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GA-14: Now here's a blast from the past: Former Rep. Bob Barr, one of the most notorious of the 13 House impeachment managers from the dark days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, is reportedly considering a comeback bid, according to Joe Galloway. Delightfully, Barr got screwed in redistricting not long after the impeachment saga concluded and then turned into a GOP gadfly by running for president on the Libertarian ticket and hectoring his former party about the Patriot Act and DOMA. But now he supposedly wants to return to the Republican fold and challenge freshman Rep. Tom Graves in the primary. Graves has only held this seat since a special election last year, and redistricting has already given him a bunch of new constituents. What's more, as you can see from this map of Georgia's 1990s-era congressional districts, Barr's old 7th CD overlaps considerably with the new 14th. So perhaps ol' Bob Barr could put a scare into the incumbent, and I'd definitely enjoy watching Graves try to hammer the crap out of him.

3Q Fundraising:

Now that quarterly reports have been filed, we'll be bringing you our complete House fundraising roundup soon. In the meantime, here are a few other numbers:

AZ-Sen: Wil Cardon (R): $402K raised, in two months (and no self-money)

CT-Sen: William Tong (D): $155K raised, $350K cash-on-hand (note the burn rate—he's raised $725K total); Susan Bysiewicz (D) (via email): $322K raised, $844K cash-on-hand, and note the statement included in her press release:

"Connecticut is a state where it is not about having the most resources it is about having enough resources to communicate. With nearly $1.3 million total raised so far we are clearly on a path to have enough resources to communicate Susan’s message for the primary election,” said campaign manager Jonathan Ducote.

IN-Sen: Rep. Joe Donnelly (D): $355K raised, $874K cash-on-hand (also, props to Donnelly for posting his full FEC filing in PDF form on his website); Richard Mourdock (R): $330K raised (plus $100K of his own money), $301K cash-on-hand

MO-Sen: Sarah Steelman (R): $96K raised, but $562K cash-on-hand thanks to a $400K self-loan

NE-Sen: Sen. Ben Nelson (D): $443K raised

NM-Sen: Hector Balderas (D): $250K raised; John Sanchez (R): $161K raised

TX-Sen: Tom Leppert (R): $640K raised (plus $500K of his own money), $4.14 mil cash-on-hand

Senate:

AZ-Sen: Former Rep. Harry Mitchell (who may be plotting a congressional comeback bid of his own) just endorsed former state party chair Don Bivens for the Democratic nomination. Bivens, in fact, is the only guy running so far, but if you've been following along recently, you'll know that a lot of Dems are trying to recruit the (extremely reluctant) former Surgeon General Richard Carmona into the race.

PA-Sen: As expected, businessman Steve Welch went ahead and joined the field of GOP hopefuls aiming to take on Sen. Bob Casey. This gang of Republicans is notable both for its size (we're up to something like eight candidates now) and for its… shall we say… lack of stature.

NE-Sen, OR-Sen: So, that New York Times story last week, which proclaimed we were entering a new era of co-ordination on issue ads between candidates and outside groups? Not so new. In fact, back in 2008, now-Sen. Jeff Merkley filmed some issue ads that were paid for by the Democratic Party of Oregon. (You can watch one at the link.) I find it pretty frustrating that the NYT didn't seem to do sufficient legwork on this piece (though I blame myself for not being more skeptical), but what makes it even odder is that Ben Nelson's current campaign manager, Paul Johnson, served as a strategist for Merkley when the DPO ads were deployed!

So I don't know how this didn't come up when they interviewed Johnson, though the piece did off-handedly mention that Nebraska "party officials financed similar ads for Mr. Nelson in 2006." I made the mistake of assuming those 2006 ads were of sufficiently different character from the newest spots as to warrant the Times selling this as some kind of novel development, but it sounds like this is all actually rather old news. (And indeed, my understanding is that Merkley borrowed the strategy from Nelson's 2006 effort.) The only thing really notable is that groups like Crossroads may try to adopt this approach, which would mean lots more money for these kinds of ads. But concept behind the ads themselves is several cycles old.

