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Senate:

HI-Sen, HI-01: Good news for progressives: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will seek re-election to the House, rather than run for Senate. That means we're less likely to see a situation where the left-leaning vote gets split in the Democratic Senate primary, handing a plurality win to conservaDem Ed Case.

HI-Sen, HI-01: Republican ex-LG Duke Aiona previously said he wouldn't run for the open seat in HI-02; now he's confirming that he won't run for Congress at all next year, so that takes HI-01 and HI-Sen off the table as well.

MA-Sen: Busted! A top aide to Scott Brown was just exposed as the man behind a mock Twitter account ("@CrazyKhazei") devoted to attacking the Democratic Senate candidates lined up to take on Brown (including, of course, Alan Khazei). Eric Ferhnstrom posted a tweet (since deleted) clearly intended for the @CrazyKhazei account to his personal stream. Oops! Click the link for Laura Clawson's full post at Daily Kos.

MA-Sen: Local city officials from some random town issuing endorsements in a statewide Senate race usually isn't something I'd remark on, except in this case, the town in question is not quite so random. A handful of electeds from Newton, MA have thrown their backing to Alan Khazei, rather than their own mayor, Setti Warren.

MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren, though still in the "exploratory" phase, just received the endorsement of the 23,000-strong Massachusetts Nurses Association, the first labor union to back her.

TX-Sen: Not sure what his angle would be in the GOP primary, but Rep. Mike McCaul is reportedly looking at a Senate bid, and when asked directly if he was, didn't rule it out. I'll remind folks, though, that McCaul thought about a statewide race last cycle as well (for Attorney General), but abandoned the idea early on.

UT-Sen: State Sen. Dan Liljenquist, the great teabagger hope to knock off Sen. Orrin Hatch now that Rep. Jason Chaffetz has declined, confirms he's considering the race and will decide "later this fall." Liljenquist has always claimed Chaffetz's plans would have no effect on his own, but I have to imagine the pressure is on.

Gubernatorial:

LA-Gov: Despite having little in the way of an opponent, GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal is back on the air with a new ad (watch it here). Term-limited Dem state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, pretty much our last and only hope, says he's waiting on the results of a poll before making a decision. I'm not sure how competitive he can be, though, with barely two months left before election day and with Jindal sitting on close to $9 million in cash.

MS-Gov: Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree won last night's Democratic gubernatorial runoff against businessman Bill Luckett by a 55-45 margin. Dupree became the first African American in modern history to win a major party nomination for governor in Mississippi. The Democratic race was almost entirely free of negative attacks, and Luckett immediately endorsed Dupree, who will go on to face Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in the fall.

WV-Gov: Dem Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is up with his first ad of the general election, touting his record on job creation and cutting taxes. You can watch the ad at the link.

House:

FL-22, FL-25: DFA is launching a 60-second ad accusing Republicans of “killing the American Dream and failing to create jobs.” According to Politico, it will air nationally on the Sunday talk shows and in the districts of Republican freshmen David Rivera and Allen West. You can watch the ad here.

NY-25: Excellent news! Dem ex-Rep. Dan Maffei will seek a rematch against GOP frosh Ann Marie Buerkle. Click the link for the full post at Daily Kos Elections.

NV-02: The NRCC just dumped another $115K on TV ads in the Nevada special election, which surely has to mean they don’t think they have it locked up, right? Still nothing from the DCCC.

NY-09: Amazingly, Republican Bob Turner said he doesn't think volunteers sickened at Ground Zero should be covered by the new James Zadroga healthcare law. Click the link for full details on this outrage at Daily Kos Elections.

NY-13: According to the New York Observer's Azi Paybarah, the DCCC is talking to Mark Murphy, an aide to NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, about a run in the 13th CD. There's some more background here on Murphy, who comes from a well-connected family: His father is former Rep. John Murphy, who represented Staten Island for almost two decades before losing re-election in 1980 thanks to getting indicted in the Abscam scandal.

OH-09: Sounds to me just like attention-grabbing b.s. he learned from his mentor, Sarah Palin: Joe Wurzelbacher (aka "Joe the Plumber") says he's considering a run against veteran Dem Rep. Marcy Kaptur. Thing is, he said the same thing just before last cycle, too. So I wouldn't be surprised if this is merely a way for him to get his name back out there to help land a few more speaking gigs.

