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KS-Gov: A big bunch of former GOP office-holders has formed a new group to oppose the re-election of Gov. Sam Brownback, a fellow Republican. The organization includes a number of ex-legislators, many of whom were defeated in primaries last year by conservative allies of Brownback's, as well as former U.S. Sen. Sheila Frahm, who lost to Brownback himself in a 1996 primary. Brownback faces an above-average challenge from Democratic state House Minority Leader Paul Davis.

Senate:

HI-Sen, HI-01: The Hawaii State Teachers Association has endorsed Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in her bid for Senate. The HSTA, as well as the National Education Association, is also giving its support to state Rep. Mark Takai in the wide-open Democratic primary to replace Hanabusa in the 1st District.

LA-Sen: State Rep. Paul Hollis, who first said he was considering a bid for Senate in October, has filed paperwork with the FEC. He's the third Republican to enter the race against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, along with Rep. Bill Cassidy and Air Force vet Rob Maness.

MT-Sen: Montana's largest union, the 18,000-strong MEA-MFT, has endorsed Lt. Gov. John Walsh for Senate. MEA-MFT represents teachers and other state employees. Walsh faces ex-Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger in the Democratic primary.

SD-Sen: As expected, former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler has launched his comeback bid as an independent.

Gubernatorial:

HI-Gov: Barack Obama has endorsed Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who is seeking re-election but faces a challenge in the Democratic primary from state Sen. David Ige.

House:

GA-01, -10, -11: Emily Cahn offers a helpful rundown on the GOP primary fields for Georgia's three open House seats.

MN-08, NH-02: Americans for Prosperity is spending $600,000 to air ads attacking two Democrats over Obamacare, Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota and Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire.

NC-07: State Sen. David Rouzer was a natural to seek a rematch against Rep. Mike McIntyre after he lost the closest House race in the country in 2012, but he may have company in the GOP primary. New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White says he's considering a bid and expects to decide by the end of January.

NE-02: It's very thin, but Joe Jordan at the Nebraska Watchdog says that unnamed sources have told him that attorney David Domina, who had been looking at Nebraska's open Senate seat, is considering a run against GOP Rep. Lee Terry in the state's 2nd Congressional District instead. This would actually be a winnable race for Domina, and he'd also really help Democrats, who lost their only candidate when Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen dropped out earlier this month. Domina, however, missed a self-imposed mid-November deadline to decide on a Senate bid.

VA-10: Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama has declined a comeback bid under the Republican banner for the open seat of retiring GOP Rep. Frank Wolf. Meanwhile, another dweebus—reality TV clown Tareq Salahi—says he will seek the GOP nomination in Virginia's 10th. (James L & David Nir)

TX-04: GOP Rep. Ralph Hall, at age 90 the oldest member of the House in U.S. history, says that next year's campaign will be his last.

House: On behalf of Americans United for Change, PPP has new polls of five House districts, mostly focused on extending unemployment insurance protection. (It's broadly supported.) There are no horserace numbers, but we do have job approvals for four potentially vulnerable Republicans: Gary Miller (CA-31), Mike Coffman (CO-06), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Dan Benishek (MI-01). (John Boehner's district was also surveyed.) Everyone is under water, but nothing dramatic.

Other Races:

VA State Senate: GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell has scheduled the special election for Attorney General-elect Mark Herring's 33rd District state Senate seat for Jan. 21. So even if Democrats hold Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam's Senate seat on Jan. 7, Republicans would still control the chamber 20-19 until the second special could be held.

Grab Bag:

Census: Unsurprisingly, Florida is about to overtake New York to become the third most-populous state in the nation, perhaps when the Census Bureau releases new population estimates on Monday. New York, however, still has a huge edge in GDP, and ranks seventh among all states in GDP per capita. Florida is 39th.

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed has some animated GIFs showing changes in the U.S. since 1990 on the county level, based on Census data, across several different demographic categories.

Maps: New York Times graphics editor Joshua Katz has taken his data collection on dialects to the next level, with a new quiz that tries to pinpoint where you're from, linguistically speaking, depending on your answers to a battery of questions about vocabulary and pronunciation. It had me utterly nailed as a New Yorker, but come on, people. Are you really playing tennis in those shoes? You are obviously using them for sneaking, duh!

Money: Kent Cooper lists how much cash the 17 members of Congress who are retiring at the end of next year still have in their campaign accounts. All told, it's $13 million, with Montana Sen. Max Baucus leading the way with $3.3 million.

SCF: One lesser-known way PACs can support candidates is by acting as pass-through entities, which means they can solicit contributions from donors who earmark them for specific campaigns. As Kent Cooper explains, the gifts count only against the contribution limits of the original donors, who get credit for making the donation; the PAC, meanwhile, gets credit for collecting the money and passing it along. (I believe this is how ActBlue operates, legally speaking.)