Gubernatorial:

MT-Gov: Well that's odd. I had thought that former Montana Department of Transportation director Jim Lynch was considering a bid for governor as a Democrat. After all, he had been tapped for the DoT job by Dem Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and at least one newspaper report suggested he was interested in running for Team Blue. But with Schweitzer appointees, you never know—his current Lt. Gov. is (or perhaps was) a Republican. And so, too, with Lynch, who is now the tenth candidate to announce he'll seek the GOP gubernatorial nod. (You may also recall that Lynch left his transportation job abruptly this summer, under a little bit of a cloud.)

House:

CA-31: Nonprofit founder Renea Wickman, who lost a race for the state Assembly last year, says she'll seek the Democratic nomination in the new 31st CD. This district is probably best thought of as the descendant of Dem Rep. Joe Baca's 43rd, even though Baca is seeking re-election in the new (and bluer) 35th next door. Democrat Russ Warner, who has made a few unsuccessful congressional bids, is also running for this seat. It's not clear, though, who will represent the GOP here: Rep. Jerry Lewis may run here or, more likely, in the new 8th—or he could very well retire.

CA-52: Though he's refusing to confirm anything on the record, Port of San Diego Commission Chairman Scott Peters is apparently gearing up to run against GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray. We first mentioned Peters as a possible candidate back in August; things have been quiet since then, but now he's reportedly staffing up—and tells the North Country Times he'll "be in touch soon." Two other Democrats are already running, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana and businessman Bob Nascenzi; if Peters gets in, he and Saldana would probably be the top contenders for the Dem nomination. Meanwhile, John Boehner is hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Bilbray this weekend in the resort town of Coronado.

GA-09: Clifton McDuffie, a former head of the Hall County Chamber of Commerce, says he may join the GOP field seeking Georgia's brand-new (and incumbent-less) House seat.

HI-02: The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers just announced it would back former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann for the 2nd CD, which I think may be the first union endorsement in this open-seat race.

NC-08: Richard Hudson, a former district director for ex-Rep. Robin Hayes, is getting into the race to try to defeat the man who beat his old boss, Dem Rep. Larry Kissell. This is interesting because talk surfaced just a week ago that Hayes himself could seek to return to his former seat. So perhaps Hudson's entry means Hayes doesn't have any such plans.

ND-AL: North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says he won't seek the Republican nomination for his state's open House seat. Meanwhile, Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer says (in the AP's words) there's an "even chance" he'll join the GOP field.

OH-06: Another good catch by Greg Giroux: Former Democratic Rep. Charlie Wilson, who's been talking about making a comeback bid, has paperwork with the FEC to create a new campaign committee. This would set him up for a rematch against GOP freshman Bill Johnson, and, LSAT game-style, it would start to limit the options for other Democrats looking to run next year. Two other 2010 victims, John Boccieri and Zack Space, also expressed interest in the 6th CD, but unless they want a difficult primary and a difficult general, then I suspect they'll look elsewhere if Wilson pulls the trigger. Both have other options, though: Boccieri could seek a rematch in the 16th and Space in the 7th.

Other Races:

OH SB5: We Are Ohio is out with a new ad featuring Marlene Quinn, the great-grandmother whose words were now-infamously stolen by the front group Building a Better Ohio to make it appear as though she supports the new anti-collective bargaining bill SB5, on the ballot next month as Issue 2. In this spot, Quinn reiterates her firm "no" vote on Issue 2, and lambastes Better Ohio as "desperate" for twisting her first ad:

Grab Bag:

Congressional District Maps (PDF): Here's another useful link from the creative minds at SSP Labs. It's a PDF of congressional districts for all 50 states as they existed in the late 1990s, taken from here. The drawings are not so great for dense urban areas, but they do the trick for most CDs and most states—plus, old maps are generally pretty hard to find online. So bookmark and enjoy! (Warning: Large PDF.)

PPP: Public Policy Polling miscellany from three states: Iowa, Nebraska, and North Carolina.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Charlie Wilson and the LSAT (2+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, lgmcp

    Andrew, Brad, Charlie (Wilson), Dawn, Eddie, Fran, and Greta are all deciding in what order to sit in an eight-person row boat to go across a river to the Democratic party headquarters. (Fund raising has been limp, so the campaign they are working for can't afford to rent a car.) Two people will be in each row. They will need to sit according to the following rules.

    Please construct a diagram and then answer the following questions.

