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WA-01: In the end, attempts by local Democrats to keep candidates running in the race for the full WA-01 term out of the same-day special election did not succeed. On Friday, the candidate filing deadline, Darcy Burner announced that she'd also run for the unexpired two-month term created by ex-Rep. Jay Inslee's resignation earlier this year. That apparently prompted most of the other big names competing for the full term to do the same: Suzan DelBene, Laura Ruderman, and Darshan Rauniyar all filed for the special as well, as did Republican John Koster.

This turn of events foiled the plans of state party chair Dwight Pelz, who ostensibly sought to keep Democrats from taking their eyes off the real prize—the election for the full term. To that end, he convinced DelBene, Rauniyar, and another candidate, Steve Hobbs, to stand aside and allow a placeholder, Snohomish County Council Chairman Brian Sullivan, to run in the special. (Some reports also said that Ruderman was a party to this agreement, but her campaign later claimed there was never any deal.) Pelz's stated goal was to keep the Dem field focused on beating Koster in the race that really matters.

But Burner had other plans, ultimately saying: "I understand that Dwight wanted the decision to be made in a cigar smoke-filled room. I disagree—I think voters should get to decide." But why do this, you're surely asking? At most the winner gets to participate in a month-long lame duck session of Congress, and for the privilege, you have to run in the old version of WA-01, whose borders were dramatically altered during the redistricting process earlier this year.

Indeed, to get a sense of just how different the seats are, check out the maps below. Most notably, the scales are completely different: The old 1st was a compact district in suburban Seattle. The new edition (in purple, on the right side) is a behemoth that stretches from the Seattle outskirts to the Canadian border. Only about half of the constituents remain the same between the two:

Map comparing newly redistricted version of WA-01 to older version of WA-01
Old WA-01 on left, new WA-01 on right (in purple)
However, there is one good reason to run in both races: money. By running in two elections at once, FEC contribution limits are doubled, so donors who've already given the maximum amount allowed by law can be re-solicited. Burner was reportedly concerned that Koster, the Republican standard-bearer, would also jump into the special, giving him a financial leg up. Koster did ultimately wind up doing so, but it appears Burner made the first move—and that prompted most of the rest of the field to abrogate their agreement with Pelz and follow suit, lest they, too, wind up at a disadvantage.

The one holdout was, as I mentioned, Hobbs, who put out a press release hammering the other candidates for trying to "dodge federal campaign contribution laws." It's not clear why Hobbs didn't follow the herd, though perhaps he thinks he's got a good angle with voters by avoiding what he called "financial trickery and shifty politics."

Pelz, the party chair, also issued a statement taking the very unusual step of directly criticizing a Democratic candidate. Said Pelz: "I am very disappointed that Darcy Burner chose to put her own perceived self-interest ahead of that of the public by breaking ranks and filing in both races." Sullivan, the would-be caretaker, piled on, too, and added that he's thinking about withdrawing. (NB: Sullivan had previously endorsed DelBene.) If Burner wins the nomination, boy is that going to make the unity rally awkward.


FL-Sen: Pretty amazing: Ex-Rep. Dave Weldon has in fact decided to pursue the GOP nomination for Senate, a move he first publicly mooted just a week ago. Weldon has to be figuring that Republican discontent with frontrunner Connie Mack will translate into support for his bid, though he's in the rather bizarre position of trying to save the GOP from its one-time savior.

But man is he getting in awfully late. He has just three months until the primary, and then should he prevail, it's another three-month sprint to the general election, where he'll face a chortling Sen. Bill Nelson. I have to ask, though: Has anyone who got into a Senate race in May of an election year ever beaten an incumbent? Certainly it has to be a very rare feat at best.


OH-Gov: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, whose name often comes up when the Great Mentioner wants to discuss potential statewide candidates in Ohio, says he's thinking about running against GOP Gov. John Kasich in 2014, but won't decide until next year. Other prominent Democrats who may get in include ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, ex-state AG Richard Cordray, and Rep. Tim Ryan.

VA-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Chap Petersen, who had offered hints he might make a bid for governor next year for some time, has decided he won't run after all.


CA-10: This story is mostly a string of anecdotes and lacks any hard data, but the Modesto Bee managed to get a local poli sci prof and a Democratic consultant to both make the case that Chad Condit, son of disgraced former Rep. Gary Condit, could sneak into the November election with a second-place showing in the top-two primary. Unlike his father, who served as a Democrat, the younger Condit is running as an independent and reportedly has been hustling hard on the retail level, to make up for his negligible fundraising (just $17K in the first quarter).

