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Leading Off:

Primaries: Tuesday was one of the biggest primary nights of the year, with elections in six different states covering a dozen-and-a-half interesting races. Two of the biggest contests were, as predicted, blowouts. In Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell handily won the GOP primary against businessman Matt Bevin, 60-36. He'll face Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in November. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, businessman Tom Wolf powered his way to an impressive victory with 58 percent of the Democratic primary vote for governor. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord were both far back at 17 with two thirds of the vote counted. He'll be trying to unseat GOP Gov. Tom Corbett this fall.

One of the more interesting races downballot turned out to be for Schwartz's House seat, Pennsylvania's 13th District. An absence of any polling made this four-way affair look up for grabs, but it wound up a landslide. With 88 percent of precincts reporting, state Rep. Brendan Boyle, the only candidate from Philadelphia, had 47 percent of the vote. The other three contenders, all from suburban Montgomery County, split the remainder, with ex-Rep. Marjorie Margolies at 26, state Sen. Daylin Leach, a progressive favorite, at 15, and physician Val Arkoosh at 13. Though Boyle was the most socially conservative candidate, he also had the most extensive backing from labor groups. He's a lock in November in this safely Democratic seat.

Many other races remained uncalled when we put the Digest to bed late on Tuesday night, so check back in with us for a recap of all the key contests later today.


KY-Sen: As expected, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership is already out with their promised new ad, which attacks Democrat Alison Grimes along predictable lines. A still image of Grimes slides along a red carpet, which is being rolled out for her by "Obama's biggest fundraisers and Hollywood's most liberal political activists." The narrator then offers a dollop of Pace Picante, saying "Michelle Obama let the truth slip out at a New York City fundraiser, calling Grimes' election 'critical' to President Obama's liberal agenda that's hurting Kentucky." That quote from the first lady looked like GOP fodder from the moment it was first reported.

MO-Sen: Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has just signed a contract to write a "tell-all" book about her legendary 2012 Senate race against Republican Todd Akin, with publication expected by year's end. The best part is that, according to USA Today, McCaskill has "promised to detail how she helped boost Akin in the Republican primary, because she believed he would be the easiest candidate for her to beat." This is especially apropos in light of Jeff Singer's excellent recent piece on the topic, so I can't wait to read this.

NC-Sen: The first in a spate of new ads expected from the Crossroads empire is now online. Crossroads GPS, which until now hasn't been especially active on the television advertising front, features clips of both President Obama and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan uttering some version of "if you like it, you can keep it," branding the statements as "not true."

NY-Sen: A very strange political scandal that burbled out of a very obscure race looks like it'll end in jail time. Conservative writer Dinesh D'Souza has pleaded guilty to charges that he asked two friends to donate $10,000 to the Senate campaign of New York Republican Wendy Long, then illegally reimbursed them. D'Souza has also agreed not to contest any prison term between 10 and 16 months, though he won't be sentenced until Sept. 23, and it sounds like he's still hoping to avoid jail time.

What made this whole thing so bizarre, though, was that Long had absolutely no chance of defeating Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who demolished her by a 72-26 margin. So of all the elections to do something this stupid for, this was the stupidest. (Long was apparently a college bud of D'Souza's, back in his infamous Dartmouth Review days. Blech.) And in this day and age, if you want to circumvent campaign finance limits, that's what Citizens United is for, so this just makes D'Souza even dumber—and that's pretty remarkable.

SC-Sen-A: Here's another ad from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, featuring Graham's sister, Darline. She says, "I have always looked up to Lindsey—he's just always been there for me" and explains that her brother took care of her after their parents died. A longer, 60-second version goes into more detail, and Graham's Wikipedia page explains that he actually adopted his sister and raised her after she was orphaned.


CO-Gov: We've seen some early fall ad reservations in a bunch of Senate races already, but now they're spreading to gubernatorial contests as well. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper just announced that he's booked $906,000 in TV time for the final month of the campaign. Not only is Hickenlooper locking down cheaper rates, but it'll be harder for his eventual GOP opponent to the do the same, as all the Republicans have far less money than he does and also have to spend what little they do have on winning the primary first.

