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NY-St. Sen: This is potentially very big news. New York City Councilman Oliver Koppell, who also once briefly served as state attorney general, says he isn't ruling out a primary challenge to state Sen. Jeff Klein, the renegade Democrat who leads the breakaway faction that handed control of the Senate to the GOP this year, even though Democrats won a majority of seats in the chamber last November. Klein would be hard to beat, but Koppell has the profile (and liberal bona fides) to pull it off, especially if labor were to get behind him.

Koppell is term-limited, so next year, he'll be out of office and perhaps looking for something to do. He's also reportedly met with the state-level DSCC about a potential bid, and he openly has negative things to say about Klein's betrayal. However, Koppell is 72 years old and cautions that "at the moment I have no plans" to run. But if he does make a go of it, this could be one of the most exciting legislative primaries for progressives in the nation.

Senate:

ME-Sen: Unsurprisingly, even if Republican Sen. Susan Collins drew a top-tier opponent next year, she'd still be in dominant shape, according to PPP. Collins leads Dem Rep. Chellie Pingree 57-34, author (and Democrat) Stephen King 54-31, and independent attorney Eliot Cutler (who is running for governor) 53-33. If Collins were to retire, though—and note, she still hasn't uttered the magic words "I'm running for re-election"—the situation would almost immediately reverse itself. In a hypothetical matchup, Pingree would defeat Republican Bruce Poliquin 47-33, turning Maine into the number one Democratic pickup opportunity of the cycle.

Sadly, it seems that Collins isn't going anywhere, except under her own free will. In a now-moot primary test, Collins would blast Poliquin, a former state treasurer, 64-24. But Poliquin was always unlikely to challenge Collins, and now he definitely won't, since he just announced a House bid. Late though it is, perhaps Collins will still bail, much like Olympia Snowe did last year. Or maybe President Obama will nominate her to run the Department of Homeland Security. But unless and until Collins departs the scene, there's really not much to see here.

TN-Sen: Sen. Lamar Alexander is, Mitch McConnell-style, rolling out some internal polling to argue that, despite tea partier anger, he doesn't face a major threat in next year's Republican primary. Lamar! leads his recently announced challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, by a 64-22 margin, according to North Star Opinion Research. But like McConnell's pollster, Voter/Consumer Research, North Star had some major misses last year, particularly one survey of MI-09 which showed Dem Rep. Sandy Levin with just a 44-42 lead over his Some Dude Republican opponent. Levin won by 28.

Gubernatorial:

CT-Gov: Republican state Sen. Toni Boucher, who'd been weighing a bid for governor since at least March, now says she's forming an exploratory committee. Boucher had also been vaguely entertaining a run against Dem Rep. Jim Himes in CT-04, so presumably that's now off the table.

House:

AL-01: The conservative outside group GOPAC (which Newt Gingrich once chaired!) is going on the air with a small $30,000 buy on behalf of state Rep. Chad Fincher in the special election to replace ex-Rep. Jo Bonner. The spot says that Fincher "defeated the liberals and the teachers union," a frequent bugbear in Alabama Republican politics.

CA-17: The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America are touting a new poll from Public Policy Polling of the Democrat-on-Democrat race in California's 17th Congressional District, where the PCCC's been raising money for veteran Rep. Mike Honda. PPP finds Honda with a 49-15 lead over former Commerce Department official Ro Khanna, with 36 percent undecided. That's a bit tighter than the only other poll we've seen of the race, Lake Research internal from Honda which gave him a 57-5 advantage. However, Honda's survey also included 2012 Republican candidate Evelyn Li, to simulate California's top-two primary. (Li took 12.)

But given Khanna's monster fundraising—he has $1.7 million in the bank—it's unlikely that he won't make it to the general election, especially since he's running largely to Honda's right, which means he could hoover up a lot of Republican votes in the primary. That still leaves Khanna with exactly the same problem he faced on day one, though: This is a dark blue seat that gave 72 percent of its vote to Barack Obama. Many things will likely change between now and November of next year, including the size of Honda's lead, but the district's demographics won't.

