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For those who couldn't take their eyes off of Arkansas (or, alternately, off of the NBA Finals), what follows is a recap of all that went down on one of the most densely packed primary nights of the cycle:

  • ARKANSAS: At this point, everyone knows about the disappointing runoff for the U.S. Senate, where Blanche Lincoln held onto a 52-48 win over Bill Halter (for those who missed it, both Jed and Markos had great takes on that race last night). There were, however, a trio of other runoffs last night, and all proved to be very close. In AR-01, Democrats avoided a possible 2010 incarnation of Parker Griffith when uber-conservative prosecutor Tim Wooldridge fell to Chad Causey, the Chief of Staff to outgoing Rep. Marion Berry (51-49). In Little Rock's AR-02, Democrats nominated an African-American woman to carry their flag: Joyce Elliott followed up her round one lead with a 54-46 win over state House Speaker Robbie Wills. Meanwhile, in AR-03, the Palin-approved Cecile Bledsoe fell short in her bid for Congress, losing to Rogers Mayor Steve Womack 52-48.
  • CALIFORNIA: The Golden State went according to form on Tuesday night, as majorities in both parties supported the leading candidates. TV stations throughout the state are rejoicing, as free-spenders Meg Whitman (CA-Gov) and Carly Fiorina (CA-Sen) won the right to take on Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, respectively. The House primaries all went according to form, although several incumbents were held to an underwhelming share of the vote (Gary Miller did the worst--scoring just 49% of the vote in CA-42 to beat Phil Liberatore by around a dozen points). And Orly Taitz can go back to the birther biz, as she logged only about a quarter of the vote against Damon Dunn in her bid for Secretary of State. Another GOPer probably seeing electoral politics in the rearview mirror: Richard Pombo, who finished a distant third in his bid to win the GOP nomination in CA-19.
  • GEORGIA: Only one race on the ballot in the Peach State, but it did result in the only new member of Congress. Tom Graves will replace Nathan Deal in Congress, in one of the most Republican districts in the nation (GA-09). Graves defeated Lee Hawkins (56-44) in order to ascend to the House.
  • IOWA: It is now official: Democratic Governor Chet Culver is going to have to beat the man who held the office for 16 years in the 1980s and 1990s. Terry Branstad won the GOP nod, albeit in fairly pedestrian fashion (50-41) over hard-right insurgent candidate Bob Vander Plaats. Roxanne Conlin, on the other hand, was a buzzsaw in her Democratic Senate primary, logging 78% of the vote. The expectation of close House primaries never came to pass, as Ben Lange (IA-01), Marianette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), and Brad Zaun (IA-03) cruised to large margins of victory.
  • MAINE: The only big race on the docket in Maine was the open-seat race for Governor, and it will be a longtime veteran against a small-town mayor. For the Democrats, Libby Mitchell, who has been on the ballot in Maine for a quarter-century, looks to put the capstone on her career after besting Steven Rowe (35-23). Meanwhile, in what might be considered a mild upset, Waterville Mayor Paul LePage scored a wider-than-expected win over wealthy businessman Les Otten (38-17). Based on his website, LePage is an unabashed conservative, which might serve Mitchell well in this state that leans left-of-center, but has a fierce independent streak.
  • MONTANA: Republican Congressman Dennis Rehberg (who cruised to victory with 75% of the vote) now knows the identity of his opponent for November. Democrats nominated state party chairman Dennis McDonald, who won with 38% of the vote in a four-candidate field.
  • NEVADA: It has been a fait accompli for months, but it is now official: Governor Jim Gibbons is a lame duck. The lamest of ducks, actually, as he was doubled up (56-27) in the GOP primary by Brian Sandoval. Rory Reid cruised (70%) on the Democratic side, though 15% of Nevada voters went with "none of the above" (an option that I believe is unique to Silver State voters). On the Senate side, Harry Reid actually put in a strong performance, logging 75% of the vote in a multi-candidate field. Meanwhile, the GOP followed recent protocol, giving their nomination to the furthest candidate on the right in their primary. Sharron Angle completed her late come-from-behind surge, winning easily with 40% of the vote, well ahead of Sue Lowden (26%) and Danny Tarkanian (23%). Downballot, the NRCC got their man as Joe Heck easily won the GOP primary in NV-03, while the Democratic nominee in NV-02 is still undecided, as Nancy Price and Ken McKenna are separated by around 340 votes out of over 41,000 cast.
  • NEW JERSEY: With several potentially competitive House races on the card, the order of the day in the Garden State was a repudiation of establishment Republicans. Ballyhooed Republican contender Jon Runyan won in NJ-03 with only 60% of the vote, while incumbent Leonard Lance won with only 56% in a multi-candidate field. Meanwhile, "establishment" picks in both NJ-06 and NJ-12 struggled, with the outcome in NJ-06 still in the air between tea party advocate Anna Little and GOP County Vice-Chair Diane Gooch (Gooch trails by 63 votes, according to the AP).
  • THE DAKOTAS: Doubling up here, since there was only one race of note in North Dakota, and it was a wipeout (GOP frontrunner Rick Berg won the ND-AL primary with nearly 90% of the vote). Establishment picks batted .500 in South Dakota, as Lt. Governor Dennis Daugaard easily beat a multi-candidate field for the GOP gubernatorial nod (50% of the vote). Secretary of State Chris Nelson, however, failed in his bid for Congress. Lesser-known state legislator Kristi Noem claimed the nod with 42% of the vote (Nelson drew 35%).
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: For all intents and purposes, the gubernatorial matchup for November is decided. Democrat Vincent Sheheen, in a bit of a surprise, lapped the field, winning 59% of the vote. On the GOP side, meanwhile, officially there is a runoff pending between Nikki Haley (49%) and Gresham Barrett (22%). However, since Haley came so close to the majority, there will probably be at least some pressure brought to bear on Barrett to stand down. On the Senate side, November became irrelevant when the completely unfunded Alvin Greene blasted Victor Rawl (59-41) for the Democratic nod. Jim DeMint just went from a possible sleeper upset to a guaranteed rout. Downballot, Bob Inglis' career as a Republican Congressman is likely over, given that he made the runoff but trailed contender Trey Gowdy in Round One (39-28). Runoffs also await the GOP in SC-01 and SC-03.
  • VIRGINIA: In Virginia, the establishment candidates ran the table, albeit in somewhat underwhelming fashion. NRCC faves Scott Rigell (VA-02) and Rob Hurt (VA-05) both won their primaries, but neither could manage 50% of the vote (Virginia, unlike many Southern states, do not utilize runoff elections). Meanwhile, Keith Fimian gets round two against Democratic freshman Gerry Connolly, having defeated Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity by a twelve-point margin (56-44)

Next up on the calendar: a week off, followed by runoffs in North Carolina and South Carolina on June 22nd. Primaries will also take place in Utah two weeks from now.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:46 AM PDT.