Cooper discusses all this in the context of the Senate Conservatives Fund, which has forwarded nearly $500,000 to four different outsider Senate candidates this year. The largest recipient has been Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, with $304,000. Also receiving funds are Rob Maness (Louisiana), Chris McDaniel (Mississippi), and Ben Sasse (Nebraska).

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  •  Hope KS Repubs launch a legitimate challenge. (8+ / 0-)

    Even if they lose, it could hobble Brownback in the general.

    •  Wish they would suport the Dem instead (10+ / 0-)

      But a third party run would be nice too.  Nothing would be better for Kansas than removing Brownstain and his henchmen from power.

      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 Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:37:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Agreed. Brownback is like a smarter Rick Perry, (2+ / 0-)
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        JBraden, ColoTim

        another politician who has ultra-rightwing religious views that he wants to put into law.

        But it won't matter much unless the legislature changes also.  When I first came to Kansas over two decades ago, the Republicans were divided between conservatives and moderates, with the conservatives determined to take over the party, generally in a vicious way.

        Now Republicans are divided between very conservative and crazy, not sure which group is larger.  

        Kansas is also dominated by rural counties tend to hate the few counties including mine which have significant populations.  This goes beyond any standard political views; it's cultural and maybe historical.  In any case, at least in past years rural counties have been at times unwilling to work with the few counties with larger populations even when what the larger counties wanted didn't hurt the smaller ones.

      •  From the article: (3+ / 0-)
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        Naniboujou, Aquarius40, Stude Dude
        Chronister said the group probably won't endorse a candidate for governor in 2014 but that individual members will and some of those will support the Democratic candidate, who will likely be House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence.
        Also from the article:
        Other group members include former state and U.S. Senator Sheila Frahm and former senators Dick Bond, Fred Kerr and Wint Winter Jr. and former House speakers R.H. Miller, Wendell Lady and Jim Braden.

        The current state GOP leadership has little use for the group.

        "They are a sour grapes caucus," said Clay Barker, executive director of the state Republican Party.

        That's pretty telling. I bet the names Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum are considered profanity in that echo chamber.

        Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 08:35:01 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Back when there were still Republican moderates (0+ / 0-)

          in Kansas, some of the conservatives regularly addressed them as "Comrade", smearing them as Communists, which goes to show you the mindset of the conservatives back then.

          And this was before the people who I'd label as "crazy" came along.

    •  Bellweather movement in KS? (1+ / 0-)
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      nocynicism

      The rapid turning of Kansas from a tolerant, moderate Republican dominated state to a rabid right wing crazy house has now caught up to Brownstain and his confederates. Kansas is a somewhat extreme example of what has happened around the country, but if the old school country club Republicans do reassert themselves in Kansas it will be interesting to see if the trend spreads to other states.

      Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

      by bywaterbob on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 04:57:05 PM PST

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  •  Is it unusual for Obama to endorse a Gov primary? (1+ / 0-)
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    Don't remember him doing that before.

  •  The dialects map nailed me too. (8+ / 0-)

    Basically, isolated me to a few areas in the upper Midwest, one of which is where I live.

    It was so close that I was almost suspicious, like they used my IP address to find my location or something.

    (But not sure why the didn't give us the option of median strip or parkway on the "grass between the sidewalk and curb" question, though.)

    •  are there people who call the grass between the (4+ / 0-)

      curb and the sidewalk a "median strip"? the median strip is the grass planted between opposing lanes of traffic ... that's why it's called the "median" strip.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 05:56:17 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •   shocker from Michigan: MDOT signage (3+ / 0-)
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      calls traffic circles "roundabouts".  Who was the anglophile who picked that?

      If Hobby Lobby is against contraception, why does it buy its inventory from China, the country that limits the number of children by law?

      by Inland on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:18:28 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Nailed this New Yorker as a triangle (1+ / 0-)
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      lone1c

      of New York City, Yonkers and Hoboken, NJ.  Can't get much tighter for an Upper West Sider.

      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 Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:28:21 AM PST

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    •  Nailed me too as someone native to Ohio.... (3+ / 0-)
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      NE Ohio more precisely.  Though I will tell you what, down here in Florida, I have picked up a few linguistic phrases more Southern than Northern.  Like "you all", and understanding when ordering at a restaurant when they ask me if I want a "coke"...."yes, diet Pepsi please".....

