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TX-Gov: When Greg Abbott's handlers actually allow him to talk to the press, his usual response is "no comment." Now you'll understand why, once you read these jaw-dropping remarks:

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, under fire for blocking public access to state records documenting the location of dangerous chemicals, said Texans still have a right to find out where the substances are stored—as long as they know which companies to ask.

"You know where they are if you drive around," Abbott told reporters Tuesday. "You can ask every facility whether or not they have chemicals or not. You can ask them if they do, and they can tell you, well, we do have chemicals or we don't have chemicals, and if they do, they tell which ones they have."

That's just awesome. Think about all the unnecessary regulations we could eliminate if only we adopted Abbott's way of thinking!
  • What are the ingredients in that yogurt you're eating? Just drive around to Chobani and ask! If you haven't been poisoned first!
  • Are there any side-effects for your heart medication? Just drive around to Pfizer and find out! Hopefully you aren't already experiencing palpitations!
  • Is there supposed to be a stop sign at the end of this street? Just drive around to city hall and see what they say! If you make it!

Unfortunately, Abbott's wise plan didn't prevent the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and injured over 160. But really, those folks should have just driven around some more to learn about the dangerous chemicals in their neighborhood. Abbott, who's running for governor against Democrat Wendy Davis, might want to check in on the chemicals in his part of town, too, because some nasty ones are clearly getting into his water supply.


AR-Sen: The Hobby Lobby ruling gave GOP Rep. Tom Cotton an opportunity to make an unforced blunder that could have real repercussions:

It's another example of how Obamacare infringes on the liberties of all Arkansans. Barack Obama and Mark Pryor think that faith is something that only happens at 11:00 on Sunday mornings. That's when we worship but faith is what we live every single day. And the government shouldn't infringe on the rights of religious liberty. So I'm pleased with the Supreme Court's ruling but it's just another example of why Obamacare is bad for Arkansas.
Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, who is well-known for being very religious, responded by accusing Cotton of questioning his faith, but Cotton is refusing to back down. Weirdly, Cotton even defended Pryor's piety last year when the NRSC launched a very similar attack. There's really no percentage in trying to denigrate a man's religiosity, so what on earth is Cotton trying to accomplish?

MS-Sen: Gasoline poured, matches at the ready. A conservative group called True the Vote has now filed a lawsuit trying to overturn the results of Mississippi's GOP Senate runoff, claiming, of course, that Democratic primary voters impermissibly cast votes in the Republican contest. Loser Chris McDaniel has expressed his support for the suit, even though he once voted in a Democratic primary himself, back in 2003. This could really wind up a real fiery mess.

NC-Sen: You'd think that North Carolina Republicans, eager to defeat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, would try to smooth the way for state House Speaker Thom Tillis as much possible, but nope. Shortly after winning the GOP nomination in May, Tillis had to head back to the capitol in Raleigh to preside over a new legislative session—one that's still dragging on as we speak. Remarkably, Republicans leaders in the state Senate have sandbagged the House's budget, hammering it for relying on "gimmicks."

The criticisms are correct on the merits, but surely handing Tillis a nice clean victory and letting him get back out on the campaign trail ought to be more important to his fellow Republicans, no? Yet that's evidently not the case; hell, one Republican senator even said he thought Tillis should have been spending more time on legislative matters. Apparently there's just some real personal antipathy there. The longer this goes on, the worse it'll get for Tillis, as polling has shown him heading south while lawmakers are in session. Hagan has to be counting her lucky stars—and smiling.


CO-Gov: Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez has emerged from the GOP primary almost broke, with just $35,000 cash-on-hand. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, meanwhile, has $579,000 in the bank after raising over $3.1 million for the cycle. If his cash total looks "low," that's because he's already reserved nearly $1.4 million in fall advertising time, locking in lower rates than Beauprez will be able to get.

KS-Gov: If you want to understand why Kansas is burning, this piece from the New York Times' Josh Barro explaining the devastating effects that GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's extreme tax cuts have had on the state's coffers is excellent reading. Thanks to these fundamentally crazy cuts, Kansas' revenues have fallen far short of expectations (just 56 percent of projections in April and May, for instance), and further reductions in spending on priorities like education are all but assured.