IA-Gov: Between Jan. 1 and May 14 of this year, Republican Gov. Terry Branstad utterly swamped his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Jack Hatch, in fundraising. Branstad raised $1.2 million during that time period and has $4.5 million cash-on-hand. Hatch, meanwhile, took in just $262,000 and has $312,000 in the bank.


AL-06: The great thing about American politics is that you can release a web video in which you fire a series of increasingly high-powered firearms into a printed copy of the Affordable Care Act before finally throwing it in a wood-chipper and still get branded a liberal. The Club for Growth is unloading on businessman Will Brooke in a new ad that castigates him for donating to Democratic campaigns, including "$10,000 to the Democrat candidate for governor" and concludes, "That's liberal—that's Will Brooke." The Club has endorsed surgeon Chad Mathis in the GOP primary for this open seat.

AZ-07: State Sen. Steve Gallardo certainly made an interesting strategic decision to raise exactly zero dollars in his first month on the campaign trail. Shockingly, it was not a good one. On Tuesday, Gallardo announced that he was dropping out of the Democratic primary to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor and would instead run for the seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors being vacated by one of the two remaining contenders for the 7th District, Mary Rose Wilcox. That means Wilcox will face state Rep. Ruben Gallego mano-a-mano in the Aug. 26 primary.

CA-31: Democratic ex-Rep. Joe Baca has waged one of the worst campaigns of the cycle, but a recent DCCC internal showed him as a potential threat to make it past next month's top-two primary thanks to a badly divided field. And it's not just residual name recognition that's propping Baca up: There's a mysterious—and shady—super PAC that's also out there boosting him with mailers, phone calls, and maybe even some billboards.

The group, with the ironic name of Cal Voters for Honest Government, hasn't bothered to file a single independent expenditure report, as required by law, and has received warning letters from the Federal Elections Commission as a result. This means that no one knows how much Cal Voters has spent on Baca's behalf. Needless to say, this is a travesty that's emblematic of how broken our campaign finance system is. Given the FEC's toothlessness, the only hope voters have is that one of Baca's opponents can make a big enough issue out of this mess to damage him and keep him out of the general election.

IA-03: Loras College's new poll of the GOP primary in Iowa's 3rd District shows virtually no change from their survey a month ago, when state Sen. Brad Zaun led the pack with all of 17 percent. Zaun's still at 17, with three candidates—businessman Robert Cramer, former Chuck Grassley chief of staff David Young, and Secretary of State Matt Schultz—all at 8 and former congressional aide Monte Shaw at 5. With 50 percent of voters still undecided and the election on June 3, there's a strong chance that no one will clear 35 percent, meaning the nomination would get tossed to a convention.

LA-05: A Glascock Group poll for an unknown "Republican pro-gun group from Washington" finds that state Sen. Neil Riser would start out with a big lead if he ran for retiring Rep. Vance McAllister's seat. Riser, a Republican, takes 48 percent in the poll—nearly enough to avoid a runoff—while Democrat Jamie Mayo, the mayor of Monroe, is far behind at 14, and a bunch of other names are in the single digits. So far, though, neither Riser nor Mayo has committed to a run. The only candidates actually in the race so far are two Republicans: former Grant Parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley and businessman Harris Brown, who just entered.

NJ-03: In a new ad, Steve Lonegan slams fellow Republican Tom MacArthur, with a quavering narrator claiming that MacArthur's "insurance company delayed or refused payment to victims" of a 2008 wildfire in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sylmar.

NY-13: Rep. Charlie Rangel won't be entirely alone when it comes to earning support from New York City's top labor organizations. 1199 SEIU, which represents 200,000 health care workers, has once again sided with Rangel as he faces state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in next month's Democratic primary. The union is considered a major player in politics and, if it so chooses, can bring considerable resources to bear on Rangel's behalf.