FL-18: Even though freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy ought to be a top GOP target, yet another prominent Republican is saying no to the race, state Rep. Gayle Harrell. However, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, who unsuccessfully ran in the neighboring 22nd District last year, is reportedly eyeing a bid. Since he'd likely be an NRCC favorite if he got in, perhaps Harrell is pre-emptively deferring. Three Republicans are already running: ex-state Rep. Carl Domino, Juno Beach Councilwoman Ellen Andel, and 2006 Connecticut GOP Senate nominee Alan Schlesinger.

WV-03: The NRCC's latest silly season ad hits Dem Rep. Nick Rahall on environmental issues, saying he "betrayed" West Virginia by allegedly voting in favor of a "carbon tax," and by standing "with Pelosi at the EPA while environmentalists praised Obama's war on coal." There's no word on the size of the buy, beyond a note that this was part of a $150,000 multi-media purchase targeting nine different Democrats.

Other Races:

CO Recall: Or not. It turns out that Libertarian Jan Brooks failed to submit enough valid signatures in the recall election of state Sen. John Morse, so contrary to an early report we cited in the previous Digest, she won't be appearing on the ballot after all. That means that on the "pick a replacement" question voters will encounter after the "do you want to recall your state senator" question, the only option will remain Republican Bernie Herpin. (Same for state Sen. Angela Giron's district: The only alternative is Republican George Rivera.)

Fundraising reports for the period of June 30 through Aug. 22 have also just been filed, and Democrats, in theory, have raised far more than Republicans. Morse and Giron took in over $600,000 each, with Mike Bloomberg personally splitting $350,000 between the two candidates. Daily Kos, through ActBlue, has also raised almost $100,000 for each in small donations.

But while the GOP committees have taken in pitiful sums, the Colorado Springs Gazette notes that most Republican advertising has come from non-profits, which don't have to disclose their donors or spending. The one conservative group to reveal their expenditures was the NRA, which laid out just over $100,000 during the reporting period.

Mobile, AL: In a somewhat surprising development, businessman Sandy Stimpson defeated two-term Mayor Sam Jones, Mobile's first African-American mayor, by a 53-47 margin on Tuesday night. Stimpson is white and ran on what he called a "One Mobile" platform, though reports indicate that turnout was relatively low in predominantly black precincts and high in heavily white areas, which likely aided him. Stimpson also widely outraised the incumbent, so the final result is not entirely shocking, even though Mobile is a majority-black city.

NYC Mayor: Hel-lo! With less than two weeks to go until the Democratic primary for mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is just crushing it in Quinnipiac's newest poll. De Blasio now takes 36 percent, versus 21 for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and 20 for former Comptroller Bill Thompson. In mid-August, when de Blasio first moved into the lead, he stood at 30, with Quinn at 24 and Thompson at 22. (Amusingly, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner is now down to just 8 percent support.)

The fact that de Blasio keeps surging upward even as attacks against him have multiplied is a very positive sign for his campaign. And just as notable is how close he's getting to 40 percent, the magic number needed to avoid a runoff. Even if there is a second round, though, de Blasio would fare very well, according to Quinnipiac: He'd beat Quinn 59-30 and Thompson 52-36.

Quinn's fade, incidentally, has been pretty remarkable. In an unlikely runoff with Thompson, she'd also get crushed, 57-33. And as Taniel points out, almost half of her supporters acknowledge there's a "good chance" they might wind up voting for someone else, versus just a little over a quarter of de Blasio and Thompson voters who say the same thing.

Of course, in the event of a runoff, the anti-de Blasio forces in the business community and elsewhere will rally together much more forcefully than they have to date. But if his momentum continues, they may have already missed their only opportunity to thwart him.