Grab Bag:

IA-Pres, WI-Pres: New swing states, same story. Despite being unpopular in both Iowa and Wisconsin, Barack Obama has double-digit leads on the entire GOP field, except for Mitt Romney in WI (whom he leads 47-42).

NH GOP: This is a pretty crazy story, if true. Jack Kimball, installed as chair of the New Hampshire GOP on the strength of a teabagger-led insurgency earlier this year, is claiming that the Republican Governors Association offered his state party organization $100,000 if Kimball would step down. Kimball says that state House Speaker William O'Brien made the offer on behalf of the RGA — and O'Brien is refusing to comment. National Republicans have been unhappy with Kimball, who has presided over weak fundraising and seen two GOP-held state House seats flip to the Democrats in special elections during his short tenure.

Zuh???: I have no idea what this means, or even what to file it under, but this is just pretty astonishing. Can anyone explain this? It's nuts.

Redistricting Roundup:

OH Redistricting: Odd: The latest rumor du jour has Republicans Steve Austria and Mike Turner getting sandwiched together as Ohio goes through the painful process of losing two seats in Congress. Austria, a sophomore, represents the current 7th CD while Turner, first elected in 2002, serves in the 3rd.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hirono for Senate and Daily Kos.

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  •  Glad to see Johnny Dupree win (6+ / 0-)

    Let's be honest -- either Dem would be a huge underdog in this race.  But the better Democrat won, and Dupree is going to run a credible, honorable campaign Democrats everywhere can get behind.  I think it's important as well to nominate black candidates in the Deep South for statewide races -- especially in a state where black/white increasingly means Democrat/Republican.  Mayor Dupree has a tough, uphill climb, but I wish him well.  And Phil Bryant sounds like an absolute jackhole.  With Mississippi stuck at or near the bottom in pretty much every quality-of-life measue, what does he include as one of his top priorities?  Drug testing for medicaid recipients.  Talk about dog whistle racial politics.

    •  I've said it before and I will say it again: (3+ / 0-)
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      IndianaProgressive, jncca, MichaelNY

      this is the perfect race to use to test some new themes and strategies out for future races. I don't think anyone expects Dupree to win, so it's not like there's anything hanging in the balance, and if he does better than expected, we will both have a candidate for future races, possibly even the Senate rate for 2012, and we will have a better idea of how to compete for votes in the Deep South in the future.

  •  Unrelated (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Zack from the SFV, jncca, MichaelNY

    but does anyone see all the money that is going to CA-30 for two liberal Democrats to nuke each other and kind of wish that went to a race like, say, IN-05 or IL-13?

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:19:21 AM PDT

    •  On the bright side, (4+ / 0-)

      the same redistricting that caused this infighting is also a windfall of Democratic seats.

      If anything, the infighting is likely more severe on the Republican side, since they're losing several safe seats.

    •  It doesn't have to be this way (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

        Either Howard Berman could retire (He is about 70 years old) or he could run in the east SFV seat which includes more of his old district than CA-30. He won't run in the ESFV riding (now CA-29) because it is a strongly Latino seat which he would likely lose to an up-and-coming Latino. So far the only major candidate I have heard of in CA-29 is L.A. Councilmember Tony Cardenas. He should not have a free ride to Congress.

         Although I will probably endorse Sherman, I won't be sending him any money. I'd like to see more money go into some of the opportunity seats here in California (sorry IL and IN).

      Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 53, new CA-30

      by Zack from the SFV on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 10:48:13 AM PDT

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      •  don't be sorry (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        we need to pick up as many of those new seats there in California as we can.

        I was with the unions before it was cool. -6.38, -4.15

        by James Allen on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:21:52 PM PDT

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        •  Well CA29 & 30 are safe Dem. No pick ups (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          there.
          As for CA29, since it's majority Hispanic CD I'd just as prefer a Hispanic represented it as Berman.
          And I don't assume Cardenas will get a free ride in CA29, not yet anyway.  After all, Linda Sanchez is still undecided on what new CD to run in...