And it doesn't help that Brownback recently referred to his efforts as a "real live experiment." Treating Kansans as though they're just unenlightened subjects in a sadistic test dreamed up by glibertarian college Republicans on an all-night Ayn Rand bender is not going over well, which explains why Brownback's doing so terribly in the polls. A measure of sanity may yet be restored to Brownbackistan.

MA-Gov: I guess you could call it Grossmentum? State Treasurer Steve Grossman has released an internal poll from the Global Strategy Group showing him down by a seriously hefty 47-24 margin to state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the Democratic primary for governor, but the idea here is that he's improved from an even more awful 51-16 spread last October. Are numbers like these really going to impress anyone?

PA-Gov: Is there any way Gov. Tom Corbett hasn't already been triaged by national Republicans? Franklin and Marshall College finds him trailing Democratic nominee Tom Wolf by a 47-25 margin, which is where you might expect to see a challenger just starting out in an odd-numbered year, not an incumbent five months from Election Day. Indeed, except for a PPP poll conducted a year-and-a-half ago, Corbett's never even made it out of the 30s. There's just not much more to say here.


IL-10: A new poll from Harper Polling for the American Action Network, a pro-GOP establishment group, finds ex-Rep. Bob Dold! leading freshman Democrat Brad Schneider 42-39. The poll also says that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn trails Republican businessman Bruce Rauner 49-37 in the district, and that even Barack Obama's approvals are under water at 44-46. If you're inclined to believe these numbers, they're awfully pessimistic for Team Blue, and Schneider's argle-bargle response doesn't inspire much confidence.

But here's a little something that the AAN was undoubtedly hoping no one would remember. Last year, Harper also surveyed the 10th on behalf of the NRCC and found Dold ahead 44-39. Sure, it's just a couple of points, but that still means Dold's trendlines are negative or flat at best, a fact Harper's memo naturally declines to mention.

MI-03: In a scathing new ad for Republican businessman Brian Ellis, a Marine veteran attacks GOP Rep. Justin Amash for his dovish views on military and intelligence affairs, such as his support for closing Guantanamo and, referring to the NSA's voracious data-gathering, his vote to "shut down American intelligence for monitoring terrorists." He then repeats an incendiary quote from another Republican congressman, California Rep. Devin Nunes, who described Amash back in May as "Al Qaeda's best friend in the Congress."

Amash has struggled to defend himself against these assaults, since his brand of doctrinaire libertarianism doesn't typically play well in Republican primaries. All he could say in response is that members of the military "don't support unconstitutional NSA spying on ordinary Americans" or "unwise, open-ended wars." Even if there's some sense in which he's not full of it, what matters is whether GOP voters at large—and not just the veterans he claims to have spoken with—agree with Amash.

NY-24: Attorney John Katko, who wound up as the GOP nominee against Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei after all of the NRCC's top recruits declined, has posted a surprisingly strong fundraising quarter. Katko says he raised $329,000 and has $357,000 on hand, though there's no word on whether any of that might be self-funded. Maffei has yet to report his totals.

TN-04: It's certainly seemed like GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been dead congressman walking for quite some time, not least because his fundraising's dried up and his challenger in the Aug. 7 primary, state Sen. Jim Tracy, has been raking in big bucks. But the one thing we haven't seen is any polling, until now. A group with the too-good-to-be-true name of Citizens for Ethics in Government is actually supporting the incumbent, and they say they've got numbers from an outfit called Right Way Marketing that put DesJarlais up 45-20 on Tracy.

Tracy's campaign refused to comment on the poll, saying it lacked "legitimacy," but they also declined to provide alternative numbers of their own. And he even started advertising several weeks ago, so hrm ....

