see around town today identify their party.

    I hope this is an anomaly.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue May 04, 2010 at 08:51:07 AM PDT

    •  Lies. Lies. Lies. More Lies. (5+ / 1-)

      What is MORE MORE surprising is that Daily Kos continues to perpetuate the lies of the previous article despite being refuted IN THAT VERY ARTICLE.

      And the fact that it has been done by TWO DIFFERENT Kos employees shows that the attempts by Fischer and the DSCC to rig the election have extended to major liberal organs such as Kos.

      What did you get out of the deal? How much money were you given to perpetuate more lies?

      The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

      by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 08:55:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I wouldn't suggest money has been exchanged (5+ / 0-)

        But clearly there is a motive to support a particular Dem over the other.  I'm just surprised the support is for Fisher. . .

        •  Me too (3+ / 0-)
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          lightfoot, happymisanthropy, Eddie L

          Which candidate has been on DK liveblogging? Which has made herself available for questions and discussions?

          Well, I'll give you a hint. I wrote "herself."

        •  OK (2+ / 0-)
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          anastasia p, happymisanthropy

          Then I'll say this.

          The employees (the PAID employees) of this site are posting things against a progressive candidate and not retracting it when presented with facts to the contrary.

          The person they are favoring (Fishcer) represents well known CORPORATE interests and is backed by extremely corrupt national democratic interests corrupted by money from Corporations (Menendez and the DSCC).

          It is possible that the LIES being told do not involve money being given to the full time PAID Kos employees.  

          But the LIES are still being spread by the PAID full time Kos employees that favor CORPORATE interests.

          The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

          by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:27:25 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  speaking of which... (0+ / 0-)

            why are some frontpagers paid and some not?

            The question is not whether the chickens needed replacing, the question is whether the fox should have been guarding them in the first place.

            by happymisanthropy on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:50:32 AM PDT

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          •  Guess what (3+ / 0-)
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            askew, Adam B, Steve Singiser

            Neither Laura nor Steve are paid employees.

          •  Much of that's true, unfortunately (3+ / 0-)
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            jabbausaf, Great Lakes Gal, TKLTKL94

            I'm not going to get into whether Fisher is good, bad or indifferent. But Brunner is EXACTLY the kind of progressive most people here are always saying they want us to elect more of, and the story being pushed is phony. And the posters were told it was phony, and provided with the facts, and refused to back down, even though they should have been able to see from a diary posted Sunday night that this story was disputed. I don't think Kos employees favor "corporate" interests at all — this is an anomaly which I'm not getting, but which they will come to deeply, deeply regret soon enough.

            Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

            by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:07:34 AM PDT

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          •  You should feel free ... (1+ / 0-)
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            ... to sharply scrutinize Fisher's FEC filings to see if he's paying any bloggers.

            •  Don't look at me (0+ / 0-)

              I don't think he's paying anyone. I do believe that someone here supports him for some reason and has managed to poison the well against Jennifer which defies all logic. I wish they had used a different tactic, and pushed positive, glowing diaries about Lee (There have been only two diaries promoting Lee as a candidate since the beginning of the year and both were posted over two months ago) rather than trying to destroy an excellent progressive over a phony, half-reported story. That's just too suspicious. I doubt money was involved, but something was.

              Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman (R-DailyKos). Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

              by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 01:43:00 PM PDT

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          •  Fisher can win the primary (0+ / 0-)

            I'm not voting for him in the general. If he can manage to win he can do it without me. The winner will be replacing a Republican seat anyway. Something about Fisher strikes me as corrupt and slimy, and I may be a party man but I do still have some principles.

            "I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough" -Eugene V Debs

            by jabbausaf on Tue May 04, 2010 at 04:55:57 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed, GreatLakesGal (1+ / 0-)
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          I have NEVER seen this site go after a good progressive who has done nothing wrong and attempt to destroy them ahead of a crucial election. There's some mysterious factor here, although I doubt it's money.

          Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

          by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:05:13 AM PDT

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          •  I'm still scratching my head (1+ / 0-)
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            It is why I've been on hiatus and let Jennifer's campaign staff meet in my living room whenever they've needed a space in Cleveland.  No matter what happens today, I hope Jennifer believes she's done all that she can.  I wish her the best.

          •  I have a very smart friend who is very reluctant (0+ / 0-)

            to support or trust any political figure.

            Except Jennifer Brunner, who is the only politician I have ever known who has ever received a glowing endorsement from him. That says a LOT to me.

            "I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough" -Eugene V Debs

            by jabbausaf on Tue May 04, 2010 at 04:58:35 PM PDT

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          •  You obviously weren't here during the (1+ / 0-)
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            Caroline Kennedy debacle then. This site tore her a new asshole.

      •  I looked at the source article and didn't (0+ / 0-)

        see where the charge was refuted.

        I think Brunner is a great Secretary of State and I gave money to her campaign. However, this and her refusal to join Fisher in calling for filibuster reform has definitely dampened my enthusiasm for her candidacy. No big deal, as I live in Oregon. I'll help whoever wins the primary in November.