    •  It nailed me too (1+ / 0-)
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      lone1c

      Almost to a tee.  Pegged me for Newark NJ/Patterson or Yonkers.  I grew up 15 minutes from Newark and I now live in Fairfield County CT.  The interesting thing is it also pegged me for Detroit due to me calling the night before Halloween Devil's Night.  The funny thing is that's probably a result of my love for the movie The Crow which was set in Detroit and the events in the movie took place on the night before Halloween which they called Devil's Night.  All I hear going through through my head is "Devils Night Greeting Cards.  How precious."  So I think that answer was a bit skewed by media.  But everything else they pegged me on.  

      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 Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:50:04 AM PST

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      •  Took it again without Devils Night (2+ / 0-)
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        Changed answer to mischief night which is what we called it as a kid when we went toilet papering people's cars and trees.  It is a distinctive blood red around Newark/Patterson, Jersey City and Yonkers NY with some yellow extending out to Maryland and up into New England as well as in Miami S Florida Area (NY transplants maybe?)and Chicago area.  Otherwise it is SOLID blue everywhere else.  I guess only us guys in this area call that thing with bread, lettuce tomato and some meat a sub.  We must be the only ones sneaking around in rubber soled shoes too.  

        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 Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:00:17 AM PST

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    •  Dialect map nailed me perfectly (1+ / 0-)
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      lone1c

      Map showed a strong connection to Ohio, where I grew up, and even more strongly in the mountain West, where I've lived for the past 20 years.

      David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

      by Dave in AZ on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:53:34 AM PST

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    •  It had me down for Philadelphia, (1+ / 0-)
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      lone1c

      but the more robust iteration that used to be on N.C. State's website had me at Tom's River, NJ.  I'm from the PA side, but to get the suburb is pretty amazing.  

      What's really special is that I don't say the obvious things, like water/wooder, but it catches things nobody pays any attention to like PEE-can / pi-CAHN.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:09:05 AM PST

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    •  I'm Canadian (Prince Edward Island), so I took (2+ / 0-)
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      the test to see where it would place me.  Unsurprisingly, it suggests Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, eastern New York, and northern New Jersey.

    •  It sort of got me. (0+ / 0-)

      It knows I'm a New Englander, but it thought I was from the Boston-Providence area, rather than my roots in Western CT. (I've probably picked up some linguistic changes from having lived there in my 20's, though.)

    •  It was surprisingly close (0+ / 0-)

      But I can offer some info on the IP theory - I grew up in the Bay Area but live in Kansas City now, and it targeted me to Fremont, CA (where I lived for several years).  Shocking how accurate it is.

      If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." - John F. Kennedy

      by Dem Beans on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 09:06:19 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Interesting test. (0+ / 0-)

      The first time I took it, I selected "sneakers" because that's what we called them when we were kids, and it had me from either Boston or Honolulu. When I changed that to "running shoes" which is what everyone here calls them now, it nailed me on Seattle.

      The other one I thought odd was the sandwich question. While I agree they have a similar basic formula a grinder, a poor boy, and a sub are distinctly different sandwiches to me. A sub is a cold sandwich with coldcuts, a grinder is a hot sandwich using Italian coldcuts, and a poorboy has to be made like they do in New Orleans. Of course, being in Seattle, I'm probably more likely to order a bánh mì.

      Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

      by rhonan on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 10:02:54 AM PST

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    •  Completely spot on SF bay area (0+ / 0-)

      That really is amazing.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 12:23:48 PM PST

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  •  I keep taking that test and it keeps missing me (0+ / 0-)

    completely.

    I either get put in the Deep South, Wisconsin or eastern New York. I was born in Illinois and have spent my entire life in Southern California. I've never even those places that I appear to have linguistic links to. So weird. Not once has the test suggested either Illinois or Southern California as a possibility.

    Yes, DailyKos DOES have puzzles! Visit us here Saturday nights @ 5:00 PDT (easier puzzles) and Sunday nights @ 5:00 PDT (more challenging) for a group solving party. Even if you just pop in and comment while watching the fun, everybody is welcome.

    by pucklady on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 06:49:01 AM PST

  •  So WHY are they opposing Brownback? Is he not (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, ColoTim

    crazy enough for them? Or have they finally decided guys like him are TOO crazy?

    Momma always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But Momma - that's where the fun is!

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:09:16 AM PST

    •  There's a huge schism (6+ / 0-)

      between the moderate faction of the Kansas GOP and the Tea Party faction.  It's a nationwide issue, of course, but it's magnified in Kansas, which has (had?) a relatively big-tent GOP thanks to being a one-party state for so long.

      Proud progressive stuck in George J. "Mike" Kelly's PA-3 (where birth control is tantamount to Pearl Harbor).

      by JBraden on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:55:08 AM PST

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      •  Seems to be the same schism that allowed (0+ / 0-)

        the Democrats to have some former Republicans run as Dems to become Governor Sebellius and her Democratic Lt. Governor when she left for Obama's team.  Obama killed any Democratic hopes in Kansas for several years, including the redistricting.

