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DCCC/DSCC: Roll Call's Nathan Gonzales has an interesting piece on how the major campaign committees, which have to calve off separate arms to handle "independent expenditures" that aren't coordinated either with the campaigns they're trying to help or the motherships which spawned them, get around these anti-coordination rules. One method has led to some interesting consequences: The DCCC has started posting extensive opposition research briefing books and video clips of Republican targets. (The DSCC is doing something similar.) Nathan explains how anyone can find the goods:

From the group's main page, go to "2012 races," click on a state and click on a district that features a Republican candidate's name. In many cases, you'll find downloadable clipbooks, research books, links to raw video footage, and sometimes bulleted talking points. For example, anyone can access the 85-page research book on Arizona Republican Jesse Kelly or the 135-page file on California candidate Abel Maldonado (R).

Similarly, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has research attainable through a handful of clicks. From the committee's home page, click on the Races tab, then "Read More" about a particular state, then "See what Republicans are doing in Ohio" (for example) and you'll find a multipage PDF file with quotes and clips.

Here's the DCCC's Kelly page Nathan mentions; just scroll to the bottom and you'll see links to all the dirt they have on him. (Republicans tend to use a somewhat different method, usually creating race-specific micro-sites. But the NRCC does have a kind of weaksauce hub at "Democrat Facts.") This stuff is a serious treasure trove that could make for a lot of good blogging fodder.

Senate:

FL-Sen: Connie Mack? Arrogant? Never! Yet for some reason, the humble Republican congressman is already declaring victory in the GOP primary:

Connie Mack has declined an invitation to participate in a statewide prime-time televised debate, effectively declaring the GOP U.S. Senate primary over.

"It’s clear the race for the U.S. Senate in Florida is now between Connie Mack, the Republican, and Bill Nelson, the Democrat," Mack campaign manager Jeff Cohen wrote in a letter to Jeanne Grinstead, deputy managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times. [...]

"A primary debate among Republicans would only serve to benefit Bill Nelson," Cohen wrote adding that a debate between Mack and Nelson "makes all the sense in the world."

Yes, Mack leads in the polls, but this kind of attempt to project inevitability doesn't always work out so well. I'm thinking of a primary, maybe back in 2008... a big one... someone help me out here?

P.S. Speaking of polls, PPP has a brand-new one out on the Senate race (where Nelson cruises), plus a Republican primary portion (where Mack's edge is actually not all that impressive). Follow the link for our complete analysis and all the numbers at Daily Kos Elections.

ND-Sen: Majority PAC, the unofficial-official Super PAC of the Democratic Senate caucus, is out with a new ad targeting Republican Rick Berg for being a general schmuck. (The spot is backed by a $67K buy, a small but still effective sum for a cheap state like North Dakota.) The buy coincides nicely with a new Mason-Dixon poll that gives Democrat Heidi Heitkamp a 47-46 lead on Berg. (James L)

NM-Sen: With New Mexico's primary now concluded, a large coalition of environmental groups are supporting Democratic nominee Martin Heinrich with a $1 million ad buy in his race against Republican Heather Wilson. The organizations involved include the Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Whew!

UT-Sen: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who faced his own fight to secure his party's nomination, had been reluctant to endorse in his state's simultaneous Senate race, lest he further piss off the teabaggers who hate him by backing Sen. Orrin Hatch over the insurgent Dan Liljenquist. But Herbert easily dispatched his challengers at the state convention, so he's lending his support to Hatch, who still has to contend with Liljenquist in a primary later this month.

