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A heaping helping of offerings from the campaign trail greet the political junkies of America in a fitting kickoff to the penultimate week before Netroots Nation.

(Brief plug: You really should go. It is going to be incredible)

As Monday evening moseys along, we see new data from one of the most vulnerable GOP districts in the nation (color me skeptical about it), as well as dueling endorsements lighting up the Democratic primary in the state of Michigan. Two top-flight northeastern GOP contenders for Governor step in it to various degrees, while the Democrats may do something on the gubernatorial front that they haven't done in almost a century (and it's not a good thing).

All this (and more!) on the Monday edition of the Wrap....

THE U.S. SENATE

AK-Sen: Murkowski to debate Senate primary rival
Here is a curious move for an incumbent to make, especially in a primary election--Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is agreeing to debate her teabagging primary opponent, Joe Miller. The incumbent, seeking her second full term after her 2003 appointment, agreed to a trio of debates with the Palin-endorsed Miller. The debates will take place in an eight-day whirlwind, beginning exactly two weeks prior to their late August primary.

CA-Sen: Fiorina into a narrow lead, according to late SUSA poll
A late breaking poll this evening from SurveyUSA becomes among the first polls in the cycle to suggest that Republican nominee Carly Fiorina has taken a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. The poll has Fiorina at 47% of the vote, with Boxer at 45%. The poll was conducted on behalf of a CBS affiliate in the Bay Area.

FL-Sen: LeMieux bucks the man who appointed him, backs Rubio
This has been expected since Charlie Crist ditched the Republican Party a few months back, but the former right-hand man for the Governor has made it clear who he is backing in November, and it isn't the nouveau Independent who once employed him. Senator George LeMieux, appointed to the seat as a placeholder in the wake of the resignation of Mel Martinez, not only endorsed Rubio, but expressed his disappointment with Crist for leaving the primary. He has also apparently contributed to Rubio from his PAC, and has offered other campaign assistance, as well.

SC-Sen: Greene to make first formal speech as nominee
Accidental Senate nominee Alvin Greene has not exactly been hiding under the bed as of late. For example, he announced to the world that he wants Denzel Washington to play him in the movie about his life (which is not in the planning stages, by the way). He has also suggested bridging the economic gap in South Carolina by selling Alvin Greene action figures. But now, he is apparently moving into candidate mode, with his first official appearance as the Democratic nominee. He will be appearing as a featured speaker before his local chapter of the NAACP this coming Sunday.

SD-Sen: Thune in national figure mode with re-election assured
It is usually not a great sign for the challenging party when an incumbent facing re-election can shutter his campaign apparatus a full four months prior to Election Day. Yet that is exactly what is happening in South Dakota, where freshman Senator John Thune has managed to avoid any opposition for November, Democrat or otherwise. This opens up Thune to fundraise in other states, to part with some of his re-election funds to other needy candidates, and to be a rainmaker for local candidates. DavidNYC at SSP offered a great counterargument, though--the Democrats might be better served in South Dakota by not having the locally uber-popular Thune gracing the top of the ballot.

WV-Sen: Capito still on fence, with decision pending this weekend?
With the AP now saying that Governor Joe Manchin will appoint the interim replacement for the late Robert Byrd this Sunday, speculation now turns to who will run in the special election that is likely to kick off this Fall. The oft-mentioned name at the top of the GOP wishlist--Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito--is still on the fence. She claims to be unconcerned about the prospect of defeat (which even the GOP polling clearinghouse known as Rasmussen said was likely), but is only making sure she is not giving up any "momentum" for the state by switching races.

THE U.S. HOUSE

AZ-03: Is Hulburd making this GOP open seat a pickup opportunity?
In a solidly Republican open seat in the suburbs of Phoenix, local media are starting to take a very serious look at the lone Democrat in the field, attorney Jon Hulburd. Hulburd has raised monster cash thus far, including another quarter-million in the second quarter, according to the campaign. The analysis by the local Arizona Capitol Times points out, accurately, that the GOP field, numbering at an almost absurd ten candidates, could result in one of the fringier candidates making the cut with 15-20% of the vote. In short: Democratic pickup opportunities are few and far between this cycle, but keep an eye on this race.