        If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

        by MikePhoenix on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:56:15 AM PDT

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        •  Fisher is calling for ending the filibuster (0+ / 0-)

          A stupid and shortsighted idea, which would come back to bite us when the Republicans took over. I don't agree with his position, but that's not exactly a litmus-test issue. However, you both misread that article and didn't look at the facts the article chose to omit. There is so much disputable about that article and the interpretation of it here that it NEVER should have been put out. The fact that it was indeed Lee Fisher who first set up this careful trap for Jennifer in which she would either have to betray a campaign promise or run the risk of being branded a "sore loser" makes it clear someone here is totally in the Fisher camp. The charge is a LIE.

          Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

          by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:10:06 AM PDT

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          •  Indeed, the idea of simple majority rule in the (0+ / 0-)

            senate is "stupid and shortsighted". How much good progressive legislation is currently being held up by the GOP using it? Would you like me to give you a list? When did the Dems have the will to use it when they were in the minority?

            You make assertions that I misread the article and didn't look at the facts, but don't give any evidence to support your contentions.

            It's easy to see why your camp is having problems in this primary.

            If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

            by MikePhoenix on Tue May 04, 2010 at 12:29:11 PM PDT

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        •  I think the poster meant in the comments (0+ / 0-)

          here

          I could be wrong about the poster's meaning -- right now I can't even follow the news article link. But at any rate, my recollection as well is that as Secretary of State, Brunner has never endorsed candidates -- an example that contrasts both sharply and favorably with that of her predecessor, Ken Blackwell.

          Now, the blog post made it sound as if she went out of her way to "dis" Fisher; I don't know exactly what happened.

      •  Accusing Fisher of trying to "rig the election" (2+ / 0-)
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        requires serious evidence.

        Otherwise, this is a conspiracy theory that has no place at DK.

        •  That's the typical reaction of sore losers (0+ / 0-)

          It's like the voting machine conspiracies that appear here whenever a Republican narrowly wins a close election. Some of the people don't want to believe the voters sometimes do pick Republicans in close elections.

          •  Yeah! (0+ / 0-)

            Typical democrats claiming the Republicans rigged things in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004....

            Oh wait! They did.

            And Jennifer Brunner fixed it.

            And this is how Kos and the DSCC thanks her.

            The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

            by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:13:15 AM PDT

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            •  The 2004 election wasn't stolen (0+ / 0-)

              I'm sorry but Kerry ran a horrible campaign. 2000 is a different issue, but 2004 went to Bush fair and square. You just don't want to accept that the voters picked Bush in 2004.

              •  AH. (0+ / 0-)

                Clearly someone who has never seen "Black Box Voting."

                You are wrong.

                Very. Very. Very. Very. Wrong.

                Kerry ran a horrible campaign and is a complete idiot, but that doesn't mean the election wasn't stolen.

                The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

                by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:29:39 AM PDT

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              •  It WAS stolen (2+ / 0-)
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                fugwb, TKLTKL94

                Sorry, it just was. Kerry ran a noble campaign in Ohio, considering that at the time there was NO state party structure, and Cuyahoga, the source of a bulk of the Democratic votes, was a little clique less interested in federal or even state elections than in keeping clique members in jobs. Voters in Ohio had no intention of picking Bush. I can't speak for any state but Ohio because it was the only state I was in, but the election was, if not precisely "stolen," clearly gamed in Bush's favour by his state re-election co-chair: THE REASON Jennifer promised not to actively stump for ANY candidate or issue while campaigning for SoS although she certainly does support the whole party ticket, despite this specious smear being spread so blithely by people who claim to support electing more and better Democrats.

                Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman (R-DailyKos). Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

                by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:35:52 AM PDT

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                •  Agree (1+ / 0-)
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                  anastasia p

                  we had them same issues on the west side of Ohio in heavy repub counties.  Thugs patrolling minority neighborhoods trying to scare off our poll workers, sending out postcards (to Dems only) saying their precincts had been moved, on and on.  There are many ways to steal an election.
                  Anyway Anastasia, I am a longtime UAW member and officer and, as you may know, the Ohio UAW endorsed Lee Fisher about as soon as he announced his candidacy.  I have had the pleasure of meeting and campaigning for Jennifer Brunner when she ran for SOS.  She is a fine candidate for Senator of Ohio.  Having said this, my own county party, which I am on the CC, has shunned me over our endorsement.  The UAW has not undermined Jennifer and if fact has said that if she wins the primary we will be behind her 100%.  In Fisher’s credit, he spoke at one of our recent conferences and some questions came up regarding Brunner.  He absolutely would not say anything in the negative about her even though he was in a friendly environment. I just hope the troops on both sides will get behind whomever wins this primary and make sure we beat Portman.  BTW, most of our local Building Trades have endorsed Jennifer and as a member of the Labor Council we have all agreed to aggressively support the winner of the primary.    

                  "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

                  by fugwb on Tue May 04, 2010 at 01:10:12 PM PDT

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              •  Do you live OH. How long did you wait to vote? (0+ / 0-)

                If not from OH, then please STFU and go back to trolling.

          •  No one here believes that (0+ / 0-)

            But Fisher and his followers have been the sorest potential winners i have ever seen.

            Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

            by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:13:47 AM PDT

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          •  Well, Fisher should know, he's lost often enough. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't know what troubles me more:

            1. The fact that two front page DK writers pick up this garbage and repeat it. Once after it has been debunked. Neither one apparently intelligent enough to think through the repercussions about having a SoS with an axe to grind on election day, nor politically engaged enough to remember what happened in Ohio in 2004 when Ken Blackwell was a SoS with a political agenda. You'd think it would be fairly simple to connect the dots from one event to the other, and then realize why the person who replaced Blackwell as SoS would make such a promise.

            Too bad neither gave her credit for actually keeping it. It's hard to conclude they are either: Fisher trolls, irresponsible journalists, or both.

            Jennifer must have had Lee's folks scared. The fact that with WH backing and almost no $$ for Jennifer it was still close augers ill for Fisher's candidacy come the fall. He has no chance, Portman will win easily.

            Yes, everyone makes mistakes, but they should be acknowledged and retracted, not repeated and defended. Plus, you just pissed of the entire grassroots base (or a lot of it) here in Ohio. I would expect that many WON'T be volunteering for Lee. Not very astute stuff.

            1. The fact that Obama's troupe supports Fisher. Of course, this is the bunch that backed traitor Joe over Lamont. But when the political wing of the WH thinks a guy who lost Ohio a bunch of jobs and loses a statewide election almost every 2 years is going to win this one, they are crazy. Not very politically astute. They've supported a candidate with very little chance to win.
        •  He's not "rigging" the election (2+ / 0-)
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          HudsonValleyMark, TKLTKL94

          He's just using time-honored tactics: raising money, bullying and smearing. None of that is illegal, or "rigging" an election.  And none of it's a "conspiracy" theory. I deeply regret he made the decision to get so nasty, but he (and his wife especially) want this prestigious sinecure to vindicate a mediocre political career very very very badly. Unfortunately, tactics like this have virtually insured it will go to Rob Portman. You don't blow a chasmic wound in the party in the last few weeks of the election and expect it to heal by November. DailyKos has helped rip that wound even wider, and I just am not getting why. If I WERE a conspiracy theorist, I'd say someone here really does want Rob Portman to be our next Senator from Ohio. But that's a tad hard to believe.

          Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

          by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:13:16 AM PDT

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      •  I doubt there was any money (1+ / 0-)
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        TKLTKL94

        but clearly someone inside this site is angry at Jennifer for some reason we don't know and they have decided to help destroy her. In fact, what has happened here in Ohio in the last couple of days since this came out has been a backlash of anger that will cripple Fisher's campaign if he wins the primary and hurt Jennifer's if she does. I don't think this was wise, and I wish cooler heads had prevailed and convinced the person with the grudge against Jennifer to sit it out.

        Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

        by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:04:20 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  No, what is most surprised re the Ohio race (1+ / 0-)
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      rick

      is the willingness with which this site has joined in a baseless smear of a fabulous progressive. The allegation that Jennifer Brunner is a "sore loser" who won't support Fisher is a deliberately deceptive narrative being shopped to the media by someone supporting Fisher (most likely someone in his campaign, because Fisher himself set up this egregious and insulting attack). I really honestly thought front pagers here were smart enough to recognize a smear and not propagate it. I have said until I am blue in the face t hat Jennifer has long committed to the post-primary unity event (I believe she actually committed before Fisher). But she campaigned for secretary of state in 2006 on a promise not to get ACTIVELY hands-on involved in campaigns while holding the office. There's a weasel word in the quote being used to gin up this smear: "Work." She feels it undermines the trust in her office to "work" for a candidate - and it does. She has NEVER said she would not be supportive of the ticket. I don't know what you folks here expected to accomplish but the backlash among progressive activists has been savage and you probably helped elect Rob Portman, regardless of who wins the Demcratic primary. I'm going to remember that and always refer to Portman as (R-DailyKos).

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

      by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:02:18 AM PDT

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  •  Might want to update your diary on Brunner's (18+ / 0-)

    comment. It came up in a diary yesterday and apparently isn't quite the case as presented.

     * [new] Here is an official statement

    from Jennifer's campaign manager David Dettman clarifying her position. This was clearly a calculated hit by someone, hopefully a freelancer or even a Republican, and not part of the Fisher campaign. It's just to convenient that this story surfaced all at once now being pushed by a handful of trolls.

    "Jennifer Brunner has fiercely guarded the independence of the office of Secretary of State.  She has said for months that if she wins the primary she will continue the delegation of authority she signed that shifted some of her responsibility to senior staff. If she loses the primary, she will resume all of her duties and continue to be an impartial secretary of state.

    Jennifer has said all along that she is a Democrat and will continue to be a good Democrat but she has never endorsed in a race or publicly supported or campaigned for any candidate – including President Obama - since she became Ohio’s chief elections official. She has no plans to change that."

    Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

    by anastasia p on Mon May 03, 2010 at 01:29:08 PM MDT

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    They're like the Inspector Clouseaus' of the blogging world.

    by Pager on Tue May 04, 2010 at 08:52:31 AM PDT

    •  Thank you (9+ / 0-)

      I don't like the misleading information on this quote.  Should she have said it differently, sure.  Do we think Brunner would rather have Portman in the seat than a dem, highly unlikely.

    •  But they don't get money (0+ / 0-)

      For fixing their articles, only for lying for Mendendez in the DSCC.