Condit's hoping to face freshman GOPer Jeff Denham in the fall, but first he'd have to get past astronaut Jose Hernandez, a strong Democratic recruit who has raised well. I'm not exactly ready to buy the notion that Condit is capable of pulling this off, but the linked article does raise some red flags about Hernandez's campaign. In particular, Hernandez has reportedly skipped candidate forums, which is pretty remarkable given that challengers almost always want the chance to debate. He also apparently hasn't walked precincts. One Republican consultant, however, suggests that Hernandez would only be taking this approach and "conserving his nickels" if he had polling which showed Condit had no chance. Let's hope that's the case.

CA-15: Barack Obama's formally endorsed a few House incumbents this cycle, but I think you can say that this is the first race he's gotten involved in that has any controversy surrounding it. It's not too surprising that the POTUS is backing Rep. Pete Stark—after all, he is a sitting congressman—but Stark's unhinged behavior (including accusing his primary opponent, Dublin city councilor Eric Swalwell, of accepting bribes from developers) has upset a lot of local Democrats, who are ready for some fresh blood.

Of course, there's also a question of just how much Obama will do for Stark; so far, all we're talking about is a press release. And notably, the president specifically asks supporters to vote for Stark in the June top-two primary. But Stark and Swalwell will almost certainly face off again in November in what will be the real fight for this seat. So we'll see if Obama is willing to stick his neck out for Stark a second time when autumn comes around.

FL-18: What a joke: Republican Bob Crowder put out a press release claiming he has an internal poll from Florida Opinion Research showing him beating Democrat Patrick Murphy "by 20 points" in the general election. No other details, not even proper toplines. Oh, and who the hell is Bob Crowder, by the way? He's the Martin County sheriff who is running against Rep. Allen West... from the left. So it's more than telling that he didn't bother providing any numbers from the primary. Like I said, ridiculous.

ND-AL: Well, that whack-ass North Dakota poll from the Fargo Forum (via Essman/Research) is proving itself to be even more whack-ass than first thought. If you're just now getting up to speed, you'll want to check out our critique of the Senate numbers released on Thursday. Suffice it to say that all those criticisms apply to the House portion that just came out on Friday, but the numbers themselves are deeply weird.

The poll has Republican Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer beating Democratic ex-state Rep. Pam Gulleson by a monster 61-23, which is already eyebrow-raising—that kind of blowout seems too extreme. But here's where things really go off the rails: Cramer's GOP primary opponent, fellow PSC commish Brian Kalk, "only" leads Gulleson by a 48-31 margin. How is that even possible? It's not like either man has real name rec (though the poll didn't bother asking)—what normal voter is familiar with members of the PSC? Yet we're to believe that one PSC member has a 38-point lead and the other just 17? And that Cramer has such massive cross-over appeal he knocks Gulleson's share down nine points all on his own? Why would that be? I can't think of any plausible reason.

For what it's worth, Cramer is beating Kalk 38-25 in the GOP primary (with the rest undecided). If Cramer prevails, that would be a big upset, since Kalk is the official Republican nominee (so designated at the party's convention), whereas Cramer is an upstart who insisted on forcing a primary—something that's very uncommon in North Dakota politics. But all of these Essman numbers are suspect, so I wouldn't rely much on anything you see here.

NY-13: According to the New York Post, Bill Clinton won't endorse Rep. Charlie Rangel this time around, even though he was a big Rangel backer in 2010. Why? Because Clyde Williams, who is running against Rangel, was an aide in the Clinton administration and also used to work at the Clinton Foundation, so the Big Dog won't take sides this year.

SC-07: To go along with their survey of the Republican field, has a poll of the Democratic primary as well (courtesy Francis Marion University). The state of play is very unsettled, though: They find state Rep. Ted Vick leading with just 15%... and absolute weirdo Gloria Tinubu at 9. Remember, Tinubu is the flakey former Georgia state representative who resigned her post to run for this seat in South Carolina! Meanwhile, attorney Preston Brittain, who raised the most cash in the first quarter of the year, is back at 6, and two other candidates are at 3 apiece. A runoff (which would happen if no one receives 50%) definitely seems possible.

TX-23: When piecing together each Daily Digest, we go through a lot of cruft. Here's an example of something that can be filed under "Things we don't waste your time with":

The League of Conservation Voters just dropped $12.61 on manhours to pound out a devastating press release tarring ex-Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) as a friend of big polluters.
On a more serious note, on top of the nearly $100K direct mail campaign against Rodriguez that the LCV announced yesterday, they also filed a $28K expenditure paid to Anzalone Liszt Research for a poll of the Democratic primary. I doubt its results will ever see the light of day, but know that somewhere, such a poll exists! (James L)

Grab Bag:

Texas: Pre-primary reports were due at the FEC on Thursday night in Texas, covering all fundraising between April 1 and May 9 of this year. We've rounded them all up at the link, so if you don't see a particular candidate there, it means they screwed up their filing or failed to file at all (something that happens surprisingly often when it comes to pre-primary reports, we've found).