          •  that'd be too much (2+ / 0-)
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            Zack from the SFV, MichaelNY

            carpetbagging. that's basically jumping cross-county. it's like someone from the bronx running in jersey city. same demographics (racially), same metro area, SO different

            18, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. Put your age and CD here :) -.5.38, -3.23

            by jncca on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:06:17 PM PDT

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            •  although given a choice between (0+ / 0-)

               Tony Cardenas and Linda Sanchez, I would go with Sanchez.  But there's a lot of distance and more people between Lakewood and the other areas she now represents and the East SFV, but she could offer us a Representative with experience and seniority. She is the more progressive Sanchez sister.

              Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 53, new CA-30

              by Zack from the SFV on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:38:49 PM PDT

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  •  LA-Gov: Dems have two weeks to find someone (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    The filing period is September 6-8. Anyone in Louisiana have $1,125 they can blow on filing? This woman appears to be the only Democrat running currently.

  •  I see there's adiary about Chabot (Ohio-1) (2+ / 0-)
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    having video recorders confiscated in a town meeting. Is he panicking over reelection? I note that he lost in 2008 to Steve Dreihaus 52-48 and in 2010 only won by also about 52-48. Unless there's been significant jerrymandering isn;t he in some danger?

    •  Possibly (3+ / 0-)
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      TofG, jncca, MichaelNY

      But, his district could easily be made quite a bit more Republican as it expands out from the purple-ish city of Cincinnati, into the ruby red suburbs thereof.

      •  True but... (2+ / 0-)
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        Given the consistently underwhelming performances of Jean in OH-2 (the other half of the Cincinnati cracking done in 2001) the further you push Chabot out the more at risk you make OH-2 (unless she ends up losing one of her every cycle primaries one of these days). Also at least in 2012 with Obama at the top of the ticket AA voting will likely make Chabot very endangered, though he or someone else would be favored to win it back in 2014....The republican gerrymander in 2001 has been a very effective crack of Cincinnati (which had 1 district centered on it previously), so there isn't a ton they can do to improve that in this round

        OH-1 (born and raised ), MN-2 (college), CA-53 (grad school), IA-2 (postdoc)

        by aamail6 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 08:52:25 AM PDT

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        •  if boehner were willing to lose some territory (2+ / 0-)
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          chabot could be made safe. since he isn't, it'll probably be permanently tilt to lean r

          18, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. Put your age and CD here :) -.5.38, -3.23

          by jncca on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:17:19 AM PDT

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      •  trying to make some Ohio repubs (1+ / 0-)
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        too safe will only endanger others.  They're stretched too thin to do a lot of protection.

        I was with the unions before it was cool. -6.38, -4.15

        by James Allen on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:23:19 PM PDT

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  •  OH, NY Redistricting (0+ / 0-)

    Combining Austria and Turner makes sense since they live very close to each other, and the leg could renumber Gibbs's old district the 7th and continue splitting Columbus 3 ways.  Maybe it's just easier to combine their seats than anyone else's?

    Also, Maffei is running for a Schrodinger's seat since, as others pointed out, Syracuse and environs will likely be added to either Louise Slaughter or Bill Owens's district.  They might leave out Maffei's hometown of DeWitt though.

    And NY-13 might not be the best target.  Assuming Weprin pulls it out (ugh) they'll probably add Republican areas of South Brooklyn to NY-13.  It could end up being as much as R+8.

    NY-12 resident, lives across the street from NY-14

    by Bobby Big Wheel on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:48:39 AM PDT

    •  i think that ny-13 will be a R vote sink as well (0+ / 0-)

      That is the easiest way to shore up other nyc democrats in an incumbent protection map.

      •  What other NYC Dems (2+ / 0-)
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        Need shoring up? I mean, some might claim they need it, but whatevs. After the 13th and 5th, the next-reddest district is NY-05 - at D+12! That's one of the 100 bluest districts in the nation.

        Political Director, Daily Kos

        by David Nir on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:45:09 AM PDT

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        •  If Ackerman were to eat (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          part of NY-09, say the area around Forest Hills, what would that do for PVI? He's D+12 now but his district seems to be slowly trending R.