    --Andrew cannot sit next to Charlie or Eddie.
    --Brad cannot sit next to Dawn or Fran.
    --Dawn can sit next to Fran but not if she is sitting behind or in front of Andrew.
    --Eddie can sit next to Brad but if he is sitting directly behind Greta.
    --Charlie must sit in either the first or last row of the boat.

    •  Studying? (0+ / 0-)

      I was doing that like 10 months ago.  And btw, is that Brad Miller I see there?

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:37:43 AM PDT

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      •  Sure, it can be Brad Miller. (1+ / 0-)
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        James Allen

        Anyway, I'm done with studying for the LSAT. I can't imagine ever taking the exam again. If I ever decide to go to school, I'll probably apply to one of the lower-ranked schools in the New York area and go at night. I might just decide to go for an MBA instead, but that involves an entirely different and possibly more frustrating exam with lots o' math.

        By the way, when you were done studying, did you feel completely aimless? I for one didn't know what to do with myself when I was finally done taking the exam.

        •  I had to go back to work on Monday. (0+ / 0-)

          I felt great after taking the exam.  I knew I'd screwed up on a few questions, but was overall pretty satisfied with my performance and my answer to the essay question.

          I was feeling pretty good.  Turns out my score wasn't what I'd hoped for, but was still good enough to get me where I wanted to go.

          I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

          by James Allen on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:11:08 AM PDT

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        •  Don't go to law school (eom) (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          James Allen, M Riles

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 09:28:56 AM PDT

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          •  I decided not to because of the cost. (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            andgarden

            If you had seen the shitty financial aid packages I was offered, you would have laughed. I've been told that you usually don't much of anything from graduate schools, and that some, including one that accepted me, are worse than others, but these were comically bad. They were approaching $200,000 before a dime of interest kicks in, but because the majority of the loans they were unsubsidized, the interest would have started accruing right away. It was a one way ticket to debtor's prison. Anyone who knows about this, like you or other professionals I talked to, understood why I didn't go, but my mother kept on fighting me.

            •  I'm amazed at the cost of law school (0+ / 0-)

              Makes Medical school look comparatively affrdable and certainly with better job prospects.

              I wonder if that old adage of there being more law students in school than there are lawyers is still true.

              •  Law schools have been known to subsidize (0+ / 0-)

                med schools--and various other university functions. They are pure profit centers.

                And right now, there are basically no jobs for new lawyers. None.

                Ok, so I read the polls.

                by andgarden on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 10:04:52 AM PDT

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              •  It's like any other investment: (0+ / 0-)

                you need to consider the rate of return. I don't think it's been cheap in some time, if ever, but even though the field as a whole might be doing relatively better than other industries*, it's not going great. This is just a hunch, but in the same way a college graduate might be looking for a job in retail before he gets settled into his preferred career, a graduate without a job might do paralegal style work, meaning the person at the lower end gets pushed down even more. That's if a job is available, of course; one of my brother's friends who helped me as I was trying to find a job in the last few months has a wife who is a lawyer and he told me a lot of the places are automating more and more tasks, so there are fewer jobs like that. And even if there was a job like that, what is it going to pay, $15 bucks an hour? Another person I know, who works in a smaller firm doing family law or something like it, told me gets resumes from people all the time who are extremely overqualified.

                In other words, it'd be one thing if I had to live like a pauper for a year or two and even worked a second job to pay down the debt, but that might be too optimistic. I would have had to give up my current job, unless I went to school part time (and I looked into that), sacrificing most if not all of my current income, plus tack on debt that can't be discharged in bankruptcy court? I'm good, thanks.

                On a related note, I remember reading an article in The New York Times a few months back about a shady practice where law schools admit a certain number of students on scholarship but fix their curve so that no more than a certain number can get it. The effect is such that a huge chunk of people are cut off without necessarily getting bad grades but don't drop out because they already have a year done--essentially, the pressure to finish traps them. (Or something along these lines; it's been a while since I read it, so perhaps I am missing something, but I don't think so.) I'm not really sure what, if anything, can be done by the government to stop this, but how it doesn't make the people at these schools hang their heads in shame is beyond me. Perhaps I am wrong and that this is made clear to students as they sign the paperwork, but I highly doubt it.

                *I remember seeing a graph that show the legal profession, probably meaning everyone from the legal aids to the partners in a firm, was actually better than some others. This doesn't mean it's great, just that it's not as bad.