SD Mayor: Several potential candidates in the upcoming special election to replace Bob Filner as mayor of San Diego have already said they won't run, while a few others say they're considering bids. In the "no" camp are two Republicans—DA Bonnie Dumanis (who finished fourth in last year's mayoral primary) and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith—and three Democrats: Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, ex-state Sen. Christine Kehoe, and ex-City Councilwoman Donna Frye.

The main "maybes" for Republicans are City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, former City Councilman Carl DeMaio (last year's runner-up), and County Supervisor Ron Roberts. City Council President Todd Gloria, a Democrat who will soon become interim mayor, is also reportedly looking at the race, while ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher appears to be all-in.

Special Elections: Even though Obama won Maine's SD-19 by 16 points, Johnny Longtorso said this one might be close, and it was. Democrats narrowly hung on to the seat, with businesswoman Eloise Vitelli defeating Republican ex-state Sen. Paula Benoit by a 49.6 to 46.6 margin, while Green Daniel Stromgren took 3.8 percent.

Meanwhile, attorney Marlon Kimpson defeated former Charleston City Councilman Maurice Washington by better than 2-to-1 in the Democratic runoff in South Carolina's SD-42. Kimpson will be a lock in the October 1 general election.

St. Petersburg, FL: It looks like Democrats may have a good shot at picking up the mayor's office in Florida's fourth-largest city, St. Petersburg, this fall, for the first time since 1975. In an ostensibly non-partisan primary on Tuesday night, Republican incumbent Bill Foster only narrowly edged former state Rep. Rick Kriseman, 41 to 39. While the race isn't necessarily being fought on strict partisan grounds, the third-place finisher, former City Councilor Kathleen Ford, is also a Democrat and ran an anti-establishment campaign; her voters are more likely to wind up with Kriseman than Foster in November.

P.S. Cartography wizard Kenton Ngo also offers a great precinct-level map of St. Pete's returns.

Grab Bag:

MI-St. Sen: We don't usually cover state legislative votes, but the passage of Medicaid expansion through a Republican-controlled chamber is worth examining, especially once equipped with our Pres-by-LD dataset. The eight Republicans who joined Democrats in passing the bill can be broken down into two main groups: those retiring and therefore not subject to political pressures, and those in vulnerable districts particularly subject to political pressures.

Randy Richardville and Roger Kahn are both term-limited in 2014 and were therefore free to vote their conscience. The same applies to Howard Walker, who is eligible for re-election but has already announced his retirement.

In contrast, Tory Rocca (likely running for re-election in SD-10), Jim Marleau (SD-12), and Mike Kowall (SD-15) will all be running for re-election in competitive Metro Detroit districts. Similarly, Goeff Hansen (SD-34) and Tom Casperson (SD-38), who cast the deciding vote, will find themselves seeking new terms in swing territory. Casperson's Upper Peninsula-based SD-38, in particular, is known to be ancestrally Democratic. All five districts voted for Debbie Stabenow; Hansen's SD-34 voted 53-46 for Obama and the other four all gave Obama between 47 and 49 percent.

This classification isn't perfect, though. There are several Republicans in similarly competitive districts who were either principled or politically tone-deaf (depending on your point of view) and voted "no" anyway. (Alternatively, they recognized the political risks and chose to roll the dice.) Notably, Patrick Colbeck, who has been outspoken about his opposition, would likely be running in the evenly split SD-07. Dave Hildenbrand, in the Grand Rapids-based SD-29, faces an electorate that voted 53-46 for Obama. (jeffmd)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  PA-GOV (15+ / 0-)

    F&M has Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad poll numbers for One Term Tom:

    One in five (17%) registered Pennsylvania voters believes Governor Corbett is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor, which is below the ratings he received in the May 2013 Franklin & Marshall College Poll. His job performance ratings are much lower than either Governor Rendell or Governor Ridge at similar points in their first terms (see Figure 1). Only one in three (30%) Republicans rate his performance as “excellent” or “good.” In addition, only one in five (20%) voters believes Governor Corbett has performed sufficiently well to deserve re-election. Few Democrats (7%) or independent voters (22%) believe he deserves re-election, but, surprisingly, less than half (38%) of Republicans do.