LA-02: Field is set, and GOP incumbent is claiming a huge lead
The filing deadline in the Pelican State is closed, and a potential Democratic player in the competitive New Orleans-area seat occupied by Joseph Cao decided to remain on the sidelines. Karen Carter Peterson, who made it into a runoff election with embattled former Democratic Rep. Bill Jefferson a few cycles ago, declined a bid. Cao is far from secure, however, as he has a pair of Democratic state legislators (Cedric Richmond and Juan LaFonta) facing him in the Fall.

For his part, however, Cao is claiming relative security in the race, by releasing a fairly dusty internal poll (late May/Early June) claiming a 51-26 lead over Richmond. Why Team Cao felt the need to hold onto this poll for six weeks is unclear, although it might have been to give the false impression that this was a recent poll. Richmond's campaign was not rolling in earnest back then, though he is actively on the trail now.

THE GUBERNATORIAL RACES

AL-Gov: Byrne gets major late (too late?) endorsement
In the final days before his primary runoff election with state legislator Robert Bentley, businessman and former college head Bradley Byrne got a late endorsement from a very big name--the outgoing Governor of the state, Bob Riley. His campaign also claimed the endorsements of Congressmen Jo Bonner and Mike Rogers in the final days of the runoff. As a final gambit to define the election, Byrne has been hammering the Alabama Education Association, arguing that the union was behind recent television ads attacking Byrne and implying that Bentley is a stealth union candidate (Byrne ally Jo Bonner referred to Bentley as a union "trojan horse" on Friday).

AZ-Gov: Brewer continues to consolidate Arizona GOP support
Any doubt that Jan Brewer has managed to completely resurrect her standing with Arizona Republicans has likely been erased today, with the news that she had earned the endorsements of both Senator John McCain and Senator Jon Kyl. Brewer's nomination likely became a given this weekend, with the news that state treasurer Dean Martin was suspending his campaign. Brewer had already endorsed McCain's Senate bid.

CA-Gov: Whitman attacks Brown for union ties
This was entirely predictable: with the campaign of Jerry Brown still sitting on the sidelines conserving resources in the face of free-spending GOP Meg Whitman, affiliated groups like "Working Families for Jerry Brown" have been bridging the gap. This has led Meggy Warbucks to launch her 838th ad of the cycle, which attacks Brown for being the "union" candidate.

In other California news, a late-breaking poll from SurveyUSA is the first to show a significant lead for Whitman over Brown in the race. The poll, taken for CBS5 in the Bay Area, has Whitman holding down 46% of the vote, with Brown sitting on 39% of the vote.

CT-Gov: Foley latest GOPer caught in a "war zone" kerfluffle
It is starting to become somewhat obvious that the whole Richard Blumenthal/Vietnam fracas has been more of a minefield for Republicans than it has been for the Democrats. The latest GOP candidate caught up in the newfound interest in biographical veracity is fellow Nutmegger Tom Foley, the GOP frontrunner for Governor. Foley's biography highlighted both his role in resurrecting the Iraqi economy while part of the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003, and the dangers he faced while there. The only problem: other accounts of Foley's role in the CPA contradict the details offered in his biography.

FL-Gov: McCollum finances circling drain, under one mil in CoH
One now gets a better understanding of why Rick Scott is so eager to see the Millionaire's Amendment overturned in court in Florida. A court filing related to the case revealed that the former gubernatorial frontrunner, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, has just $800,000 on hand for the balance of the campaign cycle. McCollum is not completely destitute--if the law is upheld, he is eligible for an untold amount of cash courtesy of Scott's lavish self-financing. Even without that, however, McCollum would have access to up to $2 million, the result of a state law which grants money to candidates who raise money within the state, rather than cashing in on wealthy out-of-state donors.