Grab Bag:

Ads: A new FCC mandate that just went into effect this month now requires all TV stations to post all political ad buys online (many stations were previously exempt), giving us much more insight into campaign spending. The Sunlight Foundation is helping everyone to keep track of it all with their excellent Political Ad Sleuth, which is worth a bookmark. And on a related note, Nathan Gonzales points out that when party committees and super PACs publicly announce ad reservations via press release (in order to get around anti-co-ordination rules), they don't necessarily follow through immediately if at all, so just exercise skepticism whenever you see reports about reservations.

AK-Sen: Three current and former mayors from the Fairbanks region (including one Republican) praise Democratic Sen. Mark Begich for opposing the EPA, keeping a coal plant operating, and helping a fighter jet squadron stay at nearby airbase.

AR-Sen: The conservative Government Integrity Fund is reportedly going up with a six-week, $1.1 million buy on behalf of GOP Rep. Tom Cotton, while the National Education Association is spending $430,000 to boost Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor over the next two weeks. The spots are not available yet.

NC-Sen: Crossroads GPS attacks Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on Obamacare with some cheesy animation, claiming it's hurt jobs.

AZ-Gov: Republican Doug Ducey promises to be as hawkish as possible in cracking down on immigration.

AL-06, GA-01: The Club for Growth wastes several seconds quoting John Adams before attacking GOP state Rep. Paul DeMarco as a tax and debt hiker. The buy is $255,000. The Club is also spending $359,000 on Georgia state Sen. Buddy Carter, another Republican, but the spot is not online.

DLCC: The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has unveiled what they're calling their "Flip Chart"—a list of Republican-held legislative chambers that the DLCC thinks it can either pick up or make gains in. Eight close chambers make their top-priority "Emerging Majorities" list, while another nine that are less competitive are listed as "Chambers to Watch." The state Senates in Washington and New York don't appear anywhere, but that seems to be a technicality, because Democrats hold majorities in both but renegade Democrats have handed control to the GOP in both cases.

Maryland: Here's an excellent piece of historical trivia that political junkies will appreciate. User David T., a denizen of the Alternate History Discussion Board, describes in detail the career of segregationist Maryland Democrat George P. Mahoney, who lost nine separate bids for governor and senator between 1950 and 1970 but managed to have a serious impact on the outcome at least half a dozen times. Most famously, the racist Mahoney eked out a narrow plurality win in the 1966 Democratic gubernatorial primary, appalling mainstream Democrats who then voted en masse to elect none other than Spiro Agnew in the general election. But Mahoney screwed things up for Democrats on many more occasions—click through for more on his "remarkable" career.

Media Markets: Campaign advertising has already reached avalanche levels this year, but where are ads piling up the deepest? The Washington Post's Reid Wilson has compiled a list of the five media markets have seen the most ad spending in the first half of the year, and the surprise at the top is Denver. That's thanks to not only to Colorado's competitive Senate race but also the hotly contested battle for the state's 6th Congressional District. (Wilson's figures includes future ad reservations as well.)

Denver is followed by Tampa—mostly because of the adpocalypse related to the 13th District special election earlier this year—then Detroit, Anchorage, and Little Rock, each of which are in states with top Senate races. Wilson's rankings are based on the total number of dollars, though; if you factor in how expensive each market is, the thickest ad density has to be in dirt-cheap Anchorage, not populous-and-pricey Denver.

Indeed, the world of media buying is an arcane and complicated one, even when thinking about statewide races, and even more so when thinking about which markets overlap which congressional districts. To help make that a little easier, we've created a helpful guide that you'll want to bookmark.

Our database details which media markets are found in each state and each district as well as the reverse—that is, which states and districts are found in each market. We also go one step further, breaking everything down by percentage. Just as an example, now you can know that all of Alabama's 1st District is in the Mobile market, but the larger Mobile market is almost evenly split between Alabama's 1st and Florida's 1st, just over the border. (Mobile's market also encompasses little bits and pieces of three other districts.)

There are a few other details to be aware of. Even though it's heavily targeted with ad dollars, we don't include Alaska in our analysis, since the state's three media markets (Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau) don't have hard-and-fast boundaries the way they do in the lower 48; in fact, most of the state, geographically speaking, doesn't fall in any media market at all.