      The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

      by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 08:56:13 AM PDT

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      •  Unacceptable. (6+ / 0-)
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        askew, Adam B, nclefty, Steve Singiser, Pager, Losty

        It is unacceptable to allege that people are being paid by a campaign or party organization unless you have proof. And you don't even have logic -- if we were being paid by the DSCC, do you think we'd be actively raising money for Bill Halter against Blanche Lincoln?

        Look, I posted the initial item about Brunner, and if she had been quoted saying anything resembling what's in the above statement, I wouldn't have posted it because there wouldn't have been an issue. I would call out any candidate who was quoted (or had a hand gesture described) as she was. It's not about Brunner vs. Fisher, it's about the appropriate and professional behavior I expect from all major Democratic candidates.

        •  total BS (3+ / 0-)

          total crap Laura and you know it.  This circular firing squad stuff has got to stop.  You know exactly what Jennifer Brunners position is and yet you choose to distort it.  This is a non-issue pushed by the Fisher campaign.  A hand gesture....OMG..... what should we do.  But hey way to slander a true progressive in Jennifer Brunner, you really should have passed on posting the story yesterday and it has no business on the FP again today....but hey when Rob Portman is the next Senator from OH after he beats Lee Fisher 51-49 at least we know that you all will blame Jennifer Brunner, I mean its not like Lee Fisher has a track record for losing or anything.  
          Hell, what do I know I have only voted for Lee Fisher 3 times in statewide races and I KNOW how this story plays out, it is a shame that some of you who have FP duties dont understand this.

          •  Actually (4+ / 0-)
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            ... whatever you think about Laura's post from yesterday, the total BS is the accusation that she gets money from the DSCC to promote Fisher (or any other candidate). And that was the allegation she was responding to.

            •  just to be clear (3+ / 0-)
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              I have nothing to do with the DSCC comment.  I am just puzzled why now 2 Fers have pushed this no issue.  I expect more from Daily Kos, this has always been my first read every day for goodness gracious.. it has to be getting close to 8 or 9 yrs heck I dont know but way before the whole Dean controversy.  So while I have not posted many comments I have been a long time reader and I am troubled by the attacks on Jennifer Brunner, I just don't get it.  
              Jennifer really is the type of Dem that I thought this site and the folks here want to see.....more and better Dems, Jennifer will follow in the mold of Senator Sherrod Brown, some here dont want to see that happen, oh well.  I will try to correct the misrepresentations though.

          •  You're free to disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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            Zack from the SFV, Eddie L

            I have no problem with that and, having explained my position a few times, there's really nothing else I'm going to do to try to convince you.

            I only have a problem with false accusations that we are being paid by the DSCC to put specific content on the FP here.

            •  Your front page diary was in bad taste (0+ / 0-)

              Brunner was quoted after the fact explaining her position, and why she doesn't show support while holding the office of SoS. I'm not someone alleging that you're being paid to do so, but some of things you have written about Jennifer were divisive and in bad taste.

              "The Bible's blind the Torah's deaf the Koran is Mute. If you burned them all together you'd get close to the truth." - Bright Eyes

              by prdrums77 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:22:36 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

          •  If Ms. Brunner wanted to respond responsibly (2+ / 0-)
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            Adam B, TooFolkGR

            and thoughtfully to the reporter's question, she could have.  Instead, she chose to use a demeaning, dismissive hand gesture.  Once the firestorm erupted about her response, she posted her official statement here.  

            The fact remains that she is being totally hypocritical - pursuing her own campaign for a different office, while remaining in office as Secretary of State, and yet claiming that she is morally bound not to do anything to support the winner of the Democratic primary, if it is Lee.  There is no difference between a primary and a general election, in terms of the mischief that could be done by an unscrupulous elections adminsitrator.  (And before you cry out, I am not alleging that anything untowards has been done by her or her staff).  "Delegating" responsibiliy to "senior staff" is a total copout.  She remains the Secretary of State; the future prospects of that "senior staff" depend on her.

            •  That is all that was reported. (0+ / 0-)

              Who knows what else was said.

              Sorry, bad call to rail on someone over this without their response.

              Rick
              -9.63 -6.92
              Fox News - We Distort, You Deride

              by rick on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:08:42 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  You have no idea (0+ / 0-)

              whether her hand gesture was "dismissive and demeaning" or if that was fancy description added by the paper. She speaks with her hands a lot. What was she saying? How did the gesture really look? You have no idea. Newspapers constantly dramatize things. If I wanted to sit here and push trivia, I could write a 1,000 word post describing all the "dismissive and demeaning" gestures I have personally seen Lee Fisher make, but to me, that is trying to win a campaign on trivia. I am disappointing that ANYONE here would use such trivia to disqualify a candidate who is a better, bolder progressive than such site-beloved figures as Alan Grayson, for instance. It's like shooting yourself in the foot. It's pointless. And it will be especially pointless after November when this site has helped to elect Rob Portman (R-DailyKos).

              Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

              by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:23:39 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Nobody here is "disqualify"ing a candidate based (0+ / 0-)

                on trivia.  And I think very few, if any, here are helping to elect Rob Portman.  The only ones who may help elect Rob Portman are the sore losers who back the losing candidate in the primary (whoever that may be) and sit on their hands in the fall.