WV-03: An Anzalone Liszt Grove internal from Rep. Nick Rahall's campaign, obtained by The Hill, is now the third straight poll to show strong numbers for the Democrat. ALG finds Rahall up 53-39 on Republican state Sen. Evan Jenkins, similar to the 52-40 Rahall edge that Garin Hart Yang posted last month, and not far off DFM Research's 48-39 lead for Rahall a few weeks ago. Rahall also sports a 56-39 favorability rating, which is pretty remarkable given the onslaught in Koch ads he's faced. (Jenkins, meanwhile, stands at an even 25-25.)

It wasn't that long ago that it looked like Rahall might be given up for dead. In the face of a March NRCC survey that had Jenkins up 14, Rahall refused to share his own numbers, and Chuck Todd started spreading rumors that the congressman had nearly retired. But since that time, the House Majority PAC has continually lit into Jenkins with a series of ads tying him to the Koch brothers and accusing him of wanting to roll back black lung benefits for coal miners. So now Jenkins is the one who isn't offering contradictory polling, and things may have really turned around for the incumbent.

Grab Bag:

NRCC: I guess those "DOOOM!!!" emails from the DCCC must actually be working, because they once again knocked the socks off the NRCC in monthly fundraising. House Republicans just announced raising $4.1 million in April, leaving them with $32.3 million in the bank, versus a monster $7.1 million for Democrats, who have $43.5 million cash-on-hand.

Washington: Filing closed Friday for Washington's Aug. 5 primary, and the state now has a list of candidates available here. Note that Washington uses a top-two primary system: All the candidates from every party run on one ballot with the top two vote-getters advancing to the November general election.

In the 4th District, Republican Rep. Doc Hastings is vacating his safely red seat. Eight Republicans are running to succeed him. The most prominent look like former NFL player Clint Didier; state Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry; former state Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse; and Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck. Two Democrats are also in the race. While it's hard to envision Team Blue taking this 60-38 Romney seat outside of a fluke, it looks like a good bet that one of the Democrats can at least advance to the general. That would be good news for whichever Republican emerges on top, since he or she would have an easier time in November against a Democrat than another Republican.

The state's other nine House members are all running for re-election. We rate all as safe. However, freshman Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene does face a potentially credible challenge from Republican Pedro Celis, a former Microsoft executive. (Jeff Singer)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Alison Lundergan Grimes (24+ / 0-)

    Mitch McConnell will have his hands full with this young lady.  Watching her acceptance speech last night was like listening to one of my favorite Texas ladies Ann Richards.  Grimes is not only super intelligent, she's also fearless.

    Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.—Greg King

    by Pinto Pony on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:09:03 AM PDT

  •  PA-13: if Dem nom Boyle keeps his promises ... (6+ / 0-)

    On the campaign trail and in his TV ads, now PA-13 Dem nominee Brendan Boyle reassured voters that he is pro-choice.  In the legislature, he is a co-sponsor of the House Bill HB/SB300 to ban sexual orientation discrimination in PA (**) and is a member of the LGBT caucus in the state House.

    He is smart enough to know that if he wants to avoid a future primary for his otherwise safe Dem seat, he needs to vote socially progressive when he reaches Congress.  That will ward off a primary challenge from the Montgomery County half of PA-13.

    **PA lacks a statute banning sexual orientation discrimination in employment, housing, insurance, etc.  With yesterday's federal court ruling allowing same sex marriage in PA, this means that a Pennsylvania employer could properly fire an employee for being gay if the employee gets married to a same sex partner.  Bizarre.

  •  I'm not too up on PA politics (3+ / 0-)
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    but how much of a difference is there between Brendan Boyle and Daylin Leach in PA-13?  I know Boyle is more socially conservative but is that just talk or did he vote for personhood amendments or some other crap like that?  Boyle is replacing Schwartz, who it seems threw away her congressional career for nothing.  Will he be to the right or left of her?  She was a member of Third Way until recently so it would kinda suck if Boyle was to the right of her in a safe Dem district.  Better Dems and all that.  