              •  What is true (0+ / 0-)

                Is that there are more law graduates every year than there are openings. There are about 45,000 people graduating from law school and only 30,000 legal jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this to get better... never. Aside from the shitty economy, there are simply too many law schools (with more opening all the time). People graduating from top law schools are having a hard time finding jobs. Imagine graduating some non-accredited place....

                Political Director, Daily Kos

                by David Nir on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 09:57:21 PM PDT

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            •  You undoubtedly made the right call (0+ / 0-)

              If you go on a place like Ask Metafilter and search the relevant threads, you'll see tons of lawyers (and law students) advising pretty much anyone who asks not to go to law school. Certainly every lawyer I've ever discussed this with (including my wife) says the same thing. The uniformity of opinion is pretty stark.

              Political Director, Daily Kos

              by David Nir on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 09:50:06 PM PDT

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    •  Possible answer? (0+ / 0-)

      C B
      D E
      G
      A F

      But I'm a bit too sleepy to look at it properly.

      If fundraising has been so bad as to preclude renting a car, they might as well not head to Democratic HQ.

  •  Bobb Barr, as bad as he is (7+ / 0-)

    Will  look like a genius compared to Graves.

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by atlliberal on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:39:46 AM PDT

  •  Popcorn time (0+ / 0-)
    So perhaps ol' Bob Barr could put a scare into the incumbent, and I'd definitely enjoy watching Graves try to hammer the crap out of him.

    I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

    by annieli on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:40:20 AM PDT

  •  Barr's an interesting case (0+ / 0-)

        He might be worth a debate as to whether running as a Democrat would be possible, even with his past.

         As I recall, Barr was a fierce critic of W., and his stands on civil liberty issues earned applause in some Dem and liberal quarters.

         Perhaps there's an opening here.  As problematical as Barr's past is, he may still be better than another TeaThug.

        Blue skyin' is all I'm doing, so don't unload on my poor gray head, please.

    •  He's a libertarian and they have a party (2+ / 0-)
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      Christopher Walker, jncca

      I don't see why we should even remotely consider him, and I don't see why Republicans should either.

      But nobody's buying flowers from the flower lady.

      by Rich in PA on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:05:22 AM PDT

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    •  I'll give Barr credit for one thing. (1+ / 0-)
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      Treg

      He actually believes what he says (even though he's wrong, of course), unlike the usual right wing blowhards.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 08:22:40 AM PDT

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    •  The only thing Bob Barr has done (3+ / 0-)

      that will earn my applause is that mustache he's been rocking his whole career.  The congressional mustache caucus needs its chairman back.

    •  I don't see him becoming a Democrat. (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      Despite him being more of a civil libertarian that has no problems crossing party lines (he supposedly campaigned for Russ Feingold last year, for instance), I don't think he's much more than a standard conservative on anything. If he would win a deep red district as a Democrat and hold it down even after doing nothing else but voting for our leadership, I can't say I'd mind, but he won't be anything but a no vote on pretty much any of our legislation.

      •  My experience getting the mail for a 96 year old (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        tells me that Barr is up to more than you might think. His name was all over one of the most expensive mailings I've seen coming through this elderly and gullible woman's mailbox in the six weeks or so I've lived here. I was appalled - it purported to be an impeachment filing but in actuality was just a ruse to make her think that there was already a cause in the works that she should put her money into so that she could help save the world for future generations.

        Unfortunately for him, she had a stroke before she could see it and the damages from the onslaught of fear mongering from the far right lunatics and others has been limited to under $70K as far as we can tell - in less than 18 months.

        Will someone please tell me how they still get away with this? And at the same time they threaten the jobs of the postal workers who are delivering their most prized weapon, the US mail solicitation. Well, that still leaves the phone, which fortunately I answer.

        Bob Barr is definitely up to something. As he always was. And Newt has to be credited with the talking points they are still working from to this day. Those days are not over. The young people need our support because they are the grandchildren and students and neighbors of these elderly who have not been taught how to find real information yet. I hope we can stop these monsters soon...

        I can do everything but earn a living.

        by alabamaliberal on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 10:47:04 AM PDT

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    •  Barr (3+ / 0-)
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      licorice114, jncca, MichaelNY

      He can inherit Ron Paul's role.  Justin Amash is also a mini-Paul, but I'm not sure how long he can hold that R+3 seat they put him in.