GA-Gov: Barnes leads Dem primary; endorsements shake up both races
Aside from the Alabama runoffs (and a curious special election in Ohio, but more on that tomorrow), the only electoral game in town this month is in the state of Georgia, and there is a ton of news out of the Peach State today. New polling from Insider Advantage puts Roy Barnes is fairly safe territory for avoiding an August runoff with state Attorney General Thurbert Baker. The poll has Barnes sitting at 59% of the vote, with Baker far behind at 15%. DuBose Porter and David Poythress languish at 2%, and are increasingly unlikely to be a factor. Baker could be, however, as he unloaded a huge endorsement today in the form of former President Bill Clinton. Republican co-front runner Karen Handel can claim an endorsement of her own today, from none other than Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, Congressman Nathan Deal is apparently bent out of shape for not being deemed a Papa Grizzly, because he did not take long to savage the recipient, asking why Palin would endorse the "most liberal" Republican in the field. He also made the somewhat bizarre accusation that Handel was facilitating "gay outreach" to kids.

MI-Gov: It's endorsement-fest in the Dem primary!
The Democratic primary in the battle to be Michigan's next Governor is reaching a heated stage, with both candidates notching major-league endorsements to kick off the week. After getting basically smoked in the endorsement derby, state House speaker Andy Dillon announced a big one this morning, as former Mayor Dennis Archer gave his support to Dillon. This came on the heels of Dillon's primary rival, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, earning the endorsement of a pair of influential African-American members of Congress (John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick) over the weekend. Then, right on the heels of the Dillon-Archer announcement, Bernero added another big endorsement to his roster, as state legislator and former gubernatorial candidate Alma Wheeler Smith's endorsement this afternoon.

MN-Gov: Emmer tips flap continues unabated
Last week, your curator of the Wrap reported on the "man of the people" tactics of GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer, who was proposing that tips from service employees be counted against their wages, so that the minimum wage for such employees could be dropped below the state minimum. Emmer is trying to fight back by claiming he is being taken out of context on that stand, and another outlandish claim that tips put service workers above the six-figure annual income. The only problem--of course!--is that there is video. Emmer might not only be hurting his gubernatorial candidacy, but he is seriously risking getting timely service in any restaurant or bar in Minnesota at this point.

NE-Gov: Democrats flirting with leaving guv ballot line blank
It hasn't happened in nearly a century, but it may well happen in 2010. On the heels of former nominee Mark Lakers' abandonment of his gubernatorial campaign, it is looking increasingly likely that Democrats will not find a replacement to run on the Democratic line. Such a move would, in fairness, be something of a suicide mission--Republican Governor Dave Heineman is sitting on over $1.5 million, and the state has a fairly large generic GOP lean in even the best of circumstances.

PA-Gov: Corbett--unemployed are unemployed by choice?
This could, in the long run, qualify as something of a game-changer in an open seat gubernatorial race that seemed to favor the GOP. Republican nominee Tom Corbett, while speaking in a radio interview yesterday, made a comment about how "the jobs are there", but that some people would prefer to collect unemployment. It did not take long, of course, for his Democratic rival, Dan Onorato to seize on the comment, pointing out that nearly 600,000 people in Pennsylvania are presently out of work.

THE RAS-A-POLL-OOZA

The House of Ras hits just two races to open the week, hitting a high-profile gubernatorial race on the Eastern Seaboard, and a vulnerable open-seat contest for the U.S. Senate in the Midwest. Republicans lead in both, according to the House of Ras. Feel free to make your surprised face...now!

IN-Sen: Dan Coats (R) 51%, Brad Ellsworth (D) 30%
MD-Gov: Robert Ehrlich (R) 47%, Martin O'Malley (D) 46%

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:40 PM PDT.

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  •  runoffs in Alabama tomorrow (1+ / 0-)
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    AL-Gov republican side - Bentley v. Byrne

    AL-Attorney General-Dem - Perkins v. Anderson

    AL-07 - Smoot v. Sewell

  •  Someone besides Ras needs to get to NV (3+ / 0-)

    and poll the Senate race out here.

    It's been probably close to a month since the race was last polled.