    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 Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:30:06 AM PDT

    •  My take on Boyle (4+ / 0-)

      is that he's a 37 year old who will do pretty much whatever the unions want him to do. He will be a solidly reliably Dem vote in the House, will make no waves, and this district will be quickly forgotten.

      Leach would have been a star in the House minority and would have been a far more vocal presence for the Democrats and Democratic ideals. Running as an unabashed  liberal against someone named Boyle with union and ward support in the somewhat conservadem Philly Northeast was not likely to end well.   They get their voters out there like a well-oiled machine. I'm not going to disparage that, even though I was behind Daylin.

      It's a shame because we need for Leaches and less Boyles in the Party right now, particularly if we want to inspire a younger demographic.  Daylin will continue to be a champion of the left  and move the needle in Pennsylvania but his Congressional aspirations will have to wait for another opportune time.

      •  How much did it matter (1+ / 0-)
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        That Leach didn't even live in the Montco part of the district?

        I have to say, reading up on the race, I came away most impressed with Dr. Alkoosh.  But yeah, Northeast gonna Northeast.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:18:30 AM PDT

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        •  It probably mattered to some extent (2+ / 0-)
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          Leach's (state Senate) constituency is suburban and wealthy. There's a natural level of distrust and class resentment that's going to go into the mix.   He couldn't pretend to be a union guy particularly when the machine had already picked their candidate--and to his credit he really didn't try to.  The District is gerrymandered in a really fucked up way.

          It is good that Mezvinsky didn't win. She was awful during the campaign.

      •  I can not object to Boyle going with unions... (5+ / 0-)

        With Corbett and Toomey in office here, working class people need all the help we can get. A lot of our economic problems here will benefit from stronger Union input in congress.

        I hope Brendan Boyle will surprise you over a good way...and I hope Leach supporters will vote for him in November.

        Boycott all republican owned businesses-see how they like THAT.

        by old mark on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:27:26 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly, PA is one of the few states where unions (6+ / 0-)

          matter and unions are very politically active and involved.

          My sister , who grew up in PA and she will retire here soon, is a teacher in GA. Their union has no power and they cannot collective bargain. It is getting worse and worse for teachers in Right to Work States. ( ie right to work for less states ).  She is still amazed PA teacher unions are still fairly strong and can collective bargain and have a voice. Corbett is trying to take that away from them.

          Corbett must be defeated and Democrats must stand with the unions strongly.

          Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

          by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:49:11 AM PDT

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          •  I'm a retired AFSCME Steward who worked (1+ / 0-)
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            in a PA state mental hospital. I helped several workers who had on the job injuries that resulted in life long disabilities, in one case writing a letter for her attorney to give to the judge. I was not one management's approved list, and it took the local's support to keep them from firing me...several times.

            PA once was a very strong blue collar working state, and provided a good living for millions of working class families. The GOP has always tried to make life harder for workers-without fail-and they seem to have a real fear of organized non-rich people. We need to work hard to expand Unions and Union influence all across the US, and the few of us still here are beginning to gain some ground.

            There is an AFL-CIO Blog online.Google it and it might prove interesting for you and your sister. My own sister retired from teaching the lower grades -after 30 years, she still bought classroom supplies from her own pocket.

            Wish your sister a happy retirement-PA is actually a pretty good state to be retired in.

            Boycott all republican owned businesses-see how they like THAT.

            by old mark on Wed May 21, 2014 at 01:25:05 PM PDT

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            •  most of my friends who live in PA think my sister (1+ / 0-)
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              is nuts to retire in PA as they all want to get out of here. I know my best friend wants to retire in Maine and even bought some property there as she hates PA and has lived here all of her life.  

              I have friends who want to live in a state with a better climate or my liberal friends want to move to bluer states.

              Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

              by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 08:52:43 PM PDT

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              •  My brother lives in Allentown, where we (0+ / 0-)

                are all from. He was looking for recommended states and locations for retirees and found that Allentown is very highly fact most of the South Eastern PA area is highly rated, so he decided to stay.
                We have all kinds of diversions, great medical facilities, mountains, woods, parks, zoos, theatre, music, shopping, restaurants...

                I have lived various other places including Northern California and various places in the mid South. I keep coming back here, and have lived in my 96 year old house for over 20 years now. Probably never move, if I can manage to keep ignoring my neighbors.
                The last winter was very hard, but the 3 or 4 before that were generally mild, and we get a minimum of tornados and earthquakes and floods...It ain't Miami Beach, but it has it's moments.

                Boycott all republican owned businesses-see how they like THAT.

                by old mark on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:56:02 AM PDT

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      •  I also think ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... that the fear of a primary challenge from a pro-choice woman from Montco -- and Brendan placed a distant fourth there (and it was about 55% of the primary vote) will likely keep him in-line on women's issues:

        County results:


        5,271    16.10 %
        7,218    22.05 %
        11,545    35.27 %
        8,699    26.58 %


        19,205    69.56 %
        2,081    7.54 %
        4,961    17.97 %
        1,364    4.94 %

  •  Well lol (0+ / 0-)

    I and the county party I work for and the candidate I supported in the Vice-Chair race have been beaten.  Oh well.  Forgive me if I am irritable today.
    There was a "fight" between the Vice-Chair candidate supporters at two precincts yesterday, lol.  Who says GOP fights can't get uglier?

    Moderate Republican, PA-5

    by PSUCentrePA on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:30:37 AM PDT

    •  From your screen name, I am guessing you live in (2+ / 0-)
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      State College and Centre County? That is my hometown area.  My son lives in State College and works at Penn State. Kosmail me anytime about all things State College.
       My sister hopes to retire there, my dad worked at Penn State after retiring from the USPS in State College, his route for 2o yrs was College Heights.  

      I was raised in PA Furnace. I am sure you have heard of that little rural area about 8 miles west of Penn State.
      It has really grown since I was a kid and it was mostly farms then.

      Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

      by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:52:23 AM PDT

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  •  Nate Cohn on Nunn's chances (1+ / 0-)
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    possible, but not likely.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:31:31 AM PDT

    •  I have contributed to her campaign, (4+ / 0-)
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      as well as Carter's and Grimes, too...and I live in PA. I would LOVE to see more Democrats in Congress...we need all we can get at this point.

      Boycott all republican owned businesses-see how they like THAT.

      by old mark on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:28:46 AM PDT

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      •  Yes I have relatives in PA, KY, GA and so I am (0+ / 0-)

        very interested in all of those races. My dad and his entire family was raised in Louisville, KY, a sister in Atlanta, GA and the rest of the family lives either in central NJ or Central PA.

        Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

        by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:53:51 AM PDT

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    •  GOP voter turn out was higher <shrug> (0+ / 0-)

      That could be a sign of doom. It has been in the past.

      After all, the GOP voters had a clown car crash to pick through for their senate candidate, and most of their even state house races threw money into local advertising. Thus, even voters who skip commercials and only watch "the wrestling" drove past billboards or heard radio ads for some local good old boy talking about how, in the Georgia assembly, he'd repeal Obamacare and, as the guy in my district who lost said, "make sure that the laws support patriotism."

      Thus, that GOP turnout was high isn't especially meaningful, I'd say. So long as Democratic voters are informed about when the election is -- because it's going to be at a weird time -- I think the general turn out will be much higher than anyone suspects. The polarization has meant that folks know who is screwing them.

      "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

      by The Geogre on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:40:25 AM PDT

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      •  Not surprising as Republicans vote each time polls (1+ / 0-)
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        are open, particularly older voters who are retired. We have a ton of them in PA but fortunately some of them are Democrats that I volunteer with.  We vote all of the time.