          21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

          by sapelcovits on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:46:43 AM PDT

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        •  Part of the deal they cut (0+ / 0-)

          It might just end up being part of larger the deal the Dems cut with the GOP.  NY09 and NY25 eliminated, NY26 and NY23 shored up for Dems, NY13 and NY19 shored up for the GOP.  Also, I've fiddled around in DRA and the easiest way to get rid of NY09 is to split Queens areas among NY07 and NY05 and give its Brooklyn regions to NY13.  NY10 and NY11 can only sop up so many white voters and if NY08 runs too far into Brooklyn it's hard to keep Jerry Nadler's apartment in the district.

          NY-12 resident, lives across the street from NY-14

          by Bobby Big Wheel on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:51:42 AM PDT

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    •  Austria, Turner, what's the diff? (0+ / 0-)

      They are basically both no-name rubber-stamp back benchers going nowhere.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 10:48:23 AM PDT

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  •  NC-3 - Primary Challenge for Walter Jones (6+ / 0-)
    Former New Bern Police Chief Frank Palombo plans to announce his candidacy Wednesday for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District. The 63-year-old Palombo retired after 14 years as chief in June, ending a 34-year law enforcement career.

    He's targeting incumbent Congressman Walter Jones of Farmville. Jones has represented the coastal and rural district in the U.S. House since 1995.


    http://www.wral.com/...

    "Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by bear83 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:31:11 AM PDT

    •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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      drhoosierdem

      this might be the challenge we've all been waiting for. Could be wrong though!

      DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

      by aggou on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:41:55 AM PDT

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      •  You never know (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        Redistricting has brought a bunch of new voters into the district. Palombo knocking off Jones in the primary would make this seat much more attainable for a Democrat in 2012.

        "Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

        by bear83 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:42:55 AM PDT

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        •  NC election law (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          If Jones won the Dem primary as a write-in, would his name appear on the ballot in the general even if he loses the GOP primary?

          SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

          by sacman701 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:13:50 AM PDT

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        •   I hope he gets (0+ / 0-)

          Knocked out. He's too liberal imo, for his district anyway.

          DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

          by aggou on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:33:27 AM PDT

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          •  It's not that red a district at all. (2+ / 0-)
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            bear83, MichaelNY

            I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of South Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.

            by KingofSpades on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:35:32 AM PDT

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            •  I think (0+ / 0-)

              It's more conservative than he is. Sure, It's not as R as my district, but It's still no bed of liberalism.

              DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

              by aggou on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:39:03 AM PDT

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              •  You implying he's (3+ / 0-)
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                KingofSpades, bear83, MichaelNY

                a liberal or for that matter a moderate, he's not. Well at least in terms of real American politics.

                19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

                by ndrwmls10 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:44:39 AM PDT

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                •  Umm, what? (0+ / 0-)

                  I don't understand what you just said.

                  DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

                  by aggou on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:54:20 AM PDT

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                  •  He (2+ / 0-)
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                    KingofSpades, MichaelNY

                    is saying that Jones is conservative. I agree that by current standards Jones is moderate, but just a few years back he would have been considered solidly conservative.  

                    My political philosophy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIX0ZDqDljA

                    by drhoosierdem on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:55:48 PM PDT

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                    •  Ahh, (0+ / 0-)

                      gotcha. Well, I guess I should've said that based on what I've seen of him, and how I'm an R I would consider him a liberal R, especially for his R+17 district.

                      Like I've said before, I don't think anyone who is a Rep of a district over +10 for their party should be ranked anywhere below 98% for a conservative record if they're an R, or a 98% liberal ranking if their a D.

                      I just feel they aren't truly serving their districts like their districts might like, if they aren't voting as conservative/liberal as their districts as a whole is.

                      DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

                      by aggou on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:33:19 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  His lifetime ACU score is 87.9 (0+ / 0-)

                        He's also the nicest guy in Congress.  He votes on the GOP on almost all major things.  Do you want to cut off your nose to spite your face here?

                        I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of South Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.

                        by KingofSpades on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:53:22 PM PDT

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                        •  I'm usually (0+ / 0-)

                          not for primarying incumbents, i.e. Snowe, Brown, etc.

                          However, even if this does have D tendencies, I feel if we can get Jones out sooner, rather than later, we have a better chance of holding this seat down the road, because whomever beats him, I believe would hold the seat, unless the Dems find a truly stellar candidate.

                          So, whomever would beat Jones if he were to hold the seat in the general would have a rather good chance of keeping it for the next 10 years.  