        •  I think you're giving (1+ / 0-)
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          Obama way too much credit here.  Sebelius (who as far as I know was never a Republican, unlike her two lieutenants) was term-limited, and a Democrat was never going to win the governorship in 2010.

          Besides, our likely 2014 candidate (Paul Davis) is already polling well against Brownback, so I don't think our hopes are killed.

          Proud progressive stuck in George J. "Mike" Kelly's PA-3 (where birth control is tantamount to Pearl Harbor).

          by JBraden on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 04:59:10 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Stunned by New York GDP. (0+ / 0-)

    Given how expensive New York is, and given the presence of New York City, I am surprised that the state has such a low GDP.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:09:40 AM PST

    •  I think that is a function of... (4+ / 0-)
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      dinotrac, Woody, Aquarius40, demreplib33

      ...how economically "challenged" NY north of (roughly) Peekskill is.

      Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton, etc. are shells of their former selves. "Not Greater NYC" still accounts for about 40% of New York's total population, and that 40% is economically closer to Central Pennsylvania than The Big Apple.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 08:19:30 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I think it's a case (11+ / 0-)

    buyer's remorse with Brownback.  I actually think my conservative state has found its crazy limit.  Paul Davis has a really good chance to beat this guy.  The last poll I saw was Davis ahead 43%-39%.  I know its about a year to go, but these are significant numbers here.  Sam is in trouble.  The state workers hate him.  They actually have prayer circles prior to meetings.  He has appointed crazy evangelicals to department heads who have no idea what they are doing.  He has changed all computer systems to ones run by his cronies.  He has mucked up the license renewal, car tag system beyond all belief.  Making people wait half of a day for these services really hits people where they live.  They cuss him daily in these long lines.  I have  only one thing to say to my fellow people of Kansas:  Be careful what you ask for!!

    •  He also is hurting retirees - kicking them off (2+ / 0-)
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      their health plans so they're having to go figure out the various federal offerings.  These aren't the people who can figure out a whole new bureaucracy in their 80's, yet I'm sure some backer someplace is getting payola from it, so to Brownback, it's all good.  He never has to experience it himself.

    •  I've stopped following statewide Kansas politics (1+ / 0-)
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      basket

      so I can't comment beyond what's happening locally in the Johnson County area.  (Johnson County is in the metropolitan Kansas City area and is one of the few parts of Kansas with a growing population and decent incomes.)

      In my area, abortion politics drives everything.  You can't get elected to any position, even at the city ward level unless you're rabidly pro-choice, despite the fact that these jobs have absolutely nothing to do with the issue.  A candidate can be opposed to abortion, and be against exceptions for rape and incest, and still be considered "too weak" on abortion.

  •  It's difficult for me to say (5+ / 0-)

    because I know some good people in Kansas - and no one there who deserves what's happening to them.

    But, since KS drew the short straw and became the first state governed entirely by Tper ideologues, the first laboratory of Tea Party government, I have to hope Brownback and his majorities win at least once more.

    It is important that Tper fancies and fundamental misunderstandings of how the world works are proven, in practice, to be the willful disasters they are. Unless these fools are given leash enough to run a state fully into the gutter, they can always make excuses later - excuse-making being one of their true skill sets.

    So I'm sorry Kansas, but you may have to fall 20 years behind the rest of the country in order to save the rest of the country. We need to have a smoking, tea-stinking hole in the landscape to point to and say "THAT is what these idiots do when you vote for them!"

    To My Colonoscopist

    I think that I shall never see
    so far up you as you up me.

    by shieldvulf on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 07:52:06 AM PST

    •  I can understand where you're coming from, but I'm (0+ / 0-)

      not sure that even abject failure will make any difference.  All failures will be either denied, re-labeled as successes (look how much we've motivated people to work by freeing them of the tyranny of unemployment insurance), or blamed on some non-reactionary somewhere who's secretly controlling things.

      You can't fix stupid, and you really can't fix crazy.

  •  I'm not going to be very motivated to vote. (0+ / 0-)

    Which is why I love the fact that Washington State has universal vote by mail. My rep. Jim McDermott isn't perfect, but he's better than average, and not likely to face a serious challenge here in the bluest of cities. Still, when I can vote at my kitchen table in my bathrobe, with a cup of coffee in hand, the hardest part is remembering to put it in the mailbox.

    Too bad we can't get all the states to use vote by mail. Oh, right, Republicans don't want to encourage voting.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 09:21:38 AM PST

  •  New York is still # 3 (0+ / 0-)

    2013 State Total Population Estimates (.xls file)

    New York: 19,651,127
    Florida: 19,552,860
    North Carolina is closing in on Michigan to become # 9.

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