    I just can't believe Angle would still have much of a lead with prominent Northern Nevada Repubs coming out in support of Reid. And, the fact that she's opened her maw several times since then...

  •  I just don't get it, I guess. (5+ / 0-)

    This has led Meggy Warbucks to launch her 838th ad of the cycle, which attacks Brown for being the "union" candidate.

    Because ... unions are ... bad?  Hoshit, not workers' rights and not getting screwed by corporations!  Run for the hilllllls!  (I get why the GOBP doesn't like unions, but voters seriously fall for that baloney?  Good grief.)

    Also, I'm greatly amused at "Meggy Warbucks".  :D

    Plus .. 838 ads?  That's insane.

    America's military went to war. America went to the mall.

    by talismanlangley on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:44:33 PM PDT

  •  Bzuh? (6+ / 0-)

    another outlandish claim that tips put service workers above the six-figure annual income

    ON WHAT PLANET?

    America's military went to war. America went to the mall.

    by talismanlangley on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:46:12 PM PDT

  •  I know it's Ras (0+ / 0-)

    but what's the deal with Ehrlich leading O'Malley?

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:51:30 PM PDT

    •  It's the economy (4+ / 0-)
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      and a race between two well-known governors, one incumbent and one who was an incumbent only 4 years ago, it's bound to be close.

      I still believe that O'Malley will win, just narrowly.

      People panic too much on this site.

      by thematt523 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:54:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  A couple of reasons (0+ / 0-)

      The biggest, of course, is the economy. It stinks, and as the incumbent, O'Malley is feeling the anger. But Ehrlich has also been getting all the press lately, while O'Malley doesn't seem to have transitioned into campaign mode just yet.

      I'm not particularly worried yet. If these numbers don't start looking better by the end of August, then we're in big trouble.

      Deoliver47 was right and deserves some apologies.

      by seancdaug on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 10:33:18 PM PDT

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  •  That SurveyUSA poll (5+ / 0-)
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    has to be an outlier. No other poll has the race that lopsided in favor of the GOP. Almost all polls have the race tied or a very narrow Dem lead. I'd wait for another poll before we take that one seriously.

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:53:23 PM PDT

  •  "Alvin Greene action figures" - collectibles (0+ / 0-)

    to go with my Palin/Bachmann Hummel figures

    "...calling for a 5" deck gun is not parody. Not by a long shot." (gnaborretni)

    by annieli on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 07:54:36 PM PDT

  •  Where's Howard Dean when you need him? (6+ / 0-)

    Personally, I think it's shit that the Dems aren't even trying to win in South Dakota (didn't field a candidate at all) and are doing a real half assed job in South Carolina with a candidate who has become a national punchline.  

    Howard Dean would have at least fielded decent candidates and would make a solid attempt at winning.  Tim Kaine (and Rahm/Obama/Axelrod) have just given up before even trying.  

  •  Help beat Crazy TX Gov Perry (0+ / 0-)

    http://billwhitefortexas.com/

    Why is there no race tracker wiki, or did I miss it?

    Yes, Mr. President, www.yesweSTILLcan.org David Waldman says: Filibuster Reform Now

    by divineorder on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:02:08 PM PDT

  •  I would like to see (0+ / 0-)
    the Democratic Party take Al Greene in South Carolina more seriously, helping him with coaching, advice, and whatever else it can offer (without getting crazy, of course).

    In this sort of a wild anti-incumbency, anti-establishment election year, he may stand a real chance of unseating Jim DeMint. The Dems need every Senate seat they have a chance to catch.

    •  No way... (1+ / 0-)
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      You do that and you're endorsing his craziness and he becomes the Dems Sharron Angle and all Dem candidates will have to answer questions about Greene's silly statements.  

      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 Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:22:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  i think this would be (2+ / 0-)
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      a real waste of energy.   Not only does Greene have virtually no chance but he's beyond unqualified to actually hold office. They need to come to Ohio and help our senate candidate who has basically seemed to have decided not to campaign. I get that the abyss of money disparity is discouraging but  rolling over and conceding is not the way to go,

      De-orangify Congress: Justin Coussoule for Oh-08 http://www.coussouleforcongress.com/

      by anastasia p on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:26:07 PM PDT

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    •  don't be stupid (0+ / 0-)

      No country in the world is that anti-incumbent at any time. An incompetent idiot will never unseat an popular conservative Senator in SC no matter what.