And you might observe that in Washington, D.C. isn't included in the district-to-market tab, but it is included in the market-to-district tab. That's because if you advertise for a race in state or district covered by the Washington market, you're still paying to reach those 600,000 people in D.C. proper, regardless of their disenfranchisement.

Like we said, it's complex. But if you keep our spreadsheet handy, it'll help you make sense of all the political advertising destined to come our way this year. (David Jarman & David Nir)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Abbott sounds like some guy who just walked in (5+ / 0-)

    off the street.

  •  U.S. gains 288,000 jobs in June; unemployment 6.1% (9+ / 0-)

    Lowest unemployment in 6 years and definitely good news for Dems.

    22, Male, Latino-Spanish, OK-1 (Tulsa: The Art Deco and Cultural Gem of Green Country!); "I believe our nation is the most American country the United States has ever known." -Stephen Colbert, 2012

    by gigantomachyusa on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:37:16 AM PDT

  •  Just ask them? Why would they lie? (4+ / 0-)

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:43:06 AM PDT

    •  I think it's a good plan (4+ / 0-)
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      Pilotshark, Lilredhead, DRo, I love OCD

      just imagine if thousands of people dropped in and did just that.

      Methinks that it wouldn't be long until these companies were banging on the state's door asking for relief from all the harrassment - which most likely would have to come in the form of regulation(s) of some type.

    •  Why would they even answer? (2+ / 0-)
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      Lilredhead, Zinman

      We know how hard it is to get information out of governments, even with the Freedom of Information Act. I can guarantee that if you waltz into some company's local office and ask for the chemical formula for their products, or what they have stored on site, or how much money they donated to the local right-wing crazies, they will just say "Sorry, I'm not authorized to give out that information." Or they may tell you the information "doesn't exist." Or whatever other variant of "nope."

      There is no reason for them to lie, because refusing to tell you anything is easier and less risky.

      •  Asking a company if it has any chemicals (0+ / 0-)

        on site is a silly question, because of course it does (if it exists on this planet, where everything is made out of chemicals, that's completely obvious).

        So all a company would have to do is bury the questioner with a list of the tens of thousands chemicals on site.  Heck, a person him or herself contains thousands and thousands of types of chemicals - many of them quite harmful, btw.

        The genius of this, however, is that at least some companies are sure to become really irked at all the people coming in.

        Others might take advantage of the inflow of people and set up a reception area with fancy brochures listing all their chemicals, and perhaps even offer complimentary beverages made up of chemicals (dihydrogen monooxide perhaps), and so on.

        I'd like to see this idea actually put into practice, just to see how it would all play out.

  •  It's Texas - they LOVE stupid. Abbott will win (5+ / 0-)

    With a minimum of 54% of the vote. If he eats a live rat on stage, he'll get 57%. Beat a hobo to death on live TV? Raise that to 61%.

    "You owe your soul to the company store!" - United States Supreme Court Justices

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:47:55 AM PDT

    •  I live in Dallas (4+ / 0-)
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      Lilredhead, I love OCD, DRo, Fordmandalay

      and sadly have to agree with you. Stupid just isn't offensive with a huge voting bloc, meaning rubes and rednecks. Hopefully, we'll get enough women who are at risk, their children, minorities, educated people who actually read, maybe we'll push these white, smug, gun-loving, misogynistic pigs out of office.

    •  It's a special flavor of ignorance and crazy... (4+ / 0-)
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      Lilredhead, Fordmandalay, DRo, cablecargal

      down in Texas.  Barbeque-flavored ignorance and crazy.  Abbott, Cruz, Cornyn, DeLay, Gohmert, Stockman, Neugabarger... and Perry, whom I now call "the Carson Daly of American politics" because he thinks that people will think he's smart if he starts wearing glasses.

      by Da Fireball on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:12:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Just remember the West residents reaction after (1+ / 0-)
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      The town got blowed up real good; I saw them being interviewed on the news talking about how sorry they felt for the chemical company. Good luck trying to get through to them.