                          DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

                          by aggou on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:58:34 PM PDT

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                    •  i don't think you should keep adapting (2+ / 0-)
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                      KingofSpades, MichaelNY

                      it gives the not so conservative republicans legitimacy as "moderates."

                      walter jones is a democrat on foreign policy and a republican on social and economic issues.

                      18, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. Put your age and CD here :) -.5.38, -3.23

                      by jncca on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:52:25 PM PDT

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    •  yeah! (2+ / 0-)
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      KingofSpades, MichaelNY

      I don't have any ill will towards Jones, but it'd be nice if a primary upset could get a conservative Democrat in this district.

      I was with the unions before it was cool. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 02:26:15 PM PDT

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  •  NV-2 (2+ / 0-)
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    drhoosierdem, MichaelNY

    In a relatively inexpensive media market like Reno, a 6 figure buy will get you quite a bit of air time

  •  integrate this feature with a map? (tech meta) (0+ / 0-)

    Is the dKos tech crew planning on integrating this feature with a zoomable map? The map in 2008 was cool but by guess is, as kos is (or was) an iPad guy, that Flash is out. Zoomable is still doable ios friendly and looking at the races geographically is very instructive. Actually I just love maps.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:47:14 AM PDT

    •  David took suggestions a couple months ago (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      About what kind of election night map we will have. I think the consensus was something close to what CNN uses with county by county breakdowns, but including shading for strength as opposed to the simple 2-tone.

  •  Emily's List (5+ / 0-)

    They're supporting Elizabeth Warren.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe. - MB

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:47:26 AM PDT

  •  Re NY-13 (0+ / 0-)

    Mike Murphy deserves a "some guy" label when you compare him to some of the bench options in that district.  Diane Savino, Debi Rose, and Matt Titone are all extremely impressive.  And some of the Brooklyn dem options in Bay Ridge are good too (I like District Leader Kevin Peter Carroll, although he's a bit too young to be running for Congress in 2012).

    Anyway, I'm surprised Murphy didn't get the Some Guy tag, because he deserves it.  Or maybe he gets a Someone's Son tag, since he wouldn't even be talked about without the family connection.

    Fact are stubborn things. -John Adams

    by circlesnshadows on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:56:08 AM PDT

    •  it's Some Dude (2+ / 0-)
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      and he doesn't really qualify since he's working in govt (as an aide to DeBlasio) and because he comes from a well-connected family. Betsy DeVos in Michigan, for instance, is definitely not a Some Dude(tte).

      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:10:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  What I get for usually only reading SSP (0+ / 0-)

        instead of commenting.

        But regardless, Murphy should not be taken as a top flight or even second tier candidate.  He will get his clock cleaned by Grimm.

        Fact are stubborn things. -John Adams

        by circlesnshadows on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:45:49 AM PDT

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      •  Yep (2+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV, MichaelNY

        We might not like dynastic politics, but it generally elevates you out of Some Dude status. Add in the De Blasio job, the fact that he's been talked about for other previous races, and the fact that the DCCC is reportedly talking to him and you're definitely not at Some Dude level.

        Political Director, Daily Kos

        by David Nir on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:47:26 AM PDT

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        •  If having political experience (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          but not electoral experience still makes you a Some Dude I guess Dan Maffei was Some Dude before 2008.

          21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

          by sapelcovits on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 08:09:46 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  some Some Dudes do fine (0+ / 0-)

            Bill Foster in IL was a Some Dude but won the special primary against John Laesch, a former campaign manager. And then the special election in Hastert's red CD (luckily against a poor GOP candidate)

            So I know Some Dude is meant to be an insulting term, but still they can win

            •  of course (1+ / 0-)
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              there are plenty of examples of Some Dudes winning (Tom Perriello, Ann Marie Buerkle, Renee Ellmers, etc) but if you have political connections you are not a Some Dude. For the same reason I would actually also argue against Blake Farenthold being a Some Dude.