Media Watch:

MO-Sen: Majority PAC, the super PAC of choice for Senate Democrats, is putting $228K behind a new ad buy boosting Claire McCaskill. The ad defends McCaskill from the "corporate special interests" who want to "ship our jobs overseas." (James L)

MT-Sen: Patriot Majority USA, a Dem-aligned super PAC, is putting $185K behind a new broadcast buy against Republican Denny Rehberg. It doesn't look like Patriot Majority has made this ad available for viewing online yet. (James L)

NE-Sen: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS is out with a new ad that roasts Bob Kerrey for supporting TARP while serving on the board of an insurance company which applied for bailout funds. (James L)

TX-Sen: The Texas Conservatives Fund is pumping in another $210K in ad buys against Republican Ted Cruz. (James L)

NC-Gov: The DGA unleashes its first attack ad of the gubernatorial race—a sign that they are most definitely not giving up here. The spot goes after Republican Pat McCrory for accepting $140K from a commercial lender to sit on their board while he was mayor of Charlotte—and then lobbied to give the company tax breaks. Size of the buy: $217K.

VT-Gov: Republican State Sen. Randy Brock, facing a very uphill fight against first-term Dem Gov. Peter Shumlin, is out with his first ad, a positive intro spot (he had great parents, created lots of jobs, blah blah etc. etc.).

WI-Gov: The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters tries to break through the usual ad clutter with an exuberant dude in a tie dancing down an office corridor. You see, he's pumped up because he's a big corporate CEO who's psyched about everything Scott Walker's done to make his life so much better, like cut taxes on the wealthy.

AZ-08: It feels like it's 2010 again: Republican Jesse Kelly attacks Ron Barber for supporting cap-and-trade legislation, which of course would spell the end of the world, in the GOP worldview. Meanwhile, the NRCC has placed another ad buy, worth $140K, against Barber, while the House Majority PAC has matched that amount with a $108K buy of their own. (That buy represents week two of their three-week ad campaign which aims to expose Kelly as an anti-Social Security teabagger.) (David Nir & James L)

CA-26: There's a whole lot of money flying around here in support of Democrat Julia Brownley. The House Majority PAC has placed another $54K in pro-Brownley ad buys, while sending out another $22K in direct mail hitting Independent Linda "Rocky Road" Parks. Meanwhile, the California League of Conservation Voters has sent out $92K in direct mail on Brownley's behalf. (The national LCV appears to have indirectly funded this effort with a $100K transfer to their state branch.) (James L)

CO-03: A group calling itself the "Clean Water Fund" is up with a $100K ad buy criticizing GOP Rep. Scott Tipton on his votes in favor of tax cuts for oil companies. You can watch the ad at the link. (Maybe it's just me, but I think that the ad takes a little too long to get to its point.) (James L)

KY-04: Liberty For All (21 year-old college Republican John Ramsey's super PAC of choice) is changing up its ad rotation, now going negative on Republicans Gary Moore and Alecia Webb-Edgington. The ad hits Moore for using taxpayer dollars to feed himself while in Hawaii, while criticizing Webb-Edgington for missing votes in the state House in order to attend fundraisers in DC. Moore's response made me chuckle:

"A misguided 21-year-old kid drives all the way from Texas and throws half a million dollars to attack Gary Moore for a couple breakfasts and lunch reimbursements. This is not Little Rascals with Alfalfa and Darla chasing around the gang, this is a congressional race," said Jonathan Duke, Moore's campaign manager.
Meanwhile, Liberty For All is putting $19K into radio ads boosting their candidate of choice, Thomas Massie, and a new group called the Citizens for a Working America PAC is putting in $53K in direct mail supporting Webb-Edgington. (James L)

TX-16: The Campaign for Primary Accountability has upped its ad buy against Dem Rep. Silvestre Reyes by $45K. So far, they've spent $95K on this race. (James L)

TX-25: CATPAC has placed another $19K media buy in support of Republican Michael Williams. (James L)

San Diego Mayor: An amusing new "independent" super PAC called "icPurple" is launching an ad on behalf of Republican-turned-indy Nathan Fletcher, featuring a bunch of kids mixing red and blue paint together and turning their treehouse purple. They also say they're endorsing several other independents, including Linda Parks (CA-26), Chad Condit (CA-10), and Angus King (ME-Sen). On their site, they also have identical versions of that ad with those annoying kids with these other candidates' names subbed in, but they apparently aren't on the air, since their independent expenditure report only lists "online video production costs." (Amazingly, it appears they spent almost $100K just to produce this spot!)