      And the country is not anti-incumbent right now. It is anti-Democratic Party. It's time we admit that. We've been in power, and the economy is bad. Voters have no choice but to blame us. It's not our policies; it's just that people are not happy with the economy, and blame the party in power.

      People panic too much on this site.

      by thematt523 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 09:10:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  NE: the unicameral state is (1+ / 0-)
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    the unipartisan state. Oh, wait, Ben Nels - never mind. Unipartisan.

  •  Gulf Watchers ROV #200, (0+ / 0-)
    a Party and Community Celebration, is now in progress.

    Please join the festivities.

    Many Liveblog stats, among the noise of the party.

  •  Clinton endorsement (0+ / 0-)

    I guess the Clinton endorsement is expected, but sad.  

    We already fund our middle class's education on the backs of the poor, via the lottery, in Georgia.  And Baker's solution to our educational woes is... lottery bingo?  And Clinton likes that detailed plan?

    This is just more class warfare - and the rich class winning.  Not to mention if someone like Sharron Angle had proposed it, bingo-for-education would be like chickens-for-checkups.  Instead it's just the Georgia Democratic party.

    •  I really like Thurbert Baker, but I'm voting (0+ / 0-)

      for Barnes Tuesday.  I think Barnes is the only one with any chance of beating the Repubs, and we have GOT to get the Gov. seat back this time.  Barnes will be term limited to 4 years, and I'd like to see Baker run again then.  I think the support will be much better then for him.  (I'd also like to see Barnes use Baker in some capacity, so Baker stays visible, but that will remain to be seen...)

      Yes, the lottery bingo is not a strong idea, but overall he is not too bad in his positions.  But Barnes can hit the ground running, and we need that right now.

      I think the only thing Clinton's endorsement could do is kick the race into a runoff.

      •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

        I had liked Baker more, before I heard of that plan.

        I think Barnes might be a good strategic vote - he can run on experience, which is important.  But on the other hand, my feeling is(not having seen any actual polls) that his negatives are already pretty high - what's he going to do to convince the voters that voted him out to bring him back?  I don't know, and I hope he has an answer.  

        With the race looking like it's going to a runoff, I am thinking about voting Porter - at a recent candidate forum he was the only one who said he was against future offshore drilling off the coast of Georgia.  Protecting the coastal islands is a high priority for me, so that's about all I need - but then education is Porter's top priority also(at least, according to his website).  So I think that's where I'll be throwing my vote.

  •  Boxer losing? (4+ / 0-)

    That would be add insult to injury if both Boxer and Brown lost to Fiorina and Whitman.

  •  Is Boxer on the air in Cali? (2+ / 0-)
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    Corneliusmingus, MPociask

    Is she keeping her powder dry for a push later knowing she can't match Fiorina's spending now? I assume that's what Brown is doing, but since he's been out of the public eye for so long I think it's a mistake as nobody knows him, and I think he feels he has some name value still.  

    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 Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:24:03 PM PDT

  •  Scott McInnis in some real trouble... (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    Caught by the Denver Post plagiarizing at a job that paid him $300,000 for his services.  

    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 Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:35:43 PM PDT

    •  Great catch, Jonze.... (0+ / 0-)

      And they don't have a backup plan there, unless you count Dan Maes, and his $23,000 warchest (which will become negative $4000 when you factor in his fines to the Secretary of State for campaign finance violations).

      "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 Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 08:36:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  if Boxer loses (4+ / 0-)

    it presages a baaaad night for Dems IMO.

    No way Fiorina should beat Boxer.

  •  How do you all feel about Thune? (1+ / 0-)
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    he scares me. i dont see why he's not a bigger player on the national stage for Reps.  i can see him winning the nomination.  he looks and sounds the part and that's all that really matters.