              21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

              by sapelcovits on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:48:41 PM PDT

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    •  Nepotism (2+ / 0-)
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      This has been a huge thing for the entirety of this country's history. Look at all the previous presidents and vice presidents that were the kids or grandkids of other politicians. Gore, Bush I, Bush II, Rockefeller, and the list goes on and on. Look at the Kennedy family, or the Udalls, or the Tafts. Having a famous last name will get you far in politics, for better or for worse

      •  Even some people you wouldn't expect (5+ / 0-)

        I think Susan Collins' parents were state legislators and/or mayors.  Rosa deLauro's parents were New Haven aldermen (one quite long-serving iirc).  Jon Kyl's father was a Congressman.  Dianne Feinstein got her first political appointment because her dad was Pat Brown's dentist (and she had a Coro fellowship, but something like that) or whatever.  Bernstein may have discounted it when talking about Presidential nepotism, but Hubert Humphrey's dad was a "small-town mayor".  Florence Kelley was an important early feminist--and the daughter of Philly-area "radical Republican" Congressman Thomas Kelley.  So it's not just about name recognition--who had heard of Collins' parents when she ran for Governor?--but, as a friend of mine more or less said, a window or door into a world.  

        But it's not just in politics.  Hell, I might end up a math professor, and my father is a professor, albiet not of math.  We're almost all dependent on our parents' lives somehow, beyond the obvious.

        25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

        by Xenocrypt on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 08:15:36 AM PDT

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      •  yep (1+ / 0-)
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        John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, and of course FDR all rode their name rec too.

        SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

        by sacman701 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:10:39 AM PDT

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        •  and in CA (2+ / 0-)
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             Gov Jerry Brown is the son of Gov Pat Brown. His sister Kathleen was state Treasurer for a term before losing a race for Gov (to Pete Wilson in 1994). Rep. Janice Hahn is daughter of longtime L.A. County Supervisor Kenny Hahn. Her brother James is a former L.A. Mayor.  City Council President (and likely future mayoral candidate) Eric Garcetti is son of former L.A. District Attorney Gil Garcetti.

              CA is also reviving the "Lurleen Wallace" trend where spouses of termed out legislators run for the "family seat". Examples include Audra Strickland, Sharon Runner and Elaine Alquist. There is even a male Lurleen; Assm. Mike Eng, who won his wife's old seat (Judy Chu).

          Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 53, new CA-30

          by Zack from the SFV on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:03:41 AM PDT

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      •  The Long family in Louisiana, too (0+ / 0-)

        and the Fish family was in politics in New York since well back in the 19th century, at least.

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 02:55:22 AM PDT

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  •  Emily's List has (1+ / 0-)
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    added Connie Pillich, OH-1 and Cheri Bustos, IL-17 to their "On the List" program.

    http://emilyslist.org/...

    http://emilyslist.org/...

    19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:02:44 AM PDT

  •  Hanabusa sticks to HI-01, ducks Senate race (12+ / 0-)

    The announcement she sent out via the mailing list for her own supporters was notable not only for the decision itself (one I, like most here, was hoping for) but also for the way it is worded. It says, in part,

    At this moment, stability in Hawai'i’s Congressional representation is critical. I believe that a change in both Hawai'i seats in the U.S. House, along with a seat in the U.S. Senate, could seriously undermine our efforts to continue vital funding for the military in Hawai'i and preserve such cherished programs as the East West Center, while threatening other federal support that has helped keep our economy moving in these difficult times... This decision is an opportunity, not a sacrifice. I love my job.

    (emphasis in the original)
    I think that sounds exactly the right notes. This graceful exit should be recalled in her favor, when the time comes. No one wanted Ed Case to exploit successfully an opportunity represented by a split in the progressive wing.

    A Republican is a person who says we need to rebuild Iraq but not New Orleans. - Temple Stark

    by Christopher Walker on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:23:47 AM PDT

  •  Re ZUH?? (0+ / 0-)

    Illinois will be better off when Michael Madigan is no longer House speaker.

    Sources tell me he was actually pulling for ultra-conservative Bill Brady to win the governor's race, which Pat Quinn won in a squeaker. This has nothing to do with party. It's just that Madigan wanted to be the most important Democrat in the state.

    But John Bonehead? Why?

  •  Running against the Congress may work. (2+ / 0-)
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    http://politicalwire.com/...

    Since the GOP House is the subject of attention, Obama could very well run against the House.

    I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of South Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.

    by KingofSpades on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 03:37:17 PM PDT

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