And who's responsible for this group? Like most super PACs, the founders are trying to hide in shadows—there's not a single name listed on the website. But Matt Potter at the San Diego Reader does some good digging and concludes that billionaire Ted Waitt, the founder of one-time computer giant Gateway, appears to be behind the organization.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon May 21, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by These Green Mountains and Daily Kos.

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  •  Those district maps on top of Puget Sound maps (2+ / 0-)
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    bear83, Odysseus

    win the award for confusion by complex information.

    I submit them as evidence that district lines are drawn entirely for political reasons.  We need sweeping political reform, starting with how our district maps are drawn.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Mon May 21, 2012 at 05:56:29 AM PDT

    •  FYI WA is a commission state... (5+ / 0-)

      So this isn't even one of the gross partisan gerrymanders!

    •  Not confusing if you lived there (5+ / 0-)

      which I did from 93 to last Dec.

      Both the old and new Wa-1 are logical enough. Old Wa-1 was essentially a commuter district, particularly in regards to Bainbridge Island which is the other end of the most heavily trafficked Ferry Fun. It is perfectly feasible to live on the Island and work in Downtown Seattle, thousands and thousands of people do. And it is not much more difficult to do the ferry-bus back and forth from the Island to Microsoft in Redmond. And to get to the point of this post Old Wa-1 is a natural fit for Darcy as it was for Inslee: chock-full of liberal leaning Dem technocrats.

      New Wa-1 is equally a community of interest, kinda. It still has some Microsofty suburbs but now takes in a much more rural/resource extraction historical area of rivers/forest/mountains compared to new Wa-2 which traded mountains for Boeing suburbs/sound salmon areas. What doesn't show on these maps are transportation corridors. Old Wa-1 and 2 were handicapped by lack of E to W transportation even as the North and South of both were linked by I-5 near the Sound and St Hwys 522 & 9 inland. In particular new Wa-2 is perfectly logical having Everett/Boeing at its center rather than at its northern end and the whole district (except the sparsely populated Orcas Islands) nicely aligned along I-5 and BTW stuffed to the gills with the kind of old-fashioned labor democrats right in incumbent Rick Larson's wheelhouse. At the same time Dr. Jim McDermott (in my mind the real version to which Kucinich aspires) is left harmless in a Republican free district even as Norm Dicks actually gets a more Navy heavy district than he had before.

      To recap. Old Wa-1 is a natural for Darcy and jumping into the Special can only get her a leg up. While new Wa-1 is pretty good for her in that it adds Bellingham to the N, one of only a couple actual liberal/occupy friendly voting blocs in Washington, to go with a remaining Microsoft anchor in the South, those two book ends surround Koster territory. I knew Jon Koster from my days as a County Planning employee and his as a property rights fanatic Councilman. While a mild-mannered guy he was a Tea Partier before there was a Tea Party from a State and moreover a part of the State that is very heavy on property rights generally, indeed at one point Eastern Snohomish and Skagit Counties were pretty strong militia territory. And Koster is like a third or fourth generation dairyman.

      For those who don't know in Western Washington the dairy cow and the salmon are natural enemies, kind of like the farmer and the sheepman in Oklahoma in the old days. Historically the way you establish near perfect conditions for dairy cows is to dike and drain flood plains (otherwise salmon rearing habitat) and use the channelized rivers to flush away your manure. Which just kills the water quality even as controlled stream flows make migration difficult to impossible. Now modern watershed management can mitigate those damages in ways that allow well run dairies to stay in operation, but for old fashioned dairy farmers like Koster it has been easier (and much more profitable short term) to adopt the logical economic position of "Fuck the salmon! And blow the crap out of the Spotted Owl while you are at it!"

      Plus there is a very large Mormon and Evangelical population in those inland river valleys of new Wa-1. Maybe not the perfect fit for a capital P Progressive Feminist Social Liberal Microsofty like Darcy.

      Wa-1 is in fact what was left over after incumbent protection/enhancement, that is just how the game is played. But it isn't crazy particularly when examined from a geography and transportation standpoint. And even when examined from an economic standpoint it does include just about all remaining large scale agriculture and logging in the North Sound and in doing so maintains the fundamental Mountains vs Sound divide that has marked NW Washington since Day 1.