    The Governor’s difficulties with voters may be due in part to the failure of his priorities to pass the state legislature and their importance to state voters. Nearly one in three (28%) registered voters believe unemployment and the economy is the state’s most important problem, followed closely by schools and school funding (23%). Few voters grade the Governor’s job performance on these issues, improving the economy (15%), creating jobs (15%), or improving public education (11%), as an “A” or “B”.

  •  RE NYC Mayoral race. It could (6+ / 0-)

    be key to the general election if DeBlasio manages to avoid a runoff.  He then wouldn't have a concentrated two-week negative campaign against him from either Quinn or Thompson, setting things up for the Republican nominee's campaign (presumably that would be Joe Lhota, but I'm not yet totally ruling out Catsamatides).  In any case, the optimal solution is DeBlasio and no runoff.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 05:34:35 AM PDT

    •  Is DeBlasio that vulnerable in the general? (3+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, Remediator, TLS66

      It seems that people are getting concerned (legitimately or not) about him winning the nomination.  Is there something to actually worry about?

      GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

      by LordMike on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:02:04 AM PDT

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      •  I cannot imagine DeBlasio having (2+ / 0-)
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        LordMike, rexxnyc

        a hard time against any NYC Repub.  Their field is non-existant at this point.  CATSimatidis is giving Carl Palladino a run for his money in terms of the repulsive factor and Lhota doesn't seem to register at all.

        Seems like concern trolling at this point.

        •  I think ITSCS is being cautious (2+ / 0-)

          it was bad feeling from the runoff in 2001 (Green v. Ferrer) that led to Ferrer all but campaigning for Bloomberg and led enough blacks and latinos to either stay home or vote Repub to let Bloomberg eke out a three-point victory.  To be fair, Green did have an abrasive personality.

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

          by TLS66 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:46:11 AM PDT

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        •  Also, I wouldn't discount Lhota (3+ / 0-)

          he'll have the full backing of his mentor, Rudy Giuliani, and Giuliani's network of donors.  There are low info voters who swallowed that "Rudy, hero of 9-11" crap whole.

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

          by TLS66 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:48:27 AM PDT

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        •  Quinn's negatives must be a challenge to her (2+ / 0-)

          Citywide she's paying for Bloomberg's third term. In her own district, she's paying for letting St Vincent's close. (You could argue that St. Vincent's was beyond her control, but she's the Speaker of the Council, the third largest public budget in the country, I think - what was the point of her giving Bloomberg a third term if not to extract something for the folks at home?).

          She'd have more trouble than Thompson or De Blasio in the general election.

          She's an effective deal broker, no doubt. She'd be an ok Mayor even if i don't see her vision-thing.  But she's gonna lose.

          •  The criticisms against Quinn are completely unfair (0+ / 0-)

            St. Vincent's was in debt a billion dollars.

            Think of that for a moment -- a single site hospital, not a chain, with a billion dollars in debts. And no strategy for every breaking even. What did these voters want her to do, bail it out with city funds that are desperately needed for other things?

            (And it was the last Catholic hospital in the city. Did these alleged Progressives really want her to subsidize a religious institution that doesn't accept basic levels of health services for women?)

            I'm voting for Quinn for two reasons: She is doing less pandering to the Orthodox Jewish community of which I'm a part (that's right -- LESS pandering) and she seems to understand the difference between creating an NYPD Inspector General (something all public agencies with graft opportunities should have) and making it easy to sue police officers (something that will only enrich ambulance chasers).

            •  I sort of agree and sort of don't (0+ / 0-)

              So, I think you would agree that 'fair' or not, it is at least a perception problem for her.  And it may not be too damaging beyond her district but there you see a lot of anger over this and it does get a little press.