        I live in an area where Republicans outnumber us 3 to 1 but yesterday, fewer Republicans showed up because we have no Senate race, just Governor and Corbett ran unopposed as did our Rep Marino..PA 10.  The big race here was for Democrats..Governor and Lt Governor races.  

        However we went to the polls around 5 and the workers were all standing outside and saw us and said...

        Back inside, we have voters, we actually have vote

        I said...

        I guess no lines huh>
        Laughter from all.

        A worker said...

        Mostly only Democrats are showing up
        I was talking to our county chair who said Democrats are growing as the local college grows and the professors coming in from out of the area are mostly Democrats and newcomers to the area are more liberal than the locals.

        Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

        by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:59:17 AM PDT

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      •  Democratic turnout in KY was higher (1+ / 0-)
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        than the Republican turnout.

        "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

        by Paleo on Wed May 21, 2014 at 08:56:04 AM PDT

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        •  Great news! (0+ / 0-)

          That's the most hopeful thing I've read all day.

          "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

          by The Geogre on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:03:16 AM PDT

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  •  PA-Gov - Wolf apparently carried every county (8+ / 0-)

    Tom Wolf appears to have carried every county in PA in yesterday's Dem Gov primary.  Allyson Schwartz came close to carrying Montgomery County, but Wolf eked out a win there too by less than 1%.

    That widespread 58% vote for Wolf probably augurs well for the November general election - fewer disgruntled Democrats to sulk in the general election against right wing GOP Gov Corbett.

    He was not my favorite but I will be working my butt off for the November general election for team Dems, top to bottom.

    •  Money and a camera will take you far (1+ / 0-)
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      Probably will win, but he's horrible on education.

      "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

      by Paleo on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:35:35 AM PDT

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      •  And being the Honorary Co-Chair of Third Way (2+ / 0-)
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        will also take you far.... to the unemployment line. Buh-bye Allyson.

        Wolf also beat Rob McCord who was called out for releasing a couple of very dishonest anti-Wolf ads.  Wolf didn't just have the money, he also stayed positive when McCord went dirty.

        Wolf isn't great, but he left less of a bad taste in my mouth than some of the others.

        Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

        by bigtimecynic on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:41:33 AM PDT

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        •  McCord was the best choice, IMO (0+ / 0-)

          The ads were rough, but not dishonest.  

          What was he supposed to do, let Wolf float above the fray sitting on his lead untouched?

          "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

          by Paleo on Wed May 21, 2014 at 08:52:01 AM PDT

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    •  Having lived here most of my 59 yrs and being (0+ / 0-)

      a volunteer for Democrats for 40 yrs and politically active, I have noticed whomever runs ads frequently and early on TV in PA often wins a primary.  

      And Tom Wolf started running ads months ago and continually. YOu could easily see 10 Wolf ads in a space of a few hours ...he was airing a ton of ads and spent a shitload of money.

      Keystone Liberals on Twitter @ KeystoneLibs , Join PA Liberals at

      by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:01:58 AM PDT

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      •  I don't like this (1+ / 0-)
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        From 30,000 feet, it appears that Wolf won solely because of money, when Schwartz was the better candidate.

        26, OH-16, fiscal moderate, foreign policy liberal, social libertarian 2012 Daily Kos Elections Pick'Em Champion

        by StephenCLE on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:49:09 AM PDT

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        •  She ran an awful campaign (2+ / 0-)
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          She never once changed tactics.  Sat on $3-5M until the last month of the race while Wolf was destroying her statewide.  She didn't run much of a statewide campaign.

          Kind of seemed like she was running for Governor of SEPA for one month only.  She was lucky to get 17% of the vote based on her campaign.

          "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

          by rdw72777 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:58:42 AM PDT

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          •  We saw few of her ads and many in central and (0+ / 0-)

            western PA never heard of her and knew little about her. It is sad she sat on that money as she might have won had she started airing ads earlier and travelled around the state.