      So I don't have a problem either with the districts or the Darcy strategy, each which make sense based on local conditions.

      •  Bellingham (1+ / 0-)
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        Bruce Webb

        proper is in the 2nd, though, while the kooky parts of Whatcom Co. (Lynden) are in the 1st. That makes Rick Larsen a lot safer, but doesn't help Dems out in the 1st. Here's a zoomable Google Maps version of the new districts if you want to see where exactly the lines fall. Otherwise, great comment, though.

        Editor, Daily Kos Elections.

        by David Jarman on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:58:51 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks for the map link (0+ / 0-)

          Yep I see now that both the Old Town part of Bellingham (pretty hipsterish) and the University (up on the hill) are snuggled right into Wa-2.

          As you say very good for Rick and by that same token that much harder for Darcy or any liberal Dem.

          I never spent any time in the Lynden area but from what I hear it is nothing like you might think from looking at a large scale map that has it wedged between Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C. Instead it seems to be the kind of place they invented the phrase 'rock ribbed ___ farmer' for.

    •  The new ones aren't that bad, (0+ / 0-)

      at least they adhere to city or county boundaries almost everywhere.

      Crossroads PAC: The place where you sell your soul to the devil.

      by Calouste on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:56:59 AM PDT

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  •  You did not mention Jay Inslee (7+ / 0-)

    For the gubernational race in WA State.  At this time  millionaire antihealthcare Rob McKinnon is ahead in the pols ~ he has more name recognition.  So Jay needs our support more than ever.  It might be good to mention Jay as he is even more progressive than the Dem governor we have right now.  

    Hope to be at Darcy's office tomorrow to get some training to support her as well.  She is my hero!  

    Cat in Seattle

    First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

    by mntleo2 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:08:27 AM PDT

    •  it's Rob McKenna (3+ / 0-)
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      atdnext, itskevin, roadbear

      and races only get mentioned in the Digest if there is a news item about them. And sometime there is a lag of a day or two between when a story gets noticed and when it gets picked up here.

      22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:23:19 AM PDT

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    •  Stop the bickering WA state (2+ / 0-)
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      Isaacsdad, mntleo2

      We need to stop the infighting and get behind Inslee. McKenna is a dangerous tool for the GOP and we don't want him as gov.

    •  Why do you say Jay Inslee is progressive? (0+ / 0-)

      His responses to the WEA questionaire were very weak.  Sorry to see you are backing Darcy Dem-DC.  Suzan Delbene is the better candidate!

      •  Jay is/was my cnogress person (1+ / 0-)
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        I am not a "one issue voter" but this is because I am a long time activist for low income people.  Jay would meet with us LONG before it was "cool" to address poverty (as has McDermott always been supportive of us), even though the issues were not always the committees that Jay was part of.  

        Jay "gets" that poverty encompasses many issues, and that the poor are used as the "canaries in the mine" to make laws and policies that will eventually affect everyone else.  This is because he LISTENED to us.  Poverty affects pretty much all of the issues we talk about on this site: from housing to food security, to health care, to vets, to education, to war, to racism, to the environment, to sexism, to family support,  to ageism, to disabilities, it goes on and on.  

        A couple weeks ago Jay met with educators in E WA to discuss many of the things you seem to think he is not addressing.

        As for Darcy, she is also listening to the issues I speak about.  I do not hear much about these things from any other candidates for anyone but the "middle class" whose plight with whom I sympathize because I am hearing their stories of their "fall" everyday.  But they are the ones who are shocked, SHOCKED I tell you when they try to access the tattered safety net THEY applauded tattering 17 years ago.  

        These are the very same types (so-called "progressives")  who laughed and ridiculed us while thjs safety net was being dismantled when we tried to warn them that THEY were next (many on this very site I might add).  I think I will scream if I hear another story about how these falling middle classes "did everything right".  You know they worked hard, went to their place of worship, raised their kids right, belonged to the PTA, paid their taxes, etc.  As if the poor hasn't ALWAYS done those things too?  

        It has been A LOT of work convincing legislators and policy makers the fact that the poor are "hard workers" too, indeed they work harder than most upper income people ever dreamed of working.  Now that being against austerity cuts has become "cool" Jay is ahead of his time.  Unlike many others, Jay was listening.

        Who is this Suzan Delbane, isn't she the Microsoft millionaire whose qualifications are ..well ...being a millionaire?  I do not want to say she isn't one I will support should she win he primary, but I will say I do not hear much from her or any of the others on these matters.  