    He may not be tea bag approved but i can see them going with someone they feel can beat obama just because they hate obama so much.

    "A lie isn't a side of a story. It's just a lie." The Wire

    by glutz78 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 09:02:43 PM PDT

  •  Ah, but (1+ / 0-)
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    Corneliusmingus

    this is also the month of the delightful and highly momentous Oklahoma primaries (July 27).

    Still tittering over Meggy Warbucks, too.

    Manufactured political distractions, you are officially on notice.

    by David Jarman on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 09:51:26 PM PDT

  •  and still I'm baffled (2+ / 0-)
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    fumie, frankzappatista

    Fiorina is leading, or at least close.

    Paul in KY is tied.

    WTF is wrong with people.  Rich people are only 5% of the electorate.  Are the rest of us, who are hurt and hurt badly by Republican policies really that stupid ?

    Who the f*ck is voting R after what BushCo did to us for the last 8 years ?

    Aaaaaaarggghhhhh !

    big badda boom : GRB 080913

    by squarewheel on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 09:59:27 PM PDT

  •  Why post these fake polls? (0+ / 0-)

    What I don't get about DailyKos is that they founded out Reseach 2000 was not accurate so they stopped using them....

    So I am scratching my head over why do they post these lying republicans polls on the Liberal most viewed blog?

    That's why I come over here to get away from the lying hype...DailyKos has let me down

    TIME TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NATION

  •  WV: special or general? (0+ / 0-)

    Could Capito run for the special election for U.S. Senator and the general election for U.S. Representative at the same time?

    If she could, she will jump. It would mean she would have a safety net back into Congress, should she lose the special election

    Obama-Biden in 2012!

    by Frederik on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 01:06:05 AM PDT

  •  Michigan Democratic Race for Governor (0+ / 0-)

    Virg Bernero is the only Democratic candidate for governor here.  Andy Dillon says he is a Democrat, but all he does is endorse and promote Republican policies.  Dillon was a corporate lawyer, who helped companies fire employees and then sell them.  He is anti-union and has continuously attacked state workers.  If Dillon wins, we will have two Republicans running for Governor.

  •  Not to be nitpicky, but (1+ / 0-)
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    the Alabama Education Association is not a teacher's  union.  A union negotiates contracts on the part of its union members.  AEA is a professional organization and lobbying group, with volunteer membership, which does attempt to affect legislation in favor of both public school teachers and students in the state.

    When we call all teachers' groups unions, we are falling into the neocon/Reaganesque/rethug   meme.

    •  Are you sure? (0+ / 0-)

      The attempt to affect legislation in favor of teachers? I thought they were just about the students?

      •  ?? How can it be separated? (0+ / 0-)

        I don't know if you mean this sarcastically, but I will assume you don't.  When the roofs of the schools don't leak, does it not benefit teachers and students equally?  When the state is forced to provide textbooks, who benefits?  Teachers or students?  When teachers are paid fairly to reflect their degrees, and the degrees must be in the subjects they actually teach, do students not benefit?  

        •  You are correct. (0+ / 0-)

          Students are the beneficiaries always when legislation helps teachers. And a strong union that protects all teachers creates strong students. The biggest risk we face are non-union teachers who do not have proper accreditation and degrees. Conservs always talk about "bad teachers", there is no such thing, only teachers who are not properly supported by the legislature.

          •  Bama does not have a teacher's union, (0+ / 0-)

            which was the point of my comment. I get tired of the word union being used as either a perjorative or as a catchall phrase for any teachers' group. In Bama the independent accreditation organization (I think it is called SACS) sets the standards which the legislature requires the public schools and their employees to adhere to.  I am merely trying to make a point of clarification of what the definition of a union is.  

            As a secondary point, the AEA is demonized by republicans in Bama, just because...well, because teachers tend to be dems, even in Bama.

            Anyway, I'm enjoying the discussion   Have a great evening.

  •  I get a kick out of. (0+ / 0-)

    The daily snide remarks about Rasmussen. Coming from DailyKos, the very definition of fraudulent polling, from which an entire book now is going to be based.

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