            If she had travelled around the state and called Democrats to attend an event  ..even a few around the western and central and northwestern part of the state people other than SE PA could see her and hear her,.she may have won.

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            by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 08:48:42 PM PDT

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        •  Yes Wolf is rich and funded his own campaign and (0+ / 0-)

          took out  a large loan and spent millions.

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          by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 08:45:50 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for an In-Depth Report on this.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Could not stay up last night.

  •  I love the media theme this morning... (5+ / 0-)

    suggesting that the "Grand Old Party is grand again."

    They seem to forget that the establishment wing just took a tennis racket to the festering hornets nest that is its Tea Party wing.

    Reconciliation with that crowd? Right. Their best hope is the beaten-back Teabaggers just sit on their hands.

    I hope we see the launch of a thousand third-party, Tea Party, candidacies across the land. Hell I might even contribute to that.

    •  The "real" republicans won by co-opting T bag (4+ / 0-)

      talking points, and lying about their record.

      To hear Corbett's ads tell it, you wound think he is wildly popular with working people and is very concerned about our well being. Corbett has repeatedly stated that the unemployed ARE unemployed because they are drug abusers. He has cut education spending by over 50%, firing thousands of teachers and closing hundreds of schools statewide, and he is OWNED by fracking companies.

      As  former State AG, he was being investigated for slowing and misdirecting the investigation into the Penn State child rape case...that investigation ceased when he became governor.

      Tom Corbett is pure slime.

      Boycott all republican owned businesses-see how they like THAT.

      by old mark on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:33:44 AM PDT

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      •  Tom Corbett is electoral dead meat. (4+ / 0-)

        I know people who voted for him, hate Obama (I know, rabid fear), and still vow to vote for anyone other than Corbett. He not only allowed the Sandusky situation to continue by failing to aggressively investigate, but also as governor people are disgusted with his gutting of education and his subservience to the gas industry.

        Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

        by bigtimecynic on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:44:24 AM PDT

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      •  Corbett running ad that says he spent a billion on (0+ / 0-)

        public education. His wife narrates and says her husband spent more on education than any governor in PA history. They are full of shit. Education was cut deeply. The money he is spending on public education is for those cyber schools advertised on TV. They are advertised as free public schools. He is urging more kids to enroll in cyber school publc education. He wants to pay companies big public school funding for cyber education. Most cyber education for public school in PA is a big racket and very poor quality,.

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        by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:08:11 AM PDT

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      •  The way he handled the Sandusky issue is turning (1+ / 0-)
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        off Republicans. I have talked to a lot of Republicans who hate him. You should see the comments on local central PA papers from conservatives who hate Corbett. I just wonder if those conservatives will actually be able to hold their nose and vote for Wolf in November.

        And the pro Joe Paterno crowd hates him for bragging that he got the board to fire all sides of this Sandusky issue.....all points of view seem to hate Corbett.

        The question will be ..will those Republicans Penn State alumni be able to actually vote for Wolf even if they hate Democrats ...but I know some of these conservative alum very well and my son works with them...they love Penn State more than they hate Democrats..well some of them.

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        by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:11:23 AM PDT

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        •  Anecdotally (2+ / 0-)
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          I have heard of some apolitical independents in PA who plan on showing up in Nov specifically to vote against Corbett over that situation.

          •  Yes and even now living about 80 miles east (1+ / 0-)
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            of State College, there are still a lot of fans and alum here and well all over PA. And there seems to be few who like Corbett. They really are furious over how he sat on those charges when he was AG. He had enough to arrest Sandusky when he was AG but he was too worried about getting votes and endorsements from alum and Joe Paterno and so on.

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            by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 08:42:27 PM PDT

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    •  I am sure people like Morning Joke were delighted (1+ / 0-)
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      as they wanted to see the teabaggers squashed and they love the corporate Republicans win..the Rovian Bush types to win over baggers.