                •  You don't understand then (0+ / 0-)

                  the impact this smear has already had here in Ohio. If they didn't want to tilt the playing field, they wouldn't have ginned this up at the last minute, or else they would have given equal space to the distortions Fisher has put out in the last three weeks.

                  Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman (R-DailyKos). Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

                  by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 01:45:42 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

          •  You are right (0+ / 0-)

            Fisher won't win.  But if he gets the nomination, I'll do what I can to help him.  And I'll trust we'll have a fair election.

          •  Oh, look...a pie fight! (0+ / 0-)

            The Right Wing wants to take America back. The left wing wants to take America forward. Any questions?

            by AdmiralNaismith on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:52:18 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  All I am asking, Larua, is that you be fair (0+ / 0-)

            and you haven't been. By the way, there's going to be no 51-49 victory by Portman (R-DailyKos). I say ten points at least.

            Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

            by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:20:12 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  You have a responsibility (0+ / 0-)

          As a representative of this site to repeal an article if presented with facts contrary to what you listed.

          You speak of 'unprofessional' behavior and yet you just exhibited it in spades.  The fact that you did NOT retract the article gave other KOS employees free hand to perpetuate the LIES your article initiated.  That, to me, means that there has to be a reason for it.

          Proof by lack of action is still proof.  I mean I suppose there could be some other kind of compensation besides MONEY, but a progressive blog telling LIES about a progressive candidate when presented with direct proof to the contrary BY THE CANDIDATE THEY ARE LYING ABOUT tells me it has to be about something....

          Money is the most logical choice.  I suppose it could have been an autograph or maybe baseball cards or something....but that wasn't my first choice.

          The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

          by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:24:46 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Or It Just Might Be, TKL.... (5+ / 0-)

            That I missed the Brunner statement in the comment because I was working my "day job". The day job I hold, in part because I don't get paid off by the DSCC. When I was able to log on and see if the story had been published, I updated immediately.

            But, heck, your version is infinitely more interesting than mine is.

            "You share your young with the wolves of the nation...
            Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
            Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "American X"

            by Steve Singiser on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:55:09 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  You know about it now. (0+ / 0-)

              And I still see it your article.

              Just because you claim you aren't a full time employee means nothing to me.

              What you said in your article and then don't change it or provide an update does.

              The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

              by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:11:47 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  I see that it is mentioned in the comments now. (0+ / 0-)

                So I'll change mine.

                You are paid employees who received money from the DSCC (who may or may not actually have received money and may or may not be paid employees according to some comments in some diary somewhere.)

                That about matches the spirit of your redaction.

                The United States Senate has lost its political legitmacy and should be abolished.

                by TKLTKL94 on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:17:13 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

        •  You didn't merely "call out" a candidate (0+ / 0-)

          You perpetuated a tricky smear being shopped by her oppopent, without adequately checking it out or taking into account how inflammatory this charge was. And you didn't correct yourself or apologize once it was clarified but just doubled down. Jennifer's behavior has been beyond reproach; Lee has smeared his way into the last three weeks of the campaign and should be called out even MORE pointedly by you. He has distorted her record on several occasions and even amplified a smear fabricated by the Ohio Republican Party. He even got a little shout-out from them for it. Will you front page what Lee has done in the last three weeks and call him out for his completely inappropriate and unprofessional behavior?

          Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

          by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:18:17 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Nice damage control (1+ / 0-)
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      Partially Impartial
    •  Like I said... (2+ / 0-)
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      Partially Impartial, Pager

      at SSP:

      I'm still somewhat skeptical; after all, if she won the primary, she'd obviously be campaigning for that Senate office, just like Blackwell did while Secretary of State and running for Governor at the same time.

      I'm not sure it was a good pledge to make, even with all that Blackwell had done to sully that office.  The whole point is to be impartial, right?  Well, if she wins the primary, how then can she be impartial... with herself?

      •  Excellent point. (2+ / 0-)
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        BruinKid, Eddie L

        I tend to agree with you, frankly. Seemed like a whole lot of bad spin.

        But in the interest of being fair, it does need to be added to this diary since this is now two days in a row that neither diarist has acknowledged the updated statement and added that information.

        I mean, come on, gang. Give us readers some credit for being able to decipher bullshit and make up our own minds. I'm not a sheep. Don't treat me like one.

        They're like the Inspector Clouseaus' of the blogging world.

        by Pager on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:46:31 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Which I Just Did.... (2+ / 0-)
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          BruinKid, Pager

          Unfortunately, the reason I did not do so earlier is that I was in the middle of performing some duties associated with my "day job".

          One I wouldn't need, might I add, if the DSCC would just throw me some cash as some careless folks around here are alleging.

          :)

          "You share your young with the wolves of the nation...
          Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
          Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "American X"

          by Steve Singiser on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:50:12 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Heh. (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Pager, Losty

            I wish they'd throw me cash for the political analysis I do on the blogs for free.  :-)

            Instead, I get to pay the city of L.A. $80 for a parking ticket when I went to pick up my dinner last night, and there was absolutely no parking anywhere nearby.  Was inside for 5 minutes, and came out to see the guy writing the ticket.  :-(

            So a message to all candidates: that's $80 out of my already-cash-strapped budget that could've gone to your campaign.  If you want financial support now, show me you also care about local issues like parking around public universities.