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  •  Celtics will bounce back (1+ / 0-)
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    and pull one out in LA

    This Machine Kills Fascists

    by aaraujo on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:50:15 AM PDT

  •  We can only hope that Pombo's gone for good (9+ / 0-)

    But like many other toxins, he seems to persist in the environment.

    They only call it Class War when we fight back.

    by lineatus on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:54:32 AM PDT

    •  Maybe a stake through the heart (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, lineatus

      would do it.  Eerie music comes from his Tracy mansion at night and desanguinated carcasses of mule deer are found on the roads of San Joaquin County. Strange cackles are heard, "Board feet! How many board feet are in a sequoia?  Ah, ha ha ha ha ha!"

      "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

      by Rolfyboy6 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:23:05 AM PDT

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  •  In SC (1+ / 0-)
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    Given the shenanigans to date in the Governor race, Barrett would be a fool to step down.  I mean how many more men are going to come forward with claims of sleeping with the hottie Nikki Haley?

    Be strong enough to carry your own burdens; be compassionate enough to help others carry theirs.

    by usna77 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:56:09 AM PDT

  •  No doubt in my mind... (0+ / 0-)

    That DeMint played games with the Rawl/Greene.  But S.Carolina politics exist in a cesspool, so whatever he did is probably SOP down there.

    Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

    by Jonze on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:56:40 AM PDT

    •  So where do SC Dems go from here? (6+ / 0-)

      I say get moving, get organized, get every potential Democrat voter registered and to the polls in November.  Get behind Greene with every ounce of energy.

      Even if Greene is a GOP plant, the look on DeMint's face on election night would be priceless if the race is close.

      I recall in the mid-1980s when the GOP was stunned by the loss of Lt Gov candidate Tommy Hartnett to Nick Theodore, spoiling the GOP "Dream Team" of Campbell-Hartnett.

      Be strong enough to carry your own burdens; be compassionate enough to help others carry theirs.

      by usna77 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:01:01 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly how did DeMint do it, if he did (6+ / 0-)

      Greene got 99,000+ votes, distributed over 46 counties.  That averages 2000 votes per county.  Without visible campaigning, although he told Mother Jones that he did travel around the state.  Are you saying that DeMint would waste that much walking around money?

      "Unemployed black veteran" does not necessarily mean penniless.  It is conceivable that he could pay his own filing fee.  And he could probably get that number of votes through networks that exist in the black community.

      Crossover voting is unlikely as the GOP primary for governor was very heated and as a result DeMint pulled in 388,000 votes in his primary.

      The Democratic establishment and Carol Fowler are making excuses for why they didn't recruit a candidate who appealed to the black community as well as to white Democrats.  "The dumb so-and-so's must have picked him alphabetically."  That is a pathetic excuse when there are 99,000 votes staring you in the face.

      American politics exists in a cesspool right now.  South Carolina represents the national condition.

      50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

      by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:12:03 AM PDT

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      •  Problem is ... (3+ / 0-)
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        Greene likely didn't campaign at all ... nothing .. he wouldn't tell Mother Jones where he campaigned ... he had no signs(not even homemade ones outside his house) .. never filed any FEC reports(which he had to do regardless of the money raised)

        •  So (4+ / 0-)

          How did he get 99,000 votes?

          The FEC report requirement might not be as stringent as you think.  If it was his own money, he didn't raise it.

          You might be exactly right, but there are some interesting puzzles in this story.

          50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

          by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:28:40 AM PDT

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          •  There seem to be two theories here (1+ / 0-)
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            1. Neither candidate was well known, so they voted for the person that was first on the ballot and/or first alphabetically by default.
            1. Neither candidate was well known, so black voters (a majority of SC Dem primary voters) voted for the black guy by default.

            Maybe a combination of the two is the correct answer.

            •  Both have problems (0+ / 0-)

              That assumes that 99,000 - more than half of Democratic voters voting in 46 - voted alphabetically.  And it assumes that no county randomized its ballot order.

              The second assumes that black voters knew he was a black candidate.  So exactly how did black voters in all 46 counties, up to 99,000 of them, know he was black if he didn't campaign and no one knew who he was?

              Or it assumes that folks thought Alvin Greene was black and Vic Rawl was white on the basis just of their names. That one is not likely either.

              My guess is there was a face-to-face and personal network stealth campaign either for him or against Rawl.

              50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

              by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 11:38:25 AM PDT

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            •  Keep in mind (0+ / 0-)

              South Carolina has some of the most suspect voting machines in the nation.  No paper trail and the software has been rejected as insecure in several other states.

              "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

              by wayward on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:03:46 PM PDT

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      •  He claims to have paid his own filing fee (0+ / 0-)

        Oh yeah, and he has a strange feloy charge pending:

      •  Carol Fowler needs to resign. (0+ / 0-)

        Unless there were some voting shenanigans, Carol Fowler needs to resign immediately as head of the SCDP.  

        To screw up one Senate race is bad, but this is the second straight one!  The SCDP nominated a Ron Paul Republican who nobody had heard of to run against Lindsey Graham.

        Vic Rawl's problem is that nobody had heard of him either, other than white Democrats who pay attention to this sort of stuff.  No signs, no bumper stickers, no nothing.  Just a little bit of name recognition and he would have won easily.

        "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

        by wayward on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:06:55 PM PDT

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    •  Check out SC-01 (0+ / 0-)

      Same problem.  Perennial crank Ben Frasier beat actual candidate Robert Burton for the Democratic nomination.

      "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

      by wayward on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:01:01 PM PDT

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  •  It can't be said enough times here - (6+ / 0-)

     Like McConnell in '08 and Lieberman in '06, Lincoln's dodging a political bullet will not result in any soul-searching and recalibration of priorities.  Like McConnell and Lieberman, both of whom had Big Scares on their respective election nights, Lincoln won't say to herself,

    "You know, about half the people here really, really hate me and they hate me because I shill for Big Banking, Big Oil, Big Insurance.  Y'know, I might oughta stop doing that, or at least dial it back some."