              Second, maybe at the last minute there were alternatives, and maybe there weren't.  Ultimately I think Bloomberg 'let the market decide' or some crap and just scuttled it.  So this begs the question - what was the point of her being the great deal maker and carrying Bloomberg's third term water if he just turns around and takes a giant dump on the district, her district?

              Third, there have been a few suggestions (Weiner, Albanese, Thompson, I think) that we could have a commission to re-allocate the hospitals.  

              Certainly I would agree with the Berger commision in so far as there are (or were in 2008)  too many hospital beds in NYC. So something needed to be done.  Bloomberg just tries to kill the weak, regardless of location. But consolidation could be done in a 'fair' way.

              As Speaker, with pressures on many hospitals across the City, she could have pushed something like a commission to come up with a 'fair' way of allocating the beds.  

              So my third criticism is she did nothing on this at the citywide level. She really failed to lead, and she could have. And now there are five hospitals near Bloomberg's house and none near her Districts.

              Sure she was running around at the last minute... but she should have been schmoozing all along...

              If she's the nominee I will vote for her, she has some strengths, and I don't doubt her heart.  But she needs to prioritize better.

      •  No- not really (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, Gygaxian

        First, the Republican candidates aren't top tier.
        Joe Llohta was a Guiliani Deputy Mayor and more recently the MTA chairman.  No one likes the MTA. No matter how good a job they do at running the subway, buses, bridges, etc., the only MTA Chair that would be a hero is one that lowers the tolls and fares to zero.  In other words, everyone hates the MTA.  Also, Llotha is exceptionally boring to listen to.

        Catsimitidis is a supermarket magnate.  He hasn't been as bad as Carl Palladino as said in another comment, but he comes across as totally unqualified for the job.  The best line I read about him was he promises to keep the streets clean- and the reply was that he should do that in his Gristede's Markets first.

        After eight years of Guiliani and a dozen of Bloomberg, the city is aching for a change in leadership. We don't want a blowhard telling us what to do at every turn.  We want someone who realizes that there are five boroughs, not just Manhattan (one of the causes of Quinn's lack of popularity in the outer boroughs).

        de Blasio's tax hike plan on the wealthy needs State approval, so its not a sure thing by any means.   Even so, its quite a small increase- only on income over $500,000.  It would cost those people about $250 more for each $100,000 in income over the $500K mark.  (Someone making a million a year would pay $1250 more...hardly going to hurt them.)

        Will the corporate class go after de Blasio- yes, but the attack will fall on deaf ears.  The unions, the middle class, the poor, will all go for him no matter what.  

        Finally, I had the chance to meet de Blasio last October in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  He asked me about how prepared my school building was as an shelter site.  When I told him it really wasn't prepared and we didn't even have a generator, he was stunned.  We spoke for about 15 minutes and he gave me his cell phone number and its email address to send him a detailed account of what I thought the building needed.  While I never heard back, I'd imagine the four page (!) document I sent is sitting somewhere in his office.  

        Right now, I'm still voting for Bill Thompson, but I am wavering quite a bit.  I'm thinking it would be better to avoid a runoff and I'd be just as happy with a Mayor de Blasio as I would with a Mayor Thompson.

        •  Did you ever get a generator? (1+ / 0-)
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        •  What New Yorkers vote for in a Mayor (1+ / 0-)
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          oxfdblue

          New Yorkers, I was one for most of my life, New Yorkers vote for the person tough enough to do the job.  Quinn isn't likeable, but she is certainly tough enough.  deBlasio is still introducing himself, and seems to be doing well.  Thompson comes across as competent, but not particularly tough.  As for GOP candidate Lhota, as MTA chair, he could certainly start a debate on being able to get NYC back on its feet within days after Superstorm Sandy filled the subways with millions of gallons of water.  In other words, if deBlasio and Lhota are debating on a stage, it will be interesting to see who has a better knowledge of how things work and how to get things done.  