          •  Thanks much, Steve. (0+ / 0-)

            Appreciate it.

            They're like the Inspector Clouseaus' of the blogging world.

            by Pager on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:04:33 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  Steve, without a LOT more background (0+ / 0-)

            on both candidates and what's been going on, it was fairly one-sided to throw this thing out here. It's in the process of blowing apart our party at a time when we already have a mountain of challenges. It's not going to help us tomorrow, regardless of who wins, and if you could edit it, you'd be helping prevent the election of Rob Portman.

            Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman (R-DailyKos). Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

            by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:41:02 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Also, in the long run of what we claim (0+ / 0-)

          we want to accomplish, this is a trivial story, and it's a smear being shopped by her opponent. So to give it this prominence is effectively to be in the tank for her opponent. My problem is, why not just say you prefer Lee Fisher and tell us why he's so great as a candidate? Why have all the Fisherites here resorted to trumping up smears on Jennifer rather than telling us why we should be excited about Lee? (I won't add what I think, because I'm trying to be as nice as possible, although the Jennifer haters certainly are not).

          Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman (R-DailyKos). Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

          by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:39:35 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  No , they don't want to update it (0+ / 0-)

      This site is actively perpetuating a smear on purpose.

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman. Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

      by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:14:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  NC -- My guess is Marshall takes it today (5+ / 0-)
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    askew, polecat, ajsuited, OldGrandet, jatkin02

    Her campaign has been much tighter and more organized in the closing days.  She got my vote this morning.

    •  She got mine, too (4+ / 0-)
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      askew, polecat, ajsuited, political mutt

      I was torn between Marshall and Lewis but finally went with Marshall. I think they would each have a good shot at taking down Burr (ohpleaseohpleaseohplease).

      •  I would have loved to have supported Lewis (4+ / 0-)
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        askew, ajsuited, Shullat, political mutt

        and have a statewide official from Durham, but he never showed the kind of organizational muscle to pull off a statewide campaign.  Marshall's going to be starting from behind, but I like her verve.  Taking out Richard Petty and all that.

        Cunningham has shown himself to be little more than an empty shirt.  Wish the DSCC had stayed out of this and left him behind.  

        •  Screw the DSCC (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          polecat, Shullat

          They're only interested in the most 'electable' candidate, which translates only and directly to the most corporate-friendly candidate who can bring in the big money donors.  They don't give a shit about positions, grassroots support, or any campaign skills beyond the ability to pick up the phone and get somebody to cut a four-figure check.  They need to stay the fuck out of primaries entirely.  If they feel like they need to recruit the 'best' candidate, that's fine, but then if that candidate is really best, let them prove it in a primary.  National Dems are so myopic.

          Clearly, I need to find a witty sig line.

          by libdevil on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:12:40 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  NC-04 (Republican is interesting) (0+ / 0-)

          I'm an independent that often skips primaries, but both my US House (Republican challenger to incumbent Dem. Price in NC-04) and of course the US Senate races had interesting primaries.

          BJ Lawson is a more calm Libertarian-ish Republican, but he is getting challenged hard from the right (Roche - flat tax, pro-offshore drilling, Fox News Business contributor, anti-immigration =P).  That district is more Dem than Rep. (Raleigh, lots of universities) for those that don't know NC.  It is interesting to see how far to the right the Republicans get dragged this fall.  Republicans used to be smart about targeting the right sort of candidate for the district.  I haven't seen any polls, but my e-mail inbox has been full of a heated Lawson-Roche slugfest.  Roche is a bad fit in NC-04.  I really want to see the poll result numbers between those two.  The far right is really organized for an off year.

          General Poll report:

          All the poll-site campaigners were Republican, though some were for judges (technically unaffiliated but you know who is who).  I didn't even see a sign for Cunningham, but there was one for Marshall.

          Turn out was low, from people talking with the campaigners the handful that showed while I went in and out were all Republican.  It was mid-day, lunchtime, and one of the larger polling locations in Raleigh.

          I ended up voting in the Dem. primary this year.  My logic was much like nclefty.

          I do wonder if we won't be seeing more "Cunningham"s as Dems, since as the NC-04 Republican primary, and others nationwide are showing, you may not get through the Republican primary without veering into fringe territory.  It is hard to go that far right (or left if it applied to Dems to be fair - but doesn't) in a primary then adjust enough to the center to win in the general election.

          •  primary to get mauled by Price (0+ / 0-)

            NC-04 is probably the bluest district in the state.  Lawson only has a chance of making it interesting because there's a moderately well organized Libertarian contingent in Durham, primarily.  There was some dissatisfaction among liberals over Price's not-strong-enough opposition to the Iraq War, which Lawson was full-throated about.

            Given this year, though, I see Lawson going backwards, not forwards, unless the blue turnout is way down.  Durham county, which makes up over half the population of the district, went for Obama 75-25.  If Roche manages to beat Lawson, expect something like a 65-35 beat down, even if the GOP has a good year.