     No, last night's squeaker (never mind the fact that she had to even be in a Run Off) is all but forgotten today, except for Blanche's "I won, y'all lost!" feeling.  It'll be right back to her tone-deaf, hubris-laden, SSDD way of Being.



     President Obama, so within the next few milliseconds, you know, the time it'll take for Blanche to figure out another way to stab you and your agenda in the back, I'm wondering if you're going to be saying (to yourself, at least), "Good Lord in Heaven!  Why did I ever lift a finger for that horror show of a human being?!"

     Good question.

    "I have to go now. I feel . . . sticky." Anthony Bourdain

    by BenGoshi on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:56:56 AM PDT

  •  what happened to (1+ / 0-)
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    "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemely swear.."

    by cgvjelly on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:57:25 AM PDT

  •  South Carolina....always good for a few laughs. (3+ / 0-)
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  •  What are Culver's chances? (3+ / 0-)
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    Same as Lincoln's?  (Gawd I hope not.)

    "If these Republicans can't stand up to Rush, how can they stand up to the Iranians?" - Redmond Barry

    by xsonogall on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:58:36 AM PDT

    •  It might depend (3+ / 0-)
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      askew, GN1927, elwior

      on what the rightwingnuts do.  There is some blather about a Vandersplat independent run.  Seriously doubtful that he'd do that but the fact that many teabaggers would pine for it show that there are a lot of them who would like to see Branstad lose.  

      Conlin's ability to energize the Democratic base is the one big unknown, I think.  She might be able to do it.  

      "Drill baby drill" was one of the slogans for the last campaign. It would be insane if we didn't make it a slogan for the next.

      by Sun dog on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:07:54 AM PDT

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  •  Bob Inglis (SC-04) has a 93% conservative rating (8+ / 0-)

    ...and endorsements from the NRA and the National Right to Life, a guy who calls himself a Jack Kemp Republican who believes strongly in the power of tax cuts.

    But in Greenville and Spartanburg he's too Liberal.

    That ought to tell you everything you need to know about where the Republican party is headed in that neck of the woods.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 06:58:57 AM PDT

    •  you have to remember that there is a Union County (2+ / 0-)
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      in SC which attempted to secede from the state after SC seceded from the Union. Inglis has not endeared himself to some of the more traditional powerful interests in the state, such as going after the popular Tobacco Program in the 80's and pushing anti smoking legislation in the 90s.
      It kind of conflicts with his other conservative beliefs as wingers and Big Tobacco used to be an unbeatable combination  

      •  I grew up in Union County (2+ / 0-)
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        ..where the plantation of the Secession Governor (William H. Gist) is a State Park (Rose Hill).

        Be strong enough to carry your own burdens; be compassionate enough to help others carry theirs.

        by usna77 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:04:12 AM PDT

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        •  Hate to say this but I though no one grew up (0+ / 0-)

          in that area around Ninety Six on over to Due West and Honea Path and even Flat Land or Coronaca; I thought everyone finally escaped.

          •  Not sure what you mean... (0+ / 0-)

            ..but I grew up in Buffalo...many of my ancestors moved to that mill village from Haywood County in western NC to work in the cotton mill.

            Be strong enough to carry your own burdens; be compassionate enough to help others carry theirs.

            by usna77 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:47:52 AM PDT

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      •  Union County (1+ / 0-)
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        Union County was named for the old Union Church, erected in 1765 near the present day town of Union.  The early settlers in the area were mainly Scotch-Irish from Virginia and Pennsylvania who began immigrating to the South Carolina upcountry in the 1750s.

        It was formed in 1785, long before the Civil War.

        Inglis is fundamentally a religious Right Reagan Republican (Jack Kemp Republicans is accurate) more aligned with Lindsay Graham's GOP wing.  The DeMint faction of the GOP has moved way to the right of that.

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:20:09 AM PDT

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        •  area was still heavily anti secession (1+ / 0-)
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          and the remarkable thing about Inglis remains his willingness to take on Big Tobacco in a state where political rallies were places where packs and cartons of ciggies were handed out to the voters (along with silver dollars)

          •  Greenville doesn't depend on tobacco (1+ / 0-)
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            ...and Inglis is not jockeying for state-wide office.

            Besides, tobacco as a crop in the US is about dead.  Times change.  Big tobacco mostly produces a little in the US but much more overseas.

            50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

            by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:35:36 AM PDT

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        •  Inglis and DeMint (0+ / 0-)

          Inglis and DeMint were close friends. In fact, it was Inglis who got DeMint into politics.

          The problem isn't that Inglis was too liberal, it's that he was stupid.  You don't go around insulting your core supporters and expect to win the primaries.  Lieberman's ADA rating didn't help him among Democrats, now did it.  (South Carolina, unlike Connecticut, has a sore loser law.)

          Still, he may survive if Greenville County comes out for him.  Greenville County does not want to be represented by a Spartanburger in Congress.  Union is too small and too Democratic to be relevant.

          "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

          by wayward on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:13:52 PM PDT

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    •  He Did Express A Certain Dislike... (5+ / 0-)

      For Glenn Beck. Which was probably enough to give him the axe with his base.

      "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 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:03:05 AM PDT

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    •  Inglis vs Gowdy (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure this was a conservative vs more conservative race, as much as it was based on anti-incumbency.

      Gowdy may talk ultra-conservative, but as a prosecutor he seems to be a practical guy despite his hard-line rhetoric.

      Be strong enough to carry your own burdens; be compassionate enough to help others carry theirs.

      by usna77 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:03:17 AM PDT

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      •  And even deeper down ballot (1+ / 0-)
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        There were a few sitting GOP state legislators in the upstate who lost their primary races...more evidence of anti-incumbency sentiment.

        Besides, Trey Gowdy is a legitimate candidate with experience in elected office as a Solicitor (the SC title for DA or prosecutor), and not some loony picked out of the crowd at a tea party rally.

        Be strong enough to carry your own burdens; be compassionate enough to help others carry theirs.

        by usna77 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:09:58 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe... (1+ / 0-)
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        I see Inglis also voted for TARP in 2008, a no-no.

        Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

        by Scarce on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:10:28 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not sure I'd count Inglis out (1+ / 0-)
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      Gowdy dominated in his home county (Spartanburg), taking 60% of the vote there.  He lost by 5 points in larger Greenville County, which also gave 41% to the three other candidates.  (Spartanburg County only gave 20% to the other three.)  A lot of what happens in the runoff depends on who those 41% in Greenville County go for.

      Since 57,000 voted in Greenville County and 30,000 in Spartanburg this time around, that could be a difference-maker.  There is a rivalry between the two towns that extends to politics.