          I'm not saying deBlasio can't do this, he can, but, now that he is showing he has a vision for New York, he has to prove that he is capable of carrying it out.  Lhota also has to present his vision as well.  All things being equal, deBlasio certainly has to be seen as favored over Lhota given that the city is so strongly Democratic, but, he can't take that for granted.  Lhota has plenty of room to grow too.  He has to show his command of details, present an overall vision and pull it all together.  It should be an interesting contest going into the general election.  

          I have a feeling that after 20 years of GOP mayors, NY'ers more than ready for something different.

        •  Lhota also worked for Cablevision and MSG (0+ / 0-)

          Two other respected and admired companies. NOT!!!

  •  CT governor's race getting crowded (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    With 2010 loser Foley, Danbury mayor Mark Boughton and now Toni Boucher all running plus whatever odd tea bagging nut sack out there who wants to throw his hat in the rink.  It'll be especially interesting to see former running mates Boughton and Foley attacking each other.  Toni Boucher is a joke though and she'll easily get drowned out.  Boughton is the one who looks most promising on paper being a mayor of the state's 7th largest cities and one of the only cities in CT that has actually grown in the last 13 or so years.  He has the background and pedigree for higher political office and executive experience.  However,I've had to suffer with him as mayor of Danbury for far too long and I would never wish him on the people of CT.  

    Boucher would frankly do better seeking the CT-04 seat that Jim Himes currently holds, but even then she would get crushed.  Himes has done well in his district and Boucher is not all that known outside of Wilton, Weston, Ridgefield and Redding.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 05:57:34 AM PDT

  •  NY State Senate (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, TLS66

    I should note that I know personally one of the breakaway Dems, Senator Diane Savino (who also is Jeff Klein's girlfriend), and she is really kick ass. I do not like what the breakaways do overall, but I do have some faith in Savino.

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

    by mole333 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:04:51 AM PDT

    •  She has been very good... (1+ / 0-)
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      mole333

      ...on worker's issues.  I didn't really understand why she joined the breakaway group.

      If missiles were falling where my two daughters sleep, I would do everything in order to stop that. -- President Barack Obama

      by JPhurst on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:13:46 AM PDT

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      •  Her explanation... (3+ / 0-)

        her explanation, which is now out of date, was that Malcom Smith was too committed to the likes of Monserrate and Diaz and was completely dysfunctional. The IDC was initially intended to counter this. However, this no longer is a valid reason but I haven't had the chance to meet with her since then and so don't know how she justifies it now. Overall she is great, particularly her stand for marriage equality even though she represents a conservative district. But I am not such a fan of the rest of the IDC.

        FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

        by mole333 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:19:28 AM PDT

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        •  RE: Diane Savino (3+ / 0-)
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          mole333, TLS66, Justanothernyer

          Two words why she did what she did: Staten Island.
          She is a Dem in a district that could easily go either way in a part of the city that is more conservative and basically harbors resentment at the fact that Staten Island is not an independent city, as absurd and unworkable as that would be. Many Staten Islanders have the mindset that the entire State and City Government structure, especially Democrats, has one single goal: to screw Staten Island. With that in mind, Savino cannot appear to be too cozy to the Democratic power structure, lest she arouse suspicions that she is in with the cabal out to do in Staten Island.

        •  It's not too late for her to rejoin the Ds (2+ / 0-)
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          mole333, TLS66

          Seriously.

      •  why she joined the breakaway group. (0+ / 0-)

        Pillow talk. As the diarist mentioned, she is Klein's girlfriend! :)

    •  The IDC have handed the reigns over to the GOP (5+ / 0-)

      'nuf said.

    •  I'm glad to see Klein (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, milkbone

      having to face a primary (maybe).  Good government, my ass!  It was all about the ego for Klein.  And Cuomo shouldn't get away with it politically for practically brokering the deal either.  Imagine if it was a bunch of breakway Dems in the U.S. Senate and the President negotiated a "power-sharing" agreement between the renegades and the GOP.  We'd be calling for impeachment proceedings! I know Cuomo will probably win re-election next year, but he should be persona non grata in a Democratic presidential primary.