      "You owe your soul to the company store!" - United States Supreme Court Justices

      by Fordmandalay on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:04:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  This "gaffe" is way too much for most (0+ / 0-)

        This will have ZERO effect on Abbott's election.  The "Abortion Barbie" meme is already baked in, and the GOP takes no hits for gaffes on things like regulation.

        Abbott will win by double digits.  

      •  A friend of mine (1+ / 0-)
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        is a journalist in Texas, originally from the northeast and covered the West disaster and was dumbfounded by the response there.

        People actually blamed Obama for not stopping it. Obama, not Perry, Obama.

  •  Sump'n' 'bout Chobani we should know? (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Texas road trip! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 05:53:33 AM PDT

  •  For anyone (0+ / 0-)

    to be so presumptuous as to announce what another person's belief system REALLY is, really, meaning in direct opposition to what that person expresses on his own, is as sinful, wrong, un-Christ like -- whatever phrase or word you want to use. The Cotton 'hole is enough to make the atheist population grow by leaps. If this is what Christianity is, it just looks mean and hateful. I wouldn't let a child behave that way. Pure a-hole.

  •  PA-AG Kathleen Kane - another front page negative (0+ / 0-)

    Alas, another front page story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer about Dem PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her recent comments about the Jerry Sandusky child molestation prosecution.

    Yesterday's article was about how the state organization of the 67 county district attorneys (her professional peers) released an unprecedented public letter critical of Kane and her recent inaccurate comments.  [The Philadelphia Inquirer had called them "smears" in an editorial.]

    Today it is about how the chief of the state police is refuting her recent comments as being inaccurate.  

    Short version: Kane commented about 2 of the victims of Sandusky after HER office's appointed independent investigator released his report on June 23, which report refuted her 2012 campaign claims that the prosecution of Sandusky was tainted by politics.  Within 24 hours her staff had to correct Kane's June 23 statements and said she "misspoke".  Then the state DAs weighed in.

    Now the chief of the state police further refutes her June 23 comments.  Kane found fault with her predecessor's office with how they dealt with two victims.  The chief of the state police now points out that it was Kane's current chief of staff who did not support bringing charges based on one alleged victim's statements.  The chief further points out that Kane herself and her top deputies attended a meeting on Aug. 1, 2013 during which this possible victim's case was discussed, that investigators and prosecutors were in agreement at the meeting to not file charges for a variety of reasons and that was what they recommended to Attorney General Kane herself at the meeting.

    We may be getting into the weeds, but it is a case of drip, drip, drip.  Successive articles picking apart the credibility and competence of Dem AG Kathleen Kane.  

    As the article states: "The statement challenging her claims - issued by a spokeswoman for State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan - seemed the latest indication of how the attorney general has become isolated from many of her law-enforcement colleagues."

    These criticisms are not sufficient to force Kane from office and may not be sufficient to prevent her reelection should she run again in 2016 (though they will provide powerful ammunition to primary and/or general election opponents).  These accumulating problems, some self inflicted, may however be enough to make it unlikely that Kane could successfully run for Governor or Senator in the future.

    She had been seen as a sort of Democratic white knight of PA statewide politics, seemingly untainted by scandal, a fresh "non-politician", who garnered more votes in 2012 than anyone else on the ballot (over 100,000 more votes than either Pres Obama or popular US Senator Bob Casey on the same ballot).  Unfortunately, her career is taking a different trajectory.

    •  We get it you hate Kane (2+ / 0-)
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      PassionateJus, Da Fireball

      Every day you come here concern trolling about Kane.  Your act is getting stale.  

      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 Jul 03, 2014 at 06:32:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, I've never posted about Kane (0+ / 0-)

        I think she's a hack, and probably a one-termer.  And, I agree, she will never be a Dem Senator or Governor of PA.  And,...nobody should gain in any way from the Sandusky incident, a politicized, ESPN-ginned-up tragicomedy that has taken way too many victims and good people down with it.  Kane tried to politicize it, and now she's reaping what she sowed.  Good for her.