      I like lemurs -6.50, -4.82

      by roadbear on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:11:35 AM PDT

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  •  Haley will be interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    with two former putative bedmates not only supposedly kissing but also telling. She has made a pledge to drop out of the race if her infidelity is proven or to resign as governor should proof surface later.

    This is SC so the only question is not if, but when will these allegations be substantiated somehow or the other and if the GOP or Democrats will get to her first?  

    •  Only if it was Gresham Barrett (0+ / 0-)

      ...who was putting out those rumors.

      Indications are that it was Andre Bauer trying to deal with the rumors about his own sexuality who was putting out the rumors.

      Haley got a backlash bounce of around 20 points.  I don't think the Democrats want to go there; they will concentrate on the issues.

      50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

      by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:24:12 AM PDT

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      •  I hate to say this since I am too old (0+ / 0-)

        to move but I fear Haley would make Sarah look competent as a governor

        •  It's not over until November (0+ / 0-)

          If Haley looks too much like Sarah Palin, the corporate money might go to corporatist Democrat Sheheen.

          50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

          by TarheelDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:37:59 AM PDT

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      •  The Democratic strategy (0+ / 0-)

        The Democratic strategy is to make Haley into Sanford in a dress, which she is.

        Gresham Barrett is pretty much unbeatable if he somehow manages to win the nomination.  The "R" by his name is all he needs.  He doesn't have enough opposition in the GOP to hurt him.

        The election may start on the issues.  Both Haley and Sheheen want to bring S.C. kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, although they have completely different ideas about how best to do it. However, this is South Carolina and it is quickly going to get ugly.  The Dems will try to tie Haley to Sanford and have enough dirt on her not related to the sex scandal to do some damage, while Haley will try to make Sheheen look like the candidate of the good ole boys in the General Assembly and/or Barack Obama, even though the Democrats have been out of power for years.  This could be a fascinating race between two bright young candidates, but this is South Carolina and I fully expect it will go straight to the gutter.

        "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

        by wayward on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:23:53 PM PDT

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  •  "The Dakotas"? (0+ / 0-)

    I understand there weren't many races, but still, a little respect?  Or are we going to start seeing posts for "The Carolinas" and "The Virginias" too, just to be fair?

    •  There Was One Federal Race in ND.... (2+ / 0-)
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      That was decided 90-10. And it was a Republican primary, so I didn't think interest here would be that high in a GOP blowout (which is why I did do a separate for Montana, since it was a reasonably close Dem primary that had drawn some interest here.

      I mean, really...did we need a separate link for North Dakota to know that Rick Berg won his primary by eighty points?!?!


      "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 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:08:56 AM PDT

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      •  Steve, I think you do a good job (1+ / 0-)
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        Stephen from Minneapolis

        But as someone with familial ties to North Dakota, my folks being marginalized as part of a package deal with the neighbors to the south touches only a bit of a nerve. There was a competitive primary for Governor in South Dakota. All in all, really no big deal, But let's give South AND North Dakota some respect, both states have done much to help us with our people powered progressive federal majorities.

        •  Don't Disagree....Most People I Have Seen.... (1+ / 0-)
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          Stephen from Minneapolis

          Did not even include North Dakota in their results summaries, because of the paucity of races. I could have just written up So. Dakota (which had the more competitive primaries last night--and Noem winning was an upset in my book), but then someone would have invariably been ticked that I had left ND off altogether.

          Just didn't think that one GOP primary settled by eighty points merited its own designation. Not a slight to the state or its contributions to Dem majorities (given the state's conservative lean at the presidential level, it is the finest example of consistent ticket splitting you'll see).

          "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 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:18:23 AM PDT

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          •  thank you for covering all the primaries (1+ / 0-)
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            As you note, some (most?) places didn't even bother to cover primaries except for those in AR, SC, CA, and NV.

          •  Noem winning (2+ / 0-)

            BTW, Noem winning could be a real problem for Herseth Sandlin.  Herseth Sandlin has spent years tacking to the right and spitting on her Democratic base, and now she has a challenger who (at least on the surface) is virtually indistinguishable on the issues, and who is a blandly pretty face running against her.  I have no doubt that Noem is a complete political loon, but after years of making herself Republican Lite, Herseth Sandlin has virtually nothing setting her apart from the Republican--and in a Republican state, that's a problem for her.

            •  I Agree.... (1+ / 0-)
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              In a race that might be a referendum on the incumbent, blank faces have a ton more upside than known quanitities. Nelson was a known quantity (to an extent) having run and won statewide.

              "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 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:30:28 AM PDT

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          •  South Manitoba (0+ / 0-)

            doesn't get no respect.

            "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

            by Rolfyboy6 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:30:40 AM PDT

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            •  Going To All Three Next Summer.... (0+ / 0-)

              (I know...big nerd to plan out vacations 14 months in advance). North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota. Looking forward to it.

              "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 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:57:09 AM PDT

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              •  Excellent! (0+ / 0-)

                Have a great time.  I love the Twin Cities, and Winnipeg too.  If you're heading out to the Black Hills, be sure to see Custer State Park, the Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Road.  Don't miss the Badlands either.  (Okay, now I sound like a travel agent.)

          •  South Dakota (0+ / 0-)

            To STEVE SINGISER,  I think this discussion about the coverage "under coverage" of South Dakota (and South Dakota)is healthy. Historically, the Dakota's have been on the Progressive Republican side of the ledger.

            Dave Knudson, who receive about 16% of the primary vote for governor, is probably one of the last.  Knudson was/is Senate Majority leader; BA Harvard, law degree NYU; he is a Lutheran ELCA -- which is very liberal; and was a regular financial contributor to Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson and other Democrats; and is viewed by many as a RINO. He is from Sioux Falls (a financial center) and it is my hunch that he represents the urban wing of the South Dakota GOP. Knudson attacked Daugaard for 8 years of deficit spending.

            Scott Munsterman received about 18% of the vote.  In a nutshell, he would appear to be something of an evangelical, social justice conservative who ran a grassroots campaign with something of a good-government platform.

            None of the three top candidates ran on a "social issues" platform.  All ran towards the middle" on jobs creation and fiscal responsibility.

            The one  Teabagger was Gordie Howie.  He received only about 14% of the vote.  He was most popular in the West River side of the state.  (South Dakota is divided in half in terms of geography, culture and politics.  In general, East of the Missouri is where you find the cities, farms,and more liberal politics.  West of the river you find open ranges, cattle, few towns, the air force base and more than its share of wingnuts who belief in the pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-boot-strap myths, even they will take agricultural subsidies for the Federal government.)