WI-Sen: Eric Hovde is out with another TV spot—he's the rich guy who's forced himself into the four-way conversation in the Wisconsin GOP primary through nonstop advertising. This one features his daughters talking about how the rest of the Senate won't like him because of his funny smell anti-spending stances. Real Clear Politics also takes a look at how all the Republican candidates are trying to latch themselves onto Scott Walker's coattails, now that Walker's mojo got re-upped on Tuesday. (David Jarman)

Crossroads: Karl Rove's demonic American Crossroads organization is out with ads in three key Senate races. In Montana and Indiana, Crossroads GPS is up with $860K's worth of ads attacking Jon Tester and Joe Donnelly for being reckless spendocrats hellbent on supporting Barack Obama's scheme to take control of your healthcare. (Or something.) And in New Mexico, the American Crossroads PAC is up with a $119K ad buy that strikes a notably different tone – one that attempts to portray Heather Wilson as an independent moderate with a record of "standing up to her own party". Shah! (James L)

House:

AZ-04: In a new TV spot, Republican state Sen. Ron Gould wears a proud little smirk as he loads up a copy of the healthcare reform bill into a trap, shouts "pull," pumps his shotgun, and then blasts the legislation to smithereens. So clever! Except: Joe Manchin called, and he wants his ad back.

AZ-08: With the Arizona's 8th district special election looming next week, Ron Barber is out with one more ad from his campaign, a positive spot that focuses on what he's done for small business. Roll Call's writeup also has a helpful recap of everybody's spending in the race, and finds that Dems aren't getting outspent in the same way they were in Wisconsin. In fact, Barber plus allies have the slight advantage over Kelly and allies, at $1.7 million to $1.5 million. (The NRCC has significantly outspent the DCCC, but Barber's camp has outspent Kelly's camp and more importantly, House Majority PAC has closed the gap.)

Meanwhile, the DCCC is up with what may be their last ad buy of this special election campaign, totaling nearly $200K. It's unclear if the money is going to a new ad, or for an extended rotation of their latest ad, one that features the emotional narration of a local construction worker who's appalled by Jesse Kelly's anti-Medicare ravings. (David Jarman & James L)

CA-35, CA-31: Hearing about new target lists from the Campaign for Primary Accountability has now become a staple of political reporting—and as I've said many times in the past, wait until you see if they put their money where their press releases are, because anyone can draw up a list, and the CPA has definitely failed to follow through on certain races it's identified. But if you want to keep up with their machinations, they're saying that they may now go after Dem Rep. Joe Baca, who turned in a weak performance in Tuesday's top-two primary, taking just 45% of the vote while fellow Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod scored 36%.

The CPA adds that they'll also take a look at CA-31, the disastrous blue-leaning district where two Republicans managed to advance to the November general election: Rep. Gary Miller and state Sen. Bob Dutton. (It'd be the incumbent Miller they'd have in their sights.) Incidentally, Roll Call mentions that Miller conducted a last-minute poll over Memorial Day weekend which showed Democrat Pete Aguilar in third place, so I guess he wasn't surprised at the final results, even though it seems everyone else (ourselves included) was.

CT-05: Democratic state House Speaker Chris Donovan's union allies are sticking with him after his campaign was rocked by the arrest of his finance director on campaign finance charges, and they showed it by rallying with him on Wednesday. It was Donovan's first event (apart from a press conference) since the story broke, and representatives "from the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers Union and the American Federation of Teachers" all spoke on his behalf before 200 supporters. Donovan has said he had no knowledge of his staffer's alleged wrongdoing.

FL-02: Former state Sen. Al Lawson, who nearly unseated ex-Rep. Allen Boyd in the 2010 Democratic primary, is getting some fundraising help on Thursday from the third-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. James Clyburn. (Rep. Corrine Brown, of "she's crazy!" fame, will also appear at the DC event.) This time, Lawson faces a primary with state Rep. Leonard Bembry, who has the endorsement of the Blue Dogs and is probably the establishment favorite. Remarkably, Bembry responded to this news with an attack on Lawson from the left:

"I'm surprised that anyone could support Al Lawson given the fact that when he was in the state legislature he voted for every single budget that Florida Republicans offered, many of which cut state education funding, led to teacher layoffs and cut programs to benefit seniors," Bembry Communications Director Ralph Mason said in a statement. "We are proud of the support we've received from over a dozen members of Congress and endorsements from organized labor."
Both men are vying to take on freshman GOPer Steve Southerland, who beat Boyd last cycle.