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      by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:04:00 AM PDT

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    •  Yes I get tired of the Tea Party acting like they (3+ / 0-)

      are an actual political party instead of some movement within the Republican Party. The Tea Party is nothing more than batshit crazy Republicans. They are registered Republicans that run for office in the primaries. Tea bagger voters might be independents but they are voting for all the Repubs time and time again.

      I want to see the Tea Party break off and start their own party or join the Libertarians. Aren't most of them more like the conservative wing of the Libertarian party anyway?

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      by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:06:01 AM PDT

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  •  Georgia surprises (2+ / 0-)
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    GA 10th Cong. & GA 11th both gave surprises on the Republican side.

    1. In the 10th, Jody Tice -- a former radio show host with a set of embarrassing/crazy statements in his past -- won the GOP nomination.
    2. In the 11th, Bob Barr -- prosecutor of Bill Clinton -- lost the GOP nomination.
    3. The GOP senate run-off will be between Perdue (a man with no past in politics -- their best choice) and Jack Kingston. Handel is too far back, darn it all.

    Provisional ballots have not been counted, and these results come from the Savannah Morning News, which no doubt gets them from either the Dept. of State.

    On the Democratic side, there weren't any real surprises. Michelle Nunn did have three other names on the ballot with her, and I almost thought of the Alvin Green situation when I saw that "alphabetically first" won some percentage of the vote. Nevertheless, she was the clear choice.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:34:32 AM PDT

    •  I would dearly love to see Nunn win in GA and (4+ / 0-)

      get back Max Cleland's seat. Many have longed for that since Chambliss beat Cleland in a very dirty campaign trying to make this war hero look unpatriotic. Saxby is scum.

      A senate pickup in GA would be glorious and if anyone can do it, Nunn can.

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      by wishingwell on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:14:08 AM PDT

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    •  The 10th and 11th (1+ / 0-)
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      are both going to runoffs.  Tice hasn't won the nomination in the 10th yet, and Barr hasn't yet lost.

      38, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

      by Mike in MD on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:23:36 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks. (We can cheer for Tice) (0+ / 0-)

        Trust me: he has full bore, hallucinatin' nutso in his closet. He was on the radio exercising his free speach.

        In a general election, if the Dem. has money for TV, or even radio, Tice can be contextualized and make Christine O'Donnell look like Olympia Snowe.

        As for Barr. . . that's a substantial gap. Given the lack of the splatter (four candidates. . . two getting 10% and two getting 40%), I'd bet ten quatloos on Barr losing. He has gone crazy since his days in Washington, after all.

        "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

        by The Geogre on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:01:05 AM PDT

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  •  KY-Sen (1+ / 0-)
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    Lundergan Grimes got almost as many votes as McConnell and Bevin combined.  More votes were cast in the Democratic primary than in the Republican one.

    Unless there was some very compelling down ballot race, I find this very encouraging.

  •  Joe Baca (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm certainly seeing some HUGE 40-foot billboards alongside the freeway with Joe Baca's face on them, so he's got funding from somewhere. Regular yard-type signs are also sprouting everywhere, some with the old Working JOe Baca (with a gear in place of the O) that he seemed to have abandoned in favor of his new schtick "Veteran JOe Baca" (same gear O)

    I'm not seeing much campaign jetsam for the others in the race. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was a one-person race for CA-31

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    by pucklady on Wed May 21, 2014 at 07:13:36 AM PDT

  •  Sheriff Elections (2+ / 0-)
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    TWO of those wacky (and dangerous) Constitutional Sheriffs got BOOTED in Red Southern Oregon, Jackson & Josephine Counties. YES! Any more out there?

    •  GMO ban won in Jackson County as well (0+ / 0-)

      Have relatives there.  It was a good night for local candidates and measures.  Jackson had a GMO ban in the works when the Legislature prohibited them statewide, so they were able to go ahead, and it won pretty handily.

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:26:15 AM PDT

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  •  will KY GOP come home? (1+ / 0-)
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    that's the question.

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