            The Democratic candidate Scott Heidipriem will also attack the GOP primary winner Daugaard from a "financial-responsibility/jobs creation" platform. Scott Heidipriem is minority leader in the South Dakota Senate. He has hired the high powered PR firm North Woods Advertising from MPLS to develop is "attack ads" (North Woods did the Wellstone and Jesse Ventura ad campaigns among other and it is consider one of the topic political PR firms in the county.) The has also hire Steve Jarding as his campaign manager.  Jarding is lecture at the Harvard School of Public Affairs, ran Jim Webb's senatorial campaign, and  is co-author of the grassroots campaign strategy book "Foxes in the Henhouse".  Finally, Heidipriem has "covered his right" by chosing a Republican as his running mate who has an a BA from Yale and an MA from the Kellogg School of Business and who is COO of a very successful "jobs creating" corporation in Sioux Falls. Right now, jobs, jobs, jobs is everything in South Dakota and the Democrats are defining themselves as the party of job creation.

            This campaign is very important for it represents an opportunity to ensure that the Democratic Party in South Dakota remain viable for another decade.  Heidipriem promises to energize the party.

            STEVE, this is why I hope you will cover South Dakota politics.

            PS: Here is the link to Heidipriem's campaign website:

      •  true enough (0+ / 0-)

        It's just a personal pet peeve.  Plus, it's a consistency thing:  If every state has a separate listing, then every state should have a separate listing.  However, I understand the reason for consolidating Greater and Lesser Dakota together (I kid!).

    •  Really! (1+ / 0-)
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      The Dakotas, despite its supposed (or real) conservative bent has provided the US Senate with at least 3 Democrats of 4 senators and currently 2 Democrats of 2 Representatives.

  •  Halter Fail A Catastrophic Loss For Progressives (0+ / 0-)

    everyone knows about the disappointing runoff for the U.S. Senate, where Blanche Lincoln held onto

    Imagine IF he had won? The Progressives would be a real political force. Unable to push him over the top, the Progressives are reduced to noise makers. The administration will gladly move more to the Right. I can see the President patting every Progressive on the head like children. Don't expect to get a call from him until his time for re-election.  

      •  This (8+ / 0-)

        AFL-CIO has a response:

        "If that's their take on this, then they severely misread how the electorate feels and how we're running our political program. When we say we're only going to support elected officials who support our issues," said AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale. "When they say we should have targeted our money among some key house races among Blue Dog Democrats — that ain't happening."

        "Labor isn't an arm of the Democratic Party," Vale said. "It exists to support working families. And that's what we said tonight, and that's what we're gong to keep saying."

        "Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."-- Harry S. Truman

        by irmaly on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:18:47 AM PDT

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      •  Obama WH Calls Progressive Effort Pointless! (0+ / 0-)

        Now we know whose ass he wants to kick.

        A senior White House official just called me with a very pointed message for the administration's sometime allies... who invested heavily in beating Blanche Lincoln, Obama's candidate, in Arkansas.

        "Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise," the official said.


    •  wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      lincoln had to fight to win that, she is now weaker for the general.  With every fight Progressives are doing a little bit better.  More wins than loses are in the future for Progressives if it stays on this path.

      •  I don't think she's weaker (3+ / 0-)
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        I think that the primary incentivized her to take a very coherent and reasoned stance in favor of financial services reform, which is both good for the country and might have strengthened her campaign.

        But she was really weak coming in, and seems relatively weak coming out.

        I think that people trying to extrapolate more, likt the parent commenter, are doing so for their own little agendas, like giving the WH yet another undeserved black eye.

        I think that progressives had a damn strong showing here, allied with unions.  Lincoln barely squeaked through.' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

        by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:26:39 AM PDT

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        •  I didn't really get into this race (2+ / 0-)
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          because I never saw a poll that would put Halter over the top in the general.  I don't see this as a big loss.

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:56:58 AM PDT

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          •  I sent in a donation (2+ / 0-)
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            at the outset, as I believe that Lincoln's EFCA reversal merited a strong challenge.  I do think that this primary helped her to assert some coherence re: finreg reform, which is a good thing and IMO worth the price of admission alone.  If she has a chance in hell of saving this seat, she's going to have to appeal to the Democratic constituencies which nearly unseated her and draw more of a contrast between herself and the GOP.

            I take people's points about high expenditure for this contest, but IMO it was worth it.  I'm not happy about Halter's loss but am far from demoralized.

  ' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

            by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:03:23 AM PDT

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    •  Totally disagree (5+ / 0-)
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      A former President still has a ton of pull in his home state; news at 11.  IMO there's no reason to extrapolate much further.' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

      by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:22:25 AM PDT

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      •  Then WH Comment About The Race Doesn't (0+ / 0-)

        make you take notice? They called in "a very pointed message" the Progressive effort "pointless."

        •  No, unsourced nonsense (3+ / 0-)
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          neroden, drache, catwho

          critiquing unions for spending $10M on a candidate whose not that hot in terms of organized labor rather than the equivalent on House races with more vigorous candidates doesn't have me up in arms.  IMO unions were not "humiliated" last night, and whomever "senior Democrat" said so was acting like an asshat.

          This divisive nonsense imagining some WH feud with progressives is utterly ridiculous.

          We came close to unseating an incumbent, which absolutely sends a message.  Be glad of that, not discouraging and attempting to depress and disempower other people, okay.

' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

          by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:39:05 AM PDT

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          •   feud with progressives is utterly ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

            in my case as a voter/contributor it's neither ridiculous or pointless and resent WH effort to put down progressives.

            •  I sent money to Halter too (4+ / 0-)
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              We tried to get rid of an incumbent, weren't successful; those who thought the primary wasn't a good idea are saying that too much money was spent on what was in their opinion a pointless exercise.  GMAFB, I don't care.  I take their opinion; mine differs.  These are two people who didn't even give their names, the latter of whom likely doesn't even work in the WH "senior Democrat," yet you want to create a phony narrative involving the entire WH in which there is a clear diversity of opinion.

              It was a tough loss, there's a ton of merit in this primary (I truly believe that Lincoln's finreg coherence was due to this primary), get over it and move on.  There's no victim here.

    ' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

              by GN1927 on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:49:27 AM PDT

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            •  In the short run (4+ / 0-)
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              the WH needed her vote, as well as the vote of Specter.  Back in 2004, Bush caught hell for campaigning for Arlen, but it was the same situation.  Incumbents are almost always going to get that type of support, unless they really go off the rails.  Obama has no obligations to progressives except to win votes in the House and Senate where he can.

              "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

              by Loge on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:59:32 AM PDT

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  •  The talk of Lincoln (1+ / 0-)
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    losing in the Fall is a bit premature, while i dream of that happening so i can say to the establishment, i told you so, What happens if she wins?

  •  Iowa (5+ / 0-)

    I think Branstad has a real chance at taking the governorship back, ironically, because he was governor during much of the Clinton years when things were going better and Culver has had to try to navigate the Bush disaster.  The GOPers shamelessly, ironically hang Bush's recession on the Gov.  It's fucking pathetic but they always use irony like a blunt instrument, don't they.  

    But the thing is, Branstad winning the primary kind of takes the wind out of the right.  Which isn't good for Grassley.  Conlin is actually a pretty appealing candidate and she's shown some of her savvy showing up here on Dkos and running a campaign that seems to have learned a bit from Obama's Iowa campaign.  With Democratic registrations outstripping GOPs, there is a chance Conlin can light enough of a fire under the ground troops here to gotv and shock the world.  Grassley could be toast.  It's possible.  

    "Drill baby drill" was one of the slogans for the last campaign. It would be insane if we didn't make it a slogan for the next.

    by Sun dog on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:05:21 AM PDT

  •  PROP 16 LOST !!! (14+ / 0-)

    PG&E tried to fool the voters with some of the most deceptive advertising I have seen about this being a 'right to vote' act.  It was a 'right to kill municipal utility district competition' act, and they got their asses handed to them.  

    Sometimes the good guys win.  

    •  Prop 17 Lost, As well.... (9+ / 0-)

      Actually very surprised to see that, given the ridiculous amount of money PG&E and Mercury Insurance was doling out in those races, against completely outgunned opposition.

      "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 Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:19:42 AM PDT

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      •  These two give me hope for the citizenry. (1+ / 0-)
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        The good guys can actually win.  By narrow margins.  When the bad guys put naked, self-serving power grabs on the ballot.

        Well, I'll take that half-a-loaf.

        -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

        by neroden on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:29:15 AM PDT

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      •  I understood why Prop 16 was bad... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...but I couldn't figure out exactly how prop 17 was bad.  It basically allowed the companies to charge less for people who continuously had insurance for a long period (who probably have lower rates of claims) and/or charge people who didn't more.  The companies are already allowed to do that if they stay with one company for a long period of time, this merely changes it so that they can count the time period with a previous company in factoring in the discount.  There was nothing in it that neccessarily raised (or lowered) the overall rate structure.

        I figure Mercury was pushing it because they want to balance their costs with rates better, and attract people that have had continuous coverage to their company (who file fewer claims) by offering them lower rates.

    •  Calif. dodged a couple of bullets (0+ / 0-)

      But like I posted last night when Props. 16 & 17 led in early returns, it is always thus in Calif.

      Because the conservative precincts tend to roll in first. We gives 'em hope and then we takes it away. Such is the life sometimes of the CA Republican. Not always, but last night corporate interests were all giddy because they could almost reach that candy.

      Check out the map:

      There are two states in Calif. Actually four: Northern Calif, SoCal, Liberal West, Conservative East.

  •  Gulf makes it hard to care about this stuff.n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  The Gulf should make it more important (2+ / 0-)
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      mcfly, singe

      Having valuable public servants that hold corporations like BP accountable is critical.

      Giving the reins back to de-regulators is re-setting the timer on the bomb.

      "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin." - Charles Darwin

      by ViralDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:26:36 AM PDT

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      •  so true. it's just after 62 years on earth i find (2+ / 0-)
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        it hard to name very many such public servants. but thanks for the admonition. i need to come back out from hiding under the covers.

        •  Believe me - I understand the sentiment n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin." - Charles Darwin

          by ViralDem on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:57:01 AM PDT

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          •  yup. been down so long it looks like up to me. (0+ / 0-)

            HOWEVAH----just maybe the Gulf doesn't die completely and just maybe the crud doesn't come around the tip of Florida and wipe out the East Coast and just maybe huge swaths of the sargassum survives and just maybe the kemps ridleys hang on and just maybe this frigging cap or whatever it is does remove 90+% of the spill and JUST FUCKING MAYBE this guy we fought so hard to elect president really does initiate and see passage of much tougher regulations of oil and coal companies and just maybe the regulatory agencies get some real focused, rigorous leadership and so.....yeah we better hang on to the god damn congress so some sane legislation has some chance of passing and so i need to get back to contributing and phone banking so;

            Oh, put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;
            Put me in, Coach - I'm ready to play today;  

  •  Nimrata Haley... (0+ / 0-)

    ...such a great name for a (alleged) two-time adulterer, far-right, Palin-wanna-be, bag-o-hammers...and South Carolina's NEXT governor!!

    I wonder whether Barrett will step aside, though, given the rancor, the allegations, the recent history of the governorship (at least Mark Sanford is only a one-time adulterer), and on and on.

    Pass the popcorn.

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it -- GB Shaw

    by kmiddle on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:24:25 AM PDT

    •  Barrett won't step aside (0+ / 0-)

      Barrett won't concede, even though he knows he has almost no chance of winning the runoff.  

      The reason why is because he needs his supporters to come out and vote in his old district, SC-03.  Certified wacko Richard Cash won the primary and is in a runoff against Rep. Jeff Duncan.  Cash is too extreme even for SC-03, and would put that in play in November, while Duncan would win easily.

      "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." - Will Rogers

      by wayward on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:28:03 PM PDT

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  •  California... (4+ / 0-)
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    screwed itself by passing Prop. 14, the top two primary.  Last I checked, only two counties voted against it: San Francisco County and Orange County.  Yes, that Orange County.  Strange bedfellows, indeed.

    Fortunately, PG&E and Mercury Insurance's power grabs failed in the forms of Props. 16 & 17, which both failed.

    I've been arguing with a bit of a stalker (he lurks on Calitics, DailyKos too, and finds my posts) on why Prop. 14 is bad.  I quoted his insanity as an example of the other side, and he wanted more, since he's been banned from Calitics.

    btw, please send out more of my posts. those sites need to hear more from the gospel of freedom and free-markets.

    We're not done yet remaking California. Repealing AB32 and bringing redistricting to panels and away from the State Legislature in November will be our crown jewel.

    Yes, he actually wrote that.