        That said, has there ever been such a dead man walking as Corbett?  He's doing everything short of raising taxes to get back in the good graces of PA voters, and nothing is going to work.  He should announce he's not running for re-election, and let the GOP appoint a candidate or hold a special primary for his replacement.

  •  NY-24 (1+ / 0-)
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    Dan Maffei is as dull as dishwater, but he's all we've got.  Occasionally, in a display of "bipartisanship" or at a lame attempt to appear "reasonable" to the mythical "independent" voter. he'll vote for bills sponsored by the likes of Fred Upton that undercut the ACA.   He has run in '06, '08, '10, and '12, winning only in presidential years because Democratic Syracuse lifts his vote totals as people turnout for the presidential races.  He gave us Ann Marie Buerkle in '10, one of the craziest nuts in the tree, even though he should have won by double-digits.  Freakin' Bill Clinton had to parachute in at the last minute in a futile attempt to save his carcass.

    I have no confidence that he will win in a midterm cycle.  He is just that uninspiring.  I don't know if anyone could seriously challenge him, though, because he is fairly well connected with folks in DC, but I do know that his lame attempts to "cross the aisle" only piss off the people who will turn out to vote this fall.

    I would put this in the "lean R" column, no matter who his opponent is.  There is no Barack Obama on the ballot to provide Maffei with two more years of job security.  Is there a real progressive out there in NY-24 who will run?

    •  Lean R? (2+ / 0-)
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      wdrath, Jacob1145

      Doubtful. Lean D. Yes, Maffei shouldn't have lost in 2010 but a lot of better representatives were washed out in the red wave.

      Besides, Maffei won in 2012 despite having the Green Party candidate take ~8% of the vote.

      •  part of the problem (0+ / 0-)

        with this district (which is my Congressional District, as well), seems to be this: while the largest county in the district has finally switched to a majority of Democrats in recent years, there is still a heavy historical Republican tilt to the district. Republicans still control all county governments. It's been represented by Republicans from the 1960's to 2008 when Maffei was able to pick up the seat for Democrats (after the incumbent, Jim Walsh, was "softened up" by Maffei two years earlier by seeming to come out of nowhere and nearly beating Walsh).  

        So, while this district appears to slant Democratic based on voter registration and presidential election year voting, it is, to my way of thinking, more of a Republican-leaning district, at least in off-year (i.e. non-presidential election) elections.

        Maffei's more of a cerebral guy and has tried to position himself as more of a moderate since recapturing this seat in 2012. He's not particularly charismatic, to say the least. In addition, Democrats simply do not have a deep bench here, while Republicans, who have ruled in all county governments that comprise the district for years, do.

        The good news for Maffei is that the major Republican names took a pass this year, giving him a chance to hold on to the seat. The bad news is that his challenger, Katko, a former federal prosecutor, seems to be running as a generic "empty suit," playing it very safe and taking no controversial stands so far. He's never run for public office and therefore has no voting record to defend. Katko seem to be running an "anti-Washington," "fresh face" campaign without taking any stands on any major issues (except for being anti-abortion, which is pro forma for pretty much any Republican these days). Am not sure how far he can get doing that.

        At this point, my guess is that the odds are with Maffei, but Katko seems to be making headway in terms of gaining enough credibility to get on the radar screens of the national Republican Party, to get them to commit significant resources.

  •  Abbott now backtracking.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Someone must have convinced him how stupid his comments were.  Wendy Davis hit him and he has now changed to "let the local firefighters Keep locals informed". Considering that most of the firefighters are volunteers this is one just one more crazy.

    Attorney General Greg Abbott now sees challenges over data on chemicals

    Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas dismissed Abbott’s proposal as a plan that would burden “hardworking firefighters” with requests previously handled by the state.
    “Clearly, the backlash from parents over his decision to keep dangerous chemical locations secret has Greg Abbott scrambling and willing to say anything,” Petankas said.

    Attention on the ruling mounted after Dallas television station WFAA tried to obtain information about a fertilizer plant in East Texas that caught fire in May.

    Even the press has been unable to get information!