MI-11: Local Republicans have been looking to coalesce behind one write-in candidate to try and salvage the 11th district, where Thad McCotter's petition failure left them with only a Paulist reindeer farmer as their candidate. It sounds like they've decided to focus their efforts on Nancy Cassis, who was a state Senator until being termed out in 2010. The Oakland County party is still officially neutral—which makes the process of cat-herding Republican voters that much harder—but a committee of that organization picked Cassis over harder-to-spell options like Rocky Raczkowski. (David Jarman)

NJ-09: Here's some interesting Wednesday-morning quarterbacking from a local source (Bergen Co. reporter Charles Stile, who sounds knowledgeable about the county machine-level politics in north Jersey, which seemed to make all the difference here) about what went wrong for Rep. Steve Rothman, who lost the member-on-member primary in the 9th by a bigger-than-expected margin. He thinks Rothman's message of going negative on Bill Pascrell didn't get any traction in the Passaic County portions of the district. (David Jarman)

NY-06: EMILY's List invites you to witness the firepower of their fully armed and operational direct mail battle station. Fresh off of successful interventions in the CA-26 and NM-01 primaries, EMILY is touching down in the open seat race to replace retiring Dem Rep. Gary Ackerman with an $18K direct mail expenditure on behalf of Assemblywoman Grace Meng. (James L)

PA-07: I'm not sure there's much to be gained by releasing an internal poll showing you're down by 20, but maybe Dem challenger George Badey wanted to show that GOP incumbent Pat Meehan wasn't cresting 50 (the poll from GBA Strategies shows the lawyer/Mummer down 50 to 30). The poll also finds Obama up 48-41 over Romney in the district, decent numbers since the 7th got taken down to 51% Obama (in 2008) by redistricting. (David Jarman)

Other Races:

OR-AG: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Ellen Rosenblum, who just won the Democratic primary for Attorney General a few weeks ago, as the state's AG. She replaces John Kroger, who had previously decided not to run again and now is resigning to take over as president of Reed College. That should give her a bit of incumbency advantage going into November, where it turns out the GOP did manage to scrape up a candidate to oppose her. James Buchal managed to get 13,000 write-in votes, enough for the nomination after the GOP wound up leaving that line blank in primary... not that they have much of a shot in November, but failing to recruit anybody at all for a statewide open seat was a baffling screwup. (Similarly, the GOP managed to get Tom Cox onto the Treasurer ballot in November via write-in, after failing to get a candidate for the primary.) (David Jarman)

Grab Bag:

OH GOP: Gov. John Kasich's takeover of the Ohio Republican Party now appears to be complete: One of his key loyalists, Dave Luketic, was just installed as chairman. Luketic was a leader in the effort to dump the prior chair, Kevin DeWine, a Kasich nemesis. And no, there never appeared to be an ideological element to this long-running internecine battle—it purely seemed to be about personal fiefdoms.

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Comment Preferences

  •  NM-Sen (3+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, Lujane, Larsstephens

    In years gone by, Bob Perry - one of the main swiftboat funders, and in some years the single largest Republican-related donor - has pumped a lot of money into NM races.  Arguably, he bought the governorship for Susana Martinez, for example, with a half-million dollar donation.  (Though Diane Denish gets credit for losing, too, having run a rather flat-footed campaign.)

    Perry's also spent literally millions on NM-01 (Albuquerque metro) over the years, including for Heather Wilson while she was the Rep from same.  There was a fine palling around with terrorists shtick against Heinrich, because he'd had some dealings with Dave Foreman (Earth First! cofounder who did some jail time) while working on wilderness issues in the NM State Land Trustee's office.  Perhaps that will return, warmed over, this time around?