    •  Prop 14 is bad for Democrats in California... (0+ / 0-)

      ...mainly because it will increase the chances of a moderate Republican to win in the general in a statewide race.  See, in the primaries, the Republicans always nominate lunatics and losers (which is why I'm surprised they slapped down Orly as hard as they did), who then lose to the Democrat by 20 points in the general.  Arnie would have never won a traditional Republican primary (the 2003 special election was winner-take-all with no primary and 25678956890 candidates).

    •  Not sure Prop. 14 is bad (0+ / 0-)

      Both the Democratic and Republican parties opposed it.

      This report in the San Francisco Chronicle includes an analysis:

      The Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles found that most general elections that would feature same-party candidates would be between Democrats and that there may be some races where Republicans and decline-to-state voters tilt the outcome to a more moderate candidate.

      The center also concluded that campaigns "will be significantly more expensive," as candidates would have to appeal to a wide range of voters in primaries, not just members of one political party.

      What we're not going to see anymore are far Right teabaggers appealing to "da base" in the primary, then tacking to the center in the general.

      Candidates will have to appeal to as many voters as possible.

      •  What that means... (0+ / 0-)

        is strongly Democratic districts, which SHOULD be electing Congressmen with good D scores, will instead be electing people much more conservative than the district's actual makeup.  And then you get people like Illinois' Dan Lipinski in a D+10 district.

        NOT good.  Not good at all.

        And because California has many, many more Democrats than Republicans, and many, many more safe D districts than the Republicans do, this will much more adversely affect Democrats than Republicans in California.

        In those safe D districts, a far right teabagger won't make the top two anyway.  But for all NON-safe D districts, actually, if they can appeal to the "base", in many of those places they can secure about 27% of the vote just with that alone, and all it takes is a few more fools voting for them to push them over 30%, and suddenly, they're in the top two.

        The first goal is to finish in the top two.  Tactically and strategically, this is NOT the same as appealing to as many voters as possible.

  •  Anon. WH Aide? MY ASS: Rahm Emmanuel (3+ / 0-)

    Obama didn't NEED Judd Gregg to make the WH look politically balanced--he had Rahm Fucking Emmanuel.

    -7.88, -6.72. "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins."--John Locke

    by caseynm on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:29:17 AM PDT

  •  Time to underline our point in AR (0+ / 0-)

    To further make the point the DINOs are as viable as Dodos maybe we ought to find a suitable 3rd party candidate to back in the AR general senate race.  A candidate with a purely progressive platform would be an ideal message-bearer/protest-vote since Lincoln is going down in the general.

    50% + 1: All Senate candidates should must the pledgeGo Nuclear Now!!!

    by KingBolete on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 07:40:11 AM PDT

  •  Well DEMS Can Add AR to Already Lost Senate Races (2+ / 0-)
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    Lincoln cannot win in November.  Her unfavorables are just too high and she just barely won the Democratic nomination.

    The DEMS establishment really just won a hollow victory.  What good is it to run a candidate that is dead on arrival in the general election?  Why is it a good thing that the DSCC will have to spend millions of dollars trying to re-elect her when there are so many endangered DEM seats and potential GOP seat pickups.

    •  That's fine (1+ / 0-)
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      except I don't see actual empirical evidence Halter would have done better.  What's more, why should the WH lose Lincoln's vote for the duration of the campaign?

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:02:20 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

        The world ain't San Francisco; sometimes the choice is between a barely-Democrat and a very-Republican, because a real-Democrat would lose by twenty points.  If that is the case, I would take the barely-Democrat every time.

  •  CA-36 Harman over Winograd (0+ / 0-)

    IMHO another loss for progressives.

    I am having a hard time finding the numbers for this race. Does anyone know the final results?

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:02:28 AM PDT

    •  Why, yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      From our Secretary of State website:

      Jane Harman     22,446   58.8%
      Marcy Winograd  15,732   41.2%

      I guess some will claim it's a moral victory because Winograd held Harman under 60%, but really, it's only a few points better than how she did back in 2006 (she lost 62.5%-37.5%).

      •  Well (5+ / 0-)

        Anytime a true dyed in the wool progressive mounts a substantial challenge to a Blue Dog complacent incumbent -- forcing them to veer leftward -- it is a victory.  Obviously we (Marcy is my spouse) would have preferred to and were trying to win, but we can take some comfort in the facts that

        1.  she did do better than 2006 in an atmosphere not as negative to Harman in some ways as it was then (because the Iraq war was not a headline and Harman had been forced to make unnatural pacific noises about Afghanistan);
        1. Harman felt compelled to: a) lasso real progressives (Lynn Woolsey, Henry Waxman, John Conyers and the head of the LA County Labor Fed) to rally by her faux progressive flank, and with the aid of a professional sleazedog campaign consultant, b)  lie about her polling and spew blatant lies and gross exaggerations about Marcy in her mailers.  

        "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

        by Budlawman on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 11:02:54 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks for fighting the good fight (2+ / 0-)
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          Marcy won me over with several of her diaries here -- what she believes in, and what she'd work for in Congress.

          Though I live thousands of miles away, I'd be delighted to have her voice in Congress. I believe she'd speak for me. If she decides to run again, she can count on my continued (but unfortunately small dollar) support.

          The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

          by Positronicus on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 12:00:20 PM PDT

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  •  What the hell happened in SC Dem Senate? (2+ / 0-)
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    Was Rawl really so detested that Greene won purely because of "I guess I'll vote for this other guy" syndrome?

    You say you want your country back. I'd like my country forward, thank you.

    by catwho on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:06:04 AM PDT

  •  CA- Meg bought the primary, but PG&E didn't buy a (4+ / 0-)
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    constitutional amendment.

    I'm glad the voters weren't fooled on that one (of course, the power blinks on the weekend before the election probably didn't help- my county came out at something like 85% NO.) Now PG&E needs to stop wasting our money on power grabs, and concentrate on service, so localities have less reason to make other arrangements.

    And let's hope Brown gets his campaign together quickly. If Meg manages to buy the governorship, it will be a horrible thing for CA.

    -this space for rent-

    by EsnRedshirt on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:12:57 AM PDT

  •  What happened to the guy in Cali (0+ / 0-)

    who had Jack Bauer's "endorsement."

  •  California: Democrats look like they're in MAJOR (0+ / 0-)


    Jerry Brown?! There is absolutely zero chance that he can win. Can't believe in the entire state the Democrats couldn't find one electable alternative. I know Newsome thought about it but bailed when he saw he couldn't win...but Jerry Brown?! I love the guy, but there's simply no way. Race over.