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

      by sacman701 on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 10:47:48 AM PDT

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  •  Marlene Quinn (2+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV, sapelcovits

    Love the new ad where she makes it clear her vote is No on Issue 2 in Ohio.

    "Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance." Samuel Johnson

    by Rona on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:46:13 AM PDT

  •  Obama Campaign Wasting No Time (4+ / 0-)
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    SaoMagnifico, lgmcp, askew, itskevin

    Here's an article describing the kind of obvious actions of the Obama campaign in getting a head start and wasting no time preparing for the general election as the Republicans figure out their nominee, based on its enormous resource advantage. What stuck out the most for me was this passage:

    The president is already paying staff employees in at least 38 states, including Wisconsin, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico and North Carolina. His Chicago campaign headquarters hums with more than 200 paid aides.

    That could mean any number of things. I certainly wouldn't want to read more into it than I should, like thinking he's competing in places Republican have already mostly written off. After all, there's no reason for Perry to open up an office in Arizona or New Mexico at this point in the game. Moreover, just because there are some people there doesn't mean all states will receive a similar amount of attention.

    Still, what states could the campaign be in? The ones mentioned are obvious, and based on a simple process of elimination, I or anyone else here could pick the other obvious ones. But 38 is a lot. It probably has to include deep blue states like New York and California, if only for fund raising purposes, but what about Indiana, a much more questionable target this time around, or a longer shot like one of the Dakotas or Texas? And are they only in some of these non-blue states for fund raising?

    Let's just assume that he's in all of the states he won last time, not including the District of Columbia but including Nebraska, for . Add in Georgia and Arizona, and we're up to 31. Add in South Carolina, Montana, Missouri, and both North and South Dakota, and we are up to 37. Add in Texas, and we are up to 38.

    You could make a long shot argument for one or maybe two more small states, considering how cheap it is to compete there and how he may want to assist in a lower-status race, or even more if you take out a state he's all but certain to win, like Maryland or Rhode Island. But then you're stretching things out a bit. I think the list I have above is pretty good. Does anyone have any other suggestions to make to it?

  •  Running for public office is not an (0+ / 0-)

    unpleasant gig, especially if you can talk someone else into paying for it.  This is especially true when the economy is down and business prospects are poor.
    Conservatives have shot themselves and their buddies in the foot by cutting out funds for capital projects at all levels of government.  Normally, when private construction projects fall by the way-side, local governments and school boards are looked to to take up the slack. But, the financial engineers have no practical interest.  So, everybody's going to suffer until they figure out how to get back to their guaranteed 10%-15% return on "investment."

    When you consider that at 10% an "investment" doubles every seven years, you get an idea of how wealth got transferred exponentially to the 1%, as well as how our free money financiers have been struggling since the Federal funds rate, the benchmark, has been hovering near 0%.  It's a long ways between 0% and the rule of thumb 10% they expected when the Treasury 30 year bond, another bench mark, as at 8% in 1990.  Nobody's seen any doubling lately.  However, real estate values have been slashed in half.

    Want an example? River front property in my town with an historic three story house was on the market for a million and on the tax rolls for $563,000.  Clearly it was over-priced.  The bank took it over for $103,000 from the bankrupt owner.  And somebody just bought it from the bank for $170,000 cash.

    When the economy looks like that, collecting a million for making speeches and looking pretty for the camera becomes real attractive. It's not as lucrative as being a parrot on FOX, but hope springs eternal.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:00:10 AM PDT

  •  I wonder, should Barr prevail, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    James Allen, David Nir

    how long it will take him to revert to the party line, especially in his statements regarding the insane US policy on cannabis..not long at all, methinks, if he wants some Federal Pork to excrete down to his district

  •  My Proffesor (3+ / 0-)

    for my 8 weeks class I started today was pretty interesting. She served in the Indiana General Assembly, from Bedford, as a Democrat. That's a pretty big feat, but she was swept out of office in 1994. I'm guessing she was swept into office in 1992. She is currently working on the Congressional campaign team for Brigadier General Jonathan George. She seemed rather enthused about him.