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:33:50 AM PDT

  •  Electoral-Vote.Com (2+ / 0-)
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    eps62, Lujane

    Noticed this morning that electoral-vote has Obama down to 273, and Romney up to 230, with Iowa and Florida listed as tied,  this one's getting tighter, we need some good economic news and less calling of every poll we disagree with an outlier, and growing over the Bain attacks which have not moved the numbers positively at all.  Obama leads by less now than he did when the Bain attacks started.

    Obama needs to come out with a second term agenda, and let the surrogates handle Bain, and Massachusetts and later the tax returns.

    Call the do-nothing Congress back into session, present your jobs program and grand bargain and dare them to say no.  The number of people who contributed in 2008 who have not contributed this year is way too high, and the only way you're going to fire them back up is by giving them something to fight for.

  •  I'm just imagining the oppo research book on me! (4+ / 0-)
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    spiderdem, Mark27, bumiputera, supercereal

    Scary, scary shit.  And that's without my online body of work.

    Dear conservatives: If instead of "marriage equality" we call it "voluntary government registration of committed homosexuals," are you on board?

    by Rich in PA on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:40:13 AM PDT

  •  Rough guess where the race is. (3+ / 0-)
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    Paleo, bear83, askew

    Romney up 0-2 in NC.
    Obama up 0-2 in FL.
    Obama up 3-5 in IA, CO, VA, and OH.
    Obama up 5-7 in NH and NV.
    Obama up 8-10 in PA and MI.

  •  Nothing at all for OK (0+ / 0-)

    No information at all for CD races in Oklahoma.

  •  KS Redistricting done! (1+ / 0-)
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    ptgkc

    http://atr.rollcall.com/...

    It's pretty much as wash, or slightly better for the GOP. KS-2 gets more Democrat-friendly with the addition of all of Douglas County. But KS-3 gets more Republican friendly by losing Douglas and getting Miami county. I'm guessing KS-3 goes from R+3 to R+4 and KS-2 goes from R+9 to R+7. Still both are competitive for KS but KS-3 was more competitive for Dems and now it got a little harder for them.

  •  Love how the DCCC has that one stop shopping (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    for facts on the races. There are a few nuggets of worth I didn't know about in the IN 2 race here that just might give an edge when going door to door this year.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:46:30 AM PDT

  •  I often praise First Read (3+ / 0-)
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    DCCyclone, askew, Larsstephens

    Indeed, they are the best about at what they do. Truly "fair and balanced" as they are. But I have to take issue with the way they cherry picked some polls this morning to support the idea Romney has caught up. Chuck Todd has warned before about ignoring polls with a large discrepancy between job approval and vote share yet they cite the Fox poll. Pew actually found a wider margin. Obviously there are issues with the EPIC-MRA poll of Michigan. Then they cite Purple Strategies which found incremental improvement for the president in both Virginia and Colorado. Come on guys, you are better than this.

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:02:09 AM PDT

    •  Check out (3+ / 0-)
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      David Nir, askew, Larsstephens

      the sidebar on political wire today.  Full of breathless stories about implosion of the Obama campaign.  First Read is mild by comparison.  This is like porn for dudedad.

      •  Taegan himself doesn't help (2+ / 0-)
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        DCCyclone, Larsstephens

        Posting headlines that misrepresent the article.

        "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

        by conspiracy on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 09:35:12 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Taegan does that all the time (1+ / 0-)
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          Larsstephens

          He seems real lazy, posting misleading headlines at least every other day.

          I've always visited his site daily for links because he's at least been a good aggregator, but even for that I'm going there less and less.

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

          by DCCyclone on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 12:58:21 PM PDT

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    •  Their polling citations were a major FAIL today (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      I knew they'd trust EPIC-MRA, they've cited them in the past.  I would hope they'd be smart enough to take a skeptical eye to this one, though, given they have sources in the campaigns who can give them a straight scoop on reality.

      And the Fox poll was bunk, they had 43-43 trial heat despite good 49-45 Obama job approval.  One political reporter I follow on Twitter mentioned a few weeks ago in response to a simiilar poll that no one in the media following this race believes Obama is as low as 43 in reality.