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

      by TLS66 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:56:31 AM PDT

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      •  I'd support a primary challenge to Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

        The NY Senate gerrymander is one of the most abusive in America.

        I also take a dim view of his property tax cap that doesn't address the reason property taxes are high in the first place.

        I also hate his incessant pushing for casinos.

        He is better than Paladino would have been, but it says something that I've been longing for the Pataki days. Pataki was a better governor. :(

  •  How DARE they.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Remediator, charliehall2

    ....elect a Red Sox fan in NYC.

    $&@#!

    Oh well.  On another note, I think Oliver Koppel would be a splendid state senator.  I knew his son back in high school and had the occasion to meet the father when he was an Assemblyman.

    If missiles were falling where my two daughters sleep, I would do everything in order to stop that. -- President Barack Obama

    by JPhurst on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:13:08 AM PDT

  •  Stephen King is running for Senate? (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, charliehall2

    He could filibuster by reading the entire book of IT on the Senate floor. Watch the stick-up-the-butt right wingers squirm when he reads the part about the 11 year olds and their sewer pipe orgy.

    Or he could read The Stand and see how many teabaggers cheer for Randall Flagg.

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:25:00 AM PDT

  •  I really want to see Sen Collins gone ... (6+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, judyms9, abgin, milkbone, Odysseus, askew

    She does nothing for her state and hardly represents their best interests. It would be cool to see Stephen King run against ... and beat her. King is quite liberal but please excuse the pun, he has too many skeletons in his closet.

    Oh and King, I am still pissed about that crappy ending you wrote for 'The Dark Tower.' STILL PISSED!

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer 2005-2007, The Gambia

    by AfricanLived on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:30:55 AM PDT

  •  In MI as everywhere, voter turn-out is crucial. (3+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, Odysseus, Egalitare

    Dems' efforts statewide are often lame except in the brain belt of Ann Arbor and the rest of its weirdly gerrymandered district.  Really good House candidate in Pam Byrnes.  Steve Israel has already pledged national Dem support for her.  She has past legislative experience and has been involved in cooperatiove education enterprises with China and U of M.  

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 06:56:57 AM PDT

  •  I'm confused. (1+ / 0-)
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    Gygaxian

    Aren't politicians with "D" after their names supposed to be supported and remain unchallenged no matter what they do?

    The modern Democrat is one who promotes old GOP ideas and calls them progressive in comparison to new GOP ideas.

    by masswaster on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 08:58:38 AM PDT

  •  Koppell is my Councilman and Klein my Senator (0+ / 0-)

    And I know which side I'd be on. (Hint: Not the guy who caucuses with Republicans.)

    Koppell's wife actually ran unsuccessfully for the seat a few years back and lost to Guy Velella, the late crook who was the last Republican in the Bronx. The bad news is that Klein would have a chance running as a Republican; although the Bronx in 9:1 Democratic (no exaggeration) the legislature gerrymandered just about every Bronx Republican into his district.

    Bronx Democrats who caucus with Republicans can and have been beaten. Olga Mendez and Pedro Espada learned that; maybe we need to teach Klein the same thing.

    Can we set up an ActBlue "Draft Koppell" account?

  •  Rahall may be my least favorite D Congressman (1+ / 0-)
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    TLS66

    He is simply AWFUL on environmental issues, he is 100% pro-life, 100% pro-gun, and hostile to Israel.

    His predecessor was Ken Hechler, who was one of the great Progressives in the history of Congress. Unfortunately Hechler ran for Governor against Standard Oil, er, uh, Jay Rockefeller and got creamed. Rahall took the seat and has been there ever since. In 2010 he ran for the US Senate against Joe Manchin and got creamed. Hechler did serve 16 years as WV Secretary of State. Incredibly he is still alive and active even though he turns 99 next month -- last year he published a book on the American Civil war based on his grandfather's letters.

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