            •  Agree (0+ / 0-)

              That is why I tried to flag this district for others (non-NC), so they would realize that a Republican taking on Price in NC-04 is hard, even on an off cycle. I have some friends in that Durham Lib. contingent too.  I meant it when I said Roche was a bad fit for this district.

              Lawson himself has gone to the right in this primary.  The most obvious reason is the strong challenge from Roche.  What is going to be interesting to see are Roche's numbers.  If he did well in the Republican primary in this district, it may mean that Republicans will have a harder time fielding candidates in the next cycle that are moderate enough to attract the moderate independents like myself in swing states.

              But, on turn-out in the general, the level of physical ground organization by Republicans at the polling station was impressive.  That is an indicator against Dems.  But in NC-04 Dems in Wake County are more awake, but that is due to the local BoE crap here.

        •  I went with Lewis (0+ / 0-)

          I was concerned about the lack of organizational strength, but feel that he has a grasp of issues of public education that is desperately needed.

          I decided to go with the candidate that moves me most instead of trying to play a probability game.

          •  then you voted for a runoff (2+ / 0-)
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            askew, licorice114

            why?

            "Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." - Voltaire

            by DrFrankLives on Tue May 04, 2010 at 01:54:55 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Why not have a runoff? (0+ / 0-)

              I see that as a poor reason not to vote for someone you like.  I didn't vote for Lewis because I while he was slightly more aligned with my politics, I also expect my candidates to be good at being candidates, and Lewis didn't show enough strength in that regard.  But if I really liked him, I would have voted for him, and then sorted it out in the runoff.

              (I know similar thinking screwed your guy Hamp D. out of a runoff two years ago, but I think the threshold should be 50%, not 40%.)

              Isn't that a relatively Democratic system?

    •  She got my vote too (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      askew, polecat, ajsuited, political mutt

      I have struggled with the Marshall/Cunningham vote this cycle. Both candidates impress me for different reasons.

      Ultimately, I found Marshall's campaign platform more sophisticated and nuanced, especially in areas of securities and derivatives reform as well as civil rights. She wins my vote, and I think she probably will win the primary --- or the runoff if Lewis pulls enough vote to throw the race that way.

      Nobody likes Richard Burr. Even the Republicans kind of shake their head dismissively.

    •  I just voted for her. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ajsuited

      Although Cal had somebody out at the polling station. Her GOTV was non-existent here in WNC.

      My list:

      Elaine Marshall
      Aixa Wilson (NC-11 Rep)
      Patsy Keever (NC House 115)
      Van Duncan (Sheriff)
      Jane Gray (Court of Appeals) †
      Leto Copeley (Court of Appeals) †
      Marvin Pope (Superior Court) †

      † Theoretically non-partisan.  Just means you have to research more to find the Teabaggers and Republicans.  And, the Teabaggers endorsed a couple of the candidates making the job of rejection much easier.

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      -Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:39:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just got back from my OH precinct (10+ / 0-)

    No Fisher or Brunner signs at all.  I'm outside of Cleveland.  Cast my vote for Brunner.  

    (I wish the FP would quit taking her quote re: supporting Fisher out of context.)  Based on the latest poll, still a lot of undecideds.  

  •  NC-11 Democratic Primary could be interesting (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    polecat, nclefty

    I hesitate to dismiss the NC-11 Democratic primary so easily. Incumbent Heath Shuler has enraged much of his party base in western North Carolina with his votes on the Stupak Amendment, the health care bill, and by resorting to GOP talking points and appearing at speaking venues with people like Sarah Palin and Oliver North.

    His primary opponent, Aixa Wilson, is a political unknown, but I strongly suspect that he might pull a significant portion of the vote simply by virtue of not being Heath Shuler.

    Shuler will win tonight, but his level of support should be quite a bit softer than it was during the past two cycles.

    For the general election, then, he will have trouble rallying his own party base. Folks either will stay at home or will undervote him, giving Republicans a de facto unforced error to capitalize on.

    I expect a very strong primary challenge against Shuler 2 years from now, and perhaps even a Shuler party switch.

  •  More than that in Ohio... (1+ / 0-)
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    lightfoot

    OH-Sen: Constitution & Socialist will be on in Nov.

    OH-Auditor (R) should be interesting, Party Vs. Teabagger

    Also, Libertarians have "Statewide Slate" on in November (No Senate), Green has a Gov, and Constitution has AG.

    In the three you mentioned, 2 has a Libertarian (as well as 3 R and 3D), 10 and 16 have Libertarians.

    To fill all US Reps:

    1-Contested primary in Libertarian and solo Green
    3-None, But R Primary may be interesting..
    4 & 5-Libertarian
    6, 7, and 8-Constitution & Libertarian
    9-Libertarian contested Primary
    11-none, 3 D/1R
    12-Green and Contested Libertarian
    13-none-2D/3R
    14-Libertarian
    15-Libertarian and contested Constitution
    16-Libertarian
    17-Possibly (Green as a write-in, needs certain #)
    18-none (1 Dem and 8 R, Yes.. 8 Republicans)

  •  Krikorian in Ohio seems to have some baggage.... (0+ / 0-)
    •  You THINK? (0+ / 0-)

      Krikorian? LOL. You should look up Ohiobama's diaries about him. You'll die laughing, if you can get past the incoherence.