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

    by ndrwmls10 on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:14:26 AM PDT

  •  NV Redistricting (0+ / 0-)

    The special masters largely adopted Democrats' reasoning http://www.lvrj.com/....  The state supreme court still needs to ratify it.  Republicans probably know that they have a lost cause pressing for a Latino-majority district; anyone who's played around in DRA knows how hard it is to make one in Nevada.  

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

    by Bobby Big Wheel on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:15:22 AM PDT

  •  Are there going to be any more KY polls (0+ / 0-)

    this year by PPP or cn2? The election in Kentucky is only three weeks away and neither of them have polled in Kentucky in a while. The only thing recent has been Survey USA and they did not poll any downballot races. But, when the Democrat is nearly 30 points ahead, maybe that is reason not to poll.

    "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

    by SouthernINDem on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:26:38 AM PDT

    •  PPP tends to poll the weekend before (0+ / 0-)

      But that has been true of special elections. Although I could see them doing that this time for the GE, since there are so few states with really interesting elections that day

  •  Funny thing, the reconstituted Bob Barr . . . (0+ / 0-)

    is probably left of Obama Administration, at least with respect to the mythical Unitary Executive, state secrets' claims, torture, warrantless wiretapping and whistleblowing . . .

    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by bobdevo on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:38:08 AM PDT

  •  Barr should run as a Democrat (0+ / 0-)

    Barr is a board member of the ACLU, has been a strong opponent of the wars, has been unyielding in calling out the federal government for torturing, warrantless wiretaps, and the suspension of habeas corpus and the need to close down Guantanomo.  He's a perfect fit with the Obama Administration! Or...maybe not.

  •  WI Recalls - Randy Hopper update (3+ / 0-)

    Bet Randy is happy with the turns in his life since backing the Walker agenda.  Karma.

    Link: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/...

    "My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass." --Rep. Steve Kagen D-WI to Karl Rove

    by walja on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:43:42 AM PDT

  •  I'd enjoy more... (0+ / 0-)

    seeing Bob Barr hammer Graves for his Tea Party fealty.

  •  RE AZ Senate Dem Candidate Bivens... (0+ / 0-)

    I received a multi-page mailing from his campaign and there wasn't a scintilla of evidence that he's a Democrat. Nary a mention of the word "Democrat" or "Democratic Party." Not even in the fine print. I guess Bivens is taking a page from the campaign of the Dems' last loser in trying for this Senate seat, Jim Pederson. That guy too avoided any Dem Party association like the plague even though he had been chairman of the party!

    Well, if these losers are too embarrassed to be identified as Dems, then I'm too embarrassed to be identified as supporting their campaigns!

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:59:04 AM PDT

  •  Murphy -- CT (0+ / 0-)

    3rd Q -- $650,000
    Over $2 million on hand.

  •  Anzalone Liszt Poll 48 Hatch 42 Matheson (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    aggou, itskevin, askew
  •  NM-Sen (2+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV, MichaelNY
    NM-Sen: Hector Balderas (D): $250K raised; John Sanchez (R): $161K raised

    But what of Martin Heinrich?  I assume he still has the fiscal and polling edge over Balderas in the D side? Heinrich is a terrific candidate and I'm feeling hopeful.  It's been so great having Bingaman and Tom Udall as a kind of a dream team in the Senate, so change is hard.  Also loss of Bingaman's tremendous seniority will mean quite a bit of pork goes bye-bye.  I just really REALLY don't want Heinrich to have given his House seat in NM-01 for nothing, that would be crushing.   The D House candidates coming up behind him are good liberals, but dividing the field too much and without national recognition.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 09:15:18 AM PDT

  •  43% Cain 41% Obama, Rasmussen (2+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, askew

    43% Romney 41% Obama

  •  Re: Impeachment (1+ / 0-)
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    sapelcovits

    I always thought it was ironic that the three main attack dogs of the impeachment of President Clinton were named Barr, Hyde and DeLay.

  •  NC-08 Fundraising Numbers (2+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, MichaelNY

    http://projects.newsobserver.com/...

    Larry Kissell - $167 K in 3Q, $251 K on hand

    The Repub Challengers
    Vernon Robinson  - $176 K in 3Q, $96K on hand
    Dan Barry - $70 K raised, $78 K on hand
    Scott Keadle - $82 K on hand, including $70 K loan

    In a Kissell vs Robinson race, I like Kissell's chances.

    "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 Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 08:30:42 PM PDT

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