        Cat in Seattle  

        First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

        by mntleo2 on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:48:52 AM PDT

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      •  Inslee is a technocrat. And cautious (4+ / 0-)

        And in Old Wa-1 had to be responsive to Boeing and the Navy, and tech companies like Microsoft, between them being the major, major primary employers.

        Which makes him a good fit for Washington Democrats and Independents, who are tolerant enough but outside of Congressman for Life (and I say that affectionately) Dr. Jim McDermott's Seattle based district not to be confused with either the Peoples' Republics of Santa Monica or Berkeley.

        Washington State lives and dies on exports with a substantial amount of sustaining life support from the robust military presence. As such being a Dem outside of enclaves like West Seattle, Olympia (Evergreen State College), and Bellingham (Western Washington State College) means being more like home town hero Scoop Jackson than say Paul Wellstone. Hell even a good part of our vaunted (and pretty well deserved) environmentalism stems from Boeing workers loving their hunting and salmon fishing. Around there 'Save the Salmon!' often comes with the parenthetical '(For the Smoker/Barbecue)'

        And not to spark a pie fight one of the reasons a Kucinich run was just a day-dream. While parts of Washington are pretty deep blue, very little of it is remotely in Dennis' shade. And almost all of that is locked down in McDermott and Norm Dick's districts. And make up only a small fraction of Norm's military heavy district at that. Plus Washington Dems have a pretty deep bench of ambitious pols with deep local links, there simply was no need for a peacenik hero on a white horse to ride in from out of state to rescue them. Particularly when we/they have Dr. Jim (or as the Wingnuts know him for his opposition to the Iraqi Clusterfuck in real time 'Baghdad Jim') McDermott to represent the Progressive Left. There just never was any room at the Political Inn for DK.

  •  No More Drop-Down For Comments??? (1+ / 0-)
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    Starting Friday whenever I opened the comments sections there were no longer drop-downs for the individual comments and they're all posted in full.  I was hoping it was somehow related to my home computer but I'm on my work computer this morning and it's same thing.  It's very non-user-friendly.  What has brought about this change for the worse or am I for some reason the only one having this issue?

  •  If you want proof that Obama campaign is (8+ / 0-)

    going to try and make Indiana competitive again, here it is.

    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 May 21, 2012 at 06:19:32 AM PDT

  •  So (2+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, GayHillbilly

    who was watching the Daily Rundown and noticed that they stuck an (R) next to Cory Booker's name?

    And of course everyone's favorite Democrat comes to Booker's defense (sarcasm)...

    Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said Monday that he would not have walked back New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker’s surprising comments criticizing the Obama campaign for attacking private equity.

    “I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker,” Ford, a Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The substance of his comments on ‘Meet the Press,’ I agree with the core of it. I would not have backed them out… private equity’s not a bad thing. As a matter of fact, private equity is a good thing in many, many instances.”

    Read more:

    Obama/Biden 2012: Keep America moving forward not backwards.

    by ehstronghold on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:23:14 AM PDT

    •  MSNBC Has Its Own Versions.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...of Mark Penn and Doug Schoen on the payroll and/or as Sunday morning show guests.

    •  The same team blog, First Read, is smarter...... (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, itskevin

      Here's the link, and the key passage:

      * The Acela Corridor vs. the Industrial Midwest: But here’s a final point we want to make about Bain. For all the criticism the attacks receive in the Acela Corridor (on Wall Street, NY, and DC), remember that economic populism often plays VERY WELL in Peoria, IL; Elkhart, IN; Toledo, OH; and Green Bay, WI. After all, Bain has hurt Mitt Romney twice in his political career -- first in his 1994 Senate bid and then for an entire month in the 2012 GOP presidential primary. And for Romney to get 270 electoral votes, he’s going to need to win somewhere in the Industrial Midwest -- either Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin. It’s why the Obama camp isn’t going to stop with Bain, even if it creates bad headlines in the op-ed pages that are usually kind to them.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:12:34 AM PDT

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  •  TX-33: gazillionaire doctor David Alameel (D) (3+ / 0-)
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    is out with 5 new ads. Three in english, two in spanish; this first spot is called “intro” and is in spanish:

    I apologize, I do not speak spanish so no summary.

    This second spot is in english and uses pigs to represent wall street bankers and rails against the bank bailout:

    The third spot is also in english and is a very generic ad touting his support for a whole laundry list of Democratic planks:

    The fourth ad is the final english ad, it’s a bio spot calling himself a poor farm boy and touting some award he got from Clinton (the award is not named):

    The second spanish spot is called “Dream” and like the other one features him speaking directly to the camera:



    I’d appreciate if someone could give me the gist of the spanish language ads.