      So that was disappointing this morning by them, I agree.

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

      by DCCyclone on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 08:24:01 AM PDT

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      •  You could say (3+ / 0-)
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        jncca, DCCyclone, Larsstephens

        An EPIC fail.

        "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

        by conspiracy on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 09:36:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  So (0+ / 0-)

        what, then, is the value added in paying attention to what they say? If we all have a more lucid picture of the public polling than they do, and they are apparently not any more insightful due to their "inside information"?

        •  Um, one bad day is just one bad day (1+ / 0-)
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          KingofSpades

          First Read is right on the money most of the time, and in fact departs from the conventional wisdom of most of their media colleagues on a regular basis.  They're excellent at looking past the noise of one-day or one-week stories...not perfect, but very good as a rule.

          Example:  First Read has argued routinely that their media colleagues are wrong to dismiss the Obama campaign's Bain attacks as ineffective.  They've openly written that the hand-wringers and media critics are people who haven't seen any polling or focus group data and don't have a clue how well the Bain attacks work in Middle America.

          That's just one of many examples.  They're routinely fair to Obama and Democrats, far more than most of The Village.

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

          by DCCyclone on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:21:11 PM PDT

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  •  This oppo stuff is good (1+ / 0-)
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    David Nir

    I clicked on CA-24, my district, to find Abel Maldonado's little tax problem spelled out in detail: he cut a deal with Arnold while serving as State House leader to substantially raise taxes, while at the same time not paying taxes on his family business (local farming company). IRS claims he owes $4M!

    I can see a nice set of ads on this. It's the kind of issue that not only exposes the GOP do-as-I-say/not-as-I-do 1% "value", but also can't be shrugged off: it deals with clear facts that can't be talked around.

    You raised the people's taxes, yet you won't pay your own.
    Explain.

    Lois Capps should be able to run a long way with this info alone, and it could be devastating in a debate.

    •  Their clipbooks have positive stuff too (0+ / 0-)

      Which I suppose is nice, so you know what they brag about. I think interns search for every news story that mentions a congresscritter and puts them into a Word file.

      Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

      by fearlessfred14 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 11:06:44 AM PDT

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  •  FL: paper compares Scott to George Wallace (5+ / 0-)
    Wallace spoke of states' rights and defended the indefensible by portraying the federal government as the enemy. Your administration's intemperate letter to the Justice Department strikes a similar tone. The rights of U.S. citizens to vote in Florida elections should not be compromised by your continuing political fights with the Obama administration.
    http://www.tampabay.com/...

    “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

    by Paleo on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:21:30 AM PDT

  •  IL 13: We Ask has Gill trailing by p (0+ / 0-)

    http://capitolfax.com/...

    But:

    Since our sample was evenly divided between the two parties and Independents, Gill is probably a point or so closer than this nine-point spread.

    “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

    by Paleo on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:45:08 AM PDT

    •  That should be 9 (0+ / 0-)

      “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

      by Paleo on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:54:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Darn, I thought you meant "trailing by pi" n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      •  I treat WAA as Rasmussen anymore (0+ / 0-)

        They screwed up that Wisconsin state Senate race they polled for RRH last year, I think it was Holperin, and now they failed in the Governor's recall election.

        The irony is I could believe Gill down by high single-digits coming from a more credible pollster.  He's a repeat candidate already rejected by voters, and voters everywhere tend to dislike perennial candidates.

        I would like to see a plausible poll in this race, and I really am curious what reality is.  Of course, House races always develop very late, so it's possible there's no good polling that wouldn't have extremely high undecideds at this stage.

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

        by DCCyclone on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 08:28:08 AM PDT

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  •  CA-30: Gallegly wrote a letter for Berman (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal

    http://blogs.venturacountystar.com/...

    It was sent out to GOP voters.