    Revealed :

    AUSTIN —Five months after an ammonium nitrate explosion that killed 15 people in West, Attorney General Greg Abbott received a $25,000 contribution from a first-time donor to his political campaigns — the head of Koch Industries’ fertilizer division.
    Wendy Davis:
    Tell Greg Abbott that he should be protecting the safety of hardworking Texan families, not looking out for his insider buddies. Add your name and call for action.

    Since the West explosion, the Kochs have given Abbott $75,000.

    No wonder Greg Abbott won’t tell where these explosive chemicals are. He’s stuffing his campaign coffers with cash from the companies that make these chemicals—showing once again that he cares more about cozying up to insiders than keeping our kids safe.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:26:06 AM PDT

  •  Media markets: No NH market? only 3 neighbors'? (0+ / 0-)

    Copied from David's spreadsheet.

    •    Boston, MA 83.76%
    •    Burlington, VT 10.09%
    •    Portland, ME 6.14%
    Total of these 3: 100.00% (after disregarding the rounding in David's display)

    This suggests every media customer in New Hampshire could see ads of one of the following:

    •    MA's Elizabeth Warren,
    •    VT's Bernie Sanders,
    •    ME's Mike Michaud (Gov) and Shenna Bellows
    Would love to see all of them denounce Brown (and tie ME-Sen incumbent Susan Collins to him in this cycle).

    Where can we place bets on Scott Brown in NH achieving a new record in dollars spent per vote cast?

  •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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    Da Fireball

    What a complete idiot!! How can anyone with a brain vote for this dufus??  Oh, that's right, the Right has no brains.....

  •  Is there much chance of Corbett being a drag (1+ / 0-)
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    on other Pennsylvania Republicans?

    •  I don't think so (0+ / 0-)

      Corbett seems to be uniquely unpopular.  He is blamed for pissing off EVERYBODY, including the mainstream GOP voters with his draconian cuts to public school funding.  This affected country club districts as much as it affected poor districts.  

      I haven't seen any signs of drag on any GOP state legislators.

  •  Watch NY 24 (2+ / 0-)
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    wdrath, Jacob1145

    People here are writing off my home district as safe at their own peril. Maffei has lost in the last two mid terms and has a solid prosecutor generic Republican opponent. I seriously doubt that Katko is self funding, he is putting up real numbers, this race should be getting a lot more scrutiny.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:49:38 AM PDT

  •  Problems with Brad Schneider (0+ / 0-)

    Schneider has many more problems this cycle than he did last, mainly because now people have gotten a chance to know him. He's only considered a Democrat because he's not a stark raving mad right wing fascist which is where we seem to draw the line between the parties these days. However, he favors cuts to Medicare and Social Security, going so far as to bringing in Pete Peterson's Fix the Debt to talk to Democrats. Schneider also loses in likeability. He's just not a personable or likeable guy. Once he responded to progressive concerns about his votes by screaming at them, "I'm not a progressive!!!" I've seen the Dold bus around again, and Dold's folks have been at the train stations. While I disagree with Dold on all of the issues, I have to admit he is a personable guy, which was something we could never say about Mark Kirk who was pompous and rude. I'm not saying I like Dold, or that I'd vote for him, but a lot of people will after they meet him. I'll also observe that Schneider's candidacy has torn apart the Tenth Dems. I am (was?) a founding member, and a long time blogger and writer for their newsletter. Some of you might remember that, on a tip from a Navy vet I knew,  I researched and then broke the Mark Kirk lied about his award story on my blog, and now I'm censored on Tenth Dems media because I'm not allowed to point out Schneider's voting record flaws, or my concerns about a new Iraq War. The group, founded from the core anti-Iraq War activists in the district, now finds itself in the interesting position of supporting escalation of our involvement in Iraq because their candidate supports it. As for myself, and a lot of my friends who haven't forgotten why we started this in the first place, Mickey Mouse appears to be the candidate of choice for November 2014. We're just going to have to start over in IL-10.

    "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."--Emma Goldman

    by ebgill on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:30:57 AM PDT

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