    (-9.38, -7.49), Blood type "O", social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

    by Setsuna Mudo on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:38:00 AM PDT

    •  Basically -in the last ad (0+ / 0-)

      he's saying that voting for him will insure that your children will be able to get a good education and the chance to have better lives than the hard lives the parents have had.

      My Spanish is rusty, but that's the gist of it.

      Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

      by brook on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:20:26 AM PDT

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    •  The first ad in Spanish (1+ / 0-)
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      introduces him as the founder of a dental clinic and says that early in his life he picked strawberries and mentions Caesar Chavez. His wife says they have worked in the community for 30 years to make things better for everyone. Gist is that they want everyone to be able to achieve the "American Dream".

      Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

      by brook on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:27:36 AM PDT

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  •  WA-01 (3+ / 0-)
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    One additional reason for Burner to run in the special election is to get a leg up in seniority on the rest of the freshmen class of congresscritters in 2013. It's pretty much the only time to jump ahead of those 50 or 75 others in seniority.

  •  Rasmussen Obama now up 3 over Romney (4+ / 0-)
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    For what it's worth, seems like bringing up Rev Wright had a backlash. Obama now at 50% approval. Still seems weird less people say they will vote for Obama than approve of him
    Seems to be a pattern in a lot of polls.

  •  So... (1+ / 0-)
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    we have your analysis, but what are your opinions of Darcy's move to run in the special election as well?  Good idea, or could this backfire on her?

    •  Well, it looks like it's backfiring... (0+ / 0-)

      In that state party leaders are lashing out at her the most. Perhaps Burner thought this would be worth it if she could up her $$$$$?

    •  Is the new district (2012 version) more Dem? (0+ / 0-)

      Otherwise can't figure out why she's running.

      •  No (1+ / 0-)
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        The new district is about as Purple as purple can get.  Possibly leaning a bit red.  I'm scared that it'll go Koster if the Dems can't get it together and be united.  There are too many fighting over the piece of pie and too much internal heat between Darcy and the rest.  

        They have created a world where everything is an opinion, and nothing is a fact, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and every opinion is equally valid.

        by SlowNomad on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:39:17 AM PDT

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      •  Less (1+ / 0-)
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        The new distract is farther from Seattle and more rural.

        "All things are not equally true. It is time to face reality." -Al Gore

        by Geek of all trades on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:57:02 AM PDT

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      •  Obama won it 56-42% (1+ / 0-)
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        so it definitely is Dem-leaning, but it would have been closer between Kerry and Bush.

        I don't think Koster can win it, short of another 2010 GOP wave.

        •  Can Burner? (0+ / 0-)

          She lost in TWO Dem wave years, and the guy who ran against Reichert last time in a GOP wave year did as well as Burner did in much worse conditions nationally.

          •  Whoops, woman not guy. (0+ / 0-)

            Recc'd you guys for answering my question. Thanks!

          •  That's conveniently compartmentalized recall (1+ / 0-)
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            Vince CA

            Burner ran against the Man Who Caught the Green River killer with almost 100% name recognition in a district that has been red since it was created after the 1980 census.  DelBene ran against a guy whose mental stability was called into serious question in a year where the tea party may have been doing well elsewhere but not in Washington.  Ask Senator Rossi if you don't believe me.

            •  err (1+ / 0-)
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              you know DelBene and Burner ran against the same guy, right...?

              And the red wave definitely hit Washington, just not as hard as the rest of the country. No way Patty Murray would beat a washed-up has-been like Dino Rossi by a mere 53-47 margin in a normal year. And no guarantee that Jaime Herrera Beutler would have won in a neutral year, either.

              22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

              by sapelcovits on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:38:15 PM PDT

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          •  Darcy was closest (0+ / 0-)

            3 points in 2006. 6 points in 2008. DelBene lost by 4 points in 2010. And by the way, it's a district that has NEVER gone Democratic since it was created. I live in WA-08.

            I don't see how anyone calls DelBene a "better Democrat" than Darcy Burner. She may be a more moderate condidate, but Darcy is the better Democrat any day, and twice on Sundays (as some, but I, say---well, I guess I do now).