      Stop Rob "The Job Outsourcer" Portman (R-DailyKos). Jennifer Brunner for Senate http://www.jenniferbrunner.com

      by anastasia p on Tue May 04, 2010 at 11:44:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Steve, a question on the polls you get.. (0+ / 0-)

    Do you compile your polls (except R2K of course) from the public info, or do you get the internals the candidates do?  

    There's a real interesting rumor mill concerning a poll for OH-Sen, and I was wondering..

  •  IN-05 Nasser Hanna (D) (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    stunzeed
    Early this morning I had the pleasure of voting for an excellent Democrat for Dan Burton's seat in IN-05.

    Hanna For Congress

    I am very enthusiastic about Hanna. He's an oncologist and this is just a sample of his forward thinking

    I've spent my life in medicine, dedicated to the health and welfare of my patients. My experience and training requires me to thoughtfully, carefully and logically, diagnose an issue and develop an action plan that is in the best interests of my patients. This is not done in a vacuum or with pre-conceived ideas or a one-size-fits-all mentality. It requires an open mind to new and exciting alternatives. It requires an intellect that recognizes what has worked in the past, what is working now and what may be coming in the future. It requires collaboration between myself, other professionals and, most importantly, my patients. I have found that solutions must be found that address the root cause of the problems and that quick fixes or patches seldom do anything other than delay implementing what is really required.

    The Indianapolis Star gives candidate info and asks questions to create a voter guide for all races and candidates. There are browse links for candidates and races in the bottom right of the Get Started form:

    IndyStar Voter Guide

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

    by ParkRanger on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:04:16 AM PDT

    •  Is he a Muslim or Middle Eastern? (0+ / 0-)

      His name sounds like it. I hate to say it but someone like that is probably electorally DOA in a place like IN-05.

      •  He's first generation (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        stunzeed

        I don't know the country of his parents, but this
        is from his answers to the Voter Guide and also shows how enlightened he is:

        I was born and raised in Missouri. My parents were immigrants to this country in the 1960’s and I’m a first generation American. My parents came to this country becoming productive citizens and raising my family with a combined understanding of old world and new world values. My status is no different than the vast majority of Americans. We are almost all immigrants to this country. Some of our families came to this country before there were quotas or immigration policies. Many of us had parents, grand-parents and great-grand-parents that came through Ellis Island, or the gateways in California and Texas, or the slave centers in Virginia and the Carolinas. Others came more recently; not always legally and not always in broad daylight. The majority of these recent immigrants also came to America to become productive citizens and raise their families with values we all cherish. For many people, there is a black and white answer to our current immigration policy. Others suggest that many of the illegal immigrants hold jobs that our American citizens will not take. Others understand that any child born in the United States is an American citizen even if their parents are not. Others understand that only United States citizens can collect Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. In today’s environment of external terrorism we need to promote a safer and more responsible immigration policy and enforcement that preserves the integrity of our borders (north, south and by air/boat) while understanding the needs of those wishing to immigrate to the United States and those that are already in this country. We are a nation of immigrants. The discussion and action that needs to take place must move us forward without the hypocrisy, isolationism and name calling that have taken place in the past.

        He lives in Fishers which is a wealthier town and because he's an oncologist who is well-known and active in his community, I think he would be able to draw from that base.

        It is much more powerful to work for something than try to push against what I don't like.  I am absolutely thrilled to have him to vote for, really happy about it. I have given his information to others who will vote for him today.  I can get behind this guy.

        Hanna for Congress

        "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

        by ParkRanger on Tue May 04, 2010 at 01:25:30 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ParkRanger

      I'll be doing the same later today.  Hanna is really a good candidate.  

      That's Enough Asshattery

      by stunzeed on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:47:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Steve - Thanks for the reminder - I'll be (0+ / 0-)

    checking MSNBC or CNN for the results.

    Background on the candidates is very helpful.

    Aud, the Deep Minded

    by HylasBrook on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:05:53 AM PDT

  •  It is hard to think of a worse candidate (0+ / 0-)

    than Dan Coats

  •  Hey!!! We're primary-ing in Oregon too (0+ / 0-)

    But it takes us a month to do it, its all absentee, mail in your ballot, or drop in in a box.
    Coincidently I'm taking my ballot up to the county seat today to drop it in
    I voted for Kitshaber for gov, tho I liked his fellow Dem Bradbury too. Wyden got my vote of course. My Congressman, Defazio, is running unopposed by both Dems and Repubs so I donate money to other OR congressional candidates

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:36:04 AM PDT

  •  Indiana primary results (0+ / 0-)

    Very little reported now. Indiana News Center updates every five minutes:

    Indiana News Center Primary Election Results

    Indiana Secretary of State Primary Election Results

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." ~Albert Einstein

    by ParkRanger on Tue May 04, 2010 at 01:42:04 PM PDT

  •  Fisher just seems slimy to me (0+ / 0-)

    I voted for Brunner, but I know a lot of people in this area, even Jennifer supporters, are too fucking lazy to bother to come out for a primary. Lazy civic nonparticipants.

    "I am for Socialism because I am for humanity. We have been cursed with the reign of gold long enough" -Eugene V Debs

    by jabbausaf on Tue May 04, 2010 at 04:53:40 PM PDT

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