    Meg Whitman...the next governor of California (and GOP running mate for Jeb in 2012).

    Boxer: she's the classic survivor, truth-teller, tough as nails politician who deserves to keep her seat. But this is American hyper-politics circa 2010 and nothing is sacred and no one is safe. Impulse politics fed by hyperventilating cable news media echo chambers will bring one of the best, most compassionate, deserving senators of our lifetime down.

    Californication...GOP sweeps it in the fall.

    •  Do not underestimate Jerry.... (4+ / 0-)
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      He simply hasn't campaigned yet, and is sitting on what, 20 million dollars?

      Meanwhile, the spending-money-like-water Meg Whitman has already handed out great wads of ammunition to him.

      Also, the polls don't make it seem like Boxer is in trouble.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:31:29 AM PDT

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      •  Boxer is in better shape: Fiorina's god-awful (3+ / 0-)
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        record as ceo of hp; shipping jobs overseas, losing money, is ammunition for Boxer. As well, Fiorina went hard-right on immigration and climate change and trotting out Sarah Palin. So Boxer has a shot. It's the wave effect that concerns me.

        Brown?! Who knows. Maybe Whitman implodes. Maybe she makes a fool of herself in debates. Maybe Brown galvanizes the Latino vote and they turn out for him.

        •  If Meg spends money like that til November... (1+ / 0-)
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          Wikipedia reports her current net worth as $1.6 billion, so unfortunately, this race won't bankrupt her, not by a long shot.

          My wife thinks that if a candidate pumped $80 million directly into our education system instead of their campaign fund, they'd win, hands down. I'm much less optimistic about that assessment, but it's irrelevant, since Meg obviously doesn't care about public education. She'd rather privatize it. (Fine for her- she can send her kids to any school she wants. The rest of us, even with vouchers, don't necessarily have that option.)

          I'm not sure what she really cares about, but her campaign website is pretty revealing- she's a corporatist neo-conservative. After eight years of them in charge of the whole country, I hope CA realizes they would be just as bad in charge of the state.

          -this space for rent-

          by EsnRedshirt on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:21:23 AM PDT

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          •  remember Huffington's ex? (0+ / 0-)

            Who spent down the family fortune, only to lose.

            Another one from CA is Prop 14, in future primaries you can vote for anyone. Then, in the fall, there is a runoff for the top contenders. Had people realized it will only mean MORE robo-calls from all candidates, they might have thought differently about this.

            "O you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union" - Woody Guthrie from Union Maid

            by dkosdan on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 11:21:55 AM PDT

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    •  Boxer would only have been in trouble (4+ / 0-)
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      had Tom Campbell been her opponent.

      But it's Fiorina, thank goodness.  Boxer will make mincemeat of her and win in a cakewalk.

      As for Whitman, she's saying the same things Schwarzenegger did, and CA voters know how that turned out - Schwarzenegger will be leaving office very unpopular.  I do wish that we were running someone other than Jerry Brown, but he can certainly win.  He won his statewide AG race easily enough and he'll win the governorship again in November.

    •  Brown won attorney general in Nov 06 (2+ / 0-)
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      So it's not like he hasn't won state-wide since he was last governor.  And he crushed his Republican opponent by 18 points (and his primary opponent then by 26 points).

    •  Brown leads Meg by double digits (0+ / 0-)

      so I'm wondering why you think that a candidate with massive name recognition and a lead of 48% to 36% over Whitman has "zero chance" to win.

      Unless you're privy to some incredibly devastating videotape, this is what we call "Jerry Brown's race to lose."

      Because he's already winning. He's been banking his money.

      This is California. Ain't no way Jose no how we're going to elect Meg Whitman over Jerry Brown (thus the double-digit lead he has). Ain't gonna happen. I'll lay money on it.

  •  Arkansa's Time to Support true progressive (2+ / 0-)
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    Its time we stop supporting blue dog democrats and start supporting true progressives:

  •  FYI article June 7th (1+ / 0-)
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    hit piece article on Halter:

    The point of the Times article seems to be that Halter is not the liberal lion he and his union backers make him out to be, but an opportunist who has embraced social conservatism and economic populism with equal ease depending on the election year.

    June 7th

    When Carly Fiorina was CEO of Hewlett Packard she traded with Iran in violation of federal law. - Sen. Barbara Boxer

    by anyname on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:07:34 AM PDT

  •  Tim Wooldridge (0+ / 0-)

    Now, look I'm no apologist for Tim, but I do know him. He was NEVER a prosecutor. Go to his website... here is a link to his about Tim section. He was lots of things... but NEVER a prosecutor.

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. That is all!

    by mirandawrites on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:50:45 AM PDT

  •  Help (1+ / 0-)
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    Does anyone here know where I could find a summary of these ballot initiatives in California?

  •  Advice for all Democratic candidates... (1+ / 0-)
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    If your Republican opponent isn't a teabagger, your best strategy is to coax whatever teabaggers, that are in your area, into attacking him as a RINO.  If you're lucky, they'll be doing this already.

    If you have no tea groups in your district loud enough to do this job, you, quietly...create some.  It's easy. Just find some college students in the theatre department, and it'll be like they're doing performance art.  

    Once your Tea Party is rehearsed, start attacking the RINO as not being pure enough in his/her conservatism. Or not christian enough. Or not willing enough to demand Obama's birth certificate. Have them write teabagger letters to the editor, declaring that voting for a RINO is just as bad as voting for a socialist!! If there's a libertarian candidate, or a write-in teabagger, have your "Tea Group" throw their support behind that candidate.

    This should peel about 10-15% off your Republican opponents normally dependable fringe base. This also will halt any attempt to swing to the center, as he will have to "keep right" to shore up the crazies.

    You, as the Democratic candidate, publicly ignore your opponents teabagger problem, and attack him as a corporate sell out, who would side with Wall Street and BP against accountability. And being anti-healthcare reform (which he can't deny, else incur teabag wrath) etc.

    We should be able to pick off several GOP incumbents this way.

  •  HEY STEVE ... Breaking news! (0+ / 0-)

    I really want this known because this misinformation is prevalent! NO ONE HAS CORRECTED THIS SINCE TIM STARTED RUNNING.
    Tim Wooldridge was not a prosecutor. Please look at his website. Thank you! Look here at Tim's website

    Sarah Palin is an idiot. That is all!

    by mirandawrites on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:08:12 PM PDT

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