            "Those who broke the laws in creating, selling, or grading the toxic assets that damaged our economy should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
            "This means better oversight of financial institutions and more balance between the needs of communities, working men and women, and those of the financial sector...We need a modern day Glass Steagall to protect our economy against the recklessness and greed of Wall Street."
            "A healthy environment is essential for a high quality of life and I am committed to protecting it for current and future generations. The environment is much more than just beautiful scenery: it is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ocean and soil that provide our food, and the stable climate we depend on. I will fight for the environment we all cherish, including aggressively addressing global climate change."
            " Taking care of our natural resources and protecting our environment is critical to protecting the quality of life we cherish. This means policies to keep our air and water clean. We must also manage our water responsibly as it is critical for our local farms and for generating the electricity that powers our economy...I believe strongly that climate change is not just a challenge we must tackle to avert disaster, but that it is an opportunity to build a new clean energy economy and preserve our quality of life."
            Darcy's the liberal Democrat, DelBene's the business-friendly New Democrat. I supported them each in their time, but I prefer liberal.

            Rich men can't catch a break...

            by Daddy Love on Mon May 21, 2012 at 03:06:20 PM PDT

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      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        It may be purple, but the old WA-8 was rather solidly R. In fact, it was never held by a Democrat in all the years of its existence. Having met and campaigned for both Darcy and Suzan, I would support Darcy.

  •  IL-HD-10 (2+ / 0-)
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    So, anyone remember Derrick Smith, the Democratic State Rep from Chicago's West Side? Despite being indicted for taking a bribe, House Speaker Mike Madigan spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to pump him up in the primary against Tom Cross, a fake Dem (Republican). Dems probably thought that as long as Smith won the primary they could get him to step aside and appoint someone else. Unfortunately, that dog won't hunt. So now the Democratic machine is forming a third party to run against their own nominee!

    Never a dull moment here in the Windy City...

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:51:10 AM PDT

  •  What is he trying to say. (0+ / 0-)

    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 May 21, 2012 at 06:59:40 AM PDT

  •  Ah, the famed party discipline of Democrats /nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Attack against Ciro Rodriguez (1+ / 0-)
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    The note about the attack of the League of Conservation Voters against Ciro Rodriguez was interesting. I desire more information about this matter.

  •  DavidNYC, re your FL-Sen ?, your memory fails (4+ / 0-)
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    Sadly, yes, he entered in May and beat Feingold in WI-Sen just the last cycle.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Mon May 21, 2012 at 09:28:04 AM PDT

  •  Burner has burned the locals (2+ / 0-)
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    bumiputera, Inkpen

    I am sick and tired of Darcy Burner's antics and her sense of entitlement, and so is every active Dem I talk to locally. And we are the people who in 06 and 08 enthusiastially donated, phone-banked, doorbelled, had face time, and voted. Yes, Darcy, we are voters in the district too. Even Dino Rossi had the good grace to quit after being tagged a consistent loser, and he didn't parachute back in from DC just for the purpose of running in a contested election.

    Yes, this is about being able to double-dip for donation dollars. Although the campaigns have to be kept strictly separate in funds and organization (hence opening up opportunities for campaign finance challenges, which will no doubt come given the importance of the race for the Rs) the ads won't bother to make it clear which election your candidate is talking any given time. That applies on both sides, so Koster's already built-in advantage from being uncontested grows even more.

    Come the primary for the new First (and I don't reside in the old First; neither does Darcy nor I think any of the others who declared) the only name I will be considering is Nancy Pelosi. I don't care for the hairs-breadth of policy difference between Steve Hobbs and Darcy Burner, and those in between. What I care about is who is most likely to move Nancy one step closer to the gavel. And it ain't Darcy Burner. She who managed to move WA-08 further to the Republican in 2008, and will be anathema to the conservative northern tier, had way too many overhanging negatives already. Does she really think she can put the infamous tweet behind her, or the unfortunate Harvard degree slip? Now, although I think a D will win the rump, there is a very real chance that Koster could snatch it, and be in DC for Taxmageddon.  Lovely.

    Each other candidate has their problems. My LD endorsed Laura Ruderman, but she is generally not well-liked among those who remember her state house stint. Suzan Delbene may seem too elite for the conservative northern tier, and Steve Hobbs too right-wing for the south (although in the General he beats Koster there). Rauniyar is a neophyte running a vanity campaign (although it would be nice to contemplate a naturalized Nepalese in the House). Something of a quandary there - I don't have a favorite yet.

    Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

    by UncleDavid on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:22:08 AM PDT

    •  Hairs-breadth (0+ / 0-)
      I don't care for the hairs-breadth of policy difference between Steve Hobbs and Darcy Burner, and those in between. What I care about is who is most likely to move Nancy one step closer to the gavel.
      Fair enough on supporting the Democratic ticket, but if you think there is only a hairs-breadth between Burner and Hobbs, well, you just have not been paying attention.

      Hobbs is a Road-kill caucus conservadem and Burner is as far as anyone can tell a true liberal.  

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