    "This is the first time I have written a letter in support of a Democrat. But U.S. Representative Howard L. Berman has a long history of working with Republicans toward sensible solutions to our country's problems, and he is respected for his honesty and dedication to his principles by Republicans as well as Democrats."

    26, Male, CA-24 (new CA-26), DK Elections Black Caucus Chair.

    by DrPhillips on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:49:51 AM PDT

    •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

      I am a little bit shocked to see that.  But good for Berman.  Honestly, I don't care which one of them wins.  Sad as it is to say.  There are more important races to focus on.  

      Check out my new blog: http://socalliberal.wordpress.com/

      by SoCalLiberal on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 09:37:08 AM PDT

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  •  NC Legislature GOP - Stupidity or Insanity? (2+ / 0-)
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    DCCyclone, eps62

    This is what happens when climate change-deniers are put in charge:

    Rejecting a science panel’s warning that the North Carolina coast should prepare for an increasingly rapid rise in sea level later in this century, a Senate committee on Thursday endorsed far-reaching rules that would force planning and regulatory agencies to base sea-level forecasts only on the slower rates recorded in the past.

    The forecast could not include any prediction that sea level would rise at a faster rate in future years – unless this accelerated pace is “consistent with historic trends.”

    http://www.newsobserver.com/...

    And this is what happens when the NRA wants something from Republicans:

    A gun bill left over from the flurry of gun bills that cleared the General Assembly last year was resurrected Thursday. This one, HB111, would allow anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring that gun into a restaurant that serves alcohol, which is currently illegal.
    Drunks with guns. What could possibly go wrong?

    http://www.newsobserver.com/...

  •  Keep an eye on Gene Stilp (PA-11) (0+ / 0-)

    Flying under the radar on the national scope, but poised for another surprise victory (almost 10 pt. win in the primary, despite every conventional advantage by the challenger).

    This is one to watch folks...

    This article from post primary sums it up well:
    http://www.mydallaspost.com/...

    http://www.genestilp.com
    http://www.facebook.com/...
    http://www.twitter.com/...

    •  I like him (0+ / 0-)

      but the contested D primary getting 75% of the vote as the uncontested R primary is not a good sign, particularly for such a visible candidate as Stilp.

      D registration numbers mean little in predicting how this district will go.

      27, Male, MA-08 (hometown MI-06)

      by bumiputera on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 08:38:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  rubes want to eliminate your right to vote (0+ / 0-)

    And essentially outlaw opposition parties.. seems like a strong hook and one rubes really can't counter because it's true.
    I don't know though..maybe my tin foil hat sprung a leak.

  •  Good DTrip Work in Calif. 26 (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad to see that the DTrip is now on its game in oppo research. They and the House Majority Super PAC did a great job helping to knock out the LA Times' "anointed" candidate Linda Parks and make Julia  Brownley the come from behind winner  in the primary (See Herdt, Ventura County Star 6/06/12).  Dems have come a long way since their pathetic newspaper oppo clippings in the 1988 Dukakis campaign. Of course, the DTrip must keep this up in the Ariz. 8th special and in the general Calif. 26th election against Romney wingbot Tony Strickland. Strickland and his wife Audra, whom he helped put in the Calif. legislature, were even married at the Nixon Library. The DTrip should also hammer scandal -tarred Abel Maldonado in the Capps race and hit hard in Illinois contests. "No Comment" Nan Hayworth, an eye doctor, who was oblivious to her former aide Townsend's "hurl acid at female legislators," remark should also be a prime target in the NY 18th CD. For more on the Barber-Kelly race, Julia Brownley, and Hayworth, read  this  

  •  EMILY a disappointment. (0+ / 0-)

    Far from congratulating themselves, the folks at EMILY ought to take the time for a little self examination.  These days their "Early Money" seems to go only to safe establishment candidates.  The space they occupy does little to increase the number of women in Congress.  Witness California-52, early endorsement for Lori Saldana, but no money.  Despite being outspent five-to-one by a wealthy blue dog, Lori is only a few hundred votes behind pending absentees.  

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